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Book Review - Tough Times Survival Guide Vol. 2

This book is a collection of snippets from other Paladin Press works. I picked it up on the positive Amazon reviews, and because of the supposed content it contained--a diversity of topics like medical, caching ammo, transportation and so on. I was hoping for a "Greatest Hits" type compilation, but unfortunately that's not the case.

Most of the articles are very short in length--3 to 4 pages in length--and, as a result, are unable to provide more than an overview of the subject at hand. Some are only one or two pages of basic advice--things like seek out Red Cross for CPR training or a few bullet points on materials for improvising medical gear (using socks for bandages!). Really not a ton of interesting or compelling content, overall. Really a let down.

The best articles come from good ol' Ragnar Benson--some reprinted material on survival poaching, makeshift gunsmithing and a few pages on survival medical kits, which I found the most useful in the book. However, these entries just left me wishing that I'd spent my money on a complete Ragnar book, instead of this compilation--for example, the medical kit article was adapted from Survival Nurse.

In this day and age, with the wealth of information available on the 'net, publishers have to provide real value to make the cover price worthwhile. Tough Times Survival Guide Vol. 2 fails here.

Can't recommend this one, but if you're a die hard Paladin fan, it's under $14 on Amazon.

If anyone wants to swap for another survival-type book, J-frame speed loader or a pair of old-style wood/medallion grips, let me know.


  1. Thanks for the review, it probably saved a few of us from wasting our money. Unca Ragnar's books were pretty interesting.

    If you don't already own it, RANCHO COSTA NADA (Ranch Costs Nothing) was an entertaining read and had some good tips for anyone contemplating just leaving civilization to live in the wastelands. Has sort of a Lord Bison blog point of view - I recommend it.


    I am fairly well read in the basic "need to know" categories, but not an authority. But I will say this...
    We are looking for HOW TO or WHAT IS THIS? When we read these kind of books. Everyone is an expert; which anyone with a working brain knows is a sham selling point.
    We want skill, so the fastest way to get it is do a wide search in the public library-or in or case, the net. Get the info you need and the requisite materials, and practice. Half the crap we read will be wrong shtf anyway. So lets prove the ideas that these experts put out. But lets do it when we are comfortable, on our time off work, instead of when we are trying to save our butts. WE do the same thing with proving gear. How about pricing skills and ideas too? And when we find a bafoon who sets himself as an expert, we can publicly share our humble opinion that no one should follow his.
    Sometimes, people are well meaning and just regurgitate stuff they have not proven, so a little grace would be in order there.
    Peace all!

  3. Dear Mr. Wolf,

    Thank you for your sincere review of our publication.

    Your opinions are respected and we greatly value your input, both positive and negative.

    Ragnar continuously leads the pack in many areas and remains one of our best-selling and most respected authors.

    We would like to offer you a $25 gift certificate in return for your honest book review.

    If interested, please email me at jasons@paladin-press.com.

    Best regards,

    Jason at Paladin Press

    1. Groovy. I'm a Paladin fan--excited to see that someone from Paladin is reading T-Blog. E-mail sent.

  4. Hello again.

    Yes, we try to read and keep up with many amazing bloggers.

    I didn't get your email, so I checked back here.

    We had to evacuate our office on Wednesday the 22nd due to a small grass fire. I bet that's what the problem was.

    Please send again to jasons@paladin-press.com.