• When Violence Is the Answer

  • Learning How to Do What It Takes When Your Life Is at Stake
  • By: Tim Larkin
  • Narrated by: Tim Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-05-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (350 ratings)

Regular price: $29.65

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Publisher's Summary

In a civilized society, violence is rarely the answer. But when it is - it's the only answer.
The sound of breaking glass downstairs in the middle of the night.
The words "move and you die".
The hands on your child, or the knife to your throat.
In this essential new book, self-protection expert and former military intelligence officer Tim Larkin changes the way we think about violence in order to save our lives. By deconstructing our assumptions about violence - its morality, its function in modern society, how it actually works - Larkin unlocks the shackles of our own taboos and arms us with what we need to know to prevent, prepare for, and survive the unthinkable event of life-or-death violence. Through a series of harrowing true-life stories, Larkin demonstrates that violence is a tool equally effective in the hands of the "bad guy" or the "good guy"; that the person who acts first, fastest, and with the full force of their body is the one who survives; and that each and every one of us is capable of being that person when our lives are at stake.
An indispensable resource, When Violence Is the Answer will remain with you long after you've finished listening, as the bedrock of your self-protection skills and knowledge.
©2017 Tim Larkin (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"I love books that challenge conventional wisdom. This book makes us confront issues most of us do our best to ignore. Tim Larkin has written a necessary and important book that gives a good hard look at topics - violence, chaos, fighting - that most people don't want to think about. You should read it - and then you should give it out as a gift to the people you care most about because this book could very well save their lives." (Tony Robbins, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Unshakeable and Money: Master the Game)
"Excellent! In every way - from the opening, to the conclusion, to all the solid lifesaving, life-changing information in between - this book is solid gold." (Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, author of On Killing and Assassination Generation)
"A timely survival manual for life in a strange era....Just the attitude to adopt...Larkin provides some useful nuggets for these fraught times." ( Kirkus)
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5 out of 5 stars
By cpd on 09-10-17

Epic Study of Violence

Pure distilled violence is a state of nature. It doesn't care who's right, who's wrong, who's the good guy, who's the bad guy. It favors only the person who wields it best.

A refreshing and much needed insight into pure distilled violence. Modern martial arts / combat sports are sports with rules and contain a lot of misconceptions and bad practices that can get you killed. The junky in the street who's high on meth with a knife in their pocket or the violent sociopath is neither a trained martial artist nor does he/she care about any rules. They want what you have and/or they enjoy the process of hurting you. Tim Larkin, and also Tony Blauer with his SPEAR System have finally demystified the misconceptions about violence that have been so pervasive in our society for so long.

This is an epic book. On my shelf next to Gavin DeBecker's "Gift of Fear", Rory Miller's "Facing Violence", Dave Grossman's "On Combat", and Van Horne/Riley's "Left of Bang", among others.

Every responsible adult citizen in our society should should read this and know the content. Being trained to defend in the face of violence is as important as knowing how to do CPR, First Aid, and how to use a fire extinguisher. Our society would be a much safer place. You can and should live a peaceful life by always avoiding avoidable violence. But when violence finds you, you need to understand it and know what to do. Studying it doesn't make you paranoid; it's akin to studying how to put out a fire, apply a tourniquet, or do chest compressions.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Jim Capps on 11-28-17

Prepare Yourself

The subject matter is not pleasant, but it's not supposed to be. Tim provides a no nonsense and brutally honest approach to survival in rare violent encounters. He describes the human body's weak points and how to use them to disable attackers. No lists of endless martial arts techniques that only work in limited scenarios. Just basic principles to injure or perhaps kill asocial predators that have decided to target you.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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