Tom Clancy Presents Act of Valor
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
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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 has 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 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 time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track a terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border where they engage in an epic firefight with potentially unimaginable consequences for America In a powerful story of global anti-terrorism inspired by real-life missions Act of Valor combines stunning combat scenes, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate in action adventure.
About the AuthorDick Couch graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967 and served as a Special Warfare Officer with the SEALs. While a platoon leader with SEAL Team One in 1970, he led one of the only successful POW rescue operations of the Vietnam War. In 1972 he entered the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served as a maritime operations case officer. Couch has spent five of the last fifteen years embedded with American special operation components. His nonfiction books include The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228, The Finishing School, Down Range, Chosen Soldier, Sua Sponte, and Always Faithful, Always Forward. He has lectured at the Air Force Academy, West Point, Naval Academy, FBI Academy, and U.S. Marine War College.
George Galdorisi began flying Navy search and rescue in the early 1970s, manning Vietnam-era helicopters with pilots who made up the initial cadre of Navy combat search and rescue teams. His flying career continued for over a quarter-century, culminating with flying the most modern Navy combat search and rescue helicopters embarked aboard U.S. aircraft carriers deployed to the Arabian Gulf. He has written about naval combat operations in a wide range of articles in professional journals and has published two successful novels of naval combat: The "Coronado" Conspiracy" and For Duty and Honor,"
Tom Phillips began his Navy career in Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) Three (HAL-3) flying attack helicopters in Vietnam, including POW rescue operations with Navy SEALs. His flying career continued in squadrons with other CSAR veterans of Vietnam as shipmates. He continued his association with CSAR in operational staff positions, and, after retirement from active duty, was intimately involved in developing CSAR training materials for current CSAR pilots. He works as a Navy tactics analyst and a flight simulator instructor and continues to train today's CSAR crews.
Steven Weber is Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley.