X-Books: Special Forces: FBI Hostage Rescue Team
X-Books: Special Forces: FBI Hostage Rescue Team
X-Books: Special Forces: FBI Hostage Rescue Team

X-Books: Special Forces: FBI Hostage Rescue Team

Melissa Gish (Author)

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A countdown of five of the most fascinating FBI Hostage Rescue Team achievements provides thrills as readers learn about the training, skills, and gear utilized by this elite special operations force.

Part of the X-Books: Special Forces series

 

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"This nonfiction educational resource explains the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) in easy to understand terms and short paragraphs. The main mission of operatives is to stop criminals or terrorists without harming any hostages or bystanders. Topics and factual tidbits cover the goals and creation of HRT, the training and skills that are required, the gear that operatives wear, and the tools and weapons they may use while on a mission. Throughout training, operatives endure physical tests, become certified divers, and are monitored for decision making and judgment while under stress. The material presented is engaging for students interested in this topic, and it is likely readers of all ages will gain some new knowledge. This resource could aid a student in writing an assignment on the topic. A short glossary is included. The “Top 5 HRT Operations” and other brief descriptions of their missions discuss targets being killed. Check school policy on student resources containing specific details about guns or photos showing use of guns prior to adding to classroom or library collection. Title is part of the “X-Books” series, specifically the “Special Forces X-Books.” Children's Literature, January 2022

Reviews

This nonfiction educational resource explains the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) in easy to understand terms and short paragraphs. The main mission of operatives is to stop criminals or terrorists without harming any hostages or bystanders. Topics and factual tidbits cover the goals and creation of HRT, the training and skills that are required, the gear that operatives wear, and the tools and weapons they may use while on a mission. Throughout training, operatives endure physical tests, become certified divers, and are monitored for decision making and judgment while under stress. The material presented is engaging for students interested in this topic, and it is likely readers of all ages will gain some new knowledge. This resource could aid a student in writing an assignment on the topic. A short glossary is included. The “Top 5 HRT Operations” and other brief descriptions of their missions discuss targets being killed. Check school policy on student resources containing specific details about guns or photos showing use of guns prior to adding to classroom or library collection. Title is part of the “X-Books” series, specifically the “Special Forces X-Books.”

–Stephanie Mitchell, Children's Literature, 01/01/2022

Only about 100 FBI agents make up the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team. This volume in the X-Books: Special Forces series (10 titles) uses simple text to introduce these elite agents, who are dedicated to rescuing hostages and fighting terrorism full-time in the U.S. and around the world.The report-like font makes readers feel like they are uncovering classified information as theylearn about the Hostage Rescue Team’s conception (modeled after Delta Force), agent training,special gear and weapons, skill requirements, and types of high-risk operative missions.Complementing the short chapters are large photos of agents in action and infographics withquick facts. Between chapters, a countdown of the “Top Five Xtreme HRT Operations,” such asthe capture of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski in 1996, adds even more appeal to this high-interesttopic.

–Angela Leeper, Booklist, 04/01/2022

Readers are introduced to the various elite forces in the United States military in these ten titles. Facts provided include the specific duties of each group: for instance, Air Force Special Opps Command conducts secret rescue missions, the Special Operations Aviation Regminent—nicknamed the Night Stalkers—rescue hostages with helicopters, and Navy SEALS conduct maritime operations where diving is involved. The origin of each unit is included; two examples are that the Army Rangers descend from the Rogers Rangers of the French and Indian War, and Marine Force Recon was established in 1957. Where each force is headquartered and a brief overview of personnel and operations are also featured, as are colorful photographs to complement the narratives. The information related is good and comprehensive enough for the targeted reading levels ... These books will appeal to those with an intense interest in military operations ...

School Library Journal, 04/01/2022

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