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THE

S URVIVAL GU

THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE

The

Survival Guide
1

I

Complete Protection from the Living Dead

Max Brooks
Illustrations by Max Werner

THREE RIVER1 PRESS ' h r v r o n n

Text copyright O 2003 by Max Brooks
Illustrations copyright O 2003 by Max Werner
All "ghts reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

ork,New York.
Published by Three Rivers Press, New Y
Member of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. wwwrandomhouse.com

THREE RIVERS PRESS and the Tugboat design
are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Brooks, Maa.
The zombie survival guide : complete protection from the living dead 1Max Brooks. 1. Zombies-Humor I. Title.
PN6231.Z65 B76
2003
81%.M)2-dc21
ZOO2155370
ISBN 1-4000-4962-8

15 14 13 12 11
First Edition

For M om and Dad.
And for Michelle,
w ho makes life
worth fighting for

CONTENTS

Introduction
THE UNDEAD: MYTHS AND REALITIES
Solanurn: The V ims
Source. . . Symptoms. . . Transference . . . Cross-Species
Infection. . . Treaiment. . . Reanimating the Already Deceased Zombie Attributes
Physical Abilities. . . Behavioral Patterns
The Voodoo Zombie
The Hollywood Zombie
Outbreaks
Class 1 . . . Class 2 . . . Class 3 . . . Class 4
Detection
WEAPONS AND COMBAT TECHNIQUES
GENERAL R ULES

Obey the L aw!. . . Train Constantly. . . Care for Your
Tools. . . Beware Display I tems. . . Develop the First Weapon

Close Combat
Bludgeons. . . Edged Weapons. . . Miscellaneous Hand
Weapons. . . Power Tools
Slings and Arrows
The S ling. . . The Slingshot. . . The B lowgun. . .
Shuriken . . . Throwing Knives. . . The Long or Compact
B ow. . . The Crossbow. . . The Hand Bow

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Contents
Firearms
The Heavy Machine G un. . . The Submachine G un. . .
The Assault R i f e . . . The Bolt-/Lever-Action R ife . . . The Semiautomatic R i f e . . . The Shotgun. . . The P istol. . . . .22-Caliber Rimfire Weapons. . . Accessories

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Explosives

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Fire
Molotov Cocktails . . . Dousing . . . The Blowtorch. . .
The Flamethrower

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Other Weapons
A cid. . . Poison. . . Biological Warfare. . .
Zoological Warfare. . . Electrocution. . . Radiation. . .
Genetic Warfare. . . Nanotherapy

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Armor
Plate M ail. . . Chain M ail. . . The Shark S uit. . .
H elmets. . . Bulletproof Vests. . . Kevlar C overs. . .
l ight Clothes and Short Hair

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ON THE DEFENSE
The Private Residence (Defending Your Home)
Preparation Part I: The H ome. . . Preparation Part IZ:
Supplies. . . Surviving an Attack. . . Immediate Defense

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Public Spaces
O fice Buildings . . . Schools . . . Hospitals . . .
Police Stations. . . Retail Stores . . . Supermarkets. . .
Shopping Malls . . . Churches. . . Warehouses . . .
Piers and D ocks. . . Shipyards. . . B anks. . . Cemeteries. . . Capitols and City Halls

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GENERALRULES

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The Fortress
Military Complexes. . . P risons. . . Offshore Oil Rigs

87

ON THE RUN
GENERAL RULES

One G oal. . . Establish a Destination. . . Gather Intelligence and Plan Your J o u m q . . . Get in S hape. . . Avoid Large Groups. . .

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Contents

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Train Your G roup. . . Remain Mobile. . .
Remain Invisible. . . Look and Listen. . . Sleep!. . .
Refrainfrom Overt Signals. . . Avoid Urban Areas

Equipment

101

Vehicles
The S edan. . . The S UV. . . The Truck. . . The B us. . .
The Armored C ar. . . The Motorcycle. . . Additional MotorVehicle Equipment. . . Alternate Road Transportation

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Terrain Types
Forest (Temperate/Tropical). . . Plains. . . Fields . . .
H ills. . . S wamp.. . Tundra....
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