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A more correct subtitle would be: A Introduction to Bugging Out and Where to Go in a Disaster.
Is it a GREAT introduction to someone who is just beginning to contemplate the SHTF type of scenario? Absolutely Yes!
Is this book the COMPLETE PLAN as it claims? Not by a long shot.
The author does a wonderful job providing an overview but detail-wise falls far short, it's neither a beginner book nor an advanced book. Some of the suggestions are very vague and some down right foolhardy (for example in the list of firearms/ammunition strong preference is given to interchangeability of calibers - which is a great point! So the author's suggestion? A Revolver & carbine in .357 Mag. What????).
In looking at bug out locations there is again the same issue. A myriad of possible places covered but not enough detail on any single location to truly be useful.
If you have never considered this topic, you probably want to buy this book. If you're looking for advanced info you might want to consider other sources.
At the end of the day my suggestion to the author would be pick one: Either be an intro book (and cut some detail) or be a "Complete Plan" and add a LOT more detail. Just my thoughts. Hope it helps.
It covers not only When to get our of Dodge, and What to take with you, but also, HOW to get out of Dodge, i.e., what type of transportation. Then it discusses, by state, WHERE you can go to find the remoteness needed to survive.
You need some place to go, that would be safer and remote, with animals and plants readily available for food, and this author actually covers the WHERE to go, which would provide the remoteness and food needed to survive. Not one other SHTF book, that I have read, has done such an indepth job of the topic.
He covers the safe, remote areas, in every state, and indicates how far they are from major cities and towns; he also discusses the remote areas by region, as in the Applachian trail. He discusses the possible transportation routes you might use, to get to these areas, and the livability once there, given food sources and the climate conditions.
This book is excellent; I read it on Kindle, and it is one of the few books that I feel I need in paperback version for reference. So as soon as this review is written, I'm buying it in paperback too.
Thanks for an excellent, very well-rounded book on the topic of bugging out !!!!!!
The author does not advocate building and pre-stocking a 'mountain redoubt' hideaway in the event of some crisis. He does offer some practical guidance for acquiring clothing and gear that the typical person would need and want in a survival situation away from home in a rural setting. Written descriptions and guidance are followed with checklists at the back of the book.
As an Army veteran, I would caution the reader that the author's recommendations are best suited for someone physically and mentally strong, in good health, and traveling alone. His advice would be somewhat less useful for families or extended families with small children, elderly or sick members to care for.
Overall it was an easy read, makes for a good reference, and will get you started thinking and planning for those what-if scenarios.
Having lived through many major hurricanes and assisting in subsequent relief efforts myself, I can tell you first hand that his descriptions of SHTF are not at all far fetched.
Overall this was an easy and informative read, I would definitively recommend this book to a friend interested in the topic.