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Library Journal -10/15/2014
Couch (Down Range) delivers with tactical precision a comprehensive background and history of the U.S. Marines Special Forces Command (MARSOC). MARSOC is one of the newest additions to the U.S. Special Forces Command. Although MARSOC has only existed since 2006, it has quickly become a force to be reckoned with. Couch details the extraordinary physical, psychological, and educational training demands placed on these elite servicemen. Listeners will learn that MARSOC is about much more than glamour, firefights, and daring missions that lead to media headlines. The organization is operating on the cutting edge to act not only as a savior but also as a teacher. The members embed with locals to train and embolden them to defend their way of life themselves. Narrator John Pruden is precise and clear. He catches the voice of the author well and sounds like a veteran Special Forces serviceman. VERDICT Recommended for those with interest in military history and information. An excellent work for the genre.—Sean Kennedy, Cleveland Marshall Coll. Law Lib.