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getAbstract’s assigned writer prepared this recommendation on a lovely, though warm summer day, while butterflies fluttered over a stand of purple thistles. Until he read this book, it seemed like a peaceful scene. Then, it seemed full of threats and hidden perils. He wondered if his building is strong enough to protect against a nuclear attack. What will his family do if someone sprays anthrax spores from a crop duster? Is there a clear spot in the basement to store enough gas masks, and which ones? This book will make you paranoid, too. It says that the threat of an attack is real and growing. You could laugh that off, except that the police just busted an arms dealer for trying to bring missiles into the U.S., except that someone mailed anthrax to strangers, except that there used to be towers at the World Trade Center.’s recommendation - buy this book, read it, then decide whether it is better to prepare or to take your chances. Feeling lucky? At least go buy some flashlight batteries.

About the Author

Captain Dick Couch, U.S. Navy (retired), is a former Navy SEAL, combat veteran and CIA case officer. He is the author of The Warrior Elite. He is also a novelist, fly fisherman, skier and resident of central Idaho.



The Threat is Real

The terrorist attackers who flew planes into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, killing thousands, were only the advance guard. Other terrorists continue to seek weapons and opportunities to use them against the civilian population of the United States. Most Americans are as unprepared as the people whose ashes mingled indistinguishably with the dust and rubble of the two towers. Every American is at risk. Enemies are everywhere. Some have the backing of powerful governments. Some are cultists. Some are freelance agents of destruction. They hate us. They envy us. They want to destroy us. And they can - easily. If you doubt it, ask the dead. Let their silence convince you.

Terrorism attacks the mind and spirit. The 1995 Sarin gas attack by Japanese cultists killed only a dozen people, but unleashed panic in Tokyo and destroyed public confidence in peace and security. The terrorists have many weapons. The following weapons have equal killing power, that is, they will destroy the same number of people per square mile: a 705,000-pound fragmentation cluster bomb, 7,000 pounds of mustard gas, 1,700 pounds of nerve gas, an 11-pound crude nuclear...

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