The Professional Security Manual Class 1, Urban Security by Charles White might not sound like it, but it’s an inventive and hilarious take on a training manual, and one security guard’s over-the-top take on just what it takes to become a rent-a-cop. Covering important topics such as dealing with ghosts and how to use a stapler as a ninja weapon, this book will have you covered and then some. Mixed in with Charles White’s instructions are footnotes from a mysterious ghostwriter who finds himself imprisoned by Charles White, and ridiculing him the whole way through.
After the first footnote, it’s not immediately obvious that the book is satire, and maybe the ghostwriter is literally making fun of the author. Charles White comes off as just crazy enough to be real. However, things get much crazier after that, and the author’s instructions more unhinged, including a ridiculous illustrated self-test at the end. If anything, it’s a shame there aren’t more footnotes, as these are the funniest parts of the whole book.
One thing is absolutely certain: you won’t read another book like this, and it invents a whole new genre of its own. It’s so inventive and entertaining that it could have gone further with its premise, and given the ghostwriter more of a story. As it stands now, this is one funny, demented book.