Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review: Navy SEALs Elite Operations by Patricia Newman


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Trained to fight at sea, in the air, and on land, U.S. Navy SEALs tackle whatever missions come their way. They must master skills such as combatting enemies under water, fast-roping from a hovering helicopter, and demolishing enemy weaponry. Learn how Navy SEALs are taught to think like scientists and perform like soldiers as they track down terrorists, rescue hostages, and venture into enemy territory to gather critical information.
The Military Special Ops series:
With vivid photos and engaging text, this series covers exciting information about the U.S. military’s special operations forces – highly trained units that perform unconventional, often high-risk missions. Each book introduces one group’s position in its military branch, as well as its key functions. Each book also details the group’s uniform, special equipment and gear, and techniques and tactics. A final chapter covers the training and skills needed to excel in each special ops group and how to pursue a career in this area.

MY TAKE:
Most people know that it's difficult to become a Navy SEAL, but few actually know exactly what becoming a SEAL entails.

In Navy SEALs Elite Operations, readers learn more about the history of the SEALs, their training and recruitment, their kits, etc.

While I've seen documentaries of the training that SEAL candidates have to endure before they become SEALs, I had no idea that becoming part of Navy SEAL Team Six have to undergo another selection process after they have completed a few combat missions. I was under the impression that SEALs were just divided into teams and it just so happened that Team Six got the most coverage.

There are plenty of interesting and useful information here for civilians who only have a passing knowledge about SEALs. The layout and pictures help make the book easier to read too.

Thanks to NetGalley and Lerner Publications for the e-ARC. Publication date of Navy SEALs Elite Operations is on September 1, 2013.

THE GOOD:

  1. It's chockful of information about Navy SEALs.
  2. It's not boring.
  3. There are plenty of pictures about Navy SEAL life.

THE BAD:

  1. It would be even better if there had been more anecdotes about actual missions.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Slow candidates get the "sugar cookie" treatment. They have to dive in the surf and then roll on the beach to cover themselves with sand, like a sugar cookie, before returning to their group to try harder.
READ IT IF:

  1. Your child is interested in joining the Navy SEALs.
  2. Your child is interested in anything combat-related.
  3. Your child likes reference and trivia books.

RATING:
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