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Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

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The Navy SEALs have been fighting terrorists around the world for more than a decade. And for all that time, the Bandito Platoon from SEAL Team Seven have been on continuous combat rotation. Now they have drawn a shipboard assignment off Central America-an easy day.

But for a Navy SEAL, the only easy day was yesterday.

"Act of Valor" goes deep into the secret world of tod

Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Berkley
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Jul 29, 2013 Clay rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
On my way to spending a relaxing weekend with my family in a cabin in the woods (our trip was not nearly as eventful as the Joss Whedon film), I picked up the “Tom Clancy presented” novelization Act of Valor written by Dick Couch and George Galdorisi. Right off the bat, slapping Tom Clancy’s name on something is a good idea from a marketing perspective but might not always be in the best interests of Clancy’s brand in the long term. Everything about this novelization felt rushed – as if Couch an ...more
Mar 14, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow. This is an amazing book. Anyone who has questions about the need for our military in America needs to read this book.

I am proud to be an American, where I am free due to the many sacrifices of military men and women and their families.

Thank you all for your service to our country.
Gerald Kinro
Apr 29, 2012 Gerald Kinro rated it did not like it
This is one of those that I wanted to like. I purchased the book after seeing Tom Clancy’s name on the cover. “Act of Valor” tells the heroic tale of the U.S. Navy SEALS in their battle against terrorism. There is great potential, as the players include those from the former Soviet Union, Somalia, South America, and the Philippines.

Unfortunately, it fell short for me because of how it read. The plotting was okay. The pace, however, is too often slowed by descriptions that are inserted at inoppo
Mar 11, 2013 Wyatt rated it it was amazing
"Act Of Valor" Is a fictional story written by a former US Navy SEAL to break the chain of unrealistic, superficial, and "hollywood" stories about SEALs that are written by authors that have little to no knowledge of the military or it's soldiers. It follows a squad of SEALs from the "Bandito Platoon" who are sent to hunt and eliminate Abu Shabal, an international terrorist and jihadist sympathizer. Leading them on a chase, Shabal causes the SEALs to go everywhere around the world from Somalia ...more
Aug 13, 2016 Josh rated it it was amazing
Tom Clancy has written a book that all Americans should read. It doesn't matter what your religion is, it doesn't matter what your politicial affiliation is, it doesn't matter what you ethnic background is. If you are American: YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK.

Mr. Clancy provides readers with a look into the lives of true American heroes. The Navy Seals are professionals, and they are the best at what they do. This book clearly demonstrates why this is so.

These Seals protect our country and our lives
Hilmi Isa
Mar 10, 2013 Hilmi Isa rated it liked it
Mengisahkan 'Bandito Platoon' (BP) dari 'Seal (Sea,Air,Land) Team Seven' yang dipimpin oleh Leftenan Roark Engel dan orang kanannya Chief Dave Nolan. Apabila berlakunya letupan bom di Indonesia yang didalangi oleh Shabal,pengganas dari Chechnya. Letupan tersebut turut membunuh duta Amerika Syarikat dan anaknya. BP telah diarahkan untuk diaturgerakkan untuk menghadapi sebarang kemungkinan yang akan terjadi akibat kejadian letupan itu. Sementara itu,Lisa Morales,seorang doktor di dalam pertubuhan ...more
Michael Fortin
Mar 06, 2013 Michael Fortin rated it it was amazing
Act of Valor by Dick Couch is an exciting book about fictional events but written by a legitimate Naval Special Warfare Operator. The book follows the 8 members of Bandito Platoon with their constant battle between problems in foreign lands and domestic issues. A Jihadi terrorist named Abu Shabal plans to attack the United States. He attempted to smuggle terrorists into America using high tech bomb vests that pass through all conventional metal detectors. The battle moves from the battle to ...more
Don Knight
Feb 17, 2012 Don Knight rated it really liked it
I have only written one book review before. So please take it easy on me. I think this was a very well written book. I believe this was written after the movie. I am guessing it is somewhat of a guide. I am prety sure in this case the movie will be better than the book. I still believe that this is a very good book. It tells of the sacrafices these Navy Seals make for their country. I would recommend this book to any one.
May 02, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Loved Loved this book. I have a loved one in the military and honestly this book scared the crap out of me but the detail is amazing. The understanding of the whole mission and parts of the family life around the SEALS was very realistic and chilling. I will def. be watching the movie.
Bernard Doddema Jr
Feb 18, 2012 Bernard Doddema Jr rated it it was amazing
this book was simply amazing. cried like a baby at the end! definitely looking forward to the movie! I'll just bring lots of kleenex!!!
Aug 03, 2014 Vickie rated it liked it
This is an amazing story about people who protect our freedoms. The story was great, I found the writing style a little disconnected. I would watch the movie, except it is rated R.
Elizabeth Turner
Apr 29, 2014 Elizabeth Turner rated it liked it
Navy seal genre. A bit predictable but fine.
Dillon Skinner
Mar 02, 2014 Dillon Skinner rated it really liked it
The book that I choose to read was, "Act of Valor" by Dick Couch. The book is based off of the story of a group of Navy Seals that go on rescue missions behind enemy lines. Dick Couches reason for writing this book was to inform people about what really happened in those events and the stress and pressure that's on the Seals. The point of view in this book is third person becuase the author uses words like they and him. The style of this book is very action packed and kind of relates to people ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Sameer rated it really liked it
First and foremost, I didn't read the paperback. Instead I listened to the Brilliance Audio's version of the Audio Book. I don't think there'd be much difference there.

I see that there are divided opinions here. I am a avid reader of Tom Clancy's work and now Mark Greeny(sp?). I knew when I picked up the book, that Clancy had lent his book so it could be marketed better and sold. I DID NOT watch the movie until after I finished the book, as I wanted to have impartial picturization in my mind.

Mark Barsalona
Oct 12, 2012 Mark Barsalona rated it it was amazing
act of valor is a book that is based on real navy seals stories. The book was about a platoon called the banditos they were deployed to go on a mission to stop terrorist. they go from Philippines to the Ukraine to Mexico in order to stop a man named Abu Shabal. Who is a Russian mastermind and kills all important U.S. politicians he plans on having scuicide bombers reach America and bomb important places. He developed a new technique in bombing it's undetectable so our security can't find it. ...more
Oct 17, 2014 Larry rated it it was amazing
I had never before read a “novelization of a movie”. I was hesitant because I believed the movie to be “approved” by the SEALs and therefore PR. Yet, I decided to read it because I had heard that a number of people had ghost written Clancy’s books and I thought I might find another author to follow i.e. Dick Couch or George Galdorisi. (I had never before read any of their works.)

Much to my surprise, I REALLY enjoyed this book. The writing itself is not Pulitzer quality – but descriptive. It's in
Feb 21, 2012 John rated it liked it
I don't know why I bought this book, because I a.) never buy book versions of movie screenplays, and b.) I learned a dozen years ago that Tom Clancy's name on something doesn't equate to what it used to.

Still, drawn by the new movie, I figured I'd take a chance for a quick read. I want to give it two ratings.

One rating would be as an action techno-thriller, and it probably would get a 4 or 5 there. The scenes are gripping, realistic-feeling and there seems to be a high level of attention paid
Jameson Welch
Dec 16, 2015 Jameson Welch rated it really liked it
This book is a great read for those interesting in an adventure, and a fast paced story of brotherhood and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. For someone who is extremely interested in the military, I enjoyed all the aspects of the book.

This book touched upon the topics of family, the job, the training, and the missions. It went into full detail about the planning, and the materials used during the mission. It gave a detailed insight into what the SEAL Teams are like on missions, and
Amy Mota
Jun 13, 2012 Amy Mota rated it really liked it
Act of Valor goes deep into the secret world of today’s most elite and highly trained group of warriors. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the United States, a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitments to country, Team, and their families back home. But each ...more
Elizabeth Spath
Oct 02, 2014 Elizabeth Spath rated it liked it
First off, so you all know: Tom Clancy didn't write this. He just put his name on it so people would buy it.
It's a well written novel. Work of fiction. Based on sort of real events. And my war novel background is non fiction.
The problem was, it just didn't seem like the events could have ever been real. When I say this, I mean, sure the events would be real, but the actions, and words of the seals was so...cheesy it got a bit ridiculous. All the snazzy liners and well placed puns is perfect for
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I love this book! Even though it always makes me cry each time I read it, it is one of my favorites. After seeing the movie itself, I had to read the book and found equally as enjoyable. I can't really pin down the reason why I like the book so much, there are too many to list. I simply do. It's just a great read, even as disturbing and heartbreaking as it can be. The warped humor woven through it balances it out with refreshing moments of needed laughter in such a powerful and gritty story, add ...more
Nov 07, 2013 Michael rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Men and women in the armed forces, or their loved ones.
Recommended to Michael by: Myself
I have to start off with saying I was a little bit disappointed in this book. I do realize it is a Novelization and therefor the movie came first... but this novel seemed... rushed... almost as if Mr. Couch had a week to write it. The spelling and grammar was atrocious, and he didn't separate the characters personalities as well as the movie did.

My main mistake was getting excited over this book simply because it had "Tom Clancy" plastered on the cover, as I usually expect quality from anythi
Mar 25, 2012 Alisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012, grc
This was wonderful. I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie so yesterday I read it, last night I saw the movie. Knowing that the book was based from the movie was fine. The book gave you a true to life story following the deployement of The Bandito Platoon, SEAL Team Seven as they are in a race against time to stop a terrorist threat before it hits US soil. The scenes in the book are graphic and well written. Did I cry at the end of the book... no, I did get teary-eyed though.

The movie
Marilyn Beyer
Sep 19, 2016 Marilyn Beyer rated it it was amazing
"For a Navy SEAL, the only easy day was yesterday."

Enjoyed this -- a good story that flowed quickly, made you question what would happen, with reminders that the rights and freedoms we hold dear in the USA have been paid for by the blood of over a million brave men and women. Their sacrifices allow us to call ourselves American. The greatest love - to lay down your life for others.

It is a story of global anti-terrorism, inspired by real life missions of a most elite and highly trained group of w
Kody Kathman
May 23, 2012 Kody Kathman rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It was full of action, suspence, and all around butt kicking that never seemed to stop, until the end of the book which ended on a very serious note. Even though the book is all about war, following the Navy Seals and all, but it also has a back story that everyone will like. The book follows a group of SEALS that go through multiple mission throughout the world, mainly centraling around the Americas trying to track down terrorists and a major drug smuggler. The book ...more
Hayden McCue
May 24, 2013 Hayden McCue rated it really liked it
Act of Valor is an exciting, adventurous, and action pack book. It is a great book based on a true story that helped protect the American citizens.This action pack book is filled with chapters that are someone what decent size but they sometimes vary in size depending on how much information and background information needs to shared with us or if it is a action part of the story. In chapters of the book at the end of some paragraphs there is a space that then another section begins. So there is ...more
Malissa Thurman
Mar 30, 2014 Malissa Thurman rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This book about an elite group of Navy Seals tells a story of how they live their lives and serve their country. It follows the lives of these heroes as the combat international forces from Costa Rica, Mexico, Czech and the Middle East. The intelligence used to keep our nation safe is enough to make you suspect the most common of people, but hatred and war are our reality and this book does not fail in reminding of those facts.

This is my first Tom Clancy novel, which was written by Dick Couch a
Matthew Reicher
Jan 23, 2013 Matthew Reicher rated it really liked it
This book kept a good story flowing flawlessly. What also made the book's story strong is the fact that the book is based on a true story. The book flawlessly made you question what would happen.There was quite a few people that made me wonder if they would survive or not. The end of the story was heart wrenching(that's all i'm going to say). The ending was powerful, there was enough action and suspense to keep me reading, but some parts like on the ship was a bit boring. But this book was ...more
Alec Jones
Mar 08, 2015 Alec Jones rated it really liked it
Act of valor is a fictional story written by Dick Couch. This book is realistic fiction because it was written by a former Navy SEAL to write about how war and freedom is like in the SEALs and military. Act of Valor is similar to many military books but this one was not based on a real story. Act of Valor was also made into a movie which was very good and realistic. Act of valor was a great book and the SEALS or the “Bandito Platoon” take on missions to kill or save people for their country. I ...more
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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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