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Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 660 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (Jan. 10 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9ccdcc54) out of 5 stars 178 reviews
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1213948) out of 5 stars Edge-of-your-seat and factual Jan. 23 2012
By Carol Lynn Featherstone - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up and finished it within 2 days. Clancy really benefits this time from George Galdorisi and Dick Crouch's service in the military, and it shows. Crouch was a top SEAL himself, and Galdorisi (an accomplished author and great writer in his own right) clearly spent a ton of time with SEALs during his storied military career. The little details that Crouch and Galdorisi provide make this story very believable and lend the storyline a lot of credence. The subtle facts here make this Clancy's best.

A lot of military novels have a James Bond-esque air of unbelievability about them, which makes for nice fluff reading on a plane but not for real-life subject matter and stories. Not so this one-- the reader can see how this storyline could unfold at any time. In fact, it probably already has, many times. The biggest beef that I have with Act of Valor is that we will never know just how close this 'novel' is to the truth!

Pick this up -- for your family, your friends, male or female, young or old, blue-stater or red-stater, it doesn't matter. Everyone who reads it will be as enthralled as I was. Spend some time thinking about what our military brethren go through (even in peacetime), and buy one of them a beer next time you see them in uniform. This book is awesome, and I don't read a whole lot of books like this one. I look forward to seeing many more collaborative novels between these three fine authors.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa121399c) out of 5 stars See the Movie; then Read the Book Feb. 27 2012
By J. Crivelli - Published on
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I'd been reading about Act of Valor for months.
Since I'm a former Special Ops Plans Officer, I was very interested.

I learned about the book in an article by Dick Couch published in Naval History Magazine, February 2012 (Volume 26, Number 1).

Captain Couch, USN(Retired), was the highest ranking reserve SEAL at the time of his retirement. He is one of the preeminent SOF historians.

Since I've read all of Dick Couch's book, I had to get this one. He adds background and detail to the movie.

BTW - I saw the movie on Sunday and enjoyed it greatly. Most authentic since Blackhawk Down.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1213c78) out of 5 stars Unbelievable book about Those who watch our back. Jan. 19 2012
By Ex Op - Published on
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I purchased this book 3 days ago and have just finished reading it - for the SECOND time! Clancy's books are usually fantastic but this one, coming on the heals of the Navy Seals mission to eliminate OBL, takes his novels to another level. This book sounds and reads so real about what is going on right now with America's southern border and extending into Central and South America. I understand that the movie is to be released in February and starring real USN SpecOps Personnel - I hope it is half as good as the book as I am sure it will be. As for Clancy and his knack of getting 'things' right - look to the South, America - this is where the war is going to come from.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa10631bc) out of 5 stars Terrific insight Feb. 8 2012
By kwelch - Published on
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We finally, after 10 years, have specific insight into a preeminent aspect of what has kept America safe since 9/11. Although fiction, each of the vignettes in Act of Valor is based on an actual operation and accurately depicts the tactics, equipment, intelligence and communications that allows America to bring appropriate force, sometimes incredible force, to any point on the planet. Additionally, this book accurately characterizes the operators that have total focus on the mission, but are also family men with wives and small children who also make amazing sacrifices to keep America safe, making do without their father's guidance and their husband's love for extended periods of time. The threat that their men may not return is a fear that the families must live with daily. Their loved one is literally on the tip of the spear. At the end of the movie there is a very powerful credit, listing all the SEAL operators who have lost their lives in the line of duty, keeping us safe, since 9/11.

A must read for all Americans! George Orwell's quote, "We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." has never been more true!!

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1213a5c) out of 5 stars Thrilling fiction, but authentic as nonfiction Feb. 2 2012
By Larry Bond - Published on
Format: Paperback
Actually, it should be "Acts of Valor," since the SEAL heroes of the book engage in several operations, any one of which could have served as the climax of an action thriller. But this is no ordinary book. It's a novelization of the Kurt Johnstad screenplay of a film that started out as a documentary and morphed into a feature film. Since the movie isn't out yet, I can't say if or where the authors diverged from the movie's dialog or storyline, but I hope that the movie is as exciting and authentic as the book.
Those are the two words that best describe Act of Valor. It's exciting because it pits a lot of really interesting good guys (the SEALs and their friends) against some very nasty narcothugs and terrorists. The action ranges from Costa Rica to Somalia to the Pacific Ocean, and as hairy as it gets, the danger they face is nothing compared to the danger they're trying to prevent. There are lots of fights, and lot of good story between the fights.
It's authentic because not only do we see the SEALs with their wet suits and M4 rifles, but we see them before deployment, as family men. The authors create complete, realistic characters, who have decided to take on the most challenging duty in the armed forces. At the same time it's showing us the tremendous demands SEAL duty and missions place on these men, it shows us what kind of men are capable of performing them.
Dick Couch and George Galdorisi are the perfect choice to write the novelization. Both are retired Navy captains and accomplished writers. Couch was a SEAL himself, serving in Vietnam, and Galdorisi a naval aviator. Both have been active in the government since leaving the service.
And while the story in Act of Valor is fiction, thanks to the news we know there are other stories out there that are not.
Even if you're planning to see the movie, buy the book.