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The Action Hero's Handbook: How to Catch a Great White Shark, Perform the Jedi Mind Trick, Track a Fugitive and Dozens of Other TV and Movie Skills Paperback – Jul 1 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books - c/o Chronicle Books; First Soft Cover Edition edition (July 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193168605X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931686051
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 13.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #479,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This brilliant book expands on the previous Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series and adds humour to what was previously a rather boring instructions you'd find in a box of something you were going to put together type series. In The Action Hero's Handbook the authors pretend you the reader want to be an action hero and guide you step by step through how to spy proof your hotel room, survive being run over by a truck, save someone hanging off the side of a cliff and other stuff your not likely to do in real life but would if you were an action hero like James Bond, Rambo and other action characters.
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!
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The Action Hero's Handbook is a fascinating little book. While
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.
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By A Customer on Jan. 19 2004
Format: Paperback
When my brother loaned me his copy of this book I was definitely intrigued. Then when I started reading it, I just could not put it down. I loved it so much I just had to get my own copy. It has all sorts of useful information including: how to disarm a thug with a gun, how to save someone from falling off a cliff, how to pick up someone in a bar, how to secure and read a crime scene, how to fight off a ghost, and how to make a clean getaway. So, if you're thinking of becoming an action hero or you just want a good book that is both entertaining and helpful, then this one is a definite must have.
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By A Customer on Jan. 10 2004
Format: Paperback
THIS IS A GREAT BOOK AND SERIES. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SIMILIAR ABOUT WAITING TABLES, CHECK OUT CLAMCHOWDER.BIZ. THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC.
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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. But now you just get the feeling that they've run out of ideas. I hope this'll be the end of this series, or at least it'll be the last one I buy.
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By Geoff on June 16 2003
Format: Paperback
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. The books tells you (and illustrates how to with drawings) how to catch a great white shark, perform the vulcan nerve pinch, track a fugitive, and many more.
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