Survive the Unthinkable: A Total Guide to Women’s Self-Protection


Approximately 1.9 million women are physically assaulted annually in the United States alone. In Survive the Unthinkable, Tim Larkin empowers women to understand that surviving a potential attack isn’t about being physically bigger, faster, or stronger; it’s about knowing how to self-protect, not self-defend.

Survive the Unthinkable reveals the effective, proven principles behind Target Focus Training, the system Larkin has used to train Navy SEALs, celebrities, and soccer moms. It’s a c

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  1. J. Gross says:
    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great book, great insights, on target!., December 28, 2015
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    As former military and law enforcement, and having taught womens’ “defensive” tactics pro bono since the 60s, I have found very few good books to recommend to women on the subject. I was in the process of writing one myself dealing with risk but put it on hold, as I would be competing with books filled with ignorance, self-promotion, and glitz along with dangerous delusions about the dangers and issues involved in predator attacks on women. I guess I like it because he sounds like me … and some others such as the “guy from L.A.”

    I will be recommending this book to the women participating in what will probably be my final women’s defensive tactics class. Larkin’s book is not so much a discussion about tactics but about “mindset,” about using body mechanics as tools, and most importantly, about the reality of violence against women. Without a “right” mindset, no tactic – except luck – will work against a predator. Do you feel lucky? Willing to take that risk?

    I stumbled on Tim Larkin many years ago in my past life and he suddenly resurfaced. With this book and his own tactical style, he addresses the issues of violence in a clear and unambiguous manner, very straightforward – and his approach is correct! Unorthodox, but absolutely correct. The only successful “defensive” technique is the one that ends it quickly. I could comment more about a society that supports violence or at least violent individuals, but not the victim, where the evildoer is never to blame, only society and the victim. No individual responsibility. No comment!

    I disagree with Larkin’s use of the word violence in the context of defense, and would substitute the word “force.” But I do understand his choice, as it grabs one’s attention. I did not see it in his book, but he should mention that if you are armed, which will soon be against the law as only criminals should have guns, you probably won’t get a chance to get to your gun before an attack. So one needs an immediate physical response! This book gets you thinking in the right direction. It does point out about differentiating between asocial and antisocial behavior, and the legal consequences of your actions. It does not delve into the gray areas of joining in certain social behaviors and the possible aftermath. It also does not emphasize in the strongest possible terms of awareness, perception and avoidance of adverse situations. It highlights it, though, and is on target.

    I applaud the book and its author and heartily recommend it to women worldwide who want to cut through the nonsense [I changed my descriptive noun] that is out there and learn how to survive. The book points you in the right direction. His videos fill in the blanks, as they should. You can’t cover it all in one book – regardless of all the experts telling you that they do.

    I abhor violence. But, when one is faced with violence from the human predator, what is one to do? This book spells it out. Shame on us for tolerating violence to women! But then, there is no shame today … it is an outmoded concept in our morally-challenged society.

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  2. Kaylan Brett says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    READ and learn, April 14, 2014
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    Larkin’s book is not for the faint-of-heart. He explains methodically what one should do, immediately, upon being threatened with death by another person. His theory is, for the most part, the opposite of most “self-defense” techniques. Read the entire book through before you judge it…he’s not a hit-first-ask-questions-later person unless someone is trying to rape/hurt/murder you. Especially liked the tips on MMA fighting (want to know where to hit a man to disable him? Check the list of MMA rules as to what’s not allowed).
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  3. Renee Sheryl Miner says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I was brutally beaten and this book is just what I needed, January 10, 2014
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    I have PTSD from being brutally beaten, choked and more. I would not have been able to handle reading the book if it had contained graphic images, my mind is already full of those re-running over and over. After moving to a safer place, buying a big dog for protection from a stalker and getting a stun gun to boot, I knew I needed more help. Since my attacker knocked me out cold in less than 2 seconds and continued beating me while unconscious, then choking me when I started to come to in a completely different room – I can verify what the author says is true regarding asocial people and what he says about listening to your creepy feeling,intuition, disernment, whatever you want to call it – which I did not do. I was saved by God and God only that time – but I know God helps those who help themselves, and I do not ever want to walk around with blinders when it comes to violence again. I am going to take his advice and mentally practice first, as someone like me with PTSD does have to psyche themselves first (I havent even been able to watch the family movie Home Alone since I was attacked). But that is about to change. I am not going to be afraid the rest of my life! I will also practice the moves he teaches somehow, for real. Because even though its incredibly painful for me to watch violence – I KNOW I can practice it to save my life, or the life of people I love.
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