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Do Not Buy for Prepper Useage - possibly some very basic info for homesteaders, but book is VERY poorly researched and written.
on August 25, 2014
As many Loldogs and cats say, DO NOT WANT.
Honestly, you're far better off going to some of the prepper/homesteader sites and reading and following the links -- not to mention that the community will generally answer any questions you might have about your specific situation.
Upfront -- In fairness, I haven't read all of the book. After looking at the table of contents and reading a few pages from the chapters for which I bought the book, I knew this was not at all the publication I was looking for and was destined for the compost pile. What happened here is the "danger" of buying unknown books sight unseen; had I looked at it and leafed through it, I'd never have bought it.This is the very first time Amazon reviewers have let me down, and I've been shopping here since the mid-90s.
This is NOT a preppers guide in any sense of the term. The book is simplistic, over-generalized, and something I could have written (I am published by several major publishing houses in both fiction and non-fiction) without having to do a lick of research, just based on my own very limited knowledge of harvesting and storing systems -- though I'd never produce something this, well, awful.
I bought this because it was advertised as being able to take my prepper knowledge of water harvesting and storage to the next level. Forget the next level completely. Parts of it might serve as an introduction to the topic for ten-year olds.
Examples? (Again, limited because of not reading the entire waste of time it'd be for me.) He wants you to stockpile faucet water purification units to filter your water. Uh...no, that really doesn't work in a WTSHTF situation. Again, didn't read the entire chapter, but he seems to rely heavily on commercially manufactured bits and bobs that won't work for preppers or homesteaders without a lot of disposable income and storage space. That's not most of us. Mr. Hyde has apparently not yet learned to write to his audience.
For homesteaders or those preppers who are working on a safe harbor, he dismisses rain collection off your roof or in open barrels entirely because of debris and storage issues -- except for some *possible* irrigation use, though he appears to have his doubts about *that* as well. Ridiculous! It's so easy to modify your gutter system to keep out debris, etc. and if you've taken the time and effort to set up your water collection system correctly, storage isn't an issue because you're using the water long before it goes "stale".
Having a well dug for you professionally will not only cost you near mid-5 figures, but lets the whole area know you've got water -- not at all a desirable situation for a prepper. Mr. Hyde says not to worry -- you should be easily able to dig a groundwater well yourself almost anywhere.
I realize he writes a variety of these poorly researched books on every topic under the sun and appears to self-publish them, but perhaps a *little* bit of research might be in order -- or he should at least be aware that there are huge swathes of the US and the world as a whole where there's virtually no groundwater, and if there is, you'll need jackhammers and other equipment to access it. I find it difficult to take advice from someone who doesn't realize that most of the Southwest US is desert and finding pockets of groundwater is rather difficult without some detailed knowledge of your area, not to mention that the rest of the country has its arid areas as well.
Dude, look at a DNR map, at least.
If the subtitle hadn't said it was a book for *preppers*, but for homesteaders, I would hate it far less -- maybe taking it to a two.
Save your cash. As a prepper or homesteader, you've got more than enough things you can buy with that money that will actually help you finish your homestead or prep goals.
As a side note: if anyone DOES know of a book on water harvesting that actually provides sane and usable collection methods and realistic sanitation and storage methods, please drop me a line on this comment. Thanks for your help!