- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Greenhill Books; Revised edition edition (15 July 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853676616
- ISBN-13: 978-1853676611
- Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,583,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hostage Rescue Manual: Tactics of the Counter-terrorist Professionals (Hostage Rescue Manual: Tactics of the Counter-Terrorist Professional) Paperback – 15 Jul 2005
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About the Author
Leroy Thompson has trained military and police hostage rescue and VIP protection teams around the world and has published a number of books and articles on the subject, among them the first ever work on world-wide counter-terrorist units. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The diagrams and non-jargon explanations of single/multiple room clearing methods, Using a two or 5 man entry team, correct positioning of snipers and puts a great emphasis on the use of a Hostage Negotiator. The tactics mentioned in this book are better then most of the manuals I have studies, even tough they don’t go into to much depth they could be used as a foundation upon which you could further enhance or improve on.
The Author has set-out to explain how Counter Terrorist Operators carry out their duties and why it is becoming all the more necessary to try and pursue a non-lethal resolution to a barricaded or hostage scenario. The Author also goes on to use previous operations carried out by various Military and Police Special Operations and uses them as guide’s on what to and not to do. Among these are the world famous SAS embassy rescue and the Royal Dutch Marines Train &School Rescue Operation.
Overall I would give this book a Two Thumbs up… For being a no nonsense introductory guide into the workings of the worlds counter terrorist teams and their tactics, and would happily recommend that the layman buy this book before seeking out to buy the more cumbersome and boring US Army Field Manuals.
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On with the real Review.
+ reviews basic need to know elements
+ Gives examples
+ Touches on most aspects of Hostage Rescue
+ Gives information that isn't always obvious.
- Not all encompassing
- Gives no information on training methods
Overall: To all those people who whine about how this book leaves stuff out, either join a CT team and find out or shut up. There are very good reasons why no one has come out and exposed every single little detail on the subject. So if you're looking for a book that is going to tell you absolutely everything you could ever want to know about CT quite wasting your time, you're not gonna find one. If however you are just looking for a research tool (like I was) this is actually a pretty good guide, not perfect but as good as it's gonna get.
But it doesn't offer any details, just some short overview.
E.g. it deals with hostage negotiation for about 3 pages, whereas I got a professional book that has almost 300 pages just about this topic.
If you are a professional already, or if you will rely on many other sources of information, than you should consider buying this book in order to have a nice summary of all main topics.
But don't get the idea, this book alone will help you doing your job - it'll be lethal!
I personally am really disappointed and will send it back to amazon!!
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