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Publication Date: March 23, 2011
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This book is a complete waste of money. I paid 9.99 for a kindle download of this book. It contains much less information than many do-it-yourself websites online. There are no pictures or diagrams for designing a shelter, or a list of merchants to buy shelter supplies from. It addresses the most elementary concepts for shelter construction such as "concrete is a better underground material than treated wood," "make sure the walls are straight," "pre-fab shelters are expensive," and "don't bury pre-fab buildings that aren't designed to be buried." I'm sorry, but 'duh.' Mostly the book preaches about being careful to design the shelter to drain well in order to prevent mold. The author suggests using gravel and sand to pack around the shelter, and wrap it in plastic to keep moisture from seeping in. Useful information, but it's not worth 9.99 especially when you compare it with the free information found online. For 9.99 the book should contain schematics, contact information for shelter experts, lists of suppliers, and other useful information. This book was slopped together to make the author some quick cash. Another irritating thing about this book was the misspellings and sentence fragments. This is a very low budget edition and I would be amazed if an editor proofed a single page. Save your money and don't buy this book.
This is not a "How To" book so much as a high level essay exploring alternative methods. Interesting questions are raised and general advice is offered, but if you are serious about pursuing this kind of project, keep looking for a better resource. That brings up another weakness also mentioned by Kerstin: sparse reference info. Nearly every decent survival and home shelter book published in the last five years has pages of reference links to other vendors, other publications (including the competition), related websites, governmental agency standards, etc. You won't find those in this book.I wish I had read Kerstin's review before throwing down $9.99 for this e-book. The only diagram associated with the book is apparently the one on the cover. Yes, there is some useful information, but there is not one photo in the entire book. With so many e-pub teams doing a fine job of turning out properly formatted, well edited, decently illustrated books, this book looks pale by comparison.
I needed to know about shelters and this book did a good job of informing me . Answered a lot of questions
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