100 Deadly Skills Book Review
By: Clint Emerson
Amazon Book Description
A hands-on, practical survival guide from retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson—adapted for civilians from actual special forces operations—to eluding pursuers, evading capture, and surviving any dangerous situation.
In today’s increasingly dangerous world, threats to your personal safety are everywhere. From acts of terror to mass shootings, and from the unseen (and sometimes virtual) matrix of everyday crime, danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions. Potentially life-threatening circumstances can arise anywhere, anytime, and Clint Emerson—former Navy SEAL—wants you to be prepared.
100 Deadly Skills contains proven self-defense skills, evasion tactics, and immobilizing maneuvers—modified from the world of black ops—to help you take action in numerous “worst case” scenarios from escaping a locked trunk, to making an improvised Taser, to tricking facial recognition software. With easy-to-understand instructions and illustrations, Emerson outlines in detail many life-saving strategies and teaches you how to think and act like a member of the special forces.
This complete course in survival teaches you how to prevent tracking, evade a kidnapping, elude an active shooter, rappel down the side of a building, immobilize a bad guy, protect yourself against cyber-criminals, and much more—all using low-tech to “no-tech” methods. Clear, detailed, and presented in an easy-to-understand and execute format, 100 Deadly Skills is an invaluable resource. Because let’s face it, when danger is imminent, you don’t have time for complicated instructions.
What I Thought
When I first saw this come up on Amazon, I jumped at the chance to make the purchase. A book by a retired Navy SEAL that is going to teach me 100 different skills that I would need to survive different dangerous situations, who wouldn’t want that!
I read a few reviews from different preparedness and survival websites (won’t mention them here) that highly rated the book so I clicked the buy button.
A quick glance through the contents and I could see that there were a few skills that I wanted to look at, a few that I already knew, and a few that just seemed downright ridiculous but I started to read on. Each skill mentioned is broken into two parts, the text and an illustration.
Some of those skills and my opinions can be found below:
- 002 Create an EDC – Great, I have my choices for an EDC so it will be great to see what he says. Not too much detail but maybe just enough for beginners to understand. Nothing new learned.
- 011/012/013 Cross Enemy Borders (land, sea, air) – Not really anything that I think I will need but thought I would read it. Oh wait, that was fast. Very little detail, nothing new learned.
- 026 Steal a Plane – I really hope that I never need to use the little information given about stealing a plane.
- And it goes on.
Now, although for a lot of the skills, there is too little information for it to be useful, there are some good skills in there too, it’s not all bad.
The title of the book I find funny ‘100 deadly skills’ just because some of what is in the book is ridiculous enough that if believed, it could be deadly to you. As an example he mentions that a homemade silencer made from a plastic bottle would be so quiet that the only noise you would hear would be the click of the firing pin. Wow, really? Anybody that has ever shot a gun knows that this just wouldn’t be the case. Even with an expensive silencer, you are going to hear more than that.
Overall, you might pick up a few tricks within the book but many that I was interested in I had to look elsewhere for the details. If you want a laugh, or you enjoy illustrations of how to insert a plastic tube containing a nail into your rectum then by all means, check it out.