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Patrick Van Horne is the founder and CEO of The CP Journal, a behavioral analysis training company. His firm provides training support to the U.S. military, federal and local law enforcement agencies and the private security industry. Van Horne is a former infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, earning the rank of Captain before returning to the private sector. His company's training programs are focused on teaching people how to prevent violent acts from occurring and finding attackers hiding in plain sight. Jason A. Riley is currently a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, with over six years on active duty. While with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, he served as an infantry platoon commander, company executive officer, and company commander, and deployed twice to Iraq with the 24th and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Units. He also served as a combat advisor to the Afghan National Army in an eastern province of Afghanistan. From 2009 until 2011, he was a mobile training team leader Officer-in-Charge with the Combat Hunter program at the School of Infantry (West). There, he developed training courses and taught behavioral profiling, among other duties. He currently serves with a reserve unit at Camp Pendleton, California. Jason is also pursuing his PhD.
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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Black Irish Entertainment LLC (June 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936891301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936891306
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John M. Kohler on August 25, 2014
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This book is an excellent guide to decision making in any time-critical profession where safety and lives are on the line. It presents several strategic formulas for making decisions under pressure, which will instantly challenge you to improve the depth of your daily level of observation and awareness.

These invaluable lessons from the Marine Combat Hunter Program will teach you how to read your environment and respond to it faster than those around you. By learning how to read baseline body language, and immediately detect anomalies, you can begin to know what people are going to do before they do it. More importantly, with these skills you can recognize when someone is trying to pull you into a bad situation, and know the proper countermove. The Israeli system of "characterization" - correlating objective suspicion indicators with known or plausible environmentally specific M.O.'s - is extremely effective for stopping criminal activities and terrorist surveillance dry runs or attacks. This book complements that standardized system very well, by revealing microbehaviors in baseline activity that help us to form a faster understanding of both an individual's and a group's intentions - before they act.

This is a book that is extremely useful for training others in time critical decisionmaking - not just in a law enforcement or military environment, but in natural disasters as well. This book will teach you how to steal time when you need it most, by interpreting events and outthinking situations before they harm you.
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Left of Bang is a fantastic book. A book every cop and security officer should read. Anyone concerned for their safety looking to avoid dangerous situations through recognizing the signs and signals of crime and danger should read this book.

Left of Bang is a metaphor for preventing the attack, the first shot, the explosion etc. The authors advise “to think about an attack on a timeline, bang is in the middle. Bang is the act. Bang is the IED explosion, the sniper taking a shot, or the beginning of an ambush. Bang is what we want to prevent. Being left of bang means that a person has observed one of the pre-event indicators, one of the warning signs that must occur, earlier on the timeline for the bang to happen. Being on the other end of the timeline is referred to as being right of bang. Most of the training that military operators and law enforcement personnel receive is reactive. They learn skills and techniques that rely on someone else taking the initiative, which means waiting for the enemy or criminal to act first. Unfortunately, whoever strikes first possesses a powerful tactical advantage. When a person is right of bang, they are reacting to the action that took place.”

These lessons from Left of Bang will teach you how to read your environment and respond to it faster than those around you. By learning how to read baseline body language, and immediately detect anomalies, you can begin to know what people are going to do before they do it. More importantly, with these skills you can recognize the signs and signals when someone is trying to lure you into a bad situation. Through pattern recognition in baseline activity that help us to form a faster understanding of both an individual's and a group's intentions before they act.
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Patrick Van Horne and Jason Riley have done an outstanding job of bringing critically essential elements of the Marine Corps Combat Hunter Program to a wider audience. Methods that were previously available only to a select group of Marines are now available to military, law enforcement and security professionals and a wider public audience.

If you are in a protective services role of any kind you need to read this book and strive to apply the skills it describes. If you are a private citizen concerned about your personal safety you can get more out of this information than you will get from a self defense course that focuses on physical skills or a concealed carry weapons permit. That is not to say that physical self defense skills or weapons are not useful or important, they are, but they are also reactive. By the time you need to apply them a problem has already occurred. Van Horne and Riley's book puts you "left of bang" that is to say ahead of the problem or the attack. It gives you usable tools that increase the likelihood that you will identify a threat in advance and be able to avoid it or take proactive action to protect yourself and others before an attack occurs.

Numerous books and security courses stress the importance of awareness and being proactive. Unfortunately most discuss this concept in very general terms and never explain in detail how to do it. Left of Bang is the first book I have read that really teaches these concepts in a logical way; discusses how to make decisions rapidly based on your observations and provides a methodology for practicing and enhancing these skills.

Left of Bang is a truly valuable book that provides access to potentially life saving skills. Even experienced personnel will get immense value from reading it.
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