Cold Zero: Inside the FBI Hostage Rescue Team

Cold Zero: Inside the FBI Hostage Rescue Team

by Christopher Whitcomb
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Cold Zero: Inside the FBI Hostage Rescue Team by Christopher Whitcomb

Only 200 people have ever been in Christopher Whitcomb's elite branch of the F.B.I. The Hostage Rescue Team is its most highly trained and specialized squadron -- equivalent to the Navy's Seals and the Army's Delta Force -- charged with terrorist capture, hostage situations, and other large-scale emergencies in the U.S. and around the world. Whitcomb is the first HRT member ever to write about his experience.

With breathtaking immediacy, Whitcomb describes the brutal training, the weapons and tactics, and the unbreakable camaraderie of the HRT. In short order, after joining HRT in 1991, Whitcomb was sent on missions to Ruby Ridge and Waco, and his frank assessment of those missions is must reading for anyone interested in modern law enforcement.

Only rarely does a writer this accomplished have a life this dramatic. "Cold Zero" is a book of rare action and emotion, and one that introduces a remarkable new writer to the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446551212
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 458,815
File size: 982 KB

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Cold Zero: Inside the FBI Hostage Rescue Team 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
dtc107 More than 1 year ago
Most memoirs by federal agents are written the same way. The voice and tone are somehow similar, and the stories, even when different, end up sounding the same. This book was an exception. An English major and former newspaper writer who also taught writing everywhere from private high school to the FBI Academy, Whitcomb cares about the craft. While Whitcomb may get a little heavy-handed with his writer-isms, it is a welcome change and one that engaged me. The content alone is enough to hook you, but the presentation sets it apart. Real life has to be plotted too, and creative language can enhance a report. As far as the content, this is as interesting a book on federal law enforcement, the FBI, and/or counter-terrorism as I've ever read, and I've read dozens. Definitely one of my favorites and one I recommend to my friends.
Haines Wendell More than 1 year ago
Best book ever, or at least in my lifetime
B-loNY More than 1 year ago
But like all authors, never seem to know when to end the story
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I echo the sentiments of the previous reviewers that this is a book packed with non-stop action and excitement. I didn't want to put it down once I started reading it. The only thing I have to add to the other reviews is that I wish the author would have told us more about his family. What makes his wife Rose unique, or when & why did they get married? His family seems to take a major backseat to his career in this book, although they don't appear to in his life from what he writes about them. The book becomes MUCH better towards the end, when the author becomes more introspective and the book is less of a first-person account on Ruby Ridge and Waco and more of an autobiography. Definitely worth the read if you're interested in law enforcement or more specifically, the FBI.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I read it in 5 nights. I didn't want it to end. For anyone that has an interest in the FBI or goverment agency, this is a must read. Whitcomb is able to describe the moments as if you are there with him. I loved the book and will read it again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this book and you'll find out why it ranks where it does. It pretty much left me speechless, except for the fact that I HIGHLY recommend this book, especially if you're in the military, or aspire to be an F.B.I. agent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A VERY good read!!!! However, the ending was a bit of a bummer...I wish there was more!! Definitely a must-read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book before Sept 11th. After Sept 11th I knew this man was out there continuing to do his job. I admire his courage. It was a well written account. I am looking forward to his next book, as I know he involved in the current Twin Towers and terrorism crisis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been a while since I've read a really good book. Whitcomb's book increases my desire to work in law enforcement and as the daughter of a crime scene investigator, I hope to follow in his footsteps. It was an excellent book, easy to read, and full of energy! I admire any individual who has the willingness to sustain that kind of rigorous training.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A hero emerges from the pages of this exquisitely written account of a man who has dedicated his life to making the world a safer place in which to sleep. How many individuals do we come in contact with who possess the potential to accomplish greatness on society's measurement scale yet choose the path that leads instead to missions in the cold wet secret world of anonymity? Could you? How many of life's profound lessons can we learn through the soul of this government-trained killer without having to lie in the snake infested world of the villains that drew him to the scene? How many wives will ever have to make the decision to protect her children from the images of the world their father is operating in for months at a time? Could I? This country needs more people like Chris Whitcomb. This man accepted a calling that required a sacrifice of the 'normal life' the rest of us take for granted. A man who missed out on birthdays and bedtime stories and bicycle rides in an effort to make our world a better and safer place. A hero.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read. I had trouble putting it down. As the son of a retired FBI Agent, I understood many of the situations and thoughts Special Agent Whitcomb describes. He is an excellent writer and does a great job of describing how the Bureau really operates. I highly recommend this book not only to those interested in the FBI, but to anyone interested in law enforcement in general.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christopher Whitcomb gives readers a rare look inside both the FBI and the highly elite FBI Hostage Rescue Team. I loved this book because it had all the action and intrigue of a Tom Clancy novel, but was written in the first person by someone who actually lived those stories. Whitcomb does a tremendous job of conveying his thoughts and emotions throughout every stage of his career: the unnerving waiting game that is the FBI application process, being the new guy learning the ropes the hard way in his first office, going through the incredibly grueling physical selection process for the HRT, giving a behind-the-scenes account for such cases as Ruby Ridge and Waco, and finally detailing his current position as director for Strategic Information for the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group. Besides just the action and adventure, Whitcomb describes with literary savvy his childhood, his supportive and loving family, and the type of friendship that is born only in situations that the team members of the HRT find themselves in. He allows us to delve into his emotions and thoughts; and we can see that there is much more in him than just an FBI 'yes-man'-- he stuggles at times with the decisions that are handed down to the street agents and the HRT members from the bureaucratic ladder climbers. Overall, this is a thrilling read that will be thoroughly enjoyed by a variety of people. More than anything, I was inspired by Whitcomb's ability to turn his amazing experiences into one flowing story that entertains from cover to cover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The short version: outstanding. This book is well-written, honest, and exciting. You'll learn about the HRT alright. But you'll also get some real insight into why somebody would want to do this and what kind of person is actually qualified to belong to such an elite group. Finally, it was refreshing to read a book that goes beyond bravery or athletics. Special Agent Whitcomb comes across as a mature and conscientious man who worries about his family as much as he does his career or his teammates. It may be a trite thing to say, but Special Agent Whitcomb is a patriot. He wanted to do good and noble things for the country, did them, and then wrote a book about it. It's a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Whitcomb-should you read this...Congratulations on your book. Having been your student in Va ('97)-I admire your work, character and integrity. I can't wait to read your book. MIP-W (NY)