Among America's Special Forces perhaps no unit is more highly trained than the Navy SEALs. Forced to undergo an exhaustive training regimen, the SEALs are among the most effective Special Forces units in the world. Navy SEALs are prepared for a host of emergency situations including air-sea rescue, wilderness survival, first aid, and emergency evacuation. In this chapter of the "Elite Forces Survival Guides" series, Chris McNab delineates the basic elements of SEALs' techniques for survival at sea. Among the subjects covered are identifying dangerous wildlife, acquiring drinking water, emergency swimming techniques, and the training methods used by SEALs instructors. Throughout this illustrated book McNab pays close attention to the type of information that would benefit a reader with an interest in wilderness survival. In many ways this book reads like a guidebook for those venturing out onto the sea and requiring survival/safety tips. However, since that is probably a narrow band of potential readers, the book does appear to be paradoxical. On the one hand, it is carefully prepared and does justice to its subject matter. Conversely, there appears to be a very limited audience for a book with so particular a subject. 2003, Mason Crest Publications, Ages 10 to 14.
Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This poorly written and disorganized title is written in second person, and the author puts readers in the "you are there" position. He assumes that these "survivors" of disasters at sea have a properly equipped life raft and some knowledge of navigation. The first chapter presents the history of the SEALs. This is overbalanced by a discussion of some of their later failures and having to be rescued by the Marines. The concept of the SEALs' training is merely a vehicle to present maritime survival techniques. Some examples of the sometimes silly and confusing text include a suggestion that it is a good idea to exercise while sitting in the raft. Though logical in concept, the instructions recommend that this be done by lifting one's legs "off the ground" for short periods of time. One sentence explains that training is tough, but the soldiers who survive it are some of the best in the world. Does this mean the others died in the process or didn't pass training? The author states that "old icebergs" are a good source of fresh drinking water, but the next sentence warns against approaching large icebergs. Other examples abound. With tight budgets, this one needs an anchor attached to its spine.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.