The Power of Awareness: And Other Secrets from the World's Foremost Spies, Detectives, and Special Operators on How to Stay Safe and Save Your Life Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A spy is suddenly aware she's being stalked through the streets of an overseas city. A special ops soldier intuitively recognizes something's "off" during a high-risk mission. In these life-threatening situations experts know exactly how to use their senses and what actions to take. At the intersection of The Gift of Fear and Make Your Bed, The Power of Awareness will make sure you will, too.
In his empowering book, Dan Schilling shares how to identify and avoid threats using situational awareness and intuition just like the pros. Told with wit and wisdom, this compelling guide uses harrowing stories from Dan's special operations career and those of other experts to outline six easily implemented rules you can apply anywhere to improve your personal safety. It incorporates exercises to understand how situational awareness works in real life, how to better listen to your intuition, and when confronted by a criminal how to make a plan and take action with confidence - so you can escape the threat before it's too late. He also includes tools on how to secure your home or hotel room, use public transportation, plan international travel, and reduce your criminal target appeal and exposure, in addition to how to escape an active shooter situation. As a bonus, you'll even learn how to survive a date without getting murdered. By the last page you'll know that your own power of awareness can save your life.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 6 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 01, 2021|
|Publisher||Grand Central Publishing|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #18,145 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#7 in Security How-to & Home Improvement
#30 in House & Home
#119 in Military & War Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
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The points where my own opinions and experiences differ from the author's are predictable. He tends to toe the party line of the US military profession a bit more than I do, even to the extent that he downplays the actual threat level in Mexico with inaccurate statistics and tries to dissuade readers from acquiring firearms and becoming proficient in their use. He goes so far as to recommend "mace and a tactical pen" as sufficient self-defense weaponry. For the home, his advice is "get a baseball bat." He also suggests (rather strongly) that bladed weapons are not effective self-defense tools. As a guy who has actually been in a number of fights involving knives as a civilian, I strongly disagree. Furthermore, the author suggests that LE will see a knife as an "offensive weapon." Well, having been in one of those fights when I came to the aid of 2 off duty cops, I will say this: neither officer attempted to disarm his attacker of the knives on their belts in plain view before attempting to subdue them. After the fact, both cops...gassed and dealing with the effects of adrenaline...said it was a huge mistake before I said a word while standing between them smoking a cigarette. I am quite confident they would not have handled that situation similarly if those 2 punks had pistols holstered on their belts. So this assertion will vary depending on the cultural norms, specific context, and laws of the region. Context is king! In rural areas and in the building trades, knives are viewed as tools which can be used as a weapon -- like a baseball bat or crow bar. Don't ever take a tactical pen to a knife fight! That's MY advice. Another piece of "tactical pen" advice? A tactical pen a) CAN get taken from you by security screeners (I've seen it happen), and b) is better than nothing -- a LITTLE BIT better than nothing. Ironically, the author steers readers away from knives by claiming they require a lot of expertise to wield effectively in self-defense, and...almost simultaneously...recommends the tactical pen. As a bona fide expert in the self-defense use of fighting sticks and blades, this stuck out to me as a good example of cognitive dissonance. A simple, "Tac pens will probably get you in less trouble than a switch blade in most situations," would have sufficed. But the pen is NOT mightier than the sword in close combat, I don't care who you are!
Those are minor nit-picks. The book is well written and the audiobook is well orated (by the author). I used both to "read" this book. 99% of the content is on point. And the book is almost as entertaining as it is informative. I've already forwarded my copies to someone else. So that's a pretty strong endorsement.
P.S. A retired SOF LTC getting his custom racing rig stolen while thrill-seeking in Mexico is probably funnier to military veterans than to non-vets. It's a great way to point out that a) nobody is perfect, b) no plan survives first contact with the enemy, and c) it can happen to anybody. So keep it light, my friends!
1. Have good situational awareness to avoid any issues is the cornerstone
2. Look at things from safe, unsafe, familiar and unfamiliar type. There’s a great image in the boom
3. Trust your intuition. Better be safe than look or sound rude