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1.0 out of 5 stars Good intentions but too stingy with details, September 2, 2013
This review is from: Survive the Unthinkable: A Total Guide to Women's Self-Protection (Paperback)
Tim Larkin is completely right in what he says about self defense. However, this book is not ready for primetime and will be of limited use to any woman. Here is why:

1. No illustrations. Not one. Zero zip nada (except for one meaningless lame one).
2. No list of targets with photos of how to attack them.
3. A very lame and badly written section on microexpressions, with an incorrect and useless description of contempt.

This book needs to be rewritten with generous illustrations and photos that show how a woman should attack various targets, and the section on body language and microexpressions should be rewritten by someone who knows what they are talking about.

Not ready for distribution just quite yet imho.
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Initial post: Sep 6, 2013 6:30:10 PM PDT
davejakes says:
Lots of free and even more very inexpensive video on the Target Focus Training methods is available with a little searching if you are really interested. Photos and illustrations can be very misleading when used to describe movement.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2013 5:51:57 PM PDT
However, this does not excuse the incorrect and misleading section on microexpressions and body language, esp the description of contempt, which is very inaccurate.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 5:56:07 AM PDT
D. Binkley says:
Although I enjoyed the book and it's valuable information, and the fact that I am an NRA instructor...I understand the target areas, but I have to agree. The book should have had some illustrations on the target areas as not every woman is in tune with where things are and how to go about hitting them.

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 12:52:02 PM PDT
I totally agree with Mr. Sonnenthal. For example this book gives me, a 5ft. 1 female, no idea of where to position my arm for the "ulna" way it could be high enough for someone's neck.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 12:19:28 PM PDT
Jose Almonte says:
This book is just like his other "book". It is nothing more than one long sensible discussion on crime and self defense which in practical terms is an info-mercial. Thats why you get no pictures or drawings or a list of real information you can use to defend yourself and really hurt the attacker.
He wants to hook and reel you in on his premise on defending yourself by becoming the aggressor.
Self defense should really be called self offense, or something like that.
When you are under attack by an assailant, you do not want to fight him. Remember fighting is something you agree to do and is usually done in a ring under supervision.
The police do not "fight" suspects. They can not afford to. The police wrestle them to the ground to contain them and apprehend them.

I agree with the concept of hurting the attacker. It can be done provided you have and maintain a minimal amount of training and fitness.
However, don't sell me a fancy discussion on your premise and leave me "high and dry" with no useful information on what to do and instead send me to your store to buy the merchandise to learn the techniques.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 10:42:34 AM PDT
This book is a PRIMER, not as substitute for the training a woman needs. To try to accomplish this via illustrations would not only be disingenuous but dangerous. When someone more qualified than Mr. Larkin comes along you may consider that option, until then TFT is the only avenue!

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 11:59:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 8, 2014 12:13:53 AM PST
nick says:
It's quite unfortunate that some were displeased that there wasn't any pictures in this book. I'm certain that if the expert that made the book thought it was beneficial to the points made or to the readers education, the book would have pictures. If a novice wanted to be a surgeon for a day and read an eight dollar book. Then said, they would of been ready for surgery if the book just had some pictures. There is a lot to learn about the topic. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth millions. I don't know anything about Tim Larkin other then his videos are great and well worth buying.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 6:15:48 PM PDT
I concur with this review; page after page of theory but lacking in 'how-to' details.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2015 6:54:55 PM PDT
Jose Almonte says:
That is because it is just an info-mercial. No freebies, no samples, he just wants to hook and reel in his catch and lead it to his merchandise.
Every one is better off doing some basic research into self defense and going with what works for them.
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