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

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

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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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