Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival. John Elliott, the author of Don’t Be A Victim!: An Officer’s Advice on Preventing Crime, shares his answers to my questions and is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book.
Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.
“Momwithaprep” has won a copy of the “The Survival Medicine Handbook.” Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book.
Here is how Momwithaprep answered the question “What is the main topic you would like to learn about in The Survival Medicine Handbook?”
“I would love to learn more about suture and deep wound care!”
Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN ELLIOTT
Tell me about your book, Don’t Be a Victim. What is it about?
The book is intended as an easy-to-read guide about how to avoid becoming the victim of crime.
Every category of crime is covered, along with easy-to-understand guidelines so that the average person can confidently live a joy-filled life without the nagging fear that he or she is being targeted by criminals.
What type of research did you have to do while writing Don’t Be a Victim?
I spent 44 years working in various law enforcement capacities here in the United States and abroad. Part of that time was spent working with Interpol in France, and much of the time involved working as an investigator while solving most major case crimes.
How long did it take to write?
Once all of my notes and references were completed and re-checked, the actual writing time was relatively short, about two years.
Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading Don’t Be a Victim?
The one message I would hope your readers come away with after reading this book is that they no longer have to fear that in some way they will be victimized. Part of that is the understanding that each of us holds the answer to the question “Is there anything that can be done so that I and my family remain safe and free from crime?”
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I am the father of two wonderful daughters, and the grandfather of six, three girls and three boys. I grew up in England, and much of my educational background is from the United Kingdom. I hold a BS in business, an MBA and a Juris Doctorate degree.
Because of the work I did in law enforcement, as well as working concurrently on a contractual basis with the U.S. Department of State and with Mossad in Israel, I was taught languages, some fluently. I am retired now and concentrate on writing and speaking.
Do you have plans for another book?
Don’t Be a Victim is my seventeenth book, and I have several others in the works, so the short answer is Yes.
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
My hope and prayer, my desire, is that every reader who finishes this book comes away a more confident and self-assured individual, unafraid of what before was the unknown, and now aware and ready for whatever may confront them.
THE BOOK GIVEAWAY
A copy of Don’t Be A Victim!: An Officer’s Advice on Preventing Crime been reserved for one lucky reader. This week’s question is more of a poll than a question:
If the SHTF, will crime be more or a problem, less of a problem, or about the same?
To enter, respond in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected at random using tools on the random.org website.
Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.
THE FINAL WORD
There are many factors that contribute to being a victim, many of which are outside our sphere of control. That said, having a proper mindset as well as some street savvy will help you prevail when confronted by bad guys. For a more detailed discussion of this topic, read Are You Street Smart? Urban Survival Tips for the Street Savvy.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight Item: This week’s spotlight is Don’t Be A Victim!: An Officer’s Advice on Preventing Crime.
People are planning for world changing, collapse of society events in droves; from flu pandemics to potential electromagnetic pulses (EMPs). While this is a goal worth pursuing, the odds that any of these events will happen during an individual’s lifetime are dramatically low.
A mass killing, where four or more people (not including the shooter) are killed, happens about every two weeks. While it is prudent to be prepared for catastrophes that could weaken or destroy a fragile social structure, we should not do so at the expense of guarding ourselves from threats that we are more likely to encounter.
Written by a law enforcement veteran who has worked for police agencies across the United States, the U.S. Department of Justice and INTERPOL, Don’t Be a Victim, offers common sense strategies to help prevent crime, protect your home, and keep your family safe from criminals.
Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Summer Reading List. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone. Also, some of these books are Kindle e-books but 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 SUMMER READING LIST – NON-FICTION
The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide
The Mini Farming Guide to Composting
Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipe
Fight, Flight, or Hide. The Guide to Surviving a Mass Shooting
Don’t Be A Victim!: An Officer’s Advice on Preventing Crime
Emergency Air for Shelter-in-Place Preppers and Home-Built Bunkers
Real Time Machines: The Future is an APP
Survival Medicine Handbook
Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico
Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse
THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL SUMMER READING LIST – FICTION
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Bottle Cap Opener
4 Position Wrench
Direction Ancillary Indicator
2 Position Wrench
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