Having read both of Williams' books, I was eager to get my hands on this one. Two words for you: Don't bother. It's a complete waste of $70.00. The book contains only about 60 pages talking about the technical aspect of this strategy (most of which has been regurgitated) from his other two books), and the remainder of the book is dedicated to psychology, meditation and relaxation techniques. Now I know why. If you attempt this strategy, you're going to need them! The strategy consists of a countertrend technique, in which it attempts to pick the bottom to get long, or the top to get short via proper 'angulation' away from the alligator using a 'bullish/bearish divertion' bar. There are a couple of problems with this. 1.) Proper angulation is way too subjective and interpretive. 2.) There can be more than one divertion bar along the way that is hit to signal an entry, or no divertion bar at all. 3.) This setup rarely shows up; I've scanned about 500 daily charts. Sure, the book contains pictures of charts where there have been successful countrend trades, but old data makes anyone look smart. There is a big difference between old data and trading real-time. The author explains that if a countertrend trade hits your stop (set under the low/high of the divertion bar), and it has become a fractal, you simply go in the opposite direction. However, he doesn't explain how to exit, or if/how to pyramid into the position. Additionally, I found several contradictions in the book, notably the chart of TEVA on page 152. The 'short' trade is stopped out and reversed long on a Wise Man 3 signal which is a fractal in the opposite direction that is way below the teeth on the alligator when it's hit. A few pages earlier the author explains that if the first signal isn't a divertion bar, but a fractal, it should only be taken only if it's hit above the teeth!
Conslusion: Sure the book inlcudes some impressive pristine countertrend trades based on angulation and divertion bars in both directions, and exiting by either a SAR divertion bar in the opposite direction or a 3-5 bar trailing stop (discussed in book). Realisticaly, these trades just don't show up that often in the market (most stocks meander too close to the alligator to warrant proper entry according to this book), and a mechanical 3-5 bar trailing stop is going to get you out way to soon if you just so happened to guess correctly when entering. Simply put, the methodology is too interpretive - Like I said, anyone looks smart using old data. Also, there is no detailed explanation on how to exit a trade if stopped and reversed after a countertrend trade doesn't move in the expected direction, and the book doesn't offer any examples. Lastly, because there is no systematic way of testing this system because it's based on subjective interpretation, you can expect countless whipsaws and endless frustration if you decide to trade it without any predetermined probability of success. But what the hell, some of the relaxation methods discussed can help with that!