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Using Ropes and Knots

Using Ropes and Knots

by Patrick Wilson, John T. Carney (Introduction)

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Children's Literature
When trying to survive in the wilderness life, can hinge upon something as simple as being able to tie a good knot. In Using Ropes and Knots Patrick Wilson provides readers with the ins and outs of topics such as repelling, belaying, building jerry-rigged rafts, and constructing simple shelters. As part of the "Elite Forces Survival Guides" series, the main theme of this work is to afford younger readers with a look at the type of skills that are required of soldiers who serve in Special Forces units. In this case the major focus is on how such international elite troops make use of ropes and twine in order to survive in hostile environments. By far, the majority of this text is dedicated to the presentation of various knots and how they can be put to use in a survival situation. Unfortunately, due to the seeming overemphasis the author has placed upon describing and illustrating multiple knots, this is a book that will have limited appeal to younger readers. It is doubtful that many intermediate to middle-school youngsters will come away from this book with much of an appreciation for the complexity of survival in the wilderness. What may happen is that after the first few examples of knot tying, the reader may skip ahead to the end of the book or simply lay it aside. 2003, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 10 to 14.
— Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-In Captivity, most of the text is devoted to the Vietnam War and why Air Force personnel were at such high risk of being captured. The SERE training program is explained and leads into chapters on surviving captivity, interrogation, escaping, and surviving in the wilderness. Readers will learn about life as a POW, including slave labor, illnesses, lack of food, and boredom, as well as brainwashing, isolation, and sensory deprivation. The importance of planning an escape attempt is emphasized. However, a story about a downed airman who evaded the enemy first states that he was on the run for 12 days and later says that he was rescued after 10 days. A photo is included of Iraqi prisoners captured by the U.S., but there is no explanation of how we treat prisoners. Two Web sites are no longer functional. Interesting full-color photos and drawings appear on almost every page. Despite a few flaws, this book will inform readers. Wilson addresses the importance of ropes in survival and rescue operations. Starting with the basics of rope-craft, he explains the care of ropes and the importance of choosing the correct knot. Specialized knots, belaying, a seat harness, anchoring, and rappelling are explained. Another chapter describes a variety of rafts, while the last chapter shows various types of shelters for different terrains. Again, two of the Internet sites are no longer functional. Many diagrams show steps in tying knots, but few directional arrows are included. An adult who can demonstrate a knot or two may find an audience for this book.-Michael McCullough, Byron-Bergen Middle School, Bergen, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
Elite Forces Survival Guides
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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