by Patrick Van Horne,
Jason A. Riley
“Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life” is a glorious book if you wish to know more about how to stay ahead of getting into a bad situation, this book is for you. Patrick Van Horne and Jason A. Riley are the authors of this book. Patrick and Jason have written an eye-opening look into how to keep yourself and your team/family safe by spotting danger before it strikes. Left of Bang is a fantastic book. A book every cop and security officer should read. Anyone concerned for their safety looking to avoid dangerous situations through recognizing the signs and signals of crime and danger should read this book. This book is an excellent guide to decision making in any time-critical profession where safety and lives are on the line. It presents several strategic formulas for making decisions under pressure, which will instantly challenge you to improve the depth of your daily level of observation and awareness. These invaluable lessons from the Marine Combat Hunter Program will teach you how to read your environment and respond to it faster than those around you. By learning how to read baseline body language, and immediately detect anomalies, you can begin to know what people are going to do before they do it.
More importantly, with these skills, you can recognize when someone is trying to pull you into a bad situation, and know the proper countermove. The Israeli system of “characterization” correlating objective suspicion indicators with known or plausible environmentally specific M.O.’s – is extremely effective for stopping criminal activities and terrorist surveillance dry runs or attacks. This book complements that standardized system very well, by revealing micro behaviors in baseline activity that help us to form a faster understanding of both an individual’s and a group’s intentions before they act. This is a book that is extremely useful for training others in time-critical decision-making not just in law enforcement or military environment, but in natural disasters as well. This book will teach you how to steal time when you need it most, by interpreting events and outthinking situations before they harm you. We highly recommend this book to anyone in a profession that involves time-critical decision making: airline pilots, doctors, nurses, paramedics, police officers, and soldiers will all find something helpful in this book to ramp up their powers of observation and daily decision making, to protect and care for the people they are responsible for. This book is for those who embrace the responsibility of being the one person who by their training can make a difference and win the day. Be that person. Every time you read it, you’ll discover yet another nuance that puts things into a whole new light.