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The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse

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Sam Sheridan has traveled the world as an amateur boxer and mixed martial arts fighter; he has worked as an EMT, a wilderness firefighter, a sailor, a cowboy at the largest ranch in Montana, and in construction under brutal conditions at the South Pole. If he isn't ready for the Apocalypse and the fractured world that will likely ensue, we are all in a lot of trouble.

Despite an arsenal of skills that puts many to shame, when Sam became a father he was beset with nightmares ...

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Overview

Sam Sheridan has traveled the world as an amateur boxer and mixed martial arts fighter; he has worked as an EMT, a wilderness firefighter, a sailor, a cowboy at the largest ranch in Montana, and in construction under brutal conditions at the South Pole. If he isn't ready for the Apocalypse and the fractured world that will likely ensue, we are all in a lot of trouble.

Despite an arsenal of skills that puts many to shame, when Sam became a father he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect his son. With disaster images from movies, books, and the nightly news filling his head, he was slowly being driven to distraction. If a rogue wave hit his beach community, would he be able to get out? If the power grid went down and he was forced outside the city limits, could he survive in the wilderness? And let's not even talk about plagues, zombie hoards, and attacking aliens. Unable to quiet his mind, Sam decides to face his fears head-on and gain as many skills as possible.

The problem is each doomsday situation requires something unique. Trying to navigate the clogged highway out of town? Head to the best stunt driving school in the country. Need to protect your family, but out of ammunition? Learn how to handle a knife. Is your kid hurt or showing signs of mental strain? Better brush upon emergency medicine and the psychological effects of trauma. From training with an Olympic weight lifter to a down and dirty apprenticeship in stealing cars with an ex-gang member, from a gun course in the hundred-degree heat of Alabama to agonizing lessons in arctic wilderness survival, Sam leaves no stone unturned. Will it be enough if a meteor rocks the earth? Who's to say? But as Sam points out, it would be a damn shame to survive the initial impact only to die a few days later because you don’t know how to build a fire.

A rollicking narrative with each chapter framed by a hypothetical catastrophic scenario, The Disaster Diaries is irresistible armchair adventure reading for everyone curious about what it might take to survive a cataclysmic event and those who just want to watch someone else struggling to find out.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Despite disclaimers of not being a nervous survivalist or “a paranoid pessimist,” Sheridan, an amateur boxer and mixed martial arts fighter, uses a collection of stark disaster scenarios to wise up the reader on how to live through those final times. A world traveler with a variety of skills, he envisions a large earthquake in Los Angeles, a zombie invasion, urban unrest, physical injury, and general mayhem, then lists a group of vital measures to beat the odds. Sheridan notes fear, stress, and denial lessen the chances of survival, while preparations such as a month’s worth of food and water and a go-bag filled with daily essentials insure a winning game plan. With a funky sense of humor blended with straight-faced common sense, he not only addresses the long-term psychological trauma of disaster but adds the importance of learning basic first-aid techniques, firearms training, knife skills, hunting and living in the wild, and expertise behind the wheel for a real world escape and survival. As a quirky survivalist primer, Sheridan’s work spells out how to stay alive when the world goes topsy-turvy. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
How to survive any possible disaster, from aliens to zombies to everything in between. If there was a massive earthquake, would you have enough water on hand to last for even a week? In the event of a thermonuclear detonation, would you be able to hot-wire a car quickly enough to escape the shock wave that will kill you? Questions like these (and many more like them) have all occurred to Sheridan (The Fighter's Mind: Inside the Mental Game, 2010, etc.) during sleepless nights. A former kickboxer and an experienced sailor, the author's nightmares finally got the better of him once he became a father. "If something was going to happen," he writes, "I wanted to be ready." Using increasingly unlikely theoretical disasters as an impetus, Sheridan set out to learn every possible survival skill, from the most rudimentary (making fire and learning to hunt), to taking a driving clinic for stuntmen, because "when you're driving a slalom course through a zombie-infested city, you need to…maintain control because if you lose it and crash, now you're zombie food." Sheridan is a charming storyteller, and his prose is both thoughtful and playful. He closes the book with a chapter on optimism and the inherent goodness of humanity, stressing that everything he has learned has not made him paranoid and believing that the end of the world is nigh; instead, it's given him the confidence to face anything and the peace of mind that brings him. "At some point," he concludes, "when you've done your best, you have to get on with your life and trust the universe not to fuck you." An upbeat and entertaining survival guide for the end of the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470830557
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/24/2013
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Sheridan joined the U.S. Merchant Marines after high school and then attended Harvard College, graduating in 1998. He is an amateur boxer, MMA fighter, and a student of Muay Thai and Jiujitsu. Sheridan has worked in construction at the South Pole Station in Antarctica, as a cowboy and farmhand on the largest ranch in Montana, a Wildland Firefighter in Washington State and New Mexico, a professional sailor, and a Wilderness EMT. He has written for Newsweek and Men's Journal, and is the author of two books, A Fighter’s Heart: One Man’s Journey through the World of Fighting and The Fighter’s Mind: Inside the Mental Game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Read In Case of Zombies

    Excellent book, lots of useful information intertwined with an interesting fictional subplot that used each newly attained skill. All said, well written, thought provoking, challeging, and well worth spending some serious time reading because you just never really know...,

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