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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Clearwater Publishing Limited; 1st edition (3 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955776902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955776908
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 2.1 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book covers the subject from a professional but very practical point of view. The author demonstrates time and again his understanding of the needs of close protection operations, clearly born of hard-won experience. This book needs to be in every operative's glove box!"
-- - David Dickinson Former Chief Executive British Security Industry Association (BSIA)

Kevin Horak Is Clearly At The Top Of His Profession In Close Protection. Kevin's Book Is At The Leading Edge In Excellence. It Is Easy To Read, Practical In Detail And Very Down To Earth. I Recommend The Book To Anyone Seeking A Career In Close Protection -- Bob Purvis TD FIBC CMC, Managing Director, Alpha Intelligence Management Ltd

A Rarity For A Security Book - It's A Practical Guide And Utterly Authoritative

-- Mark Rowe - Editor - Professional Security Magazine

An Informative And Entertaining Read With Exceptionally Clear Diagrams And Photographs -- Keith Mexsom - Editor - New Zealand Security Magazine

"The New Bodyguard Is An Excellent Tool For Anyone Thinking About Embarking On A Career In Close Protection. Full Of Fascinating Industry Insights, It Also Provides Useful Practical Advice For Close Protection Professionals. As Well As Offering Real Instruction, The Book Is Full Of Anecdotes That Demonstrate The Authors Professional Experience"
--- Andy Bearpark - Director - British Association Of Private Security Companies (BAPSC) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

As a respected expert in the field you can be sure of an honest account written with absolute integrity from an author who has a passion for this business. Whilst never divulging clients, this book is a true reflection of what it takes to make it and to work at the complete upper end of the security industry.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim on 19 Mar 2013
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Briefly the guy is an ex doorman who has set up his own CP company, written a book (published by his own company) in which he promotes his own CP company and CP training company. If I sound sneering I am not, Mr Horak has done well for himself and clearly engaged in a lucrative part of the market as a provider and trainer. However, printed poloshirts, branded nylon ties and cheesy photos with celebs are a world away from Royalty or Specialist Protection and the Army's RMP / Specialist Protection Units or private organisations like G4s operating high risk teams in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Specifically, I found the book too generic in its treatment of certain tradecraft subjects and repititous. How many times do I need to be told to clean my teeth and make sure I don't have body odour? If you need to be told these things I would question whether I would want to entrust my life to you. Where it was strongest was in its encouraging outlook, career planning for the novice and restrained mature tone. Someone who is involved in the private security industry and wants to complete an SIA approved CP course and move into Mr Horak's world might find this useful, I didn't. If you are preparing for service courses there are far better texts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Claire on 18 July 2011
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A wonderful book, really really enjoyed it. Would remcommend to anyone interested in doing a SIA or more in depth bodyguard work. The priice and quality is excellent too - happy reading :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By feralmunky on 23 April 2012
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Great book for those seeking more information on what this industry is about and working in it. Very no-nonsense, well laid out and written, and containing as much information as possible. Kevin Horak sticks to the subject and provides examples of scenarios from his own experience with none of the bragging often seen in other books of this nature. Well recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BaldieMan Rob on 6 Mar 2011
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Although this book is aimed at those considering a career in Close Protection, I have found it valuable working in another area of the security industry. Kevin Horak writes with a depth of details and facts that make this book an essential purchase for anyone considering a career move and wanting to know exactly what is required and what you should expect in the industry. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dylan on 26 Sep 2012
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I have only just brought this book and from what I have read of it so far it gives you an excellent insight in to the world of close protection. I had the pleasure to actually speak to the author who I found very professional and obviously had a wealth of experience in this industry. So if you are looking for guidance on how to enter this industry this is a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mentor-Protector on 8 Sep 2012
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I have chosen K.Horak's book from between many others. Then I understood that this is the only one which gives you true insides of the industry. The true account of professional and advice that cannot be beaten. If you thinking about professional career this is the book that will open your eyes and set you on right path. With his highly professional approach K.Horak wipes out and recreates the picture of "Bodyguard" in eyes of a public.
As a guide this is amazingly clear , detailed and true essence of advice. It will give you pure and without unnecessary "colouring" information that will help you enter the new life as a bodyguard and will help you stay highly professional.
Highly recommended, absolute necessity on your professional bookshelf if you are just thinking of becoming a bodyguard or you are already in a circuit.
Worth more than money can buy !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Tysall on 15 July 2012
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Kevin Horaks book The New Bodyguard is an absulute eye opener, Kevin goes into as much detail as possible in every single area of the industry and explaines every area with great detail. He is exteremly honest with everything he has writen in the book and trys to give you as much information as he can. He literaly doesnt miss a thing everything is brought up and combed through like a nit combe.
A definate read if you are interested in the indusrty, also an interesting one at the same time, As i havnt been able to put it down.
Go buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teri on 23 April 2012
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Kevin Horak's book was a fascinating insight into the CP industry. An entirely authoritative and a honest account. I found it really helpful before undertaking a CP course.

Lots of supporting images and diagrams (especially foot formations). I would recommend this book to anyone.
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