- Hardcover: 316 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (April 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060391529
- ISBN-13: 978-0060391522
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Secret Man: An American Warrior's Uncensored Story Hardcover – April, 1996
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It's hard to tell whether the author is merely posturing or expressing his fantasy life in a memoir that reads as if patterned on the early paperback Avenger series. Dux describes himself as "sleek and agile," a professional martial artist "considered by many the fastest human alive," a man able to break bullet-proof glass with a blow from his bare hand, "a great hunter." He was a contract operative for William Casey, who supposedly recruited him in a urinal after introducing himself as "head of the fucking CIA." The missions Dux recounts include killing a mass murderer and aiding the U.S.S.R. in investigating what proved to be a scam anthrax scare. He writes sketchily of the Iran-Contra scandal. He also relates a bit of his background, a heritage of forebears in the Hagganah and Mossad. Dux attempts to settle scores as well, disputing exposes of his martial-arts prowess that appeared in the Los Angeles Times and in various magazines. Telling of his recent surgery for brain tumors, he speculates that his affliction and the tumor that killed Casey in 1987 could have been instigated through a bioagent. Dux stresses that, as a CIA operative, he worked "on the edge of a psychological razor"?which, with this tell-all, slips. Photos not seen by PW. $50,000 ad/promo; author tour; available on audiocassette from HarperAudio.
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It was so over the top, he made Richard Marcinko look like a Boy Scout. This book is a throwback to the Navy SEAL/Delta/Special Forces books of the 80's and early 90's, just more poorly written. Everyone knows an autobiography is written to out yourself in the best light, but Frank steals the sun and puts it directly above himself.
He name drops and is always around the fringes of real events (or his version of them), so he can say he was there, but no one saw him. Frank actually merited a mention in BG Burkett's book Stolen Valor, due to his claims.
I'll give this another shot come summer, when I can sit out in the sun and snooze when I get bored.
Even if we put those objections aside, the book is crap. It reads like Ton Clancy fanfic, complete with cheesy dialogue, poorly motivated plot developments, and tales of derring-do.
Dux's actual military records are public, and they don't support even a little of his story. As for that 300-man kumite, where are all those guys he beat, and where were their trainers, cutmen, cornermen, etc.? What secluded island would not make note of such a giant influx of people, yet be small enough that the secret could be kept?
Sorry, Frank, but it's no dice. You've committed the worst error a self-aggrandizing BS artist can make: You're boring.
You may also rag all you want about Hydrick as an SVP, but he served his country well in other places around the world as an NGO (non-government agent) with a team that resembled the Dirty Dozen. He mixed with Richard Marcinko who he describes as ‘Mean, nasty and a great team leader’ and with Bo Gritz who described Hydrick as ‘The man on our team who gets in and out of places that cockroaches can’t go.’ The same Hydrick appeared on That’s Incredible, Sally Jessie Raphael and others at (...)
Frank Dux came to Salt Lake in the 1980s where Hydrick had the largest dojo in the free world and trained him primarily in explosives, intelligence and counter-terrorism. It was as simple as making bombs out of toilet tanks and resisting torture. Dux told Hydrick that they were ‘connected’ and their relationship was like father and son. Dux would return from traveling, Hydrick described to me in interviews, looking beat up and like he needed a beer, bath and bed.
Dux was a great fighter and described to Hydrick how he had trained in Thailand and participated in the underground contests in USA. Of course, Dux became famous in ‘Bloodsport’ which was the springboard for this autobiography ‘The Secret Man’.
If the author REALLY believes this stuff, he is delusional. If he thinks that WE should believe his written exploits, then he is simply deluded. This "biography" is so over-the-top, it is downright entertaining. If we had been "let in" on the joke, ala Chuck Barris' book 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind', then this book would have been a sly in-joke and a feather in Dux's cap. As it is, this bio is a monument to the ego and delusion of the author, and really an insult to his readers.
It *is* a howl to read though, in sort of a car-crash or bad movie vibe.
Read this very exciting and accurate book.
Frank is a Master of the Kumite which was also made famous by actor
martial artist Jean Claude Van Dam. Kudos to Van Damn as well!
I have been in martial arts for over 45 years and these guys are serious.
I am former U.S. Secret Service and the book is great !!!
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