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Cold Zero (edition 2002)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316601039, Hardcover)Whitcomb is the first HRT member ever to write about his experience. With breathtaking immediacy, he 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.
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Of the hundreds of thousands of U.S. law enforcement officers, only 150 have ever been in Christopher Whitcomb's elite branch of the FBI. The Hostage Rescue Team is the FBI's most specialized, elite squadron, equivalent to the Navy's Seals & the Army's Delta Force, & is responsible for terrorist capture, hostage situations, & other large-scale emergencies in the U.S. And around the world. Christopher Whitcomb is the first HRT member ever to write about his experience. With breathtaking immediacy, Christopher Whitcomb describes the training, the weapons, the tactics, & the camaraderie of the HRT. This is the life story of a man with a mission, from his start as a Special Agent in Kansas City, to his decision to take part in the brutal competition to join the HRT. In short order, Whitcomb was sent on missions to * Ruby Ridge: Trained as a sniper, Whitcomb was in position among the first assault team to surround the cabin, & gives an unsparing account of the communications & leadership failures there. * Waco: For several brutal months, Whitcomb took up his position in the Branch Davidian standoff. Day after day he held David Koresh & other gunmen in his crosshairs--only to watch, stunned, the fiery debacle that broke the stalemate. * Kosovo: As part of the evidence-gathering FBI mission, Whitcomb saw the aftermath of genocide & the urgency of bearing witness. Rarely does a writer this accomplished have a life so dramatic. COLD ZERO is full of rare action & emotion & introduces a remarkable writer to the world. Annotation. An active 15-year veteran of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Whitcomb recounts his adventures as a sniper with the Hostage Rescue Team. He changes all the names except well- known public figures, and alters some events and details to protect investigative techniques. The high points are his accounts of Ruby Ridge and Waco. With the immediacy and force of a sniper's strike, "Cold Zero" is a blistering first-person account of life inside the F.B.I. Hostage Rescue Team.
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