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100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation Paperback – October 13, 2015
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"Clint Emerson delivers a knock out with 100 Deadly Skills. Comprehensive and chock-full of reliable info. This is the book you need to navigate the dangers of the modern world." -- Mike Ritland, former Navy SEAL and author of Trident K9 Warriors
"This is everything guys really want to know, but areafraid to ask out loud." -- Brandon Webb, former Navy SEAL and author of Among Heroes
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Of the one hundred skills discussed in the book, about half are immediately useful. Things like securing your hotel room, checking to see if your room or luggage has been disturbed, how to blend into your environment, simple things to do and not do to increase your personal security, listing of items you should carry with you at all times, making improvised body armor that works, and how to determine if you are being followed, are all useful skills that give you heightened situational awareness when traveling overseas or when other circumstances call for heightened alert.
Most of the information, however, is not necessarily new information, or likely to ever be needed, they are all good bits of information that keep you in a good mindset, to be aware of your surroundings but it would be a full time labor to maintain.
About thirty skills I would consider highly unlikely to ever use. I mean sure, if push comes to shove I can steal a small plane and probably take off fine, its the landing, and other complications that make it so unlikely. Many of these skills are useful if you are part of a trained team, not me, and can stay in place for extended periods of time. Some are simply fun to read about but will never be employed, like body disposal, the tried and true Molotov cocktail, using the rectum for short term storage, and waging your own small scale psychological war. About fifteen skills would require considerable practice and/or planning to become proficient at executing and planning for.
And just to be clear, to me, much of the book reads like the bibliography of spy novel. There is no classified information in this book except for some very vague references to basic activities that may have or be part of a procedure or drill to help keep things in order and sequence to someone trained but outside of the complete drill or sequence they hold no significance. The copyright date on my copy is 2015, the technology discussed was available on the web with a little searching more than ten years prior to the publication and one of the methods of communication via the internet without plain text was being used by a friend fifteen years ago. I would like to see an updated version but I am afraid that is the limitation of the author and all similarly trained and skilled men. Once they learn a skill, even if it is a non-classified skill, they cannot talk about it, and they don't.
This book not only shares things that a Navy Seal would utilize in their endeavors, but also regular people like you and me. For instance, for travelers, Emerson offers such tips on hotel safety as asking for a room midway between elevators and stairways, how someone can break in regardless of your deadbolt, and why you probably don’t want a room on the ground floor. It shows you how people can easily break into your garage. It teaches you how to evade shooters and that you should fight as a last resort. It shows you how to duck and cover, where to hide useful tools such as handcuff keys on your person, and how to blend into a crowd. So on and so forth. And it does it all will pictorial illustrations and step-by-step descriptions of every skill.
All-in-all, this is a very useful book and while the title is not accurate, I still believe it to be 5 stars worthy.
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But this is some serious stuff right in there.
Definitely worth reading through it, as it doesn't only cover deadly skills, but also many other fields such as self-defence, how to hide from surveillance etc and other things.
The information on trade craft is good but the book isn't just of interest to budding Walter Mitty types. Depending on the sort of activities you get up to, and what parts of the planet you visit, the contents of this book could potentially save your life, and get you out of serious scrapes. The information given on defeating the security of others also serves a useful purpose in highlighting our own vulnerabilities, allowing us to take remedial measures. For instance, and on a very basic level, learning just how easy it is to quickly clone a set of keys will hopefully stop you from ever leaving yours unattended, or placing them on view again.
There's advice here applicable to kinetic encounters too, with defensive skills such as disarming a pistol carrying assailant, surviving a grenade attack and coping with an active shooter incident. Offensive skills and techniques are discussed as well, but unless your own life is demonstrably under imminent and serious threat, using some of them would see you ending up with a criminal record and a long stay in prison. So it's best to absorb this particular material with a view to educating yourself as to what others might potentially do to you, unless you maintain good situational awareness, and always remain vigilant.
The author is a retired SF Operator with Seal Teams 3 and 6, and the NSA.
I love the fact that it is well illustrated.
Und ob ich immer mit einer mit Fluchtutensilien gefüllten Zigarrenhülse im Rektum durchs Leben gehen möchte, wage ich zu bezweifeln...
ca. 80% der Tipps gehen leider an meiner Lebenswirklichkeit vorbei, aber es ist nett geschrieben und liest sich flüssig. Insofern kein totaler Fehlkauf, aber auch nicht der Bringer.