Book Reviews

Book Review: The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers

  • 05/12/2016 - 10:48

    The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers by Nicholas Irving with Gary Brozek is a first-hand account of Nicholas Irving's tour in Afghanistan in 2009, during the beginnings of the US surge in that region. During his 100-day tour in Afghanistan, Sergeant Irving served with the Army's Special Operations 3rd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment as a Master Sniper. The Reaper is his record of that his deployment and the 33 kills that he made during that 4-month period - a record for the number of enemy kills on a single deployment which still stands today.
    The Reaper by Nicholas Irving with Gary Brozek

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The Way of the SEAL (Book Review)

  • 01/20/2016 - 14:48

    If you are looking to hone yourself: mind, body, and spirit. If you are wanting to be at peak performance at all times. If you want to be focused on what truly matters to you, execute your plans efficiently, and be agile to make necessary changes. Then you need to get a copy of The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed by Mark Divine.

    The author earned an MBA and started a financial career. Unfortunately, while it paid well, it left him feeling like he was missing out. He didn't feel that he was living the life he really wanted to lead. He enjoyed and excelled in martial arts and was a student not only of the physical aspect but of the philosophy being instilled in him. Mark decided he wanted to become a SEAL. After 20 years as a SEAL, he went into business for himself and with partners. Some of the businesses worked and became very successful, while some others flopped.

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Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies

  • 08/05/2015 - 16:16

    In the US Military, most of the branches have different qualification tests to become an officer. Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies attempts to prepare the reader to tackle the common elements between all of the tests. You won't find much in this book about the flight and navigation questions you'll see in the Air Force, but all of the English, math, science, mechanical, and electricity questions are all explained here.

    On top of that, OCT for Dummies provides tips on how to take tests, best discern word problems, study effectively, and navigate the questions. Not only is this book a resource for those wanting to become an officer, this book is just as good, if not slightly better, than the couple of ASVAB practice books I've read. Since US Army officers take the ASVAB as part of their OCT, a potential enlisted person should read this book as well before taking the ASVAB.

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Book Review: The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook

  • 03/24/2015 - 08:31

    One month after September 11, 2001, Michael Volkin enlisted into the Army Reserves. According to him, he left home "without an ounce of military knowledge", but he took notes on everything he did and saw during BCT. After graduating, he also picked the brains of his fellow soldiers - what did they do to get through BCT, how did they adapt, what do they wish they knew going in? With this information he assembled The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook, with the goal that no other soldier should have to go through BCT without an idea of what to expect. Let's take a look at what this book offers, and if it fulfills his promise!

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One Million Steps (Book Review)

  • 02/10/2015 - 20:06

    There are moments in time that are greater not because they are particularly unique but because they capture a truth about how we look at a larger-scale view. The grunts that went into Sangin, Afghanistan in 2010 faced an impossible task in a hostile territory surrounded by people that couldn't be trusted. Bing West captures a snapshot of the Marine Battalion 3/5 3rd Platoon as they enter Sangin to take over from our British partners, push back at the Taliban that roam carefree, and find some success before being pulled out of Afghanistan. One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon At War is part battle log of this platoon and part military analysis of the overall strategy in Afghanistan.

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