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Children's LiteratureIn Urban Survival Techniques, Patrick Wilson offers younger readers a book that is marked by contrasts. For the first half of the book the author describes how Special Forces soldiers are trained to deal with anger, fear, and adrenaline. In this part of this volume in the "Elite Forces Survival Guides" series the author does an excellent job of detailing the type of mental and physical preparation that soldiers go through to control not only their physical actions but also their mindset. With this material, Wilson is insightful and offers food for thought to readers who also have to cope with stress and confrontation. However, the second half of the book is structured around specific self-defense techniques that may be too overtly presented to make this a recommended selection. In this second half of the book author Wilson describes and illustrates the way Special Forces troops use martial arts in order to disable or kill their opponents. Even though the author cautions his readers to refrain from using the more intense techniques, it is all too easy to imagine readers of this book rushing out to try out the various kicks, stomps, and gouges that Patrick Wilson presents. Thus, while parts of this book are outstanding in terms of the psyche of soldiers, it is marred by what can only be described as a recipe for disaster in the form of the author's blueprints for aggressive action. 2003, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 12 up.
— Greg M. Romaneck