Thursday, 9 July 2015


Sometimes I wonder if I am taking the whole "prepping for the apocalypse" thing too far? Well after reading this book I have the answer. No way - there is sooooo much more I have to do!

I must admit I have not read any of Neil Struass's other books, like his collaboration with Jenna Jameson - How to make love like a porn star. But it is pretty obvious he is an interesting guy and entertaining author. This book cover's Neil's personal journey from average dude to supremo prepper, able to pick locks, butcher goats and treat trauma victims. 

And wow he really did prepare. Everything from getting dual citizenship so he can flee the country, to taking a heap of courses on wilderness survival, combat firearms, urban escape and evasion, and trauma first aid. A typical week included: fire Sundays, shelter Mondays, water Tuesdays, primitive cooking dinner parties Wednesday, tracker Thursdays, hunting Fridays and edible plant walks Saturday. Make's my week look boring. He even cut his apartment's power and water off for five days to practice Bugging In after a disaster, something my family won't let me do :(

Neil actually puts forward a very strong case for being prepared and he presents in an engaging style. He comes across as a total klutz struggling with even the most basic survival tasks but in the end he finds it personally rewarding in may ways. While more a story about Neil there are usefully bits of information in the book, especially the awesome mini comic it contains. I learned how to shimmy open a padlock, three weapons you can get pass airport security and how to make a toilet out of cardboard. 

Now I don't feel so silly building debris huts in the backyard.

Bite off more than you can chew. 

Mr Rimsky

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