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A Survival Guide Does You No Good If . . .

. . . you don’t have it with you. A Survival Guide is something you MUST have with you for reference, not on your shelf in your home.

I just received print copies of my newly published Survive Now-Thrive Later manual and am very happy with the way it turned out. We’re paying extra for the small size, but there’s no point publishing it in print if it isn’t handy. You can see it next to my Ranger handbook, which survived many, many days, weeks, months and years deployed. It went through all sorts of weather, safely inside a Zip-lock bag inside my cargo pocket in my pants or shirt. I’ve used it under a poncho in freezing rain at night with a red lens flashlight. In eight feet of snow. In mud and blood and beer. Okay, one too far there.

Measuring Survive Now with a ruler it comes in at four inches wide by slightly under six inches tall. It easily fits into the cargo pocket of my pants. It’s only a little bit bigger than my wallet. I am stashing a copy in all my Grab-n-Go bags (home, car, ERP). Also a handy copy in the glove compartment of both our cars.

And the way I designed it, the most important information comes first. I plan on using small post its to tab contents for easy reference (don’t have that printing option– yet).

Note that on page one, we go right to the first priority of First Aid Triage:  Breathing.

Did you know can do a self-Heimlich? If you need to do one, can you make it to your book shelf? Do you have time to check the table of contents?

The first rule of three: 3 minutes without breathing.

I’m gifting copies of this book to my family and friends because it’s really, really important. I wrote it after my grandsons moved to San Diego and I realized there wasn’t a set of practical guides out there for preparing for and a small, to the point, survival guide– designed for the average person.

Prepare Now-Survive Later is the companion book and is focused on how to gradually, step-by-step prepare yourself, your home, your car, your work/school, etc.

Give the gift of life!


How Not To Write A Headline: “Theives steal guns from Doomsday preppers home.”

Yes, that’s the way it was spelled.

This is the full headline:


Not only is that not a good headline, the list of what was stolen is sad when you get to the bug out bag.


Rice and beans? Smoke grenades? But the 12 “machete knives” is the big one. Someone has been watching too much Walking Dead.

banner-bothsurvivalbooksAnd they really need my next book coming out Thursday: Prepare Now-Survive Later.

It will prepare you for Theives and more!



The 2 Most Important Books You Need–Books That Can Save Your Life (And Those You Love)

As a former Green Beret who went through survival training, and then through more survival training, and then through more, and then had to apply much of that training during various deployments around the world, I’m not too thrilled with the survival information that’s available to the average person.  A lot of it is written by hard-core survivalists and too technical.  Other experts focus on hiding out in the hills with their gun and becoming the next Robinson Caruso without my man Friday (they’d shoot him).  I focus more on the most pressing possibilities and also surviving with others, since no man is an island, except what’s his name, Tom Hanks, but even he left the island (and the volleyball didn’t make it!).

I broke it into two books to make it simpler. How to prepare. Then how to survive. The latter book is pocket-sized so you can have it where you need it!

Prepare Now-Survive Later

Survive Now-Thrive Later

Also, frankly, many focus on the wrong things. For example, I point out that

the poor man’s survival guide is simple: find the nearest survivalist
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who believes they can hold a static position and take their stuff. I know, the prepper will say no one can take their stuff. And if you aren’t prepared, you won’t. But . . .

I wanted to write books for the average person and also wanted to cover emergencies from most likely (power outage, hurricane, accident, burglary, etc) to least likely. 

SERE training real lifeI guarantee you will find numerous bits of information that you didn’t know and also you can develop a template for survival.  More importantly, these books give you the information you need to prepare for an emergency, which you can do right now and is critical.  In Special Forces, most of our success was dependent on our planning.Looking at the guy on the left, I remember going through multiple Winter Warfare training exercises. Which is why I won’t get in water that is below 85 degrees.

The books lay out the mindset needed to survive; the five key elements of survival; the Special Forces Area Study; how to build your survival A-Team; equipment needed; proper preparation and actions in your home and your car; then covering a range of emergencies from car accidents to burglary to hurricanes, power outages, wild fires, plane crash, terrorism and more. While this post is blatant promotion, it’s because I strongly believe these books are one that people should have.  Even with my own training and experience, while researching it, I learned quite a few new things. 

Nothing but good time ahead, but not if you’re not prepared!

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