Tuesday, February 21, 2012

24: The Counter Terrorist Unit Handbook

Title: 24: The Counter Terrorist Unit Handbook
Author: Denise Kiernan & Joseph D'Agnese
Publisher: Quirk Books (November 1, 2007)
Length: 208 pages
Source: Goodreads First Reads/ Joseph D'Agnese
Edition: paperback
**This is a TV Show tie in for the television show 24

Goodreads Description:
Welcome to the Counter Terrorist Unit
As a new agent with the U.S. government’s elite Counter Terrorist Unit, you are expected to carefully review the contents of this handbook. Many of the situations you are likely to encounter—from assassination attempts to bio weapon attacks—are detailed within these pages. We have divided the agency’s manual into seven sections for quick reference and ease of use:

Working at CTU: An overview of the office, its policies, and its facilities
• Gear: Essential supplies, firearms, and other tools of the trade
• Surveillance: A primer on tracking suspects and their vehicles
• Undercover Ops: Establishing cover and “going dark”
• Combat: From securing the perimeter to securing hostiles
• Interrogation: Getting the information you need when the clock is ticking
• Disaster Management: Live bombs, chemical attacks, and beyond

Complete with archival photographs, weaponry schematics, step-by-step instructions, and a foreword by Federal Special Agent Jack Bauer, this manual is a reference that no CTU agent can do without.

My Thoughts:

If you are a fan of the show 24 THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU! Written in the style of a training manual. Incorporating photos from the show gives you all of the ends and outs of the Counter Terrorist Unit, which is a really neat aspect. The book reads as if you are the one joining the team. Chapters in the book cover: Working at CTU, GERR, Surveillance, Undercover OPS, Combat, Interrogation, and Disaster management. Some of the sections in these chapters range from supply checklist, satellite surveillance, how to tell if you're being trailed, establishing a fake identity, how to fake your own death, interrogating suspects, and even how to treat a severed limb. Examples in the book all relate to the conundrums that Jack Bauer finds  himself in and are laugh out loud hilarious. This book is pretty awesome and has the potential to appeal even to those who have never seen the show. In addition to the content of 24, it is a very nicely made book. The outside is a hard board slip cover with a raised number 24, and the pages are thick, glossy, and of high quality. I give this book a 4 STAR rating.

*** I received this book for free through the Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for a review FTC Guidelines

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