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In 2016, Chris Ryan's family was targeted by a terrorist cell. He didn't know who they were, or where they might strike. All he knew was that he wanted to keep his family safe. In SAFE, Chris Ryan has compiled all the personal security expertise he acquired during his time serving with the Regiment - he was awarded the military medal for his quick-thinking and survival inst In 2016, Chris Ryan's family was targeted by a terrorist cell. He didn't know who they were, or where they might strike. All he knew was that he wanted to keep his family safe. In SAFE, Chris Ryan has compiled all the personal security expertise he acquired during his time serving with the Regiment - he was awarded the military medal for his quick-thinking and survival instincts. He reveals the skills that kept him safe working undercover in Northern Ireland, on the dangerous streets of central Africa and in the war zones of the Middle East. He explains how civilians can employ these techniques to keep themselves: · Safe on the streets and in their vehicles · Safe in a fight or in the midst of a terror incident · Safe on aircraft or in hostage situations · Safe from cyber attacks · Safe in riots · Safe from sexual predators and much more. Chris Ryan analyses real-life incidents, such as the Manchester Arena bombing, the London Bridge terror attack and the Tunisian beach shootings, and explains how ordinary people should act if they find themselves in similar scenarios. And he reveals fascinating stories, never before told, about life in the Regiment and the dangers faced by SAS soldiers. In a world of ever-present, ever-changing threats, this is a book that will empower you to take personal responsibility for your own security.


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In 2016, Chris Ryan's family was targeted by a terrorist cell. He didn't know who they were, or where they might strike. All he knew was that he wanted to keep his family safe. In SAFE, Chris Ryan has compiled all the personal security expertise he acquired during his time serving with the Regiment - he was awarded the military medal for his quick-thinking and survival inst In 2016, Chris Ryan's family was targeted by a terrorist cell. He didn't know who they were, or where they might strike. All he knew was that he wanted to keep his family safe. In SAFE, Chris Ryan has compiled all the personal security expertise he acquired during his time serving with the Regiment - he was awarded the military medal for his quick-thinking and survival instincts. He reveals the skills that kept him safe working undercover in Northern Ireland, on the dangerous streets of central Africa and in the war zones of the Middle East. He explains how civilians can employ these techniques to keep themselves: · Safe on the streets and in their vehicles · Safe in a fight or in the midst of a terror incident · Safe on aircraft or in hostage situations · Safe from cyber attacks · Safe in riots · Safe from sexual predators and much more. Chris Ryan analyses real-life incidents, such as the Manchester Arena bombing, the London Bridge terror attack and the Tunisian beach shootings, and explains how ordinary people should act if they find themselves in similar scenarios. And he reveals fascinating stories, never before told, about life in the Regiment and the dangers faced by SAS soldiers. In a world of ever-present, ever-changing threats, this is a book that will empower you to take personal responsibility for your own security.

30 review for Safe: How to stay safe in a dangerous world: Survival techniques for everyday life from an SAS hero

  1. 4 out of 5

    T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)

    The information in this book can be divided into four categories: - Sensible personal safety advice. - Information on dealing with situations you are likely never to be in. - Swing-the-lamp-pull-up-a-sandbag. - Wrong. To be honest, I think the ‘sensible personal safety advice’ is the most valuable part. Much of it is common sense, but, let’s be honest, common sense is actually pretty rare. And besides, how often do you do the sensible thing, especially if it’s just a bit more trouble? For instance, d The information in this book can be divided into four categories: - Sensible personal safety advice. - Information on dealing with situations you are likely never to be in. - Swing-the-lamp-pull-up-a-sandbag. - Wrong. To be honest, I think the ‘sensible personal safety advice’ is the most valuable part. Much of it is common sense, but, let’s be honest, common sense is actually pretty rare. And besides, how often do you do the sensible thing, especially if it’s just a bit more trouble? For instance, do you drive around with the car doors locked? No, because it will take a whole extra second to get out when you reach your destination. Do you walk with your bag shoulder strap cross-body or just over your shoulder? The latter, because the former looks a bit weird, and you definitely wouldn’t want to look weird. I say you, but actually I mean we. This book’s main value lies in making the reader actually think about their personal safety, and what adjustments they might make to increase that level of safety. Not weird paranoid stuff - just re-evaluating a few things and making minor changes. Yes, it’s tempting to ‘check in’ on Facebook so everyone in your ‘friends’ list (and possibly their friends) knows you’re at a rock concert and they’re not... but is it really such a stretch to wait and post after you’ve come back, and so avoid telling a friend-of-a-friend that it’s OK to burgle your house this weekend? So, from that point of view, as a list of things to re-think, money well spent. The sections on terrorist, hostage situations, and biological/nuclear attack are less immediately useful, although they are interesting (and the advice seems sensible). The swing-the-lamp-pull-up-a-sandbag reminiscences are interesting, but also inevitable. What’s the point of having a celebrity SAS chap write a book unless he’s going to drop in a few anecdotes? I did, at some points, find myself thinking, “Yes, mate, I know you did.” But fair play to him, he’s written a pretty good book and the anecdotes spice it up a bit and make the advice less theoretical. As for the ‘wrong’... I only spotted one thing. In the UK, one can hold a three-shot (one in the chamber, two in the magazine) semiautomatic shotgun on a shotgun certificate. Ryan states that the maximum capacity is five shots (“count on three, be prepared for five”); actually, for Section 1 shotguns held on a firearms licence (or, of course, if you are a criminal and haven’t bothered to apply for a licence), there is no maximum capacity stated in law.

  2. 4 out of 5

    anna b

    The key here is "situational awareness", which the author reiterates over and over again in the book. Something which most of us lack, especially when we come from a country that is extremely safe. A lot of the tips are common sense and sound very simple but when an incident hits, usually we are in shock and unable to react fast enough and correctly. A good reminder on how I personally take a lot of things for granted in my home country and when I travel.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica M

    http://jessjustreads.com Safe by Chris Ryan reads like a how-to guide when facing all the dangers that you might come across in your everyday life. It’s incredibly straightforward and useful information that I found fascinating. I actually learnt so much from reading this book and I highly recommend it to everyone. In the book, Chris tells you how to keep yourself and your family safe from the perils of modern urban life. He leads you through a variety of situations including what to do if: - You http://jessjustreads.com Safe by Chris Ryan reads like a how-to guide when facing all the dangers that you might come across in your everyday life. It’s incredibly straightforward and useful information that I found fascinating. I actually learnt so much from reading this book and I highly recommend it to everyone. In the book, Chris tells you how to keep yourself and your family safe from the perils of modern urban life. He leads you through a variety of situations including what to do if: - You are walking down the street and think you are being followed - You find yourself confronted by a threatening group of people or a gang - You find yourself caught in the middle of a riot - You hear gunfire or explosions in a crowed place (e.g. shopping centre) - You hear on the radio that Russia has launched nuclear missiles that will land in the centre of London in two hours. “Firstly, don’t look over your shoulder. This will alert the person following you and cause them to drop back, so it’ll become harder for you to identify them. Make use of reflective surfaces to see what’s going on behind you. In practice, this means the wing mirrors of parked cars and shop windows.” In case you haven’t heard of Chris Ryan, he’s a former SAS corporal and the only man to escape death or capture during the Bravo Two Zero operation in the 1991 Gulf War. In this book, he often begins a chapter by telling a story from his days in the SAS. He’ll talk about a poor choice one of his fellow soldiers made (and how it resulted in their death) or he’ll talk about a mistake that someone made (and why it could’ve ended in multiple deaths). Even though Chris’ experience in the SAS is very different from our own, he is able to adapt his knowledge for the everyday reader and give us advice that is actually useful. “If you’re on holiday, it’s easy for your child to get separated from you. Always make sure they have a card with your name, phone number and the address of your hotel or wherever you’re staying.” Sometimes he gives advice that seems a little too obvious, but it’s probably something that is so simple people don’t actually do it. And so it needs to be said. I found this book really interesting. There are a lot of situations that you’ll (hopefully) never find yourself in — like what to do admit a mass terror attack — but it’s helpful and reassuring to read his advice regardless. “Most break-ins are not sophisticated. They know which doors are easy to break down and which aren’t. So should you. If a door only has a single cylinder lock (like a Yale lock), it’s easy to break in. I could pick a pock like that in seconds and kick the door down in not much longer. Trust me: it’s a thief magnet.” I really enjoyed reading this book, and would happily recommend it to any adult reader. Anyone who owns their own home will be interested in reading the chapters on theft and robbery, and there are a ton of other scenarios that will be quite informative to readers. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tom Thornton

    I was already a big fan of Chris Ryan's fiction, but it turns out his Non-fiction is actually what sets him apart from his ex-servicemen contemporaries. I was worried this might be a bit "Soldier-y" but in actual fact, Chris Ryan demonstrates more humility and more no-ego street wisdom than most others do. What I really want to stress is that this is a must read for anyone with a general level of anxiety who worries about being out in public spaces/flying/personal safety or any of the other chapt I was already a big fan of Chris Ryan's fiction, but it turns out his Non-fiction is actually what sets him apart from his ex-servicemen contemporaries. I was worried this might be a bit "Soldier-y" but in actual fact, Chris Ryan demonstrates more humility and more no-ego street wisdom than most others do. What I really want to stress is that this is a must read for anyone with a general level of anxiety who worries about being out in public spaces/flying/personal safety or any of the other chapter headings. This isn't directly marketed as a self-help book yet it's the most effective of that kind which I've ever come across. I honestly feel less anxious than I used to. The chapter about Airplane safety genuinely aided my concerns about flying. I have seen negative reviews accusing Ryan of simply stating the obvious but I disagree because the simplicity of his advice is what makes this such a clever book. All the advice given is practical, easy to remember/apply, as well as being presented in a confident way by someone who knows a thing or two about the subject matter, all while refraining from talking about himself too much (unless it contributes to the points). The final few chapters CAN move in to territory of being unnecessary, especially the chapter about surviving nuclear attacks which I'm surprised was considered important enough to make the final edit. Segments could arguably be EXcluded, but in terms of what's INcluded, I don't know how it could be improved, so it has to be five stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    R7835

    "It’s far better to make a mistake on the training field than on the battlefield." Be aware of your surroundings and always be one step ahead. Situational awareness is the key takeaway from here. Having your head in the clouds (or on your phone) and you'll be a victim of the danger before you're even aware of it. I enjoyed this. A lot of good tips and advice. Where advice was given that I already thought was common sense, instead of feeling cheated, I felt reassured. A quick read that I would rec "It’s far better to make a mistake on the training field than on the battlefield." Be aware of your surroundings and always be one step ahead. Situational awareness is the key takeaway from here. Having your head in the clouds (or on your phone) and you'll be a victim of the danger before you're even aware of it. I enjoyed this. A lot of good tips and advice. Where advice was given that I already thought was common sense, instead of feeling cheated, I felt reassured. A quick read that I would recommend to anyone interested and are new to survival safety tips.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sunil

    Not really a book in the technical sense of the word. It is useful compilation of potential danger situations in the 21st century world with concise advice on what to do faced with such eventualities. Chris collates all situations ranging from personal safety, online security, hijack situations and terrorist incidents ( and much more) and comes up a useful list of safety measures and countermeasures - some obviously are commonsense whilst some are novel- good it is all put together.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jtc911

    Had high expectations for this book. In reality, it seems nothing more than a rushed effort to take advantage of the current fear of terrorism. Alarmingly straightforward advice that gives little insight or opportunity to learn. Will no doubt sell a lot of copies off the back of the author’s stature. Oh well. On to the next book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sir O... oo look a bunny rabbit

    Everyone needs to read this book The irony is I often read it face down in my phone in my commute nearly missing my stop a number of times, cearly lacking situational awareness. I hope never to have to need some of the advice in this book but the awareness required to avoid dangerous situations is just as important. A factual page turner.

  9. 4 out of 5

    StriderZA

    Excellent advice This is a must read for even a trained person as some the things we tend to forget and need to do a recap. It’s simple and packed with information that is relevant and vert much applicable in today’s life. Great book overall.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Interesting book. Some good hints and tips in there for people who may not be as clued up on situational awareness or what to do in an emergency. Good read to brush up on my skills as with time you naturally become complacent.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris Wathall

    Amazing game read, a lot of common sense stuff in hear but I can honestly say that despite it being common sense, there are things I do that I shouldn’t be doing. An educational read on safety and staying safe, this book should be in everyone’s arsenal!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Josie

    Things I learned from this book: + if someone has eyes like a shithouse rat, they're probably up to no good + if you keep a baseball bat in your house, have a baseball ball too for plausible deniability wink wink + violence should be a last resort... unless you're chris ryan

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mr Thomas

    Crucial skills for the modern world Simple, constructive, common sense advice. Some superb insights as to how to react in a given situation. Compulsory life skills, easily explained.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Simon Baxter

    Great read, shame there was nothing about Pandemics.

  15. 5 out of 5

    AnnaG

    This is a practical manual with advice for what to do in the worst situations. Some very useful tips worth incorporating in your daily routine.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Surprisingly entertaining.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liam Curran

    Useful advice presented in an easy to read format, would recommend

  18. 5 out of 5

    Reita

    Some good common sense advice about how to stay safe. I enjoyed it, was a good read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linette

    The case book for an enneagram 6 with the need to have a solution for any worst case scenario. That being said there was a lot of value in actually knowing what to do should the scenario arise.

  20. 4 out of 5

    KP

    Really accessible, practical and interesting, presented by an expert with practical experience, not someone copying an SAS manual.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Gadeke

    Quite sobering, and very informative. An easy read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    An easy read that was quite entertaining- how I’d take everything said with a pinch of salt...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Zuzanna

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Sipnevski

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kat

  26. 5 out of 5

    william marshall

  27. 5 out of 5

    Wayne

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Bordoy

  30. 4 out of 5

    A Baillie Strong

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