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It is always a joy to start anew with a new slate of books in an all-new Backdoor Survival Book Festival. This week is no exception as we roll out the first book in Book Festival 7, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World
by Robert Richardson.
As an experienced prepper in my own right, it takes a lot to impress me when it comes to the plethora of survival guides currently on the market. It seems as though a new book appears daily and although many are excellent, an equal number represents a rehash of material that has been presented in hundreds of other books, websites, and government publications.
When I first picked up the Ultimate Situational Survival Guide, I expected more of the same but was pleasantly and thoroughly surprised to find that Rob’s book struck a different chord. Going beyond beans, bullets, and band-aids, this book gets into real life situational survival scenarios including urban crime and crimes against persons. With strategies to both avoid and defend yourself against bad guys, it includes detailed instructions and steps you can take to keep yourself and your family safe, no matter what.
This is not to say that it doesn’t cover natural and manmade disasters. It does that as well as offering tips for surviving cyber attacks, terrorist events, economic collapse and more. You will like this book and of course, I give you an opportunity to win a copy of your own in this week’s giveaway.
But first, an interview with Rob Richardson.
An Interview with Robert Richardson, Author of The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide
Tell me about your book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World. What is it about?
This is not your typical survival manual, or the same old tired material that’s been regurgitated time and time again. This is a self-reliance guide to surviving real-world 21st century threats; including step-by-step instructions for surviving everything from urban disasters, crime, violence and terrorist attacks, to natural disasters, pandemics and social unrest.
My goal was to create a book that hasn’t been done a million times; I didn’t want this to be another “wilderness” survival guide. While my personal library is filled with all sorts of army field manuals and wilderness survival books, the average person is never going to need or use most of that information. I wanted to focus on real-world threats, disasters and problems that will affect the average person.
I focus on real-world problems, and things that are the most likely threats a person will face; then I help the reader come up with a plan of action to face each of those threats.
What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?
Much of what I talk about in the book comes directly from my personal experience. One of the things that’s always bothered me about most of the survival books is they never seem to come from personal experience. A lot of the material in those books is just a bunch of regurgitated nonsense from old Army field manuals; while a lot of that information may be helpful for a soldier on the battlefield, or someone in a wilderness survival situation; it does nothing to prepare the average person to face most 21st century threats.
I use my personal experience dealing with criminals, surviving some pretty dangerous situations, and growing up around some pretty crazy people, to give the reader a firsthand look at what it’s really going to take to survive in an urban setting. I know the information in the book works, because I’ve used a lot of these techniques to save myself from some pretty bad situations.
How long did it take to write?
The whole process took about a year or so from outline to completion. The actual writing time was the quickest part of the process. The editing, going back and forth with the publisher on content, and all the other stuff that goes along with writing a book is what really took up a bulk of my time.
Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide?
I hope it helps people realize the importance of preparedness, and I hope it drives them to develop their own personal plan of action. The first part of the book really focuses on planning, and understanding what threats are out there.
The second thing I focus on is developing your situational awareness. I spend a lot of time talking about the importance of situational awareness; I believe it’s one of the most important skills you can possess, and is one of the best ways of ensuring your safety in just about any situation.
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
When I’m not talking or writing about preparedness topics, I spend most of my time fishing, hunting, enjoying the outdoors, and trying to devote as much time as I can to my family.
I have another site, monsterfishandgame.com where I talk about a lot of my outdoor adventures. The site’s still pretty new, but I’m probably going to start focusing on it a little more in 2015.
As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?
I prepare for the most likely disasters – something that I stress throughout the book. For me, that means preparing for natural disasters that can affect my immediate area, crime and violence, economic problems, and then situations that might come up while I’m hunting or fishing.
There are other things that I prepare for and things that I keep on my radar, but first and foremost I prepare for things that I know have a good chance of happening.
Do you have plans for another book?
I have a number of things that I would like to write about, but right now I’m focused on sharing the information that’s in this book and developing content for my main site, OffGridSurvival.com.
I’ll probably start focusing on book number two sometime next year.
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
Well first I’d like to thanks you for what you’re doing over at backdoorsurvival.com. It seems like everyone has jumped on survival/preparedness bandwagon in recent years, so it’s always good to talk to someone who has a genuine interest in helping others. I’ve talked to you in the past, and your site is one of my favorites because I know you really care about the reader and you’re passionate about preparedness.
Second, I would just like to thank everyone who has bought the book. I would encourage anyone who is just getting started in preparedness to really do your homework; take the time to research what disasters and threats are most likely to affect you and your loved ones, and then make sure you have a well-thought-out personal plan of action.
The Book Giveaway
A copy of The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide has been reserved for one lucky reader. To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below. There are a number of options including a “free for everyone” option that requires just a single click. Easy peasy!
The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in this article. Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
The Final Word
I met the author, Rob Richardson, a couple of years ago at a food summit I attended in Dallas. He was one of the more experienced bloggers at the meeting, and he brought a lot of well-reasoned insight to our group. He has a great website, Off Grid Survival, that includes has a huge archive of articles covering every survival and preparedness topic you can think of. When visiting his site, I encourage you to grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and browse for a while.
Because of this personal connection, I am thrilled to present Rob’s new book and giveaway to Backdoor Survival readers. Good luck, everyone!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight: The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World
Situational survival means being ready for whatever life throws at you. That said, the most important “tool” in your emergency preparedness kit is a solid mindset cultivated around survival.
This book covers creating home safety plans, dealing with natural disasters, planning for transportation issues, identifying urban threats and dealing with them, financial preparedness, being prepared for terrorist attacks and other man-made disasters, and coping with disease in many of these scenarios.
Bargain Bin: For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival.
Book Festival 7 – Non-Fiction
The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide
The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness
The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse
Developing a Personal Preparedness Plan
Survival Guns: A Beginner’s Guide
5 Acres & A Dream
Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook
Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon
Book Festival 7 – Fiction
Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
77 Days in September and Daunting Days of Winter
Point of Crisis
Avalon: The Retreat and Avalon: Beyond the Retreat
Rebellion in Northwoods
Prepper Pete’s Twelve Days of Prepper Christmas
Prepper Pete’s Gun of a Son: A Gun Safety Book for Kids
Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage
No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.
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