Search Results: "Dick Couch"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 2007

"Macho prose full of praise for would-be warriors and the men who train them, seemingly designed to enthrall young men, boost recruitment and please the army."
Former Navy SEAL Couch redeploys the you-are-there approach of The Warrior Elite (2001) to depict the grueling training undergone by Army Special Forces Class 8-04. Read full book review >

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SILENT DESCENT by Dick Couch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Lots of pep and some nifty new gadgets, including a stealthy non-nuclear sub."
A cash-strapped Russian general decides to meet his payroll by selling nukes to fractious Third World nations—while American SEALs travel to the Arctic to clamp down on the rather dangerous free market. Read full book review >

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SUA SPONTE by Dick Couch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2012

"An admiring, inspiring account of how the Army shapes and sharpens the tip of its spear."
A former Navy SEAL takes an inside look at how the Army selects and trains its elite warriors. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"An energetic read for sailors, SEALs, and the greater population of armchair SEALs."
A you-are-there-style narrative of the most extreme military training in existence, the Navy's six-month Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) program. Read full book review >

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PRESSURE POINT by Dick Couch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 1992

"For maximum effect, read while commuting."
Palestinian terrorists hijack a Puget Sound ferry and use it to swipe a nuclear submarine—in an unusually imaginative first hardcover from a Navy SEAL veteran and former CIA employee. Read full book review >

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NAVY SEALS by Dick Couch
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Entertaining, no-nonsense balancing of legends and martial reality."
Developmental narrative of the esteemed Navy SEALs, co-written by a former member. Read full book review >

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TOM CLANCY'S OP-CENTER: OUT OF THE ASHES by Dick Couch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 13, 2014

"The authors (Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor, 2012), who are becomingly careful not to outshine their model as prose stylists, provide many details about weapons systems, lots of acronyms and some unforgettable dialogue, as when the president yells at his unexpectedly peacenik defense secretary: 'Jack, dang it. You're my SECDEF!'"
Even when it's been disbanded and its creator has died, you can't keep a good agency down—especially when it's as badly needed as Clancy's National Crisis Management Center. Read full book review >

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TRAVELING THE POWER LINE by Julianne Couch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2013

"Fair, thoughtful and balanced."
A Wyoming-based journalist and essayist chronicles her visits to nine electrical power stations across the country, examining the pros and cons of the fuel sources used at each site. Read full book review >

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THE WINDIGO'S RETURN by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Couch's hazy style of illustration portrays the north woods as a setting where possibility always lurks in the mist, a perfect place for tales to grow. (pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Wood (Northwoods Cradle Song, p. 302, etc.) has wisely chosen to adapt a Windigo tale that explains nature, rather than one that induces nightmares (the Windigo figures in north woods tales as everything from a monster to a symbol of men driven wild by the wilderness itself; tales about them make for classic ``ghost stories'' for around the campfire) for this book. Read full book review >

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SPRING’S SPRUNG by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"The large, vertical format is equally suitable for storytime or individual readings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The spring season gets a treatment of its own, following autumn (Wild Child, 1999) and winter (Winter Waits, 2001) from the same author/illustrator team. Read full book review >

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NOTHING BUT TROUBLE by Sue Stauffacher
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"However, the author does add leads to further information at the end, and plenty of readers, athletes or otherwise, will find this tribute to her fiery spirit inspirational. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Bursting across Couch's impressionistic Harlem street scenes in a blaze of color, the rangy, grinning young Gibson—the first African-American tennis player, male or female, to win at Wimbledon—seems ready to jump right off the pages of this high-energy profile. Read full book review >