Summer Book Festival: Flight, Fight or Hide by John Forsythe

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Summer Book Festival: Flight, Fight or Hide by John Forsythe

Today I share another interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival. John Forsythe, the author of Fight, Flight, or Hide: The Guide to Surviving a Mass Shooting, is joining us today for an interview and  is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of his e-book.

Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.

“Kathy” has won a copy of Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent.  Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book.  Here is how Kathy answered the question “What is your preferred method of self defense?  Pepper Spray? Firearm? Baseball Bat? Or Something Else????

My preferred method would be concealing and avoiding trouble if at all possible. Failing that, my old, trusty .30-30 Remington would be used.

I personally think that is great answer.  Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

FLight, Fight or Hide

Tell me about your book, Fight, Flight, or Hide. What is it about?

Fight, Flight, or Hide is a book on how to survive a mass shooting. It details different kinds of responses to the emergency, and is intended to be a guide for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are pro-gun or anti-gun, or if you are of a violent or peaceful person, this book can help you to prepare for that emergency.

What type of research did you have to do while writing Fight, Flight, or Hide?

I will admit that I had a lot of fun doing the research for this book. I talked with friends of mine who are in law enforcement and current or ex-military. I also reviewed the incidences of mass shootings in the past, and their conclusions. What I found was a common thread of strategy that was either recommended by law enforcement and military, or seen in history.

Why did you decide to write this book?

After the massacre at Newtown, I started looking on Amazon to see if there were any books on surviving such an event. When I found none that were intended for general use, I decided to write one. There were books intended for those who already carried guns, or those heavily into martial arts, but none for the common person.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading Fight, Flight, or Hide?

The main message of my book is that we can prepare for mass shootings the same way we prepare for any other disaster. We have drills and plans for fires in our homes, for tornadoes and for hurricanes, yet none for mass shootings. They are unpredictable and horrible, and they are hard to understand, but we can be more prepared for them than we are.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I am a father, a husband, a college administrator and instructor, and a Christian. I am entirely against hurting other people and I find mass shootings to be a cowardly and abhorrent practice. I typically write fantasy and fiction, but stepped out of my norms to address a topic I think is important and relevant.

Do you have plans for another book?

I am always writing, more or less, though typically in the fantasy genre. My current project is called Succession of Kings. As a companion to Fight, Flight, or Hide, I plan to write a book on how to prevent mass shootings directly. That topic is also necessary, but will need to be more on the philosophical side of things, where Fight, Flight, or Hide is a practical guide.

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

I am preaching to the choir when I tell your readers that we should prepare for emergencies and disasters. They already know that well. What I have to add to the conversation is that we should view mass shootings in the same manner. We can and should prepare. We cannot predict, but we can prepare.


A copy of Fight, Flight, or Hide has been reserved for one lucky reader.  Here is this week’s question is extra easy and not at all related to John’s book:

What is your favorite “survival” food?  (Or what do you THINK will be your favorite survival food?

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 website.  In addition, the winner must respond to my email within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be selected.

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.

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I have to say it.  I have a special fondness for this e-book and its realistic approach to what to do if you are unlucky to be involved in a mass choosing.  Here is what I said in my Amazon review:

This book is all about putting you in the right frame of mind for dealing with a mass shooting and a mass shooter – if it is at all possible to prepare, that is.

Are you a victim, guardian or hero? And does it matter?  You are going to be surprised by the answers. Please, if you live in an urban area – and whether you love guns or hate guns – consider this e-book. It is not about firearms. It is about saving your own life when faced with a mass shooter.

Please take a few moments to enter this giveaway and if you are not the winner, consider purchasing this book.  I do not make many book endorsements but this one is well deserved.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:  Fight, Flight, or Hide is an easy-to-read guide to surviving a mass shooting.  Mass shootings are a tragedy, but we can prepare for them in the same ways that we prepare for every other disaster.  This book is a simple, easy read that will begin your preparations.  Highly recommended for everyone.

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.

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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
Survival Medicine Handbook
Getting Home
Staying Home
Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico
Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse


Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent
Apocalypse Drift
299 Days: The Visitors
The Western Front (Parts 1,2,3 – The Complete Collection)
The Wayward Journey

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50 Responses to “Summer Book Festival: Flight, Fight or Hide by John Forsythe”

  1. Well, my favorite survival food depends on the situation. If I didn’t have any power and wanted to remain as stealthy as possible, peanut butter and wheat crackers are one of my favorites. MRE main entres are a close second because they don’t require any heating or water just as the peanut butter and crackers doesn’t. With no power but stealthy conditions are not absolutely required, then canned Spaghetti Os are easy to eat either cold or warmed. Lastly, given some kind of power and/or plenty of cooking fuel, beans and rice, preferably brown rice with some kind of meat to go along with them.

  2. I had to think of this for all of 2 seconds. My survival food is cooking on the stove as we speak. Pinto beans. I will fry up some potatoes with peppers and onions when the beans are done. I can cook this meal over any kind of heat. I don’t have the experience to bake biscuits over a open fire, but I am building a solar heater out of an old satellite dish to be able to bake. Then I will have it all. Pinto bean, fried potatoes, and biscuits. Wash it down with some of Ky’s finest, (yes I can make this in an end of world scenario) what more can a man ask for?

  3. My favorite survival food will most likely be pasta in one form or another.
    Be it noodles, spaghetti, or pasta in any of its many forms, shapes and sizes, pasta has got to be the most versatile go to food in a SHTF situation. The reasons being nutrition, ability to fill the belly and satisfy hunger and last but not least versatility.
    It’s easy to store for decades if not more when properly stored. Next it’s super easy to prepare, boil it and it done. Next it can be coupled up with anything. Beans and pasta, meat chunks and pasts, bacon and pasts, vegetables and pasts, pasta with bullion, fact is you can boil or stir fry an old boot! And if you serve it up with pasta, heck you’ve got a satisfying meal.

  4. I know y’all gonna think it’s crazy but mine is Spam. Cheaper than ham, versatile and good tasting when fried up and added to anything. Plus a decent shelf life.

  5. Why go for something healthy? My favorite food today is brownies with pecans, icing not required. It will be my favorite today, tomorrow and forever!

    • Sandi. I read that you can bake cookies and brownies and store them in a mason jar for up to a year, if you use a “meal saver vacuum lid”. I just bought lots of goodies to make all kinds of cookies. I agree that into every life, some sweetness must flow.

  6. Hey Kris & Charlotte –
    Try this, I have it’s a killer meal.
    Prepare your pasts, elbows work well as do wide noodles, regardless cook up the pasts but not overdone.
    Next stir fry some diced onions & garlic.
    Next take a tablespoon of peanut butter in a small amount of oil until its somewhat liquified but NOT burned! A quick shuffle with a wooden spoon works.

    Now take the cooked pasts and toss it together with the peanut sauce, spam, onions & garlic and some salt & pepper, red pepper flakes to add a dash of spice. Stir this together until well blended and chow down!!!
    You’re going to love this folks, promise. I go easy on the peanut butter because it can overpower the other flavors fast. So less peanut butter is actually more in this recipe. BUT for you PB lovers, you may want to go with more PB… Your choice folks!

    • OMG hoagie. I’m going to try this tomorrow. It sounds wonderful. I have to tell you though if I have a new favorite meal that starts packing the pounds on I’m blaming you. 😀 Shhhh don’t say a word about moderation. I’m blaming you and that’s final.

  7. My favorite survival food is the food I already eat. I like to stock up on the kinds of food my family and I eat. I also like to try new things to add to the list.

  8. I would have to say any of my Dehydrated fruit leather or just the fruit, I love apple and banana chips, Has tons of vitamins and lasts a good long while. I am also making the assumption I will continue to have access to water on my property.

  9. As much as I would like to give a specific food, I have to take into account that a big part of survival is mental attitude, therefor my favorite survival food is whatever I happen to have access to. I will keep telling myself this. Ive stored what we like to eat but if its not available then so be it. Hopefully though it’s deer or squirrel or fish and some wild greens, if not I will deal withit in the best attitude possible, I hope.

  10. My favorite survival food is my regular favorite food – chocolate! I have tried to store it in as many forms as possible, from Tootsie Rolls in the BOB to cocoa powder for baking! It won’t be so much about survival as it will be psychological welfare. This is an area of prepping that needs to be addressed by all of us!

  11. I would have to say beans and rice. It might not have that much flavor to it, but with the combination of them you pretty much have everything you need to survive and anything else is a bonus (meat, veggies,spices). Also I love vegetables and fruit, that’s why I have a garden and save some of my harvest by canning. So with the combination of the beans and rice, fruit and vegetables, and maybe some wild game, you get a pretty good balance of food.

  12. My favorite survival food would be what ever I have stored and have ready. I hope that is not a cop out but we store what we like to eat. On a totally self centered note; crackers and cheese or ice cream (multiple flavors) would be nice to have in any situation.

  13. My favorite survival food would be canned ham and scrambled powdered eggs covered in ketchup. I have a rather limited normal diet, so this meal would give me protein, as well as a sense of comfort and “normalcy.”

  14. Diversity is a great thing and I have planned for it. Comfort food can calm, bring memories, give assurance to people of all ages. We have lots of the long term food stores, but we garden, can, hunt, fish and raise our own animals. Diversity is the plan.

  15. Beans and rice but you also need to add in some wild game, my favorite being elk. But deer, rabbit, squirrel, dove, quail, you get the idea, are also great.

  16. I think my favorite is Chili Mac by Mountain House foods but like to spice it up some with chili powder, garlick salt and black pepper.

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