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The Vampire Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Bloodthirsty Undead Paperback – October 2, 2012
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I also was amazed that my extensive martial arts and weapons back ground would be of little use against the vampires strength and speed. I was, however, happy to hear that by making the wooden stakes pointy and sharp at both ends I could use either end like a long Yawara stick to ram into the vampire's heart to kill it.
This 303 page manual is organized into six parts. The first part explores the many misconceptions and disinformation there is on the subject of vampires. The second section explains the anatomy of vampires. The importance of conditioning and preparation is covered in section three. The fourth section goes into detail on the weapons to kill vampires. Combat strategies and techniques are taught in section five and the last section explains the team-based combat tactics of killing vampires.
In conclusion, if you are an authentic vampire hunter you need this highly informative manual before you get bitten on the neck by some seducer vampire.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Predator Hunter: A warrior's memoir)
The book runs with its own vampire mythos and begins by debunking classic myths and misconceptions revolving around vampires. The manual is told from the point of view of a member of a secret organization that destroys vampires. What follows are chapters on vampire anatomy, personal preparation for battle, weapons, and combat strategies and techniques. It's an incredible mix of fact a fiction.
I was genuinely surprised and pleased by the amount of real info in this book. There are drawings that locate main arteries in the human body, info on how to tell time using the sun's positioning, weapon specs (the range and skill level of a weapon), exercise routines ...etc. There is even an incredibly detailed guide on how to make the most effective wooden stake, a guide with exact measurements and a list of high and low density wood types. This book may just be for fun, but it's absolutely packed full of information, some of which is useful even if you aren't fighting vampires.
I am in love with The Vampire Combat Manual and applaud Roger Ma for the amount of research that had to have gone into making this awesome book. It's one I definitely recommend - you can never be too prepared after all