Book Festival & Giveaway: An Interview with Max Velocity

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books library (Custom)Today I am pleased to share the first author interview in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Max Velocity, the author of Contact!: A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival has kindly answered some questions for the The Survival Woman and is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book.

I will tell you about the giveaway in a moment, but first, let us have a chat with Max.

A Chat with Max Velocity

Tell me about your book, ‘Contact! A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival.’  What is it about?

Contact Max VelocityThis book  is the result of a detailed consideration of a societal collapse and the civil shift and aftermath that would impact individuals and families who are intent on survival. The purpose of this manual is to provide information to enhance security, tactics and survival skills of law-abiding citizens who are faced with civil disorder, lawlessness, violence and physical threat in a post-collapse environment.

The information in this manual is derived from years of experience gained from service with special operations forces (SOF) followed by years of employment as a security contractor in hostile environments including Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a distillation of military and security training, principles, and tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) adapted to the threat and environment anticipated in this type of scenario in order to provide knowledge needed to train to survive in a world turned upside down.

It is no longer just survival of the fittest but survival of those prepared. The manual will take you from self-defense as an individual, team and family, both pre and post collapse, and move on to tactics, techniques, procedures and training that can be used by tactical teams that you may need to form in order to survive. In a serious post-event scenario, one of total collapse with several months or years before recovery, families, groups and communities may be forced to create such tactical defense forces to protect personnel, loved ones and resources against marauders.

There is something in this manual for both the tactical newbie and the military veteran.

What type of research did you have to do while writing Contact?

Contact came about following my own research into prepping for my own family. I had read prepper literature and websites extensively and wanted to bring my tactical experience in to help people out in an area that I thought could use some help.

My assessment was that many people were strong in some areas of prepping, but that a certain amount of ‘ticking the box’ was going on with firearms and tactical preparations. I wanted to bring people the benefit of some hard won training and experiences that I have undergone.

How long did it take to write?

It took several months. It took less time than a fiction novel would, because it is a factual manual and it was a case of getting the right things down and laid out in book form.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message.  What message to you hope my readers will take with them after reading Contact?

That you cannot simply ‘tick the box’ or tactical and self defense training. If things go they way many are predicting, and we face some sort of collapse, things have the potential to get very bad in a world without rule of law. If you are serious about surviving, you have to get tactically prepared.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I have been a lifelong soldier with extensive military experience. I served in both the British and US Armies. I served with British Special Operations Forces, mainly with the Parachute Regiment which is Britain’s elite quick reaction force and which also provides support to the UK Tier 1 Special Forces, the Special Air Service. I served on six operational deployments, including to Afghanistan immediately post-9/11, and also a tour training and selecting recruits for the Regiment.

I retired from the British Army in 2003 and then spent five years serving as a security contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan. This included working on contract for the US Government in Iraq, a year of which was based out of Fallujah, the rest variously based out of Baghdad and country-wide, and also two years working for the British Government in Helmand Province and Kabul, Afghanistan.

These roles were operational security roles that included exposure to multiple different training methods and operational schools of thought, as well as both high profile and low profile mobile operations across Iraq and Afghanistan. I then joined the U.S. Army and trained as a Combat Medic and Civil Affairs Specialist.

I am a U.S. Citizen and live in Northern Virginia. I am a family man with a strong interest in prepping. This comes from a desire to prepare for the worst while living to the best in our current society. Contact springs from my ruminations on the need to keep my own family safe and survive any coming apocalyptic event, and a desire to share this knowledge with other law abiding folk.

Do you have plans for another book?

I have written the two factual instructional books, ‘Contact’ and also ‘Rapid Fire! Tactics for Protection, High Threat and Combat Operations.’ I am now starting work on a fictional novel that will tell a post collapse story but bring in some of the tactical stuff into the storyline to illustrate things and build on the two instructional books. But it will be a stand alone novel.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Prepare well, and stay safe. Are you ready?

The Book Giveaway

A copy of Contact!: A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival has been reserved for one lucky reader.  You know how I like to make things easy so all you need to do to win is reply below in the comments area telling what you hope to learn from this book.  A winner will be selected next Friday at random using tools on the random.org website.

The Final Word

As you can see, Max is highly qualified to advise us on tactical matters relating to survival.  In my case, although I am an experienced prepper, I consider myself a a “tactical team” newbie.  Luckily, I live in a geographically remote area that is difficult to get to without a lot of effort.  That said, this needs to become an important part of my preps.  I hope to learn a lot from Max’s book and after reading it, I will share my review here on Backdoor Survival.

I would like to echo Max’s words:  Prepare well and stay safe.  Are you ready?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

Spotlight Item: Contact!: A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival is one of those something for everyone books with information to enhance security, tactics and survival skills of law-abiding citizens who are faced with civil disorder, lawlessness, violence and physical threat in a post-collapse environment. The manual will take you from self-defense as an individual, team and family, both pre and post collapse, and move on to tactics, techniques, procedures and training that can be used by tactical teams that you may need to form in order to survive.

Bargain Bin:  Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Fall Reading List.  There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.

Also, just as a heads up, two or three times a week I post free Kindle books on my Facebook page.  The special free book offers come and go so I tend not to post them on Backdoor Survival.  Remember, you do not need a Kindle to read Kindle e-books.  Simply download the free Kindle app from the Amazon site and you are good to go.

The Backdoor Survival Fall Reading List – Non-Fiction

Contact!: A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival
Disaster Preparedness: Urban Preppers with Kids, Pets & Parents; Disaster Survival for the Family
Survive Any Food Crisis
The Prepper Next Door: A Practical Guide For Disaster And Emergency Planning
Deep Web Secrecy and Security – Guide to the Deep Web and Beyond
Broken Web The Coming Collapse of the Internet
The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency
The Home Schooled Shootist: Training to Fight with a Carbine

The Backdoor Survival Fall Reading List – Fiction

BOCA CHITA: Prepare. Escape. Survive.
299 Days: The Preparation
299 Days: The Collapse
A Survival Story: Part I
11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life

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Book Festival & Giveaway: An Interview with Max Velocity — 21 Comments

  1. I would like the free book by Mr. Velocity because I, and I think my neighbours, will be prepared for whatever may come our way as individuals and families, but it seems to me that his book will prepare me and/or my neighbours and friends for a very essential leadership role. That is the difference I have been searching for – how to lead the group of us through harrowing times as a coordinated, consolidated, TEAM playing from the same point of view – bob g

  2. This sounds like what I have been looking for, real world answers from real world experience, not armchair commando fluff and wishful thinking

  3. We live in a semi-rural area, too close to major roads to suit me, but that won’t be changing anytime soon. Our daughter, son-in-law, and 3 small grandchildren live with my husband and me, and, while I have done the most reading up on prepping issues, all 4 of us adults are concealed-carry holders. I would like for us to be better prepared for security in times of untoward events.

  4. I would like to win this book as we live in an urban area wclose to the downtown area next to low income apartments and are unable to leave whrn the SHTF because of family health reasons and need all the help we can get to prepare. We are doing all we can but would like the extra help I am sure your book would prepride. Thanks for being there to help us.

  5. Hi, A book such as this would be priceless to anyone wishing to learn how to survive after life as we know it has ended. For me, I think learning ways to protect my family, to ensure that they are safe from anything or anyone that would cause harm, intentional or not. This means a lot more than having an armoury of weapons stored in different locations, or even making sure my 11 year old daughter, who’s current thought process runs from cartoons to cheer practice, knows how to use every weapon. Knowledge is power but active knowledge means survival. This is what I would hope to learn from “Contact”.

  6. I would like to have the book- definitely would help me to fill in the “holes” in my prepping plans- you can never know too much about security and protection of your loved ones and friends.

  7. Mr. Velocity says “It is no longer just survival of the fittest but survival of those prepared.” I’m doing everything I can do to make my physical environment safe for me and my family. I’m prepping like crazy and studying self defense which at my age 67 is a bit tough. I won’t go down easy. I hope this publication can help me round out some of the rough edges. I would enjoy the freebie if it comes my way.

  8. I want to know the best ways to keep the people I love alive and as healthy as I can keep them.

    I am studying prepping and nagging those I care for to learn everything they might need. I am doing what I can to get the NDAA, Agenda 21, the Patriot Act, Obamacare banned in my state, and helping others to do the same. I am trying to get all elected Sheriffs to join and go to leran from the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association to assist in defending the people that elected them.

    If anyone can think of anything else I might need to also start doing to make my state stand up to the federal government that the states created when they created the US Constitution let me know. I want to keep as many of us alive that I can.

  9. Sorry, should have re read it more carefully – “leran” should be “Learn”.

    “… to get all elected Sheriffs to join and go to learn from the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association to assist in defending the people that elected them.”

  10. I only have a small about of money to use for preps, so to be better prepared I read alot of books on the subject of preparing and survival which I think is the next best way of learning how to be prepared. I would love to have a copy of Mr. Velocity’s book to get me better prepared.

  11. His creditials are certainly impressive. He has ‘walked the walk’ which many of us know nothing about. It is so scary to think that our way of life could be gone in a second or two and within days we would be fighting to stay alive and fighting to protect our families. I would like a copy of his book to read. We all need to read,study,and practice the skills that will be necessary to help us prepare for the future. Whatever form it may take.

  12. If you find yourself tentless and in the open in cold weather, one way of generating heat from a campfire—without catching the forest on fire while you sleep—is to dig a trench a little longer than your height and about 2’ across by 18” or so deep. Fill the trench about 2/3 of its depth with rocks (not smooth river rocks, which sometimes contain moisture and can explode when too hot), then build a big fire, the length of the trench. Heat your water or cook your meal with the fire and enjoy it until it burns down to red coals. Shovel dirt over it—a covering of at least 6”, spread out your tarp and sleep on top of the covered trench. You’ll stay toasty-warm all night. In the morning, you can oftentimes dig up last night’s coals, and start a morning fire…
    (If my submission is drawn, my first choice book would be “Contact!”)

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