100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide

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ISBN 147679605X
EAN: 9781476796055
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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 virtual) matrix of everyday crime, danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions. Potentially life-threatening circumstances can arise anywhere, anytime, and Clint Emerson—former Navy SEAL—wants you to be prepared.

100 Deadly Skills contains proven self-defense skills, evasion tactics, and immobilizing maneuvers—modified from the world of black ops—to help you take action in numerous “worst case” scenarios from escaping a locked trunk, to making an improvised Taser, to tricking facial recognition software. With easy-to-understand instructions and illustrations, Emerson outlines in detail many life-saving strategies and teaches you how to think and act like a member of the special forces.

This complete course in survival teaches you how to prevent tracking, evade a kidnapping, elude an active shooter, rappel down the side of a building, immobilize a bad guy, protect yourself against cyber-criminals, and much more—all using low-tech to “no-tech” methods. Clear, detailed, and presented in an easy-to-understand and execute format, 100 Deadly Skills is an invaluable resource. Because let’s face it, when danger is imminent, you don’t have time for complicated instructions.


  • 100 Deadly Skills contains proven self-defense skills, evasion tactics, and immobilizing maneuvers.

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Great book. Nice oaky finish, with a musky flavor of Kick butt.
by Brian Beck (5 out of 5 stars)
August 2, 2018

I originally picked up this book so that I could learn 100 Deadly skills. I discovered 101. You can hurl this book at n'er do well and if they are simultaneously choking or having a heart attack, the slap of this paperback will surely push him over the edge into oblivion. And it's written by a guy named Clint. Do you really need more incentive to purchase? In 5 pages, while sitting on my couch I was able to imagine doing severe irreparable harm in 5 different ways. Just imagining the other 90teen things I was going to learn actually made me sweat a bit. I had to threaten my significant other with PAGE 3 in order to have her bring me an ice pop so I could simmer down. (I did not threaten my significant other- but I did show her page 3 and she promptly put me in a headlock, which was not fair, because I didn't learn how to break out of the headlock until page 57.
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Nice Tease Lacking Much Useful Substance Because The Author Speaks From Experience
by andsobo (4 out of 5 stars)
August 17, 2018

The writing style is easy to follow and absorb. It is abundantly clear that between the lines, real compelling, brutal, heroic stories live. But they remain between the lines so tight that the publisher and writing assistants are unaware.

Of the one hundred skills discussed in the book, about half are immediately useful. Things like securing your hotel room, checking to see if your room or luggage has been disturbed, how to blend into your environment, simple things to do and not do to increase your personal security, listing of items you should carry with you at all times, making improvised body armor that works, and how to determine if you are being followed, are all useful skills that give you heightened situational awareness when traveling overseas or when other circumstances call for heightened alert.

Most of the information, however, is not necessarily new information, or likely to ever be needed, they are all good bits of information that keep you in a good mindset, to be aware of your surroundings but it would be a full time labor to maintain.

About thirty skills I would consider highly unlikely to ever use. I mean sure, if push comes to shove I can steal a small plane and probably take off fine, its the landing, and other complications that make it so unlikely. Many of these skills are useful if you are part of a trained team, not me, and can stay in place for extended periods of time. Some are simply fun to read about but will never be employed, like body disposal, the tried and true Molotov cocktail, using the rectum for short term storage, and waging your own small scale psychological war. About fifteen skills would require considerable practice and/or planning to become proficient at executing and planning for.

And just to be clear, to me, much of the book reads like the bibliography of spy novel. There is no classified information in this book except for some very vague references to basic activities that may have or be part of a procedure or drill to help keep things in order and sequence to someone trained but outside of the complete drill or sequence they hold no significance. The copyright date on my copy is 2015, the technology discussed was available on the web with a little searching more than ten years prior to the publication and one of the methods of communication via the internet without plain text was being used by a friend fifteen years ago. I would like to see an updated version but I am afraid that is the limitation of the author and all similarly trained and skilled men. Once they learn a skill, even if it is a non-classified skill, they cannot talk about it, and they don't.
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East read. As advertised. Won't make you a Navy SEAL.
by S. R. Hartkopf (4 out of 5 stars)
July 19, 2017

I debated whether to rate this book as a 5 or a 4. I gave it a 4 because much of it, perhaps 50%+, is just not new information or is plain old common sense. That said, there are many tips, tricks and interesting things to learn and think about. The writing is straight forward and easy to follow. I think I read it in 1-2 days. To his credit, the author states clearly at the beginning that reading this book will not make you a warrior but may provide a trick or two that could help you out in the unlikely event that something bad happens to you. If you're a writer this book is chock full of fun scenarios that can either spark your imagination or help you describe how your hero outwitted or outfought the bad guys.
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Don't buy the Kindle edition
by David Klemm (2 out of 5 stars)
May 26, 2016

I'm only writing this so poorly because I got the Kindle edition. If you're going to get this book with all the illustrations you definitely need to book. The Kindle edition sucks!
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very easy to read and understand, clear illustrations. worth every penny.
by congobongoofthethirdorder (5 out of 5 stars)
January 17, 2018

this book was way better then i thought it would be. some of the stuff i knew, most was very interesting. the book prioritizes easy understanding of the subjects and add's illustrations to help you visualize them in action. i felt like a spy after reading this book. lots of useful information in this book, for travelers, or just anyone whom wishes to stay safe. this book is a perfect gift for any future rangers or seals. the author makes sure he is very clear with each subject, without boring you to death. this book is now a fixture on my book shelf. i will not let it go. my younger brother wants to see it, he is a veteran. good news for him, i don't wanna give it up, so i'm gonna buy him his own copy. lol!!
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Become a Real Life Jason Bourne
by Mason Frierson (5 out of 5 stars)
October 19, 2016

This entire course in survival shows you preventing monitoring, evade a kidnapping, elude an energetic shooter, rappel lower along side it of the building, immobilize a theif, safeguard yourself against cyber-crooks, and far more-all using low-tech to "no-tech" techniques. Obvious, detailed, and presented within an easy-to-understand and execute format, 100 Deadly Skills is definitely an invaluable resource. Because you probably know this, when danger is imminent, it's not necessary here we are at complicated instructions.
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Survival for the real world
by J. K. (5 out of 5 stars)
August 28, 2016

I love this book! The title, 100 Deadly Skills, is a bit misleading, however, which has made some reviewers give it one or two stars, although it is a "Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situations," but really? Use your common sense on what you choose to do and what advice you follow. Yes, there is a section on burning off your fingerprints. You should probably not do that unless you are in dire straits and have no other option, because the consequences are pretty bad. The book also only has some "deadly" skills, however, many of the real world survival skills that it teaches are invaluable.

This book not only shares things that a Navy Seal would utilize in their endeavors, but also regular people like you and me. For instance, for travelers, Emerson offers such tips on hotel safety as asking for a room midway between elevators and stairways, how someone can break in regardless of your deadbolt, and why you probably don't want a room on the ground floor. It shows you how people can easily break into your garage. It teaches you how to evade shooters and that you should fight as a last resort. It shows you how to duck and cover, where to hide useful tools such as handcuff keys on your person, and how to blend into a crowd. So on and so forth. And it does it all will pictorial illustrations and step-by-step descriptions of every skill.

All-in-all, this is a very useful book and while the title is not accurate, I still believe it to be 5 stars worthy.
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A wide variety of skills presented in a direct manner
by DDC,Top Contributor: Boxing (5 out of 5 stars)
December 16, 2015

I picked this up after hearing the author talk about the book on a podcast. I really like it. The skills listed in the book range from the absurd (entering a foreign country via wingsuit) to extremely practical and interesting (where to hide stuff in your hotel room). The tone of the books is extremely practical and direct; there is a no nonsense vibe. And while you'll probably never need some of the skills, it's definitely worth purchasing for the vast majority and, if nothing else, a bit of entertainment.

It's worth noting that there are a ton of important pictures in the book. I purchased this in book, not e-book, form, and I'd be a little concerned about how well the pictures would work in e-book, so please look for a review of that format if you are considering the e-book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this and I recommend it to you. I hope this review helps you make your decision.
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Interesting read but most not for average person.
by University Doc,Top Contributor: Camping (4 out of 5 stars)
February 24, 2016

I purchased his book with great anticipation, as I read and heard about it. It makes an interesting read, but as informative as it is, it is mostly geared toward the spy or nefarious person. It is not written for the average person. There are some good tips to keep safe when traveling and for self-protection. I like the book, but others may not. It's definitely a quick read. I read it in a couple of hours in one sitting. Some things in it are not "deadly skills", not a skill at all, just how to do something. Some are just common sense.

Overall, an interesting and informative read with some helpful tips, but it's not a typical survival or prepper book, which I had heard it was. Think of this as a book for spies, or criminals. Definitely not for the average Joe. As the author himself said at the very beginning of the book, "the information is adapted from the world of special operations". Remember that when you read it and you shouldn't be disappointed.
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Worse than useless
by James Powell (1 out of 5 stars)
June 7, 2019

Spoiler alert if you fill a bottle with gasoline and put a rag in it you can get arrested for arson. This and 99 even less useful "secrets"

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