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Reviewed by Martina Svyantek for Readers' Favorite
With all of the violent events occurring across the world, William Michael Seddon Sr. offers readers a helpful guide on how to react and survive a terrorist event in “Before Terror Strikes.” This well-outlined book covers different factors to consider in potentially life-threatening situations, as well as what forms those situations might take. The beginning of the book puts the reader into different mindsets – that of the unobservant herd member and that of an alert observer, asking, “Which do you choose to be?” The skill sets discussed are also vitally important to remaining aware of threats and what individuals can do to be less of a target. The handy list of recommended items for a “GO-BAG” might be considered cumbersome, but each is an effective tool to use in case one has to leave an area at a moment’s notice. The skill sets that readers are advised to enhance are those of evasive maneuvers and situational awareness, keeping in mind that these are merely tools that need to be correctly used to be effective.
Though this book does not deal with simple, easy-to-plan-for events, it does offer guidance on making tactical decisions in crisis situations. And, to be quite honest, it was refreshing to have the book’s tone to be one of preparation, not solution; I would be highly skeptical of any book offering all the answers on safety during a terrorist event. The few suggestions on how to keep calm and carry on while making tactical choices are very helpful.