In the 21st century world of knowledge it is often hard to trust the many writers who profess to be the "know it all" of your subject. Many have not real clue or they just focus on their own personal strength and don't give the reader the whole picture. Not so with this book, two things come across from the outset (1) the author has had experience in his field of writing. (2) he has gone out of his way to make sure the reader can with relative ease understand the content of the subject.
Layout and presentation:
Layout is another area that is important to me. As a visual, kinaesthetic learner I hate pages of just text. In fact I don't purchase books like this. If the writer can't be bothered to present the book in an interesting manner that the reader can following easily then why should I be bothered to read it. This book does not fall into this category. This book is designed to give the reader/learner information without having to search too hard for it. It is well laid out, short sections, 1.5 spacing between lines making it easy to add you own notes. Additionally, the book is well illustrated, 100dreds of clear photos to show you what the author is trying to communicate.
I am no expert in this subject but the book is informative and gives out lots of good tips and knowledge as well as safety stuff. As I have not read other books on this subject I have nothing to compare it to other than my personal experience while living in America. The book taught me a lot of good practice and affirmed others. At times I found some of the technical descriptions hard to get my head around, not because they were long winded, I just didn't understand it. The photo often helped. My conclusion on this is, it only happened a few times, I think it may have been a printing error and also I often read it at night when I was tired. Also as the writer addresses most situations there is a lot of cut and pasting of text to other similar techniques with the same actions. This is not a bad thing if using the book as a reference but when reading from cover to cover a bit repetitive. The section I enjoyed was on the combat colour coding. I knew about this from a training session some year back and I forgot what it was called. It was a shout section but got me to research more on it. The 4 stage for dealing with a threat were good too. Not a lot for the left hand shooter in this book, and not must said for shooters who primary shooting side is different from the dominant eye. This was surprising as the author is a right hand shooter with left eye dominance. I noted that as this is how I shoot and was looking forward to him addressing this but didn't really develop.
Did it do what it said on the tin for me and would I recommend this book?
Yes is my overall answer. This book sets out to take the reader on a journey of techniques, skills and to challenge your mental mind set. I book achieves this as I would call it more a reference manual that a deep read of theory. Is this book for professional shooters? Really I don't know, as I am not a professional. I would think it is not as if you are a professional tactical shooter you should know this stuff. However, is it suited to the novice to intermediate shooter, or home defence? I should say so. It is an easy read and will inform you of many techniques that will ensure you employ safe practice and it will help you reduce the risk of becoming a victim should the undesirable threat come your way.