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Giveaway: New survival guide book from Alone’s S9 Juan Pablo Quinonez

Edit: All copies are spoken for

To spread the news about the books release, current Alone season contestant JP is sending out 3 free copies to the TP community, with the expectation of a fair review shared here later! (Your help is how we keep the best books list updated too!)

The book is THRIVE: Long-Term Wilderness Survival Guide. (It’s 120,000 words, so you’re not expected to read the whole thing. Just a fair shake.) Seems like more of a reference guide “covering modern survival skills with bushcraft techniques, step-by-step instructions, and over 400 illustrations.”

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  • Comments (14)

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      I’d like to read this book and would be happy to post a review here later. 🙂

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      I would like to read and review

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      I’m in! I read a ton, happy to review too. 

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      I would love to review this book. I have 100’s of prepper books and love reading new books.

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      I like how the book is a mix of modern and bushcraft techniques and that it has many pictures. Should be a good book, I’m looking forward to everyone’s reviews.

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      I have not finished the book yet, but I can tell it will be a winner.  quite accurate and comprehensive.  Complete review to follow……

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      I watched this season for the first time and I was completely underwhelmed.  It seemed to me to be less about survival but more about who could handle starvation the best.  I mean, no one would have survived.  The winner stopped trying to procure food and just went into starvation mode to wait out his competitors.  Very boring!

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        Gave up on procuring food? That’s a huge difference compared to previous seasons that lasted months. Was the environment particularly harsh this time, or was it more due to the changes in allowed equipment?

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        I haven’t seen any other episodes but this was a harsh environment.  Even in the best of weather, early on, seems like no one could procure enough food to build up their bodies and or reserves to handle the coming winter.  So ended up just being a starve fest and that doesn’t interest me.

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        That’s how most seasons are. Even in the one season where a guy takes down an entire moose and wolverine, and another season where a guy takes down a musk ox, they go through that source of meat and still need more and end up losing a bunch of weight.

        The lesson I took from it is that even the trained expert with 100X more survival and hunting knowledge than me struggles to find enough food in the wild, so that isn’t a good SHTF strategy for me to “just hunt for food”.  Building up a good source of food storage is one of the most important things we can do to prepare to survive.

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        For me, it makes for a boring show… especially the last half of the episodes.  I wish they were in an area where sustainable food could be procured if you had the proper skills & tools.  Seemed to me these folks never even had a fighting chance.  But I guess putting them in a place where they will starve no matter what, keeps the number of episodes down & lowers production costs.

        Agree 1000% on food storage.  Hunting should be used to supplement what you have stored away.  And I consider my thousands of pounds of catfish in my pond as stored food that replicates itself.

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        I do enjoy the first half of the season more while they are building shelters and figuring out the land rather than just watch them sit in their shelter all day to preserve calories, but I understand why they do it.

        And I get why the TV show production team puts them in harsh climates like Northern Canada where the temps get miserable and food is scarce. If they put people on a tropical island with plenty of food and mild climate then the show would go on for months and that is a lot of production cost and may never end as the survivalists are able to make a self sufficient lifestyle.

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        I found myself wanting to scream at these folks when they did stupid things, at least IMO.  I think it stupid & wasteful to roast meat over a fire.  They should always make a soup or stew to capture 100% of the calories, fat & nutrition… as well as increasing fluid intake.  Also I found several shelters to be really odd.  Some were way to big.  They spent too much time & calories on having roomy shelters.  Other shelters seemed way too flimsy & not insulated properly.  Heck, the roof on the winner’s shelter was a thin piece of tarp.  No way he could have survived full winter temps in that.  But maybe he was just being smart & realized this was not gonna last into full winter.  I did consider him the smartest.  Once he realized it was gonna be a starvation event, he went into starvation mode.  He didn’t eat but also didn’t waste calories on trying to procure food that wasn’t readily available.

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        Comments about th show are useful, but isn’t this thread about th book?

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        We could carry on the conversation on this thread about season 9.