Friday, October 23, 2015

Ebook Review: 100 Deadly Skills

A hands-on, practical survival guide from retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson—adapted for civilians from actual special forces operations—to eluding pursuers, evading capture, and surviving any dangerous situation.
In today’s increasingly dangerous world, threats to your personal safety are everywhere. From acts of terror to mass shootings, and from the unseen (and sometimes virtual) matrix of everyday crime, danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions. Potentially life-threatening circumstances can arise anywhere, anytime, and Clint Emerson—former Navy SEAL—wants you to be prepared.
100 Deadly Skills contains proven self-defense skills, evasion tactics, and immobilizing maneuvers—modified from the world of black ops—to help you take action in numerous “worst case” scenarios from escaping a locked trunk, to making an improvised Taser, to tricking facial recognition software. With easy-to-understand instructions and illustrations, Emerson outlines in detail many life-saving strategies and teaches you how to think and act like a member of the special forces.
This complete course in survival teaches you how to prevent tracking, evade a kidnapping, elude an active shooter, rappel down the side of a building, immobilize a bad guy, protect yourself against cyber-criminals, and much more—all using low-tech to “no-tech” methods. Clear, detailed, and presented in an easy-to-understand and execute format, 100 Deadly Skills is an invaluable resource. Because let’s face it, when danger is imminent, you don’t have time for complicated instructions.
My Review:
 I picked this book up for several reasons. Those who know my reviews won't be surprised to find I picked it up for the cover. But AFTER I looked at the cover, I thought it would be a cool book and I might find some things to try with my husband. I then thought further and hoped this would lead to practical application for women traveling alone, or adult women who have to travel at night, as my case sometimes is.
What I liked immediately about this book was Cliff's note to readers, making clear he's not interested in creating heroes or vigilantes, but in public safety. He stresses that the safest option will always, always be to escape or run.
What I found as I read this book was a really great reference for writers. There were plot bunnies abounding as I read this book. Yes, there are practical self defense ideas and even workout regimes (you thought being deadly was something you can do from the couch?) But all of that was mostly for entertainment and side knowledge that I might have learned from tumblr if I looked long enough. But the side tips, drawings, civilian application to every "violent nomad" skill, and PLOT BUNNIES EVERYWHERE made this book go from an average 4 to a 5 star book. Definitely something I would have for my shelves.
I received a copy of this from NetGalley for an honest review

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