Synopses & Reviews
When darkness falls… when the undead rise with a hunger for blood… when the hunt is on — and you are the prey… will you be ready?
In the inevitable event of a vampire attack, the average citizen will be forced to engage in vicious hand-to-hand combat. To avoid serious injury, disfigurement, or death by exsanguination, you need to know the proper combat strategies and techniques to ward off a stronger, faster, more agile undead opponent looking to drain the life from your body. Are you prepared? With detailed illustrations and firsthand accounts from vampire combat veterans — as well as interviews with actual members of the undead — this manual provides you with the information you need to survive with your life and blood supply intact, including:
• Debunking myths, i.e.: vampire flight, animal metamorphosis, physical attraction to humans
• Crafting the most lethal vampire weapons from everyday materials
• The pros — and cons — of decapitation
• Weaponizing Ultraviolet (UV) light against an undead opponent
• Using the Domicile Histodiscordant Reaction (DHR), otherwise known as “The Vampire Invitation,” to your advantage
• Solo attacks, team-based combat, and much more…
The Vampire Combat Manual is your indispensable key to survival, whether in a one-on-one battle for blood or a face-off against multiple attackers. Don’t wait until the sun goes down — prepare yourself now!
"The Zombie Combat Manual kicks undead ass! Roger Ma saves the day with this smart, funny, and thoroughly practical book on fighting the living dead. Now we have a chance!" Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Patient Zero and Zombie CSU, and member of the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame
"As a practitioner of martial arts, and a former US Army Ranger, I cannot stress enough how important empty-hand fighting is. Weapons can be lost, weapons can run out of bullets, weapons can be taken away and used on you. You must make yourself a weapon; a weapon you can wield 24/7 in any situation. There are many survival books out there on how to deal with the living dead and then there's this one. Roger Ma's book should be on the short list of handy manuals to take with you to the zombie apocalypse." Don Roff, author of Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection
"One of the things you can never be sure of in a zombie apocalypse is which weapons you'll be able to lay your hands on when the dead come for you. Now that I've studied The Zombie Combat Manual I'll always be prepared with whatever is nearby, even if my trusty Zombieville Slugger is out of reach." John Joseph Adams, editor of the bestselling anthologies The Living Dead and Wastelands
"The Zombie Combat Manual gains a tremendous amount of depth by narrowing its focus: Instead of discussing the roots, history and process of zombification, it assumes the eventuality of infestation so you can begin to prepare for it right away....The best compliment I could give the book is that several times, I found myself agreeing with some discussion before I caught myself and said, 'Wait, this is about freaking zombies.'" Tony Deconinck, AOL News
"Delivered in the manner of a straightforward urban survival manual this tongue-in-cheek, everything you ever wanted to know about zombies guide seeks to educate readers on the fine points of surviving flesh-eating hordes when they sweep through your neighborhood....This is great good fun for the zombie obsessed. The line drawings, interviews, personal observations and scientific studies create an air of authenticity....Of all the books that cross the review desk, this is the one I had to pry away from coworkers and hide." Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and Critics
"If you're a reader who likes books about zombies that never 'blink' and keep up the intensity for the entire read, then The Zombie Combat Manual is the book for you." Scott Kenemore, Scott Kenemore's Zombie Blog
"Lots of zombies. No guns. No problem. That's the basic premise of Roger Ma's The Zombie Combat Manual, an in-depth analysis of the tools, techniques and concerns inherent in facing the living dead mano-a-corpso." Cory Casciato, The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse blog
"With a fresh take on a tired subject and an emphasis on violence and physical preparation, The Zombie Combat Manual deserves a place on your bookshelf. Right between the .357 magnum revolver and the Viking Axe, rated at over 200+ zombie engagements." Robert Fure, Film School Rejects blog
"The Zombie Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Living Dead just might be the supreme manifest of how to fend off attacking members of the undead. It's a guide for unskilled, inexperienced and slightly out of shape humans threatened by the return of the dead and cites basic combat skills and ordinary household objects as the primary weapons of your defense. Basically, when it comes to the Zombie Apocalypse, this book may be biblical." Allie Townsend, Techland.com
"The book is both well-written AND a treat to the eyes. It is, in my opinion, a must-have to any zombie enthusiast's book collection." Stuart Conover, BuyZombie.com
"[T]here are quite a few guides that could aid your survival in the coming apocalypse. However, most of these books assume that there is still food to be looted and ammo to be found. What happens when all that runs out? This is where the The Zombie Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Living Dead comes in, it doesn't talk about why the virus started, or what the best place is to hide from the zombies; but instead it looks at how ordinary citizens can fight their impending doom....It is a great read and I suggest it to anyone wanting to survive the apocalypse." Erik Loki, The Dead Walk?! blog
During a zombie outbreak, 98% of individuals will have to destroy their undead opponent without the aid of a firearm. Will you be ready?
The Zombie Combat Manual is a comprehensive guide that demonstrates how anyone, from seasoned fighter to average citizen, can become an effective warrior in the inevitable battle against the undead.
With detailed illustrations and firsthand accounts from zombie combat veterans, this manual provides readers with the information they need to emerge victoriously from a close combat encounter with a walking corpse. Now is the time to learn how to survive a hand-to-hand battle against the advancing army of the undead-before humans fall prey to their growing ranks.
About the Author
Roger Ma is the author of The Zombie Combat Manual and founder of the Institute for Undead Combat Studies. He is also a Team Chief for New York City's Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), a civilian volunteer group that assists first responders in the likely event of a zombie — or a vampire — attack.