Summary: READ ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment: This book is elementary reading(as stated in another review) but to someone that doesn't know a lot about these techniques, like myself, will find this book very informative indeed. This book involves rural and urban areas of infiltration technique. It involves countermeasures against detection. Gives you tactics on how to deceit the "guarding" dog and security personnel alike.It goes into everything from barbed wire fences to seismic detection cables ran under obstacles. How about foot stepping for stealth? Disappearing in shadows? Ingress and regress technique rules? Meditation techniques before the infiltration? YES! YES! YES! I am telling you this book is loaded with up-to-date tactics. I may be a beginner but I know a knowledgeable book when I read one. Detail is the ultimate success in this book. Easy reading and with practice, like everything else, easy learning!! GOING SOLO OR IN A TEAM. I am very satisfied with my purchase. Buy it! I honestly don't believe you will regret it. I am reading it for my 2nd. time through. There is also some history in it by the way to top it off. I hope you find this review helpful.
Summary: Too much variance
Comment: The content in this book varied a great deal. Some of the information was presented and I began saying to myself, "Yes, that's true, and anyone who has interest in these things AND has common sense would see that" while some other information was incredibly interesting and certainly not your everyday type of knowledge.
I would agree with some of the other reviewers that some of the information was presented in an elementary way, but some of the information was fairly complex and should be read over a few times if the reader does not have an inclination to the detailed workings of the eye (one of the most interesting sections of the literature of the book). Again, there is variance, not only in the commonality of the informaiton (common sense vs. relatively unknown information), but the applicability of the information (some things could apply to anyone, anywhere at night and some would only apply if you were infiltrating an enemy base and a convoy was entering simultateously) AND the complexity of the information (some information could be understood easily by nearly anyone who could read the words themselves and other information requires prior knowledge to grasp well).
Finding a median somewhere would be helpful because the jumps in complexity etc did make the book much less useful and admirable than it could have been (as I'm confident Dr. Lung could make it). Nonetheless, I cannot ignore the useful information, which is why I give it the score I did.
Summary: A lot of material covered
Comment: This is one of my favorite technical manuals I own. There are very few books I have found that focus on actual sneaking around. Instead of being like a military manual, it shows methods that even a single operator could utilize. Also focused on historical night fighters and time-tested methods, including ninja and middle eastern assassins. I'll have to admit the illustrations aren't that great, but they are adequate enough to get the point across. Unlike other books, you can tell that this one does not "hold back" information that some people would disagree against others being allowed to learn.
Comment: I was wondering what were some of the techniques,etc. for developing ur senses and other stuff. I want to know more in depth what this book says before I buy it.
Summary: A good reference for this topic....
Comment: This is the first book I've read by this author but not the first book of this kind I've read. I found Knights of Darkness to be quite engaging. The historical aspects of the book are quite good without being annoying. The author provides a healthy dose of history without making it a history book. Likewise, he provides a great deal of practical (or should I say "tactical"?) information which I found to be useful to someone in those kinds of endeavors. Along with this information, he also gives historical proof of it's effectiveness.
I was especially impressed by the section on developing your senses, as this is not the first time I've read this type of information. Several other books I've read mention the necessity, and advantage, of developing your senses. I am personally taking this to heart. After all, having better developed senses should benefit in all areas of life.
Mention has been made of the simplicity of this book. In defense of the author, the majority of people write on a third-grade level and read on a level not much higher. In an effort to reach the majority of readers, an author shouldn't write on a level challenging to college students. "Write simple, write for the masses."
I was also impressed with the author's inclusion of criminal organizations. Many authors would find including criminals as a "good example" to be distasteful. However, criminal organizations often use methods to achieve their goals which are wholly applicable to the topic of the book. As the author states, "If a tactic, technique, or training method works, use it, no matter what its origins. In other words, whatever gets you through the night."
In conclusion, I found this to be a very interesting and informative book. I would recommend it to anyone seeking information in this field.