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Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps' Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life

Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps' Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Van Horne , Jason Riley , Shawn Coyne , Steven Pressfield
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"At a time when we must adapt to the changing character of conflict, this is a serious book on a serious issue that can give us the edge we need.”

—General James Mattis, USMC, Ret.

"Left of Bang offers a crisp lesson in survival in which Van Horne and Riley affirm a compelling truth: It's better to detect sinister intentions early than respond to violent actions late. Left of Bang helps readers avoid the bang."

—Gavin de Becker, bestselling author if The Gift of Fear

"Rare is the book that is immediately practical and interesting. Left of Bang accomplishes this from start to finish. There is something here for everyone in the people business and we are all in the people business."

—Joe Navarro, bestselling author of What Every BODY is Saying.

"Left of Bang is a highly important and innovative book that offers a substantial contribution to answering the challenge of Fourth Generation war (4GW)."

—William S. Lind, author of Maneuver Warfare Handbook

"Like Sun Tzu's The Art of War, Left of Bang isn't just for the military. It's a must read for anyone who has ever had a gut feeling that something's not quite it walking down the street, sitting in a corporate boardroom, or even entering an empty home."

-- Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The Lion's Gate, The Warrior Ethos and Gates of Fire

“An amazing book! Applying the lessons learned during the longest war in American history, and building on seminal works like The Gift of Fear and On Combat, this book provides a framework of knowledge that will bring military, law enforcement, and individual citizens to new levels of survival mindset and performance in life-and-death situations. Left of Bang is an instant classic.”

--Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman, U.S. Army Ret., author of On Combat and On Killing

-- You walk into a restaurant and get an immediate sense that you should leave.

-- You are about to step onto an elevator with a stranger and something stops you.

-- You interview a potential new employee who has the resume to do the job, but something tells you not to offer a position.

These scenarios all represent LEFT OF BANG, the moments before something bad happens. But how many times have you talked yourself out of leaving the restaurant, getting off the elevator, or getting over your silly “gut” feeling about someone? Is there a way to not just listen to your inner protector more, but to actually increase your sensitivity to threats before they happen?

Legendary Marine General James Mattis asked the same question and issued a directive to operationalize the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter program. A comprehensive and no-nonsense approach to heightening each and every one of our gifts of fear, LEFT OF BANG is the result.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4238 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Black Irish Entertainment LLC (18 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L45NXF4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is an excellent primer on situational awareness. Reading this, and using the techniques it describes may keep you and your family alive! The world is more unstable now than it has been for many years, and having good SA may allow you to keep yourself and your loved ones out of danger, and left of bang!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for Military, Law Enforcement, Security Personnel & Anyone Concerned with Personal Protection 7 May 2014
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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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