Sunday, February 12, 2012

Riverwalker’s Book Review - Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook: The Portable Guide to Getting Out Alive

Hawke’s Special Forces Survival Handbook is a “portable guide” that contains a significant amount of useful survival information. Being portable and having pages that are water-resistant makes it easy enough to include with your other gear items in your “BOB” or “GHB” or you might just want to keep a copy handy in your vehicle’s glove compartment or console.

It’s important to remember that this book is exactly what it says it is...portable. Don’t get confused by the title either because it’s not a “combat training” manual. While not as comprehensive as his first book (Hawke’s “Green Beret Survival Manual”), it is a more concise and to the point “civilian version” that covers the basics of survival. This is done in a manner that makes it easy to find the information you need quickly. This book actually reads more like a field manual than an encyclopedia.  While I wouldn’t consider it the “ultimate” reference guide for survival information, it is a very functional “field” guide. Hawke’s simple “Stay or Go” philosophy may just save your life.

Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook provides relevant information and numerous illustrations on all the basic areas of survival. These areas include shelter, water, fire, food, first aid, tools, navigation, signaling, and his thoughts on survival psychology. This handbook will give you the basic information necessary and help you to survive numerous disaster scenarios and make it out alive. Hawke also includes his own recommended survival kit items that you should carry on your person and further recommendations for what you should also have in your bug-out bag. 

Riverwalker highly recommends Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook: The Portable Guide to Getting Out Alive.

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

I've read this book as well - I liked it. This is the 1st book I've read where VERY small quantities of salt water (though ONLY in emergencies) was discussed for stretching out your water supply if stuck on ocean. Quite a few other observations that were 'out of the norm' of other survival books.

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 7:03

He was very careful to explain that drinking salt water in small sips would be a an act of desperation if it looked like you probably weren't going to survive.

It's a good reminder of a lot of little things that may not be remembered in a crisis but could make a difference in your survival.

Most of the survival books I read are pretty similar when it comes to the basics.

Thanks anon.


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