This is a review that was left on The Green Beret Preparation and Survival Guide on Amazon and it hits exactly what I was aiming for with the book.
When I was surveying other books in the field (and my shelves are crammed with them) I realized they go from normal life to prepper life right from the start. They gloss over preparation for the events that will most likely happen, which as usually far short of the zombie apocalypse most fear. We will all suffer power outages, 80% of US Counties have suffered a weather disaster in the past decade. We drive cars and most likely will have a breakdown or accident in our lifetime (usually more than one).
I believe what makes Special Forces elite is our planning. When we went into isolation and did our Area Study and mission planing, we were meticulous and also focused on all the possible things that could go wrong and prepared for them. Preparation is the key! The first half of my book is focused on that, because you can’t prepare after the fact, as many people are learning even about basic things now with SARS-CoV-2, more commonly called Coronavirus, spreading. There’s panicked buying and a lot of basic items out of stock. If people are going to isolate in their home for a month, most are unprepared. Many of us don’t even know what we would need.
What I did when I wrote this book was to start from zero and, step by step, guide someone through preparing properly. For example, the Area Study. Every person/family’s situation is different so we all have to prepare differently. An Area Study is what we did before going on a mission– it makes sense to do one for yourself, where you are located, where your job is, etcetera.
The second half of the book is the standard survival information, broken down by man-made and natural disasters. I just added an appendix about the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
I broke the survival portion out and put in a smaller, pocket-sized book that people can pack in their car, kitchen drawer, grab-n-go bag, etcetera.
Bottom line? I wrote this book for everyday people, not hard core preppers.
Of the other books I surveyed, there are two I also recommend. The SAS Survival Guide is good for being out in the field. Lots of pictures of various flora and fauna. And When Technology Fails is good for when, well, what it says.