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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press (September 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599219093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599219097
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

All the combat skills it takes to surviveand win the battle against the Undead—the official U.S. Army field manual

The United States Army is prepared for every kind of combat. This is the soldier’s zombie combat field manual. It explains how to perform the combat skills needed to survive on the battlefield against the hordes of the Undead. All soldiers, across all branches, must learn these basic skills in preparation for battle against reanimated corpses.

Combat against the Undead is chaotic, intense, and shockingly destructive. In your first battle, you will experience the confusing and often terrifying sights, sounds, smells, and dangers of the zombie battlefield—and you must learn to survive and win despite them. You will be surrounded by destruction, death, and the Undead. Your leaders and fellow soldiers will shout urgent commands and warnings, lost in the drone of the advancing enemy. Friendly fire rounds will impact near you. The air will be filled with the smell of explosives, propellant, and decaying flesh. You will hear the screams of devoured comrades.

In all this confusion and fear, if you uphold your Warrior Ethos and follow the training provided in this book, you can win in battle against zombies and return home with honor. The book covers a breadth of topics, including:

Individual Readiness
Zombie Combat Care and Preventive Medicine
Environmental Conditions
Cover, Concealment, and Camouflage
Fighting Positions
Movement
Urban Area Procedures
“Every Soldier is a Sensor”
Zombie Combat Marksmanship
Communications
Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape

About the Author

This book was written by order of the Secretary of the Army.

Customer Reviews

Even the illustrations don't make much sense.
Clammy
Ugh, I need to shower, just talking about this book makes me feel used, duped and degraded.
B. Fitzgerald
It's just a basic combat manual, they just rewrote it with the word zombie in it.
Crickett

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By C. Orr on November 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
It's a Boy Scout manual with a couple weapons' overviews and the words "zombie" and "undead" sprinkled here and there. Its illustrations are futile attempts at humor (apparently the undead like to make graffiti?). Its subject matter isn't even the horrific Romero or Brooksian zombies. No, they use the campy, comedic relief "Braaaaains" zombies. And even then, as I said, most of the book doesn't even cover how to deal with them!

Terrible book desperately attempting to grasp onto the success of Max Brook's far superior Zombie Survival Guide and the recent resurgence zombie fandom as a result of said book. Avoid this like the undead plague.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Allen on December 5, 2009
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If you ever read Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide, then you would have the basic idea of what this book is about.

The book is written on the grounds that you are a US Army solider. In the beginning you swear an oath that you will do what you have to do.

The book is divided up into many sections. Mostly related on the grounds of first aid, survival, weapon training, evasion, defense, offense, and so on.

I could see many potential of this book, but I think it somehow fails to deliver. The reason I think it fails to deliver is because the book attempts to explain real life training, but push in "zombie" stuff. For example, in the weapons section of the book, it explains about the M9, M4, M16, etc. It goes on to explain the fire rate, the capacity, and so on. Then to make it "zombie" it just paints a picture of a zombie on it. In other sections it explains about camouflage, but to add that "zombie" effect, it just says, "Be sure to stay hidden from zombies." There is one section about target practice, and it shows a score card, but to make it a "zombie," the author just painted zombies all over the card. Then in First Aid sections, it explains about how to carry people, and so on, but to add that "zombie" feeling, the diagrams just show soldiers with "Brainz" written on their helmets or they show diagrams of proper first aid, but put an obvious zombie bite to simulate injuries. I mean it's sort of like taking a Dodge, then putting a Ford sticker on it, then talking about how great Dodges are. I felt the author picked up a copy of an actual US Army manual, then to turn it into a zombie knock off, the author just added in some pictures of zombies, add some stuff about zombies between the paragraphs, then shipped it out. The zombie theme of the book felt more forced than just funny.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Clammy on April 23, 2010
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If you are looking for anything zombie related, this book is not for you. It's essentially a combat manual (or combat manual like) book with the word zombie thrown in periodically. For example, it explains how to choose a machine gun emplacement from within a house and it tells you to avoid obvious windows and doors because it will be under surveillance from the enemy. The enemy are supposed to be zombies!!! They don't observe machine guns! The author doesn't even really TRY to make an imaginary attempt at a zombie threat with modified tactics to fit.

Even the illustrations don't make much sense. They show soldiers checking zombie bodies for life by sticking their fingers in the bodies mouth and performing CPR on OBVIOUSLY ILLUSTRATED ZOMBIES!

All in all HORRIBLE and out right INSULTING if you are looking for a zombie book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Fitzgerald on June 2, 2010
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This is the laziest attempt at creating a zombie related book I've ever seen. The idiots who created this photocopied an army training manual and added the word "zombie" wherever the original text said enemy. The illustrations in the book are offensively poor, like give a muddy stick to your dog and they will draw better, poor. Don't waste your time, your money, UPS's time or gas in delivery, the poor trees that were killed to print this. The paper in this book would actually have preferred to be toilet paper, that's how bad this is. There are many other Zombie related books that are fantastic. Ugh, I need to shower, just talking about this book makes me feel used, duped and degraded. I tried to rate this a zero but I had to give it at least one star.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SexyDeadPuppy on March 26, 2013
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Anyone that has been in the Army will recognize this book is just a copy of any basic skill books such as troop leading and PVT-SPC skill sets. But it's amusing that the author incorporated zombies into everything. If you've not been in the military then this book I highly recommend because if you take the zombies out of each article you have practical life saving knowledge and basic survival/combat training. Fun to read and I have to be honest, easier to dive into that any military book of the like I've had to read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on July 18, 2010
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photocopied an army training manual and added the word "zombie" wherever the original text said enemy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shayka101 on January 9, 2013
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Gave it as a gift and was told it Reads just like a standard army manual! Bring it on Zombies!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Ghelarducci on March 8, 2012
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Bought this shortly after i saw it in bookstores. Having just come off of world war z and the zombie survival guide. I was excited for a new and fresh take on the subject so i bought it on a whim.

Utter disappointment. Pure garbage. After reading 5 pages you can tell (like most have already pointed out) its just a army combat manual sprinkled with zombies and undead with none of the finesse that makes other books interesting. This was a sloppy attempt of cashing in on the post vampire zombie survival genres.

Further reading makes all this clear. skipping to the actual combat bits, it discusses tactics that would work on living enemies, but just because they substitute "zombie" for "enemy" none of these tactics would actually work in a scenario such as a zombie outbreak.

The real author here was Word's Replace All command. Cram in some zombie lingo and you have a book.

If your looking for something more then Brooks Survival Guide, Try out Roger Ma's Zombie Combat Guide.
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