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The synopsis of the book claims it is geared towards helping regular civilians be able to survive any dangerous situation. However, about 80% of the book is about skills that are valuable only if you are actually a clandestine operative of some kind. While I like to imagine I am James Bond sometimes, I'm really just an average guy. Skill: learn how to jump out of a moving helicopter into water in order to gain access to a foreign county.... yeah, probably not going to do that next time I go on vacation. Skill: burn a body in a barrel of jet fuel.... ummmm. The book is a fun listen if you like learning about spy stuff, but there is not to much to be gained in terms of actual real world information for civilians looking to be prepared to survive an emergency situation.
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This is a book that doesn't lend itself to audiobook
The print version has many diagrams and drawings! How can you teach how to tie a knot with words and no pictures?
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although the book had some great tips and tricks it focused more towards training actual people infiltrating rather than a public protection point of view.
Only 5-10% is even slightly relevant. if the author was to write another, I would like to see more how public react, feel, and can use without years of military training.
overall had some good tips thoug
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
You would need to be a serious Jason Bourne wannabe with a mental health problem to use most of the material in this book. As if a civilian is going to conceal a weapon up their arse just in case they might need it. As a civilian 99.9999% of our lives are peaceful, so this type of advice is useless.
What could Clint Emerson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
More real world practical advice of what someone with his training would do if they were attacked in the street or a bar, or if they encounter a burglar in their house, or they get caught up in a riot or terrorist attack would have been great.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 100 Deadly Skills?
Most of it.
Any additional comments?
There's an opportunity for someone with Clint's skills and training to impart more realistic and practical advice to civilians, that's what I was hoping for.
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