The Action Hero's Handbook Paperback – Jul 1 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Picking up where the brilliantly successful Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series left off, the Borgenichts (David co-wrote Worst-Case) present matter-of-fact advice on how to perform James Bond-like stunts with incredible ease. They interviewed doctors, shark hunters, former prisoners, bus drivers, wedding planners, boxing coaches, skydivers, escape artists and a multitude of other experts to provide the best, most succinct tips for a variety of scenarios. The "Good Guy Skills" section is the strongest, as it explains techniques for maneuvers many readers wouldn't have a clue how to execute. There's information on interrogating a suspect, saving a patient who's flatlined, saving someone who's hanging from a cliff and spy-proofing a hotel room. The random facts are oddly intriguing: e.g., to catch a great white shark, don't chain a chunk of meat to the end of a pier; when a suspect looks to the left during an interrogation, it often means she's lying. The Borgenichts then offer counsel on situations involving love (to stop a wedding, have your speech planned ahead of time), the paranormal (the Jedi mind trick is simple manipulation) and escape (try getting on the wrong train if you need to fake out pursuers at a train station). Throughout, quotes from The Fugitive, The Shawshank Redemption and other films remind readers how one might find oneself in such predicaments. Almost practical and definitely entertaining, this is one how-to guide Clint Eastwood and Charlie's Angels would not want to be without.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
David Borgenicht lives in Philadelphia and is co-author of The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook series (Chronicle Books). Joe Borgenicht lives in Salt Lake City and is the author of several nonfiction books.
Top Customer Reviews
I was a little disappointed in the Vulcan Nerve Pinch and the
Jedi Mind Trick, the rest of the book had very interesting
and potentially useful information like, how to get out
of handcuffs and how to escape a sinking cruise ship.
This is a great book to give to people who live unusual
lives or a book to buy for yourself if you're the kind of
person who travels or just find adventure wherever you
go. You might not have a great need to catch a white
shark, but it's always possible these days to encounter
someone with a gun that you may need to disarm or deal with
an intoxicated driver who seems bent on running you over,
and the Action Hero's Handbook tells you what to do in both circumstances.
As great as the book is, I gave it four stars only because a
few minor things are missing: for example, while the book tells you how to avoid getting hit by a car or a truck, it doesn't cover SUVs, which to me is an important little detail. But overall, it's a great book to have.
This book is not afraid to make fun of its advice which previously wasn't done in the Worst-Case Scenario series by the authors although certainly was by readers. There's a lot more advice in here as well. Even if you don't want to be an action hero you'll still laugh you head off from cover to cover. Highly recommended!
Be aware that there are some copies of this book that were bound incorrectly so it seems that there are a chunk of pages missing but you find them later on out of sequence. This could be annoying since you may need some of the misplaced techniques pronto such as, the aforementioned establishing contact with extraterrestrials.
It's a cool gift for anyone and it is very informative. How many books really educuate you on how to do cool things in a simple, straight-forward manner? At first you may resist but soon you are drawn to it's hypnotic, educating charm.
Most recent customer reviews
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This is a cute book that covers those 'skills' that are 'essential' to being a real life action hero. This was cute the first time it was done. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2003 by firstname.lastname@example.org
After reading this book, I thought, "Is this book missing anything about how to be a hero. No, it is not missing anything, it tells evrything it promisies. Read morePublished on June 16 2003 by Geoff
This is an awesome book that tells you information that is really interesting, but you will probably never use most of it. Read morePublished on April 18 2003
That's exactly how I felt while reading the entire book. It's a great book because not only is it written by two great authors but, it is based upon the experts' opinions (which... Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2003
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