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This was a disappointment, this contains nothing on what one might encounter when getting out of Dodge. Many usefull skills needed during a natural disaster or wartime senario are left out including:
Hasty preparations for inclement weather.
How to jumpstart and/or hotwire a car.
Evasion and pursuit.
The art of breaking and entering.
Improvised repairs to clothing and equipment.
Navigation with limited equipment.
What is included are recommendation that seem more like a hobbiest's preferences rather than a survivalist's experience. Why would one keep flint and magnesium for starting fires when a lighter and a notebook will do?
Much written has to do with living in the wild for weeks, but in a realistic get-outta-Dodge senario won't the objective be to reach civilization as quickly as possible? Also Mr.Payne wrote saying that violence isn't the answer and people should work together. Besides being a statement of the obvious he neglects that in situations this book is written for regular organizations of law enforcement break down hence a survivior must be ready to fight criminals and enemies.
And the big one; Mr.Payne destroys his credibility by digressing towards his polical opinions on certain matters. He can have any opinion he wants but equally knowledgable people will say the opposite with equal confidence.
if you never thought about survival before this brings up some good points, but is is very short and nothing is covered in depth.
I would have liked to seen maybe chapters about specific climates, what to look for where. Maybe more info on how far he thinks you should travel as a nomad, does he mean going back and forth between coasts? just circling a state, no clue.