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21 Techniques of Silent Killing [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Master Hei Long

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May 1989
21 Techniques of Silent Killing outlines methods trained assassins use to execute their victims with cold efficiency. Learn how the spike, knife and nunchaku are used to impale or strangle victims in a minimum amount of time with a maximum chance for lethal results. These are ruthless methods used in the shadowy worlds of criminal activity and international espionage--and this book holds nothing back! For academic study only.

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press,U.S.; illustrated edition edition (May 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873645081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873645089
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars DEANIMATION!!! 5 Sep 2006
By Tyr Shadowblade (TM) - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the most offensive books you can find, and I recommend NOT leaving it out on your coffeetable when guests arrive, as it is chock full of drawings depicting ways to "deanimate" one's enemy with a single lethal thrust.

In theory, many of the techniques are viable -- but in practice, most will not work as Long states. You see, when an individual is stabbed in a "quick kill" target (head, chest, kidney, etc.), they frequently remain conscious and communicative for quite a while -- especially if the weapon is left in place, as Long recommends. Such an individual will likely survive long enough to identify his attacker to the authorities. Furthermore, certain "victims" would be so enraged that they would chase down their attacker as he nonchalantly strolls away, in order to "return" the weapon he left behind. Long would have us believe that certain "magic" spots will result in instant death -- and while such attacks are frequently lethal, they are seldom as efficient as Long's cartoons depict. There is usually a bit of hollering, flailing, and spraying involved, which is glossed over almost to the point of being discounted entirely.

A number of techniques are shown, some of which would be somewhat awkward to implement -- simpler and better techniques have been excluded. Nearly all of these methods involve sneaking up behind someone who is sitting in a chair, although there are a few "walkbys" as well. This book validates the paranoia which compels me to take the corner seat at restaurants, and turn to face strangers who approach too closely from behind.

While this text is morally and socially reprehensible, and while much of it seems uninformed or misguided, the pictures amuse me, and IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY TIME I READ IT! Although deeply flawed, it is superior to similar books by Steiner, Minnery, and Saxon -- many of which seem based solely upon fantasy.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars save it.. 23 July 2004
By L. Johansson - Published on Amazon.com
The book has it?s value in the fact that this genre is very narrow indeed, but still it exist better books on the subject.

This book shows 7 techniques using the spike, 7 with knife, and 7 with nunchakus...My impression is that in an effort to get enough material to fill a book, the later tecniques of each weapon is unnecessary complex, a phenomena also present in "the masters death touch" another book by long (although that book handles the unarmed variety).

As an example the last four tecniques of the nunchakus involves to let one hand sving the "chuck" around the victim, to be grabbed by the other hand to complete the strangulation...Chansy at the least.

2 of the other techniques (spike) suggests that the heart will arrest from the impact(spike hard thrusted into heart)but there really isnt any substance behind that conclusion in reality..

Dont get me wrong, it?s always nice to lay hands on a book of this narrow and unorthodox subject, but really this is not one of the better ones..

If you are about to buy a book "out of print" you might want to buy "the death dealers manual" by bradley j Steiner instead, since in my opinion that is a much superior book.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hei Long deserves to be called Master 28 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is one more of the many brilliant books that Master Hei Long has produced over the years. Starting with Dragons touch, Master Long presents a scholarly level in the analysis and explanation of the techniques that he presents. His books are nothing common and must be studied only with a proper understanding of what they may lead to and not with a childish mind. A must buy if you are a real Martial Artist and are interested in further education of yourself and dojo.
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