It’s been pointed out to us in the comment section that we’re not Book School Rejects but that doesn’t stop us from bringing you awesome book news from time to time, especially considering most books these days will be optioned for films and some books are very movie related. Not too many encounter zombies outside of movies and every zombie movie makes you think “what if” so covering a book on how to kill the undead was pretty obvious.
There are a few books of this type out there, but The Zombie Combat Manual is worthy of your attention for three reasons – one, it focuses mostly on combat, which is awesome. Two, it’s overflowing with tons of awesome illustrations. Three, author Roger Ma has created something unique – it covers zombie related topics (fitness, various techniques, various types of survivors) that other books ignore.
For the dedicated zombie slayer, you can enlist with your fellow warriors at the Zombie Combat Club, where you’ll learn tactics such as those illustrated in this combat club video:
The Zombie Combat Manual is funny and, as mentioned, heavily illustrated. Virtually every page in the book is a delight to read. If the book is lacking one thing, it’s an emphasis on firearms. Most of the weaponry and tactics revolve around edged weapons and fairly close range attacks. The book does excel in talking about defensive strategies though.
The manual covers new ground, such as solutions for transporting your child through an undead zone while still keeping your hands free to smite the zombies plaguing your town. If you’re not a natural born killer, Roger Ma still has you covered with an entire chapter dedicated to tactics and strategies to evade and, more importantly, re-kill the undead.
This is not pussyfooting operation though – you’ve got to earn your right to life. If you’re a bit of a fatty (politely referred to as an endocombatant), you’re going to want to get whipped into shape in the exercise regiment section and toughen your mind with the mental preparedness chapter. You’ll learn from undead diagrams and find illustrations of all the weapons you should consider acquiring.
With a fresh take on a tired subject and an emphasis on violence and physical preparation, The Zombie Combat Manual deserves a place on your bookshelf. Right between the .357 magnum revolver and the Viking Axe, rated at over 200+ zombie engagements.
The Zombie Combat Manual is available now from Berkley Trade.
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