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100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation

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A hands-on, practical survival guide from retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson—adapted for civilians from actual special forces operations—to eluding pursuers, evading capture, and surviving any dangerous situation.

In today’s increasingly dangerous world, threats to your personal safety are everywhere. From acts of terror to mass shootings, and from the unseen (and sometimes vi
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Touchstone
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Oct 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t write a lot of reviews, especially negative ones, but this book is just too much. I have the utmost respect for the Navy SEALs, God bless them, and I’m all for anyone using their past experiences to start a business, sell a book, and make a buck. More power to them. The information in this book, however, smells like someone cashing in on a gullible public. I guess this counts me with the gullible since I purchased it. I wasn’t under any delusion that real SEAL and covert trade secrets we ...more
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These might be real skills, but it's pure entertainment for basic folks like me who want to pretend they will ever have the day in a life of a "violent nomad". This kind of non-fiction is better than any spy novel or video game because it lets you imagine for a few hours that you may actually need to survive in hostile territory or engage in covert activity. Reminds me of the children's Spy Handbook that I was obsessed with at the age of 9. Very fun.
Shane Phillips
May 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book just stupid. It's more like 100 skills Jason Bourne could use in movies. For example, "every hotel room has a bible or Quran in a bedside drawer and a couple of these taped together yields an improvised body armor that provides significant protection from projectiles." Seriously. What am I supposed to break into the room next to me to steal an extra bible and run out and buy tape? As an average size man, I used the bible in my room just now and based on it I would need 4 just to cover ...more
Kevin  Frint
Jan 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow, what a book. This book is some crazy shit. Its cool to take a look at, for the ridiculous and whacky shit (with illustrations) that qualify as 'skills', such as:

-A very limited guide of how to hijack a Cessna (with no idea how to take off, fly, or land, assuming you either know how to do at least half of those skills and can parachute).
-Traveling across wastelands and covering your tracks/supplies by air, land, or sea, because you're going to be doing A LOT of at your desk job
-Turning a
Anup Joshi
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hoard
This book is mainly about skills needed for covert operations in a hostile territory. Most of the skills mentioned in the book rely on improvisation than anything else. I was surprised to know that operatives work with a minimum dependence on high-tech gadgets and rather rely mainly on improvisation to carry out their missions. This went contrary to my belief gathered from watching James Bond movies.

I was impressed by the writing style when I first skimmed through this book and wanted to probe f
Deborah Sheldon
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tremendous fun! As a writer - and a fan of the TV show, 'Archer' - this manual got my creative juices flowing. (Uh...phrasing?) I find myself wanting to write an action scene involving a Zebra pen, a newspaper nail bat, improvised body armour... But seriously, there are lots of fascinating tidbits in here, e.g. lock-picking, escaping from restraints, and digital work-arounds such as how to send anonymous emails.
Matias Myllyrinne
Well the title says it all. Has some funny, some useful and some over the top tips/skills. Ranging from the mundane to the useful and back out to bizarre (build your own camera taser - anyone?)

Still a light enjoyable journey. First book I’ve read that explains smuggling a shank up your anus the safe way...
Melissa Embry
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, military
Despite its title, retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson's "100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situations", is as often applicable to civilian life as to clandestine operations. Tips include skills on avoiding such annoyances as car thefts, carjackings, home invasions and burglaries. Hint: never leave your keys in your car. We all know this, but when the advice comes from somebody who can also tell you how to steal a car, may ...more
Kristina Aziz
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
disclaimer: When I say 'picked this book up', I mean 'requested from netgalley'.

I picked this book up for several reasons. Those who know my reviews won't be surprised to find I picked it up for the cover. But AFTER I looked at the cover, I thought it would be a cool book and I might find some things to try with my husband. I then thought further and hoped this would lead to practical application for women travelling alone, or adult women who have to travel at night, as my case sometimes is.

Really disturbing? Useful, I think, but definitely illuminates some of the dangers in everyday life.
Jeannine Johnson Phillian
Interesting tips. Some very useful, some you'll never use. At least you hope you don't have to. Unless you find yourself in hostile enemy territory of course.
Chris Bauer
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before anybody gets the wrong idea, let me be clear. I'm not a "prepper", not planning to join the French Foreign Legion, not making arrangements for the collapse of American society and not intent on participating in any conflict.

I wanted to read this book for two reasons:
1. I like to write thrillers. While I might not have do the things in this book, my characters will.
2. I travel for work. A lot. There are many chapters in the book which can make me more safe.

The book itself is surprisingly w
Elwin Kline
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: survival
While I read this book years ago, I remember it being lackluster and unimpressive.

I remember at one point the author writes about the classic technique of tying sheets together to form a rope to climb out of a window... I mean, how many cartoons and movies have we seen this in growing up? Again, supporting the statement of me feeling empty reading the content.

One positive thing I could say, was the "telephone book armor" section, where you essentially take the books inside your hotel room and
patrick Lorelli
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book in that if you get past some of the real overblown stuff and follow the everyday items of your surroundings, strangers in your neighborhood, don’t leave your car running while you go inside to get a coffee maybe your car won’t get stolen. Or lock your doors and windows, it is surprising how many people will leave an upstairs window unlocked and also have a ladder outside hello burglar. Simple changes yes but most people don’t do them.
Some of his other tips of running away first are
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was okay book. I don't know if 100 Deadly Skills it really the right title for it, but there was a lot of useful information in it. The illustrations really helped and were well drawn. Some of the instructions I wish were a little more detailed. Over all the book really wants to teach you how to think outside the box and adapt to different situations. How to get out of or avoid bad ones. Am I glad I read it? Yeah. Is it worth having around? I think so. Would I recommend it to others? Mmmm, I ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is.... creative.

Feasible for your average person? Sure, they could feasibly do these tasks.

Useful? Ehhh. Sure. Somethings could be useful.

Worth the purchase? Definitely. If for no other reason than if shit hit the fan you could draw some things from the skill set of a “violent nomad”.

Some of these “skills” seem ridiculous, some seem to have used, and others feel like the author had an “oh shit I don’t have 100 yet” moment. Should that deter you from giving credit to the author for p
Anne Fox
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a handy book of skills for civilians that would allow one to avoid pitfalls when traveling or in other unfamiliar situations as well as escape those situations should one befall you. The only reason I knocked off a star is that I found some not truly practical for the average person, and some seemed a bit disconnected from methods that had been shown before. For instance, an early method in the book involves showing how one can hide implements such as handcuff keys and razor blades on yo ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One word that I could describe this book as is secretive. Everything in this book is done secretly, whether the person is sneaking into a building, or picking a lock, or concealing a secret weapon as simple as a newspaper. This book changed the way I think about this certain topic. I learned that even if you are a regular civilian, with the right tools and mindset, you can act and think just like an operative on a mission. This book was fairly simple to read and understand, there were no words t ...more
Sam DeMayhem
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This book I believe as an essential for any person in this day and age. Many of the skills and knowledge of this book have already helped me a great deal. You learn so much in this book and is absolutely worth the buy because the knowledge I've learned I will say this book is worth its weight in Gold.

Some things in the book I found quite boring and unneeded for a civilian. Some knowledge I also found a little unnerving for anyone to read that may not be a law-abiding citizen could use for many
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Reviewed by Peterson Wager for San Diego Book Review

Ever wondered how to build an IED, knife fight like a pro, or totally incinerate a corpse? Perhaps you have yearned to know how to avoid detection and survive for an extended time off the grid, or maybe you simply wish to know how to stay safe in the face of unpredictable threats. Clint Emerson, a former Navy SEAL, has compiled "100 Deadly Skills" that will transform you from a cowering victim to a powerful and autonomous being capable of evasi
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Fast read. I read it in one night. There are a lot of pictures, and it's a lot of fun. Interesting. But if you're not an operator, or not being actively put into situations where you get chased all the time, a lot of the information is just fun, not useful. For instance, will any (or at least many) of us ever really need to know how to get rid of a body? Or steal an airplane? I mean, sure, that's cool to know, but I picture that bit of information taking up space in my brain that I could fill wi ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rowan Ashton
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some skills are better explained than others, but I also read this guy’s autobiography and he knows what he’s talking about. I loved reading Boy Scout how-to manuals for first aid and pioneering and survival, and this is the same genre. Lots of cool skills, outside-the-box thinking, clear and simple illustrations. I think it’s hilarious that he uses specific names in some cases (“sig” instead of “concealable handgun” or “Zebra pen” instead of “steel frame pen”) but it’s honestly super helpful an ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I doubt I will ever have to use any of these skills, it was fascinating to read about them. This book reminded me of alot of different action movies, constantly making me picture myself in these scenarios. The pictures in the book were great and it was understandable. Also, each diagram was efficiently done in a page of graphics (Not counting the text for the chapter). I usually enjoy these types of books with life hacks, survival, and in this case, deadly skills for surviving situations. ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks

Interesting info that you could probably look for on the net (if you thought of them...) but handy to have in one place.

Some good tidbits but a few of the skills described were not fully explained... I had to look on the net for a full explanation (for example; bracing for impact) maybe there were diagrams in the book?

Still worth the read/listen as you pick up skills that will help you think differently (e.g. blend in and look for potential hazards) and aid you in unfamiliar and unfore
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: self-aggrandizing mall cops
Shelves: diy, writer-usa
Talk about phoning it in.
I learned that before I am abducted and thrown into the trunk of a car, I should familiarize myself with car trunks and determine my options if I'm ever trapped in one. No insight on how trunk latches work - just go figure it out.
The rest of the book is filled with tactics that were poorly described and hard to visualize. I learned more from paying attention to Matt Damon's moves in the Jason Bourne movies.
Oh... I DID learn quite a bit about the different ways to hide o
Cody Weston
This was a well-illustrated and interesting read. I'm not sure how practical a lot of these tips will be for an ordinary person, but there's a certain thrill in knowing how these things are done and how a professional might tackle difficult situations. Certainly there's a remote chance that one of these techniques could come in handy and help you out of a bind, but I think the cooler effect for me was just getting a peek into how someone might approach the world when they're surrounded by enemie ...more
Izzy Blaze
I finished reading another book today. It's called 100 Deadly Skills and was written by an ex navy seal named Clint Emerson. The book contains information and diagrams about the various skills that operatives use in the field which can be useful for civilians also. These include skills such as lockpicking, escape and evasion tactics and my personal favorite... how to dispose of dead bodies. :) Overall it was an interesting read. You can find it on Google Play Books.
Marcus Wynne
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and extremely well formatted book on a great collection of “MacGyver-isms” cool tradecraft and low-tech improvisations for the “Violent Nomad” or the singleton deep cover special operator. Emerson is the Naval Special Warfare community go-to guy for situational awareness and singleton survival skills (as well as other rarified elements of the special operations community) this book is not only incredibly educational but just fun to read — and practice.
Dylan Morgan
Oct 10, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I think that this book is something you should read because it teaches you somethings/ skills that will help and be valuable in you life.

If you get lost somewhere this will teach you how to get out of the place where you are lost.
If you get kid napped then you can know how to get out of the position.

this book is good because it can teach you how to stay safe in the scary word that is earth.
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“The goal in psychological warfare of any sort is to distort a target’s perception of reality in order to bring about a change in behavior.” 2 likes
“to many of the skills in this book, there is much the average civilian can learn from an operative’s mindset. First and foremost, that mindset is defined by preparedness and awareness. Whether in home territory or under deepest cover, operatives are continually scanning the general landscape for threats even when they’re not on the clock. Civilians, too, can train their minds toward habits such as scouting exit routes in crowded restaurants or building spur-of-the-moment escape plans. This kind of vigilance allows an operative confronted with sudden danger to take” 0 likes
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