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Campfire Tales From Hell: Musings on Martial Arts, Survival, Bouncing, and General Thug Stuff

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Life out at the edges can be rough, scary and, at times, dangerous. Campfire Tales From Hell is a collection of essays from people who have been there, done that -- some of whom had to fight for their title of ‘survivor.’ Some are professionals, calmly going to work knowing a bad day means someone dies -- and that ‘someone’ could be them. Others came through by being smart ...more
ebook, 236 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Smashwords
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As a longtime martial artist, I am always interested in gaining new perspectives from the life experiences of people who have encountered more violence than I have. "Campfire Tales from Hell" sets out to address this need by pulling together essays from a broad range of self-defense experts, law enforcement officers, medical practitioners, ex-military personnel, former criminals, and more. As with many anthologies, it's a bit uneven in terms of the tone and quality of the writing, but it is almo ...more
Alain Burrese
I'm one of the authors that contributed to "Campfire Tales From Hell: Musings on Martial Arts, Survival, Bouncing, and General Thug Stuff," and I'm honored to be along side all of the individuals that contributed to this collection of stories, tales, wisdom, advice, and practical experience from people who have been there and done that. This book isn't full of techniques that will turn you into a killer commando, or some super elite martial artist. Rather, "Campfire Tales From Hell" is a book fu ...more
Bert Edens
"Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writing, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for." --- Socrates

That quote, in a nutshell, describes my perception of this book. Each story offers some nuggets from the perspective of someone who's been down their particular road, some many times. Many of them are stories that directly relate to situations I might find myself in, so it's very important to pay attention to what they have to offer from their experiences.
Miroku Nemeth
I find MacYoung and Miller to be two of the best writers on real-world violence and combat out there, and had high expectations for this book. Their pieces were good, as were several others, and there is much useful information in the collection, but it generally is so heterogenous in content and such a mix of practical and non-practical that I can't recommend it without some warning or qualification. Read Miller's Meditations on Violence and Facing Violence or a few of MacYoung's many great boo ...more
Steve Scott
This is an anthology put together by Rory Miller, the author of "Meditations On Violence" and "Scaling Force".

It was a bit of a disappointment. While some of the essays were outstanding, some simply didn't mesh with my interests or expectations. I'd hoped for more "war stories" and reflections by guys like Miller, but they really weren't in here.
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Sergeant Rory Miller is a corrections officer, a martial artist, and an instructor in both of those areas.

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