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Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

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Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks
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"Don't laugh. This is serious business."
5 stars"
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Some people enjoy books about useless fantastical stories like kids going to a school for magic, or some people taking a ring to a mountain or even love triangles between a bloodsucker, a half-dog man and a socially akward teen.

These people will either die, or become zombies. You won't. Because while others are escaping reality, you're preparing for it. Don't even think about it. Buy this. Read it. Study it. Live it. And who knows- Maybe I'll see you on the other side of the zombie apocalypse.

22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.
"Funny, Serious, supprising Read"
5 stars"
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I have only read about half of the book and I have not found any problem with it at all, It has a very funny side because even though its not funny the subject makes it funny while keeping a serious tone to it.

This book feels real and I guess if zombies where real then this would be the book to have for survival

17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.
"Essential reading. Optimise your zombie kill ratio."
4 stars"
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The Zombie Survival Guide is essential reading for any who fear the Walking Dead, or just enjoy Zombie-themed entertainment. This guide book is organised for quick reference to each of its parts: zombie description, combat, defense, escape and reclaiming civilisation. The first part outlines what a zombie is, both in Max Brooke’s world and various other fictional forms. Max Brooke’s version is based on the virulent Solanum virus. Probably derived from 'Solanum Nigrum’, or 'Deadly Nightshade’. Gardeners will note that the 'Solanum’ family also includes potatoes and tomatoes… In any case, you’ll find lots of helpful advice in here for surviving the next wave of living dead that crests the horizon. You’ll also be disabused of any dangerous notions derived from 'survivor movies’ featuring hapless groups trapped in shopping malls and other high risk zones. You’ll certainly never pick up a flamethrower when a .22 semi automatic is handy. Or you might just try some moves with a sharpened shovel. It is all about kill ratios, apparently. Enjoy.

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The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack

  1. Organize before they rise!
  2. They feel no fear, why should you?
  3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
  4. Blades don’t need reloading.
  5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
  6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
  7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
  8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
  9. No place is safe, only safer.
  10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset-life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.

Reviews

“I doubt that I'll read a more disturbing book this year. Buy it for yourself, your friends, put a copy next to your toilet. Brilliantly written, morbidly funny, completely convincing”- Simon Morden, Vector.

"So meticulous and well researched that it's more scary than funny. This book lays out everything you need to know to protect yourself from flesh-eating monsters' – Esquire

‘A bloody-minded, straight laced manual for evading the grasp of the undead’ – Time Out

‘A tome you start reading for fun and then at page 50 you go out and buy a machete just to be on the safe side’ – New York Post

Author Biography

Max Brooks, son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft is an Emmy Award- winning writer for Saturday Night Live.

Contents

Title Page
Dedication
Introduction

THE UNDEAD: MYTHS AND REALITIES
Solanum: The Virus
Source . . . Symptoms . . . Transference . . . Cross-Species Infection . . . Treatment . . . Reanimating the Already Deceased
Zombie Attributes
Physical Abilities . . . Behavioral Patterns
The Voodoo Zombie
The Hollywood Zombie
Outbreaks
Class 1 . . . Class 2 . . . Class 3 . . . Class 4
Detection

WEAPONS AND COMBAT TECHNIQUES
GENERAL RULES
Obey the Law! . . . Train Constantly . . . Care for Your Tools . . . Beware Display Items . . . Develop the First Weapon
Close Combat
Bludgeons . . . Edged Weapons . . . Miscellaneous Hand Weapons . . . Power Tools
Slings and Arrows
The Sling . . . The Slingshot . . . The Blowgun . . . Shuriken . . . Throwing Knives . . . The Long or Compact Bow . . . The Crossbow . . . The Hand Bow
Firearms
The Heavy Machine Gun . . . The Submachine Gun . . . The Assault Rifle . . . The Bolt-/Lever-Action Rifle . . . The Semiautomatic Rifle . . . The Shotgun . . . The Pistol . . . ..22-Caliber Rimfire Weapons . . . Accessories
Explosives
Fire
Molotov Cocktails . . . Dousing . . . The Blowtorch . . . The Flamethrower
Other Weapons
Acid . . . Poison . . . Biological Warfare . . . Zoological Warfare . . . Electrocution . . . Radiation . . . Genetic Warfare . . . Nanotherapy
Armor
Plate Mail . . . Chain Mail . . . The Shark Suit . . . Helmets . . . Bulletproof Vests . . . Kevlar Covers . . . Tight Clothes and Short Hair

ON THE DEFENSE
The Private Residence (Defending Your Home)
Preparation Part I: The Home . . . Preparation Part II: Supplies . . . Surviving an Attack . . . Immediate Defense
Public Spaces
Office Buildings . . . Schools . . . Hospitals . . . Police Stations . . . Retail Stores . . . Supermarkets . . . Shopping Malls . . . Churches . . . Warehouses . . . Piers and Docks . . . Shipyards . . . Banks . . . Cemeteries . . . Capitols and City Halls
GENERAL RULES
The Fortress
Military Complexes . . . Prisons . . . Offshore Oil Rigs

ON THE RUN
GENERAL RULES
One Goal . . . Establish a Destination . . . Gather Intelligence and Plan Your Journey . . . Get in Shape . . . Avoid Large Groups . . . Train Your Group . . . Remain Mobile . . . Remain Invisible . . . Look and Listen . . . Sleep! . . . Refrain from Overt Signals . . . Avoid Urban Areas
Equipment
Vehicles
The Sedan . . . The SUV . . . The Truck . . . The Bus . . . The Armored Car . . . The Motorcycle . . . Additional Motor-Vehicle Equipment . . . Alternate Road Transportation
Terrain Types
Forest (Temperate/Tro­pical) . . . Plains . . . Fields . . . Hills . . . Swamp . . . Tundra . . . Desert . . . Urban

ALTERNATE MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION
By Air . . . By Water
GENERAL RULES
Know Your Waterway . . . Stay in Deep Water . . . Don’t Skimp on Supplies . . . Watch Your Anchor Line!

ON THE ATTACK
GENERAL RULES
Collective Response . . . Keep Discipline . . . Be Alert . . . Use Guides . . . Have a Base, Have Support . . . Use Daylight . . . Plan Your Escape . . . Let Them Come to You . . . Knock! . . . Be Thorough . . . Maintain Communication . . . Kill and Listen . . . Dispose of All Bodies . . . Incendiary Control . . . Never Go Off Alone!
Weapons and Gear
Transportation
Terrain Types
Forest . . . Plains . . . Fields . . . Tundra . . . Hills . . . Desert . . . Urban . . . Jungle . . . Swamp
Strategies
Lure and Destroy . . . The Barricade . . . The Tower . . . Mobile Tower . . . The Cage . . . The Tank . . . The Stampede . . . Motorized Sweep . . . Airborne Sweep . . . The Firestorm . . . Underwater Battles

LIVING IN AN UNDEAD WORLD
The Undead World
Starting Over
GENERAL RULES
Assemble a Group . . . Study, Study, Study! . . . Wean Yourself Off Luxury Items . . . Remain Vigilant . . . To the Ends of the Earth! . . . Know Your Location . . . Become an Expert . . . Plan Your Route . . . Plan B-C-D-E! . . . List Your Gear, Be Ready to Shop . . . Construct Defenses . . . Plan an Escape Route . . . Be on Guard . . . Remain Concealed . . . Remain Isolated
Terrain Types
Desert . . . Mountains . . . Jungle . . . Temperate Forests . . . Tundra . . . Polar . . . Islands . . . Living by Sea
Duration
Then What?

RECORDED ATTACKS
60,000 B.C., Katanda, Central Africa
3000 B.C., Hieraconpolis, Egypt
500 B.C., Africa
329 B.C., Afghanistan
212 B.C., China
121 A.D., Fanum Cocidi, Caledonia (Scotland)
140–41 A.D., Thamugadi, Numidia (Algeria)
156 A.D., Castra Regina, Germania (Southern Germany)
177 A.D., Nameless Settlement Near Tolosa, Aquitania (SW France)
700s A.D., Frisia (Northern Holland)
850 A.D., Unknown Province in Saxony (Northern Germany)
1073 A.D., Jerusalem
1253 A.D., Fiskurhofn, Greenland
1281 A.D., China
1523 A.D., Oaxaca, Mexico
1554 A.D., South America
1579 A.D., The Central Pacific
1583 A.D., Siberia
1587 A.D., Roanoke Island, North Carolina
1611 A.D., Edo, Japan
1690 A.D., The Southern Atlantic
1762 A.D., Castries, St. Lucia, the Caribbean
1807 A.D., Paris, France
1824 A.D., Southern Africa
1839 A.D., East Africa
1848 A.D., Owl Creek Mountains, Wyoming
1852 A.D., Chiapas, Mexico
1867 A.D., The Indian Ocean
1882 A.D., Piedmont, Oregon
1888 A.D., Hayward, Washington
1893 A.D., Fort Louis Philippe, French North Africa
1901 A.D., Lu Shan, Formosa
1905 A.D., Tabora, Tanganyika, German East Africa
1911 A.D., Vitre, Louisiana
1913 A.D., Paramaribo, Surinam
1923 A.D., Colombo, Ceylon
1942 A.D., The Central Pacific
1942–45 A.D., Harbin, Japanese Puppet State of Manchukuo (Manchuria)
1943 A.D., French North Africa
1947 A.D., Jarvie, British Columbia
1954 A.D., Than Hoa, French Indochina
1957 A.D., Mombasa, Kenya
1960 A.D., Byelgoransk, Soviet Union
1962 A.D., Unidentified Town, Nevada
1968 A.D., Eastern Laos
1971 A.D., Nong’ona Valley, Rwanda
1975 A.D., Al-Marq, Egypt
1979 A.D., Sperry, Alabama
Oct. 1980 A.D., Maricela, Brazil
Dec. 1980 A.D., Juruti, Brazil
1984 A.D., Cabrio, Arizona
1987 A.D., Khotan, China
Dec. 1992 A.D., Joshua Tree National Monument, California
Jan. 1993 A.D., Downtown Los Angeles, California
Feb. 1993 A.D., East Los Angeles, California
Mar. 1994 A.D., San Pedro, California
Apr. 1994 A.D., Santa Monica Bay, California
1996 A.D., The Line of Control, Srinagar, India
1998 A.D., Zabrovst, Siberia
2001 A.D., Sidi-Moussa, Morocco
2002 A.D., St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Appendix: Outbreak Journal
Endnotes
Acknowledgments
About the Author

Release date NZ
September 1st, 2003
Author
Character
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Crown Publications
Pages
288
Dimensions
137x207x19
ISBN-13
9781400049622
All-time sales rank
Top 200
Product ID
3137315

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