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The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead Paperback – September 16, 2003
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The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.
Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack
1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.
Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset—life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.
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The book's contents are logically arranged and feature a contextual background, a detailed review of tactics and strategies to combat various threat levels as well as an informative chronological set of zombie outbreak case histories. Most interesting to this reviewer was the practical approach adopted by a determined Roman commander based in North Britain facing a mass zombie horde just on 2,000 years ago: channel, decapitate, burn and instantly euthenize one's own wounded.
One proviso I have to mention is that the book is premised on the existence of only one type of premordial non-evolving zombie. For example, the author does not acknowledge the risks associated with latter-day perverted science such as the well documented Green Flu research programme involving genetic modification of various strains of rabies virus and which many believe pose a greater and more immediate prejudice to human societies.
The zombies covered in this guide are the truly dead, that is the Night of the Living Dead shuffler type that can only be stopped by a head shot, not the messed up living human type like found in 28 Days Later (Widescreen Edition) and Zombieland that can be taken out like any other human. This is an important distinction as it makes a big difference in your choice of weapons for your zombie fighting arsenal. So, with that distinction made, adjust your expectations (and strategies) accordingly.
Max takes us through the cause of the zombie condition, rates the risk classifications by breakout type, suggests strategies, and presents equipment lists to deal with all of the various threat levels. There is also a section on the history of zombie outbreaks as derived from archeological evidence through more modern accounts, which was enjoyable but I found to be the weakest chapter.
Keeping in mind that this is an elaborate work of satire, there are some factual errors that might cause purists to take offense (like a reference to "Nanook of the North" dying of starvation when it was actually likely Tuberculosis) and the effectiveness and use of certain weapons against zombies.
Overall, this is clever work that provides an amusing insight into the strategies needed to survive the coming Zombie Apocalypse.
Have you ever wondered what you should do if and when the zombie apocalypse occurs? What is the best transportation? What about weapons? Well, I have asked myself these things many times, and this book has finally given me the answers! I can sleep better at night knowing I have a viable escape and survival plan for when the inevitable happens.
Knowing the enemy is half the battle, and Max Brooks does a fantastic job of describing our future enemy - the zombie - from the first recorded instance of a solanum outbreak to today. He rounds out the book with a detailing the ins and outs of zombie physiology and psychology (or lack thereof). Every chapter is delivered with a heavy dose of wit, making the book both informative and fun to read over and over.
I am now properly prepared to save myself and my family when Z-Day hits, completely thanks to this essential guide.