I’ve been meaning to write a review for Sean T. Page’s Zombie Survival Manual for a couple of months now, but in my business this time of year gets to be very busy for me. Busy… That’s such a BS word.. busy.
Busy keeps us from doing what we really want, and in most instances need, to be doing. In the end, in the zombie apocalypse, busy gets boiled down to its most basic and simple task; survival.
The first zombie survival guide I read was Max Brooks’ The Zombie Survival Guide. It covered various topics and really set the benchmark for what other writers would attempt to convey with their own zombie survival guides in the years to come. The problem is, all of the zombie survival guides that came next were pretty much just regurgitated versions of what Max had previously done, and they weren’t that good.
A couple of months back my friend, Sean T. Page, from the Ministry of Zombies in London, sent me his own book on Zombie Survival.
Zombie Survival From the dawn of time onwards (all variations) Owners’ Workshop Apocalypse Manual.
Let me state this right here and now; this book is beyond original. Whatever benchmark Max’s book set, this one sets a new standard. First off, it’s published by Haynes. Yes, the very same Haynes that publishes all of those car manuals for you do-it-yourselfer car mechanics. I speak from experience that my two Saturn cars and my Chevy van have had their lives extended by several years due to my Haynes vehicle manuals. I point that out only to express the amount of detail that is found within the covers of Sean’s book. Simply put.. The quality is beyond exceptional.
Ian Morres does the illustrations in this book. Take some time and look up his works; the guy is a master at Information Graphics. The illustrations in this book are, like the quality, beyond exceptional. I’m not talking about a couple of drawings scattered throughout the book, no sir. I’m talking about multiple detailed illustrations on pretty much every page. It’s a feast for the eyes.
What makes this Zombie Survival manual different? Sean presents the information in a very unique way. Most books read from beginning to end. You can certainly do that with this one, but you don’t have to. It is a manual after all, and as such you can open to almost any page and devour the content without it being out of context.
It covered such topics as what a zombie is, zombies in history, how to prepare your home to defend against a zombie attack, combat techniques and much more.
Towards the end of the manual are two exams.
The first is a basic exam. Passing it grants you the knowledge of knowing what to expect when the fit hits the shan.
The second is an advanced exam. This one is less of a pass/fail but rather is more of a … how will you measure up against the zombies and what type of survivor you will become (should you survive).
Both exams come with their own Ministry of Zombies certification document. Don’t cheat yourself; learn the lesson first by reading the manual, then take the exams. This is knowledge you really need to know.
I can’t rave enough about this manual.
Read it. Absorb it. Learn what you can from it to help you survive when the zombies begin to attack.
You can thank Sean later when you run into him, his vast knowledge of zombies and survival will save your skin, all you need to do is read this manual.
It can be found on Amazon here:
Zombie Survival Manual: From the dawn of time onwards (all variations)