When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes.
by Cody Lundin
6x9 inch, soft bound, 450 pgs,
100 illustrations, 55 color photos,
The birth of the book!
With the success of my first book, 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive, I was commissioned by my publisher to write a book on urban survival in June of 2004. They initially wanted to use 98.6 as a framework for the new book, and even offered to help write it (cringe). Of course I refused. Nearly a year passed before more dialog happened with my publisher regarding the project. Over the months, I had grown even more disgusted with what was happening to my country, and how “fear” seemed to hold sway over the masses. I knew I could offer people an alternative to fear, vulnerability and powerlessness, and it was this knowingness that led me to want to pursue the project. After months of contract wrangling and negotiations, I started to write When All Hell Breaks Loose sometime in late 2005.
My contract paid me to write a 200 page book. However, even though I tried to keep it simple, the more I delved into the realities of what an urban calamity might entail, the more the book gained page length. My publisher gave me the green light to proceed and then the real work started. I received three extensions on my contract deadline that ultimately ended up being nearly six months over-due. The last several months of the project were grueling and consisted of six day work weeks writing 11 hours a day. Everything else was put on hold.
When the book was finally released, When All Hell Breaks Loose sold out its first printing of 10,000 books in less than three weeks. It’s regularly listed in Amazon’s top five sellers under the “Disaster Relief” and "Survival Skills" headings, is in its seventh printing, and is still selling strong. Thanks to everyone for continuing to make the book a success!
More Praise for When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes
“This is the urban/suburban thinking person’s guide to survival. Focusing on self-reliance, Cody Lundin leads you playfully through a variety of domestic survival scenarios with pep-talks, practicality and plenty of pizzazz.”
-National Geographic Adventure magazine
"Cody Lundin's When All Hell Breaks Loose instructs readers how to get rid of bodies and feast on rats in the event of disaster."
-Financial Times, London, UK
“When All Hell Breaks Loose is aimed at empowering an urban and suburban audience to deal with survival situations BEFORE they happen.” —SuperConsciousness magazine
“[The] book’s key message—that advance preparation and personal responsibility are crucial in mitigating the effects of a disaster—is an important one.”
—Elizabeth Gary Acting Executive Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department Of Homeland Security
“When All Hell Breaks Loose is the essential survival guide for the twenty-first century. It might not be judgment day, but a bridge collapse, a hurricane, flu pandemic, tornado, or terrorist attack can make life pretty unlivable for a dangerous period of time. Every American should have two copies [of this book], one for pre-crisis enlightenment, amusement, and good reading and a second for the Go Bag. This book will make you laugh and might very well save your life.”
—Jim Mulvaney Founder and president of Tactical Intelligence Services, Inc., Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and member of the Nassau County, New York, emergency planning counsel
“Cody Lundin’s knowledge-based material about everything from skewering mice to sanitizing water found in the oddest of places is handy to have in mind. Readers will come away from When All Hell Breaks Loose with a variety of passages starred and circled. Lundin’s suggestions and encouragements are clear and kind, offering readers a new-found confidence regarding survival before crises occur.”
“Cody Lundin’s When All Hell Breaks Loose is not your grandpa’s survival manual. Nothing is too gross for his contemplation. So, from preparing alternative protein sources (grasshopper, rat) to digging a potty trench to treating festering wounds and diarrhea, he covers the realities. Practical, feasible preparation—and improvisation—rule. Keep this book by your bedside. Laugh a lot, learn it by heart—this book is just damn entertaining.” —Read It Here magazine
“When All Hell Breaks Loose breaks survival preparedness down into a common-sense approach, although Cody’s style is still ‘in your face.’ ” —Wilderness Way magazine
“When All Hell Breaks Loose is exactly what I envisioned the perfect book on survival to be. The book is unlike any other survival training book that I have ever read. No dogma, just what works. Every single page is loaded with information. Once the first page is read, the reader wants to keep on reading right through to the epilogue, and then wants to get out and practice the skills learned in the book. It is twenty-three chapters of information that we all need to know if we would ever get put into a survival situation of any kind.”
-United States Concealed Carry Association, (USCCA)