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

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

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The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse by Sam Sheridan, Donald Corren

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781470830618
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 8
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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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The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sheridan's log speaks to reader as if he were speaking to himself, with an open mind & unskewed vision. In layman's terms, he diagnoses plausible (& fictitious, but still fun to think about), realistic scenarios that are clearly on the mind of todays generation. He brings an honest, "no sh*t" assessment from the perspective of, "what would I do RIGHT NOW?" & acknowledges the fallacies in thinking that plague the modern everyday man today. From there he takes us on an adventurous tour, developing common skills that have been lost to the common man. Humorous yet harrowing, fun yet dreadful, Sheridan's book will surely become a manuscript for anyone concerned about the well-being of oneself & others
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased with no expectations but more out of plain curiosity, I was extremely impressed, finding an enjoyable and entertaining read. Not survivor fiction or a prepper how to, its more about how the author goes about obtaining needed skills rather than a step by step on using these skills. Sure, if things go bad you know that you may need to build a fire, shoot game, hotwire a car, or defend yourself, maybe with a knife, or even with a stick. There's a big difference in knowing that you may need a skill as opposed to actually learning that skill. There's no BS here, no hype, just a straightforward narrative of the author's experiences, informative and thought-provoking. Totally authentic and even scientific at times, I frequently found myself saying "I need to read this book he' s refering to" or " I should looking more closely into that". Any prepper, regardless of what they may be preparing for, will be better off for having read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This writer has a gift of writing that takes you into his world effortlessly. He takes a challenging topic and makes it logical and doable and as he says...lovable. You sense that although he has dabbled in and accomplished some pretty amazing feats in his relatively young life, he is not so terribly full of himself that he isn't afraid to show you his soft underbelly. His preconceptions and shortcomings are laid bare for review. His reverence for his mentors, teachers and guides is heartwarming in an era of selfie taking hotshots. I'm only sad he doesn't have more books out in a topic I'm interested in. Heck, I may get his other books of which I have no earthly interest in, just to read his writing. You just feel like you want to know this guy better when you are done with this book. Looking forward to more of his work!!
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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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