100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A hands-on, practical survival guide from retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson - adapted for civilians from actual special forces operations - to eluding pursuers, evading capture, and surviving any dangerous situation.
In today's increasingly dangerous world, threats to your personal safety are everywhere. From acts of terror to mass shootings, and from the unseen (and sometimes virtual) matrix of everyday crime, danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions. Potentially life-threatening circumstances can arise anywhere, anytime, and Clint Emerson - former Navy SEAL - wants you to be prepared.
100 Deadly Skills contains proven self-defense skills, evasion tactics, and immobilizing maneuvers - modified from the world of black ops - to help you take action in numerous "worst case" scenarios from escaping a locked trunk to making an improvised Taser to tricking facial recognition software. With easy-to-understand instructions, Emerson outlines in detail many life-saving strategies and teaches you how to think and act like a member of the special forces.
This complete course in survival teaches you how to prevent tracking, evade a kidnapping, elude an active shooter, rappel down the side of a building, immobilize a bad guy, protect yourself against cybercriminals, and much more - all using low-tech to no-tech methods. Clear, detailed, and presented in an easy-to-understand and execute format, 100 Deadly Skills is an invaluable resource. Because let's face it, when danger is imminent, you don't have time for complicated instructions.
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 53 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 13, 2015|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #14,187 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Improvised Body Armor made from hardback books & ceramic tiles: ok, try this and have someone shoot you with anything larger than a pellet gun and get back to me with the results.
Improvised infrared light make from a flashlight and camera film: WTF! Camera film disappeared 15 yrs. ago, everything is digital now, sheesh!
My favorite -- How To Dispose of a Body. The recommended method is to bury the body vertically, head down, with two feet of back-fill. So ... if your stiff is 6 ft long and you add another two feet to that, you'll need to dig an eight foot hole. Try digging down to even 4 or 5-ft and see just how easy it is to throw dirt upward! At 7-ft. its practically impossible. There must be at least a 50 different EASIER ways to dispose of a body than this idiotic plan.
Escaping from a multi-story building using "multiple" bed sheets: Uh, typical hotel bed uses just two sheets, light blanket & heavy blanket. The heavy blanket is too bulky to tie knots, that gives you just three pieces to work with (maybe add pillow cases as well). All together, the best possible rope may stretch 15-ft. at best. A totally useless plan if you're on the 18th floor. Best bet: stay in single or two-story motels, avoid tall buildings if you have a need to escape through the window. Another approach: carry some short lengths of 1/2" rope (6-8 ft.) along with some customized hooks or grappling fixtures; the idea is to climb down the side of a building by hooking on to trim-work, window sills or other protrusions. You'll need some basic rock-climbing skills to do this -- sure beats using bed sheets!
Preventing hotel room invasion: If I think my hotel room might be invaded, why would I stay there? You can't stop a forced entry, only delay it for a few minutes at best.
Escaping an abduction: if your abducted, it's safe to assume your captors probably have done this before and are well-versed at tying up their victims so they cannot escape. What this book has to offer is next to useless. In the U.S. most abductions involve young women and children, people easy to controlled, escapes are rare. The best way to deal with an abduction is not get abducted in the first place!!! This involves the concept of "situational awareness" (which the author touches on but only briefly). The book should have covered more practical ideas on how to avoid abduction:
-- Children in general should never be placed in situations where they're alone in a public place for any length of time, especially shopping malls.
-- Teenage girls sans parents should travel in groups of 3-4 and stay inside stores or busy open spaces, avoid parking lots, walk along with other groups of people, stay away from curbs, be aware of vehicles that may be following them, walk out & around alleyways, If you don't like what's 50-ft. in front of you, cross over to the other side of the street or duck into a nearby store / business & ask for help. I know it's nigh on impossible trying to drill this into the head of a 14 yr. old, but every parent needs to do this. Take your kids out for a typical "safe" walk and practice, just like learning how to drive, teach them how to avoid potentially nasty situations.
Simple survival skills for the average adult:
-- Don't waste money on dumb "survival" books that are more likely to get you killed than save your life.
-- Be wary of writers who like to throw around titles like "Navy SEAL, Ret.". That always irks me, trading on the name as an advertising gimmick to sell more books! It's an insult to the service, in my opinion.
-- Avoid foreign travel, especially to anywhere in Europe, the UK,. Canada still ok but avoid Vancouver (used to be lovely place). Mexico? Not for a million dollars!
-- Avoid most major U.S. urban centers. If you have business there, always drive to your destinations or take a cab, avoid public transport if at all possible. Under NO conditions should one travel to Chicago, St. Louis, Boston, LA, Detroit or New Orleans -- just stay away from these places, they're all war zones. Surprisingly, New York City is still fairly safe during the day, but horribly expensive.
-- Avoid traveling by air; if you must, at least spend the extra coin and go first class. Travel light, no heavy carry on, just a small shoulder bag with essentials. Under no conditions fly with United Airlines, I'd rather take a stage coach pulled by oxen!
-- When walking in a strange public place, know what's 50-ft in front of you. See a bunch of kids "hanging out" at a corner, cross the street, go around, stick with crowds, avoid areas devoid of people. Preferably, walk with someone who knows the area, otherwise stay in your hotel room & watch reruns of Star Trek Voyager.
-- When driving in strange surroundings, know where in the Hell your going, get a GPS box for the car, never let your gas gauge drop below 1/4 full, have a number you can call for roadside help should you need it, carry a couple 2-liter bottles of emergency drinking water. The book covers some of this stuff, but misses too much.
-- Avoid being stranded in dark lonely dangerous places because your car broke down. Always keep your car in tip-top shape, especially prior to embarking on a long trip through suspect territory.
-- For personal protection, carry pepper spray (or equivalent) and a legal-length folding knife with a serrated edge, it's easier to conceal than a fixed blade. Ideally it'd be nice if you could find someone to teach you basic knife fighting skills, but those kinds of people are pretty rare, you'll have to settle for some decent videos instead. Practice basic moves over and over on a dummy (not me!). Look into other simple handheld weapons like clubs, batons and my personal favorite -- a small very sharp 2-lb camping hatchet.
-- Never carry a gun, guns are always legally problematic, especially when crossing state lines, you have to know ever-changing state gun laws forwards & backwards. If you feel the need to carry a gun to where you're going, then don't go there! In today's society all guns are considered evil as are those who own them. You cut off the end of your attackers nose with a knife that's ok, but if you SHOOT him in legal self-defense, YOU'RE the criminal! Guns can run out of ammo, they're mechanic devices than can break or become jammed. Knives and clubs can cause considerable damage but rarely instantaneous death as long as you avoid slashing the neck or deep stabs into the chest; in most cases your attacker will survive long enough to receive first aid. But a gun? It's just simply TOO easy to kill someone, even if you didn't mean to.
-- Money. When traveling any distance, carry a decent amount of cash ($1000 - $2000); carry it in at least two places on your person and keep a stash hidden somewhere in the car. Keep about $200 in small bills in your shirt pocket for easy spending money, don't flash the entire $2,000 wad at some biker bar! Credit cards can get lost or stolen and leave you in a bad spot. Keep your primary card at home and use a second card strictly for travel (hotel, gas). NEVER use your card at a restaurant or anyplace where it's out of sight, even for a few seconds.
Stealth travel. Credit cards leave a digital trail of every place you visited and when you were there. Most large chain hotels require a credit card at check-in or for reservations and, in some cases, even the license number of your car. Rig your car for sleeping, check out local state parks, truck stops, or other potentially safe places to spend the night in your car. Ideally, stay with a friend or relative. Never travel by commercial air, drive, take a bus (yuck!), or try the train (not sure if credit card / drivers license is required). Do not use traceable computing devices or cell phones; if you absolutely MUST use the internet, do so via a public wif-fi site and a disposable computer (bought out of town with cash). While in stealth-mode, do not access any sites or accounts uniquely associated with you ( like bank accounts, Facebook, Amazon etc.). Destroy the computer once you're finished with it, do not take it back home with you.
Some of this stuff was briefly touched on in the book but not in sufficient detail to be useful. Seriously, how many people really need to know how to dispose of a body? Those few pages could've been dedicated to helping people avoid abductions & muggings. $14 bucks wasted, this book is going into the incinerator, I'm too embarrassed to admit I actually bought it.
Yikes. Buy this book and delegate your reading to the person on your team who has the courage and savvy to anticipate your next crisis.
The author adds, “…in a world full of unexpected, ever-changing threats, an unseen army of trained civilians is a powerful weapon.”
“When crisis strikes, it takes only a basic level of knowledge to distinguish a victim from a survivor—or from the levelheaded leader who shepherds a panicked group of would-be victims to safety.
“In other words, the purpose of this book is not to make you more dangerous, but to make you significantly safer.”
Trust me. You’ve never, ever read a book quite like this one—and it’s not for the timid.
A national bestseller, "100 Deadly Skills," is riveting. The subtitle says it all: “The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.”
Each of the 100 chapters (most with just a page of instructions and a facing page of simple, step-by-step illustrations) details what to do when you encounter a dangerous or deadly threat, an active shooter, a hostage situation, or worse.
Had I reviewed “100 Deadly Skills” a year ago, I would have invested several paragraphs in building a case for why your organization or company needs this book. Today, however, you understand. Sadly, these locations are the motivation for being prepared: San Bernardino, Paris, Brussels, Istanbul, Orlando. (There are more.)
This hair-raising book is divided into nine sections: Mission Prep, Infiltration, Infrastructure Development, Surveillance, Access, Collection, Operational Actions, Sanitization, and Exfiltration and Escape. (OK…I’m sure I’ve already lost a few readers—but stick with this. What person on your team should read this?)
Here’s a taste of the chapter titles that popped off the page for me:
002 – Create an Every Day Carry Kit
013 – Cross Enemy Borders by Land
017 – Blend Into Any Environment
018 – Hotel Security and Safety Awareness
019 – Prevent a Hotel Room Invasion
029 – Turn a Pen Into a Weapon
DETECTION AND DOGS:
038 – Detect Tampering of Personal Effects
041 – Detect Tracking Devices
059 – Hide Information in Plain Sight
060 – Hide and Extract Data Using Everyday Phones
082 – Create a Hasty Disguise
083 – Get Past a Guard Dog
DROWNING AND DUCT TAPE:
086 – Create a Rappelling Harness
087 – Escape a Multistory Building
088 – Survive a Drowning Attempt
089 – Escape from an Automobile Trunk
098 – Defeat Handcuffs
099 – Defeat Zip Ties
100 – Defeat Duct Tape
Each two-page chapter includes several pointers on the topic, and the accompanying illustration (remember the old “Boy Scouts Handbook” hand-drawn pictures?). There are 100 “BLUFs” (Bottom Line Up Front) short summaries. Example: the BLUF for No. 024: Escape and Evasion Vehicle Prep reads, “E&E vehicle preparation can be the difference between capture and freedom.”
This not a macho book—it’s a discernment guide with a “be prepared” mindset. “When confronted with unexpected danger, in many cases the safest course of action is escape. In the face of an active shooter [No. 073: Survive an Active Shooter], the first option (if conditions allow) is to run—and the last is to fight. If a thief wants your valuables, hand them over.”
So how do you defeat duct tape? The BLUF notes, “Duct tape is the most commonly used restraint upon initial abduction.” Five steps (COAs: Courses of Action) are illustrated. I’m memorizing those!
You don’t have to be a Navy SEAL to master these 100 deadly skills. Written for civilians, this book will be read by every person who receives your thoughtful gift.
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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.
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.
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...