Everything that follows is based on recent real-life experience that has been proven to work: Professional Survival Situations by James Shepherd-Barron is a real-life survival book for almost every conceivable situation whether you’re faced with flying a plane without a pilot because the pilot just had a heart attack or you’ve been kidnapped by bandits this is your guide to every extreme situation you could think of.
That being said there are probably not a huge number of people who need to read this book. If you are an aid worker or peacekeeper with the UN it should be required reading, and if you’re going off to serve in the Peace Corps some of the info will be helpful, but even then much of it is probably extraneous, and travelers and backpackers shouldn’t need this info unless they are traveling to an extremely dangerous country. But if you are a Man vs. Wild fan and like the idea of being prepared for any possible scenario you will most likely love this book.
Shepherd-Barron comments that he wrote the guide because nothing like it existed and he had to learn these lessons from experience. If you could know what to do ahead of time in some of these scenarios it could certainly save your life or at least give you a much better chance at it. For instance he describes how to approach a roadblock in a place like
the Congo where men with automatic weapons could surround you and when to risk backing up and doing a fast exit in the opposite direction (and how to drive away so you’re less likely to be hit by the slew of bullets that will surely be fired in your direction).
It is amazing that the author has lived through or seen all these things happen to friends and colleagues. There are some crazy stories such as surviving a plane crash into the sea and not surviving a crocodile attack. If you’ve ever wondered what to do when someone throws a hand grenade at you or how to escape a burning building, this is your book.
Everything that follows is based on recent real-life experience that has been proven to work: Professional Survival Situations, James Shepherd-Barron, Three Rivers Press, 2011
©Christina K Bolton