Be a Hero

The Essential Survival Guide to Active-Shooter Events

Foreword by Don Mann
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About The Book

Dealing with the unthinkable
It’s never going to be you. Then one day you hear the clatter of automatic fire at the mall. You have been drawn into the chaos and terror of an active shooter event. What do you do? Who do you turn to?

Be a Hero is the essential guide to terrorist attacks that will help you survive. Former Special Air Service terror expert John Geddes will explain how to cope with a life-threatening event. He shows you how to make clear decisions and beat the odds by:

Dealing with fear through simple and effective techniques to bring the chemical urges generated by terror at least partially under control
Escaping and evading when possible, using everyday objects and landmarks for protection
Fighting back if needed, with methods to disarm an active shooter and to use items at hand as weapons
Using a weapon if you are licensed to carry, shooting to kill without collateral damage or being mistaken for a perpetrator
Providing medical assistance to deal with traumatic battlefield injury and save lives

This is not a book primarily for survivalists and ‘preppers.’ Be a Hero is a book for ordinary men and women who could find themselves in the middle of an extraordinary moment. It will help them find the hero inside—and live to tell the tale.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Skyhorse (August 2017)
  • Length: 160 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510721234

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Raves and Reviews

“If you have people you care for (yourself included) you should read this book and incorporate its lessons into your mindset. I consider Be a Hero to be essential reading.”
David Nash, author of 52 Prepper Projects
“Life-threatening events anytime, anywhere, are a certainty in an increasingly violent world. Your immediate response may mean saving you, your family, your friends, innocent bystanders. Learn how to react, recover, respond, retaliate. Be prepared. Read this book.”
Jim Hawes, former Navy SEAL officer
“In a world where crazy things happen and those crazy things drive us crazy with fear, this book is a source of timely sanity. Written by a former member of the Special Air Service—SAS, British special forces—Be a Hero will give you the edge that might just save your life and the lives of others in a terrorist or active shooter attack. What you’ll find here is less about mere survival than about self-actualization at the most intense level. Lead author John Geddes explains how to harness your primal evolutionary physiology to prevail against both your panic and the aggressor’s weapons. Geddes writes: ‘Given good fortune, a brave heart, and the glimmer of an opportunity, the skills you learn in this book could help you stop an active shooter in his tracks.’ For real.”
Alan Axelrod, author of Miracle at Belleau Wood: The Birth of the Modern U.S. Marine Corps and Patton on Leadership
“An active shooter event can occur in a second, anywhere. Be a Hero offers valuable life-saving guidelines for ordinary people who find themselves suddenly caught in the middle of a horrible ongoing deadly situation. Author John Geddes uses his years of experience fighting terrorism to teach you how to make good decisions and act on them when chaos and terror have you almost paralyzed. Don’t be a victim—don’t leave home without first reading this book!”
J. Wayne Fears, author of The Pocket Outdoor Survival Guide
“The naive optimist in me hopes that Be a Hero by Geddes and Rees, once read, will sit on your shelf and gather dust. The pragmatist inside me suspects the techniques and strategies contained within your well-thumbed, dog-eared copy will be committed to memory. Believe me, and I am not being alarmist when I write, this book could save your life.”
Richard Syrett, veteran radio and television broadcaster, frequent guest host on Coast to Coast AM
“I met John several years ago, when he started teaching classes at our gun range. As a twenty-five-year veteran law enforcement officer and use of force self-defense trainer, I often find myself highly skeptical of trainers that I don’t know. After spending a good deal of time with John discussing mental preparedness and tactics involving critical incidents, I must say that he is absolutely top-shelf. John has been able to take his hard-earned life experience and put it to pages in his books.”
John D. Johnson, chief operations officer, Talon Training Group, Tallahassee, Florida
“Capped by a riveting account of the downing of Flight 93 on 9/11 Geddes promises much and delivers in the calm voice of someone who has fought on traditional battlefields and mastered survival on the urban terrorist front. From escape and evade to tactics and triage Be a Hero is arguably the best civilian handbook of its kind.”
Roger Eckstine, author of Shooter’s Bible Guide to Home Defense and Watch Your Back: How to Avoid the Most Dangerous Moments in Daily Life

“If you have people you care for (yourself included) you should read this book and incorporate its lessons into your mindset. I consider Be a Hero to be essential reading.”
David Nash, author of 52 Prepper Projects
“Life-threatening events anytime, anywhere, are a certainty in an increasingly violent world. Your immediate response may mean saving you, your family, your friends, innocent bystanders. Learn how to react, recover, respond, retaliate. Be prepared. Read this book.”
Jim Hawes, former Navy SEAL officer
“In a world where crazy things happen and those crazy things drive us crazy with fear, this book is a source of timely sanity. Written by a former member of the Special Air Service—SAS, British special forces—Be a Hero will give you the edge that might just save your life and the lives of others in a terrorist or active shooter attack. What you’ll find here is less about mere survival than about self-actualization at the most intense level. Lead author John Geddes explains how to harness your primal evolutionary physiology to prevail against both your panic and the aggressor’s weapons. Geddes writes: ‘Given good fortune, a brave heart, and the glimmer of an opportunity, the skills you learn in this book could help you stop an active shooter in his tracks.’ For real.”
Alan Axelrod, author of Miracle at Belleau Wood: The Birth of the Modern U.S. Marine Corps and Patton on Leadership
“An active shooter event can occur in a second, anywhere. Be a Hero offers valuable life-saving guidelines for ordinary people who find themselves suddenly caught in the middle of a horrible ongoing deadly situation. Author John Geddes uses his years of experience fighting terrorism to teach you how to make good decisions and act on them when chaos and terror have you almost paralyzed. Don’t be a victim—don’t leave home without first reading this book!”
J. Wayne Fears, author of The Pocket Outdoor Survival Guide
“The naive optimist in me hopes that Be a Hero by Geddes and Rees, once read, will sit on your shelf and gather dust. The pragmatist inside me suspects the techniques and strategies contained within your well-thumbed, dog-eared copy will be committed to memory. Believe me, and I am not being alarmist when I write, this book could save your life.”
Richard Syrett, veteran radio and television broadcaster, frequent guest host on Coast to Coast AM
“I met John several years ago, when he started teaching classes at our gun range. As a twenty-five-year veteran law enforcement officer and use of force self-defense trainer, I often find myself highly skeptical of trainers that I don’t know. After spending a good deal of time with John discussing mental preparedness and tactics involving critical incidents, I must say that he is absolutely top-shelf. John has been able to take his hard-earned life experience and put it to pages in his books.”
John D. Johnson, chief operations officer, Talon Training Group, Tallahassee, Florida
“Capped by a riveting account of the downing of Flight 93 on 9/11 Geddes promises much and delivers in the calm voice of someone who has fought on traditional battlefields and mastered survival on the urban terrorist front. From escape and evade to tactics and triage Be a Hero is arguably the best civilian handbook of its kind.”
Roger Eckstine, author of Shooter’s Bible Guide to Home Defense and Watch Your Back: How to Avoid the Most Dangerous Moments in Daily Life

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