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Plan and Prep: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse Paperback – March 16, 2012
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About the Author
Alex Newton has been actively involved in Emergency and Disaster Preparedness since 2006, although his decision to become a "prepper" began forming in his mind during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Stuck in downtown Chicago, Alex realized just how unprepared he was for any major emergency or disaster.
Alex enjoys speaking to people about prepping and discussing the need for such actions. Ever the fan of horror movies, Alex decided to combine his love of Zombies with his desire to help people realize the importance of Emergency and Disaster planning.
Alex is the owner of "planandprep.com", one of the highest rated prepping blogs online, where he posts articles about survival, current events, popular survival television shows and many other subjects. Alex's articles and quotes have been featured on many major websites including CNN.
Alex currently resides in Indiana with his wife, Sara, and his three children.
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Now as an adult, I don't have to ask permission to watch such movies and can certainly purchase books on the subject that interests me without worrying where I'm going to hide it if my parents come into the room.
My purchase of Plan and Prep's "Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse" is actually a book that I would have made a hiding spot for just so I could read it over and over. Alex Newton, who has recently become more than an acquaintance to me, is the author that I am speaking of when I say, "this book is survival writing at it's finest". The reason is because there was more to the book than just the thought provocation and hands-on information. It was the illustrations.
The subject of zombies is a great talking point when introducing someone to the concept of prepping because many people are familiar with "surviving the zombie horde invasion". But other than the cover, how many people take the time to provide meaningful illustrations transposed directly from the author's zombie ladened mind?
The book starts by providing different emergency based scenarios in order to provide the reader a clearer picture of why one would even consider preparing for survival or fight an onslaught of zombies. From that point on, the reader is drawn into the journey of possible realities and what can and needs to be done to ensure they live through a possible real-life, catastrophic event.
Accomplishing this through explaining basic survival preparation and the "do's & don'ts" allows Alex to move into the harsh realities of specific types of major events that could happen. Events like these can be broken into two separate categories of Quite Likely and Not As Likely to happen.
As Mr. Newton starts closing out the book, my absolute two favorite parts are found in the Appendix. These are the Survival Tips and Tricks with the how-to sections of actual survival including statistics and zombie games, followed by a mini gallery of illustrations from the book's Canadian born illustrator, Jamie Mathieson.
I would venture to say, this might be the easiest book to read on the subject and I was very thankful it was my first purchase regarding preparedness. I have referred to it often and even loaned it out, which makes me thankful I bought both the paperback and Kindle version.
This book has also caused me to eagerly anticipate a follow-up book on the subject or at least one on a separate subject from Alex Newton. But until that happens, his posts on PlanandPrep.com will have to subdue my brain shielding self.
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Do yourself a favor and buy the book. It is a great read and great to pass along to others.
P&P is a wonderful book. Clear language, straight-forward presentation, paranoia-free assessments. The scenarios are concise and plausible, with the fictional elements interwoven into the non-fiction aspects very well (the story of Family Bill and the zombie event really pulled me in). This is a great read for preppers, yes, but also a perfect introduction for those unfamiliar with the prepping lifestyle, those considering it but are not sure how to start... or if it is needed.
Trust me, it is needed. Mr Newton lays that out quite succinctly, along with a presentation of the basics you need to get started.
As anyone who knows the author's Twitter feed can attest, Mr Newton also has a sharp wit, and that sense of humor is prevalent throughout the book - prevalent, but never overwhelming. To put it the parlance of humorists, "timing" is everything... and the author has that timing.
If you're looking for a dry, encyclopedic dissertation about every minute aspect of 'how-to" survival, this is not your book. If, however, you are looking for an enjoyable read that will inspire you, one which will detail the vitals while filling your mind with great ideas? Then yes, this is the book for you.
The author gives good advice on how to get started .The author is here to give you the basics and reminds the reader to always consider their particular circumstances when making detailed plans.
One thing I can say definitely from 18 years of covering awful things is that the author really hit the nail on the head when describing the differences between an Emergency and a Disaster . Emergencies are the immediate threat such as a tornado, which last seconds. Disaster is dealing with the tornado aftermath which can last for months and years.
This book is your first steps into the waters of being ready for anything ( Including Zombies which is a nice touch) This book gets you going in the right direction to keep you and your loved ones safe , the steps are clear and sensible .
I recommend this book because I have seen people who were not prepared to deal with emergencies and disasters . I am sure this book would have benefited those people ,so I am sure it will benefit you
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