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Down Range: Navy Seals in the War on Terrorism

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In America’s battle against al-Qaeda and their allies, the goal of the Navy SEALs is to be the best guns in the fight—stealthy, effective, professional, and lethal. Here for the first time is a SEAL insider’s battle history of these Special Operations warriors in the war on terrorism.

“Down range” is what SEALs in Afghanistan and Iraq call their area of operations. In this
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 19th 2005 by Crown Publishers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Julius
Aug 07, 2009 Julius rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Military
A great collection of stories from the front lines combined with too many plugs for his other books. Having been to many of these places and worked in the community his description and details are spot on! The only thing he left out is just how critical the support ellaments really are. No opereration is just one man, it takes a collective work to facilitate a succuss. Despite some redundancy and the shameless plugs for his other works this was a great collection of stories.
Fred
This was an okay book. I wouldn't recommend it simply because I think there are better ones for entertainment factor and better ones dealing explicitly with the Special Operations community. If you happen to be a fan of the SEALs maybe you'd want to pick this up.

The writer spent a lot of time reminiscing about his own military experience which I am not sure was really an appropriate thing to do. The title of the book is "Navy SEALs in the War on Terrorism" and Vietnam doesn't really have anythin
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Daniel
Jan 14, 2013 Daniel rated it really liked it
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Down range was a very eye opening book.The books main theme was disapointment.In the book the main character explains what it is like to be a navy seal and one of the main thing that makes him mad was how the media put resrictions on navy seals. Some of the rules he must follow are unbelieveable.He is not allowed to shoot someone without a gun so it becomes easy for a suaside bomber to kill many people because they dont carry guns. He desribes some of the hard things about being a navy seal and ...more
K.H. Vaughan
Nov 08, 2013 K.H. Vaughan rated it liked it
For the "first battle history of its kind" the content seemed awfully familiar. At best a primer on SEAL activities, and thin on content. Obviously, it must be difficult to write a detailed book on the activities and methods of a group that engages in a lot of classified activity, but there isn't a lot of meat on the bones here. If you were to strip away the author's Vietnam reminiscences, professions of respect for his "brother SOF" and appeals for more funding/better pay, you would have a ...more
Ken
Nov 28, 2012 Ken rated it liked it
For the "first battle history of its kind" the content seemed awfully familiar. At best a primer on SEAL activities, and thin on content. Obviously, it must be difficult to write a detailed book on the activities and methods of a group that engages in a lot of classified activity, but there isn't a lot of meat on the bones here. If you were to strip away the author's Vietnam reminiscences, professions of respect for his "brother SOF" and appeals for more funding/better pay, you would have a ...more
Damian
Mar 28, 2013 Damian rated it really liked it
Couch talks about the evolution of the modern SEAL capable of applying a wide range of skills from simple persuasion to brute force. No longer just about firepower and stealthy approach, modern warfare has forced the SEALs to work in the daylight, addressing the needs and concerns of the populations they are defending. More than ever, their most valuable weapon is proving to be their brains.
Nicholas
Apr 29, 2013 Nicholas added it
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Very intense! To know so much about a secret mission the Navy seals did is very intriguing. Knowing so much about their journey to finding Saddam Hussein is very nerve racking. I was almost shaking throughout the whole story wondering if the Seals would survive. It has you wanting more and you're on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book.
Weston Ochse
Sep 08, 2011 Weston Ochse rated it really liked it
I bought this to help me get some background on SEAL TEAM 666, a book I'm writing for St. Martin's Press. This provided a lot of great insight into the sorts of missions they perform and is giving me tremendous help in formulating my fictional SEAL team.
Teresa
Oct 19, 2012 Teresa rated it it was amazing
While doing research I've bought most of Dick Couches books. I've always enjoyed the knowledge about the Navy SEAL life. Excellent research material and very entertaining.
Armin
Sep 22, 2007 Armin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Who is in love with military subjects
sound's like it's amazing.about Navy SEALs who are one of the most elite Special Forces in the world.
Anthony Williams
Starting out this book is pretty slow, but im intrigued. I really like military stories and other things about military. Im hoping this book will get more exciting as I go on
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Mr. Couch graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967. He graduated from BUD/S training in Class 45 in 1969. He was a case officer for the CIA.
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