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Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook

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Mykel Hawke's 'Special Forces Survival Handbook' - The Portable Guide to Getting Out Alive is perhaps the most valuable resource you could ever own. It could save your life or the life of loved ones or others counting on your expertise and cool demeanor. U.S. Special Forces Captain and outdoor survival expert Mykel Hawke provides the most practical and accessible survival skills and information necessary to survive in the outdoors. These methods are based on Hawke's 25-year career as a Captain in the U.S. Army, as founder of the survival training company Special Ops Inc, and as a popular survival expert on television--including his new series, Man Woman Wild, which debuted on The Discovery Channel in summer 2010.Geared to the untrained civilian, Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook provides illustrated how-to info on shelter, water, fire, food, first aid, tools, navigation, signaling, and survival psychology. Now with a flexibind cover and small format perfect for the glove compartment and backpack, this edition gives readers the tools necessary to survive the worst circumstances and make it out alive.Tools and medicine.Navigation and signaling.About Mykel Hawke - Mykel Hawke has over 27 years of military and professional survival experience. He is a Special Forces Green Beret and co-founder of Special Ops Inc, a civilian survival-training outfit. He has appeared on many TV shows in the US and UK as a survival expert, and his new survival show Man Woman Wild debuted on The Discovery Channel in summer 2010. He lives in London, but travels to the United States frequently..Survival Psychology.Author - Mykel Hawke.Binding - Flexibind.Pages - 256.Publisher - Running Press.Year - 2011.ISBN - 9780762440641.

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Like the cover says, a 'portable' guide. It's an extremely condensed version of Hawke's full edition. I own both and recommend them highly.

I've purchased three books on wilderness medicine (Auerbach, Forgey and Wilkerson) and two on outdoor survival methods (Cody Lundin, John Wiseman) in the last year. They are rated highly on Amazon; all have good information. However, Hawke's full edition is a Merck Manual, if you will, on outdoor survival. It's more comprehensive than any other survival book I own. This version, while eliminating a LOT from the full edition, is small enough to take with you. It's the one I take camping.

If I could buy only one book on survival, it would be Hawke's full edition. If I could buy two, I would add this one. The guy knows his stuff.
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I caught "Hawke" on a survival show about Jungle Survival in the Amazon, it was on Netflix. I didn't know the guy but it was so informational and well done (and I really liked his machete) I went back to review the credits to find out who the guy was. That lead me to this book.

I purchased the "Kindle" edition (love Kindle) - and I just completed reading the whole book.

It was an enjoyable reading and learning experience. Having read the book - I feel like I am WAY more prepared for survival in any climate or situation that I was prior to simply reading the book. The information and insights are so straight forward and practical - usually these books have so much information to digest its overwhelming.

This is truly a "Handbook" - and I think he's written a "Bible/Encyclopedia" version prior to this one. I hope they make it available on "Kindle" because - I carry with Kindle with me all the time, I'm not going to have a "Library' with me in a survival situation - unless its on a Kindle, and I can have an ebook on my Laptop, Kindle or even Phone - so this life saving data in this format is portable and effective.

My recommendation - read it in either format, but make sure you have this Handbook available in Kindle format. Some of these things do require review and practice if you want to master the skills - that is to be expected - but after reading this - I can honestly say my odds of survival after just "reading" this book - has increased dramatically.

This is real life - life preparedness kind of things. This isn't a "combat" manual - it is a survival manual/handbook. Don't let the "Special Forces" tag through you off. This is real life, practical skills information.
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I love reading any book about outdoors skills, and I regularly practice the skills I find valuable. That being said, I'm the furthest thing from an expert--more of a perpetual student. I'm always looking for new techniques or tricks. With that in mind, I received "Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook" in the mail yesterday, and spent all night reading it cover to cover. In short, it is now my favorite go-to survival manual.

PROS:

* Hawke's writing style is conversational, and easy-to-read. It reads as if he is standing in front of you, explaining the concepts directly.

* Hawke's survival techniques are part of a system, which he easily explains. This framework helps because it shows the reader why & when to perform the techniques. Since so much of survival is mental, Hawke figures that in, as well.

* The diagrams stand on their own; unlike many survival books I've read, where you have to flip between the diagrams and the text to figure out the concept.

* The medical section on first aid is fantastic. I went through the Combat Lifesaver Course when I was in the Army, and this chapter blew that away.

* Hawke's descriptions on how to forage for wild plants is the most straightforward & easy to remember that I've ever read.

* I found the book to be lightweight and well built. The cover and the pages are water resistant. It is also small enough to fit in the dead space in your pack (or in your cargo pocket for a day hike).

CONS:

* None. I've seen some reviewers who were upset that they found this book heavy; they might want to try cutting off the front- and back cover, that will help a bit.

In all honesty, there is no "one" survival book.
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I really enjoyed this book. I've read a handful of survival manuals the last year and this is one of my faves. My first thought when I read the specs was that it would be too thinned out since it's the 'portable guide' and that I'd be getting short sentences glossing over things; not the case. Hawke puts plenty of info on all the most important topics and goes into detail on some. One example of a nice nugget of info was his mentioning when collecting tinder, kindling or fuel for your fires, look up. It's common sense when you think about it, but I think this is the only guide I've read that thought to mention gathering dead wood ON trees is preferable since the wood hasn't picked up moisture from the ground. Again, common sense for the experienced but priceless for the newbie. The format is nice too, it's small enough to fit in a large pants pocket and perfect for packing away on trips. The cover stock is thicker than most paperbacks and has slightly rounded corners for durability. There's also a lot of nice illustrations and quick ref charts throughout. Overall it's a very well thought-out , well produced book. (small side note, the Morse code chart is unfortunately incorrect in the book, I've printed out a few small charts from online and used them as bookmarks in the past, a good way to burn it in your brain over time.)
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