- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Paladin Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873642899
- ISBN-13: 978-0873642897
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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The author is obviously an armchair theorist who didn't bother to actually build his designs. One design requires you to screw a wooden block onto a projecting screw whenever you want to close the hideout; there is nothing to keep the screw from turning apart from the wallpaper glued over the screwhead. Guess what, it won't work---as anyone who actually attempted it would at once realize.
The book deals essentially with three kinds of hideouts. One type is the tiny hideyhole useful for hiding a vial of drugs from a perfunctory search. The author manages to bungle even this relatively easy task: most of the ideas he presents are so cliched (behind an air-vent cover; taped under a sofa; in a false drawer bottom) that any competent searcher or burglar would not fail to search there first. Others are unusable: perhaps you _can_ drill a hole lengthwise in the wire of a TV antenna, but what would you hide in a space this small? Not even dope will fit.
The second class is used for hiding larger objects, from handgun-sized to person-sized. The author uses the word "elaborate" to refer to these hideouts, and this is quite right: elaborate to the point of utter ridiculousness is more like it, like the cut-and-replanted tree example above.Read more ›
The outdoor hidies are great for those with their own land. There are several innovative ideas that the other books do not have, including a tree stash.
The structural hidies are also different -- these aren't just making false drawer bottoms. :) There are pipe, appliance, wall and even drain hidies. Furniture hidies are covered extensively as well, but this review focuses on what makes this book different from the other hiding books.
The away-from-home hiding places are ingenious, easy to do and will hide your valuables from the casual thief and the sticky-fingered maid alike. Obviously, there is little to no carpentry involved and in fact you could use the same principles in your own home if you are carpentry impaired like me. :)
One last strong point of this book is the writing. Throughout, it talks about the psychology of the thief and why some hides work better than others to prevent theft. The main focus is not hiding things from the government or the police, who often have a whole different mindset and a lot more time than a thief does. If you are more interested specifically in strategies to hide objects from law enforcement or the government, there are hiding books that focus on that rather than thieves and I recommend you get one of those instead.
Please note: As with all hiding place books, you simply must have some carpentry experience and a lot of patience. There are no step-by-step, hold-your-hand instructions on how to make a hiding place here (or in any other hiding book I've seen either). The ideas are presented, and it is up to you to make them work in your own home or land.
Although there are tons of pictures, some of the descriptions may be a difficult for a person who is not familiar with construction. A few extra diagrams might have helped.
In general, it's a quick and easy read and is sure to get your imagination going. I especially enjoyed the author's emphasis on hiding things in plain sight. If anything, this guide will get you to think about everyday items and places as potential hiding places.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting yes, but not well written. This book is actually quite interesting, for those interested in this genre. However, a lot of the illustrations are, in my onion. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matt Lovio
This book is mostly a bit silly. I think it was mostly written to appeal to conspiracy theorists. Most of the easily implemented examples are common sense, but I suppose there... Read morePublished 7 months ago by born too late
I found the book to be a little "dated" and some of the ideas impractical to use, although some were clever. The hiding places were mostly for tiny items.Published 8 months ago by V. Carlo
Geared for drug dealers. I'd like to see more than how to hide pills in a curtain rod.Published 15 months ago by Leslie Holly
Some good and easy ideas for hiding stuff, and some not so easy. All in all it was good. I can hide a few things now and not be worried when my crackhead brother comes over looking... Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Elizabeth DSouza
I'd pass on this book, it's not worth the money. Very short and not very informative. Information can be googled very easily, not worth it.Published on January 17, 2014 by Erie High
This book never arrived. I have since ordered another one & expect it to come any day. I had a file with a record of every book that I ordered. I checked them off as they arrived. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by Joan Barton