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The book is mostly rubbish. Some common sense basic techniques with some ludicrous, almost cartoonish ones as well. This is the kind f book you may pick up at an airport to skim read through on a sort flight and either give away for someone else to read or more likely throw it in the bin. SEAL wannabes and groupies may cherish it's "deadly skills". Anyone with basic knowledge of personal security, self defense and escape and evasion skills don't waste your money.
Probably aimed at a segment of the male population who want to feel they’ve got some insight to ‘Special Forces’ skills but without going through all the hard work. All credit to the author and I assume these are skills used by SEAL operatives but, like 99% of the rest of humanity, I’ve managed to get through my life so far without knowing any of these, let alone using them (are you really likely to be parachuting behind enemy lines at night any time soon?). Even a seemingly useful skill like getting into a locked hotel room using a coat hanger is hardly likely - wouldn’t you just go and ask Reception? But, if I’m out with friends late one night and there’s no taxis and we can find a pre-1999 Toyota, then maybe I might be glad I read this!
If you want an insight into the skills and techniques employed by SF and Intelligence Service operatives, this is a good book to give you an overview.
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.
Quite some crazy stuff in there, but very interesting. When I ordered the book I did not expect much and thought it might be more written in a rather funny less serious way. 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.
Possibly my misunderstanding, but thought it was a book about practical self defence and home security tips... It's more a guide on how to be a demented James bond figure... One or two personal safety bits in it, the rest is either fantasy or downright disturbing...
Just finished reading this, not sure I want to steal a light aircraft to escape the bad guys but you never know. Not sure if many of the skills are transferable to the civilian world but if you learn one thing that comes in useful it was worth the cover price.
I originally picked up this book so that I could learn 100 Deadly skills. I discovered 101. You can hurl this book at n'er do well and if they are simultaneously choking or having a heart attack, the slap of this paperback will surely push him over the edge into oblivion. And it's written by a guy named Clint. Do you really need more incentive to purchase? In 5 pages, while sitting on my couch I was able to imagine doing severe irreparable harm in 5 different ways. Just imagining the other 90teen things I was going to learn actually made me sweat a bit. I had to threaten my significant other with PAGE 3 in order to have her bring me an ice pop so I could simmer down. (I did not threaten my significant other- but I did show her page 3 and she promptly put me in a headlock, which was not fair, because I didn't learn how to break out of the headlock until page 57.
No doubt an essential book for 'Preppers' also handy for anyone engaged in writing fiction for the insightful and skills information it provides. But caution! Misused it could get you a long jail sentence.