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Can You Survive in the Special Forces?: An Interactive Survival Adventure
     

Can You Survive in the Special Forces?: An Interactive Survival Adventure

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by Matt Doeden
 

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YOU are a soldier in the U.S. military's elite Special Forces. You have the strength, intelligence, and specialized training to perform the most dangerous, top-secret military missions. Will you: Serve as an Army Green Beret working to save a group of hostages from a desperate band of terrorists? or Be an Army Ranger planning to seize control of an airstrip deep in

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YOU are a soldier in the U.S. military's elite Special Forces. You have the strength, intelligence, and specialized training to perform the most dangerous, top-secret military missions. Will you: Serve as an Army Green Beret working to save a group of hostages from a desperate band of terrorists? or Be an Army Ranger planning to seize control of an airstrip deep in enemy territory? OR Join with a group of fellow Navy SEALs to capture a terrorist leader from his hiding place? Experience the life-or-death dilemmas of an elite military job. YOU CHOOSE what you'll do next. The choices you make will either lead you to safety or to doom.

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Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
Chapter one sets the stage for this interactive survival adventure about life as a member of a U.S. Special Forces unit, and from there readers must choose from three very different story paths. One scenario puts the reader at the lead of a Green Beret unit tasked with rescuing five U.S. diplomats who have been taken hostage by a dozen well-armed terrorists holed up in a heavily defended compound. Another story has the reader in the role of an Army Ranger platoon leader who has been dropped by helicopter deep inside enemy territory to capture an airstrip surrounded by at least 100 soldiers armed with heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades, and anti-aircraft missiles. The third vignette engages the reader to imagine being a U.S. Navy SEAL who has been sent on a top secret, highly dangerous mission to capture a terrorist leader in his cliff-side mansion. Each scenario offers a choice: air strike or invasion, sniper attack or hanger assault, crash the gate or sneak over the fence? Each answer leads to different consequences and still more choices. A few end well, but most lead to something less than mission success. The well-written text is engaging without being overwhelming. The stories portray the life-and-death challenges faced by U.S. Special Forces units. Actual photos of soldiers and input from retired U.S. Air Force historian Raymond Puffer ensure the accuracy of this text, one of eight in the "Can You Survive" series. The book includes a timeline, examples of real missions, a list of related Internet sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and a basic index. While engaging, the plethora of choices can be confusing. Backtracking through the decisions to reach the last point of departure can be bothersome. This, however, is a small price to pay for an otherwise highly accessible text sure to please adventure junkies. Reviewer: Kris Sauer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476500645
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Series:
You Choose: Survival Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
325,892
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Matt Doeden is a freelance author and editor from Minnesota. He’s written numerous children’s books on sports, music, current events, the military, extreme survival, and much more. His books Sandy Koufax (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) and Tom Brady: Unlikely Champion (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011) were Junior Library Guild selections. Doeden began his career as a sports writer before turning to publishing. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.

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Can You Survive in the Special Forces?: An Interactive Survival Adventure 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to raise a child desensitized to violence -- all in the name of "good versus evil" then this is the book for you! My son brought this book home from his school library, and I tried to be open minded... However, as I flipped through the pages, this is the first passage I landed on (page 25): <<...A terrorist is standing there, holding one of the hostages in front of him. He’s using the hostage as a shield. “You are too late,” the terrorist says in broken English. “We already killed one of your diplomats. Drop that weapon, or I’ll kill this one too.”  You could take a shot, but it will be risky. You could hit the hostage. Or the terrorist could pull the trigger on his weapon before he falls.>> At this point the reader is given two choices: <> If you “take the shot,” your child will read this: <> If your child thinks you should “try to negotiate,” here is what follows: <<“Easy now,” you say. “We can talk this out. Why don’t you start by letting go of the hostage?” Before you realize what has happened, you hear a shot. You feel the strength in your legs suddenly leave you. You slump to the ground, noticing a strange feeling in your abdomen. You clutch your stomach and look down. Your hands are covered in blood, The terrorist shot you!>> It devolves from there into your realizing, as you lay dying on the ground, that you made a stupid mistake and that you hope the rest of your team and the remaining hostages will make it out alive.  I was speechless. I couldn’t image a more INAPPROPRIATE book for an elementary school student, and I was stunned our school allowed it into our library.  My scathing review is likely read as a ringing endorsement for some people. I realize there are all kinds of parents out there, who have varying ideas of what is best for their children to fill their minds with. I support our military and value each an every soldier’s service to our country -- I just think filling a young child’s mind with even a small taste of the violence that all too often sends grown men home with PTSD is just pure insanity.  There is enough in our society today challenging the ability of a child to stay innocent -- much of it is out of a parent’s control. But if you can help it, let children be innocent until they grow up. You can teach children about “good versus evil” and instill strong moral values without exposing them to to the kind of violence and warped mindsets portrayed in this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book looks good but the sample is to short fome to know whats going on