The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks 

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by Max Brooks
Published – September 16, 2003
288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books

I’m not sure exactly what it was that started this Zombie Apocalypse craze, but 2003 is definitely the year it was brought into mainstream a little bit more. 2003 brought us the premiere of “The Walking Dead” comic book and this book by Max Brooks. Then the rest just piled on to where we are now with families gathered around their TV Sunday nights to watch zombies kill or be killed.

This book definitely has a great influence on all the zombies we’ve been having to deal with in all the media formats. What is really interesting about this book is that, while it is a humorous book written to teach how to avoid dying in the Zombie Apocalypse, it also has some general survival tips that could help in any survival situation, real or fiction.

The first chapter, “The Undead: Myths and Realities”, outlines Solanum, a virus that creates a zombie, along with details on how it is spread and treatment of the infected. This chapter then goes on to explain the abilities and behavioral patterns of the undead, and the differences between “voodoo” zombies, movie zombies, and zombies created by Solanum. So at first it seems as though it will be a sort of novel with a story.

The rest of the book describes weapons and combat techniques, places of safety, and how to survive a zombie-infested world. In the section describing weapons, Brooks writes about the human body: “If cared for and trained properly, is the greatest weapon on earth”. This is the part of the book where just general survival tips can be found

I really loved the Recorded Attacks, zombie outbreaks through time, for example the missing Roanoke colony. This gave the book one last chuckle before closing. Most of the time when I’m done reading a book I will pass it on to someone who will enjoy it. This time however, I’m keeping this book as a reference guide.

Publisher’s Summary

The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack:

  • 1. Organize before they rise!
  • 2. They feel no fear, why should you?
  • 3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
  • 4. Blades don’t need reloading.
  • 5. Ideal protection: tight clothes, short hair.
  • 6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
  • 7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
  • 8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
  • 9. No place is safe, only safer.
  • 10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset: life. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is an audiobook that can save your life.

©2003 Max Brooks (P)2006 Random House, Inc.