Another Great Bracken Adventure

April 25, 2019

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I generally don’t read much fiction anymore, but Matt has changed that. In the past year I have plowed through three of his other books, and just finished this one – in under a week!


Matt has the ability to draw you in and hold you with his word-craft. His stories are riveting and believable. He uses his technical expertise and his well-fought experience to keep it moving along, and make it hard to put down.

Matt’s Trilogy got me started, and had me seeking out any of his other published works. The trilogy was so believable, and perhaps foreshadowing some of what we all know could be our possible futures.

If you enjoy a good and believable read, please give his work a notice.


© Copyright 2019, tim boehlert

The Cost of Collusion

 Warnings Unheeded: Twin Tragedies at Fairchild Air Force Base
by Andy Brown

Andy Brown has written a captivating account about a pair of tragedies that occurred at Fairchild Air Force Base in 1994, and within days of each other. One is an Active Killer story with mental health issue underpinnings, and the other is a story of denial, privilege, abuse of authority, and the good-ole-boys-network syndrome. Both stories have tragic endings, that left me unsettled and with too many questions. Both stories also offer great insights and information, and both offer great lessons to be studied and learned – if we’re strong enough and smart enough to do that.

 

 

Reading this book brought back a lot of (bad) memories, and frustrations that I’d experienced over an almost 9 year career working in a regional health-care facility as a Security Officer.

Andy interweaves the two stories throughout his text with ease. The first story captivated me as it was at times like reliving some of my past experiences in mental health. In this story you will learn something about mental health illness. You will also learn about ‘the system’, and how difficult it is to diagnose a mental health illness in the first place, but also how difficult it then becomes to treat something that hasn’t been clearly defined, nor clearly agreed upon by teams of mental health-care professionals.

You will also learn about how ‘the system’ can be and is manipulated – by both patient and provider.

Clearly we all lost in the end. The price was paid by too many, and that price is still being paid – by too many and for far too long. You will encounter many who stepped up and used their talents to save lives, including the author himself. You’ll experience the chaos that surrounds these events, as if you were there as it unfolded. Hopefully you’ll see and perhaps understand better, and likely for the first time, what price is paid by those we call hero. You’ll definitely feel like you’re in the story as it unfolds.

The second story unfolds simultaneously, but in what may seem like a totally different world. You’ll see and understand how power corrupts. How despite denials that the signs were there. Many, many others saw and reported their discomfort in what they’d seen and or experienced. How one man risked his career to stop the madness that ultimately cost the lives of more innocents. You’ll learn more about the inner workings of a government entity, how rank and idolization blinded too many (in postions to STOP the madness) for too long, and for the wrong reasons.

There is a lot to process in this book. The ending chapter pages were personally very disturbing to me. It made/makes me mad, and sad, but I hope that it opens the eyes of some, and starts new conversations – with new insights, and better information.

There are those among us that step up for all of the right reasons, and do what we can’t or won’t do. We owe it to them to either educate ourselves BEFORE we speak or to remain silent until we know better. Those very same people deserve our respect and our support, for they pay a cost we can’t comprehend and don’t necessarily see.

© Copyright 2018, tim boehlert

Street Lessons, A Journey

I have been an avid reader of Loren’s materials for 10 years. I own about 40 pieces that he has published – books, e-books and DVD’s. For me, Loren is one of those interesting guys that you’re lucky to find – not only is he a martial artist, but he’s also a retired police officer, and veteran.

 

I had been looking for help with how to deal with violent people in my new profession, and Loren was one of the very first authors that I was able to find that could answer my many questions and provide helpful ideas and techniques. His materials were very helpful and rise to the top of the pile because of his background and experience dealing with violence.

This book, made me smile (his references to Robert Koga), made me laugh (too many stories to count), and had me learning some new ideas as well as techniques.

Loren shares some of his experiences as an MP in Saigon, during the Vietnam war. He also shares some hard-won wisdom from his 20+ years as a police officer in Portland, OR. His writing style is easy to read, thoroughly enjoyable, and you will learn something along the way.

There are very few authors that impress me as much as this one does. His knowledge, and his pay-it-forward style proved very helpful to me personally. I’ve often promoted his work, because he has been partially responsible for my safety for many years, no small feat. I’ve learned a lot along the way, and again, with this new book, gained new insights into some of the behind-the-scenes background that made this man who he is today – the good, along with the bad. The mistakes made, the lessons learned, and his work ethic.

BUY this book if you want a good read. Kudos to Mr. Christensen.

© Copyright 2018, tim boehlert

Knowledge to be Mined!

Knowledge to be Mined!
November 15, 2018

 

Loren is one of my favorite and most prolific authors in the world of martial arts, and policing. I’d found him many years ago while doing research on ways to keep myself safe in a violent environment. Thankfully, there were some rules in place, but sadly ZERO training options that addressed that violence in any meaningful manner. I decided to find my own helpful resources, and during that time found the multitude of items that Loren had already produced to that end, which include several books and DVD’s on how to control violent people.

Keep in mind that this information is not solely for law enforcement or martial artists, but is relevant to anyone that cares to come out of an encounter in the best possible manner. Violence is many things, and I can tell you that after years of dealing with the violent, that you want to seek out a teacher like Loren. I can also tell you that this is NOT a technique book, in the traditional sense, unless you are open-minded and understand that violence is not just a physical entity, but also a mental game.

Loren is good with both. And his years as a martial artist, and his service to his country in Vietnam, and then his 20+ years of policing, which included gangs and riots amongst his other every-day duties, more than qualifies him to teach and talk about those experiences.

This book covers a lot of ground. Each War Story has meaning and purpose. Each individual chapter has depth and tokens to be shared. Most of what is in here is knowledge to be gathered and pondered. Some of it you already know maybe, but a lot of it came at a cost. I am thankful for his journey, and more so that he chooses to pass on his knowledge to guys like me that can truly benefit from his triumphs and pitfalls.

There is just so much in here that had me smiling, or nodding my head – ‘uyup.’ You will get great insights on how to deal with everyday encounters. Perhaps you’ll be thankful for what he has provided to keep your community safe, even because he likely has no idea of how his experiences have benefitted guys like me, and that has benefitted your either directly or indirectly.

Be thankful that there are people in the world like Loren. Be thankful that he is one of the good guys. Be thankful that he can also pass on his knowledge in many forms so that you didn’t have to pay the price of admission, but got to see the show anyway, because he did. I am.

© Copyright 2018, tim boehlert

Columbine – The Review

Finishing up this important work today: Columbine by author Dave Cullen
 
Not only is it not what I’d expected, it is much more than I expected. What the author has presented are things that we needed to hear about – then and now. This history lesson is more valid today, and it provides some very unique insights that I haven’t seen before.
 
You think you know what happened, and why? You don’t. You’re not even close I’ll bet.
 
I was searching for answers, like many of us probably are/were. I wanted MORE information on an important turning point, and an event that ‘changed’ tactics for Police response teams. I wanted insider-type information – things that likely only the responding agencies knew, or that were never reported or released to the public – because I thought it was important to use as a tool to educate with.
 
I’ve learned a lot through Mr. Cullen’s work – and it’s deeply disturbing. Not just the event, but the ensuing maelstrom that followed, for years. The myths, the lies, the deceit, the silence, the findings, the withholding of information – all important aspects.
 
If you’re looking for answers, you can certainly start here. You will find some, and not others. You will certainly be more enlightened because of his writing than you would have been otherwise.
 
I can highly recommend this work to those wishing to help others understand, but it’s a troubling work to read through. I had to put it down several times, just to let things sink in and simmer, and to reflect on what I’d just read. To try and comprehend the meaning and insights shared, to re-adjust my compass. It’s sad, frustrating, heart-breaking, and educational all at the same time. Hearing the stories of others involved – the FBI man who stepped up to the plate to offer his help – remarkable, and seemingly the best man for the job. His anaylsis and insights provided so much new material to what I was looking for.
 
Dave’s personal notes at the end also provided some deep insights, some very personal information that in my eyes show the respect that he has for humanity as well as for his profession. Here’s a man to be admired for calling it for what it is, but that no-one seemingly wants to air. This book came at great personal cost no doubt, and as someone that has worked in the Mental Health field for many years, he states what we all feel — we want to be there to help, but at what cost to us personally.
 
This is more than just a story – it’s history re-written, but with more truth this time around. I commend the author for his sacrifice to bring this to the world, as it was needed, is needed, and it should change many aspects of things to come.
 
It was a water-shed event that we can all learn from, as it has certainly affected all of us. It humanizes a horrific time and place that we need to better understand – as humans, and as educators if we are to prevent future events. Mr. Cullen provides some of the cues that we need to work on, but the rest is up to us.

Complete Book of Urban Combatives

Customer Review
5.0 out of 5 stars
By tim b on November 5, 2017
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

Lee is a new find in my world of Security related research. Very much the English equivalent of Kelly McCann – direct, no BS, and obviously invested in his expertise, to our benefit. The more I learn, the more I want to learn.

© Copyright 2017, tim boehlert

101 More Safety & Self-Defense Tips

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5.0 out of 5 stars
By tim b on November 5, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Alain is a friend. End of full disclosure. Alain is a very talented Martial Artist and educator. I own almost all of his output – books, and DVD’s and now e-books. He has accumulated a lot of great info once again for this volume. Safety and Self-Defense are two areas of his expertise. Just two. His style is easy to read and the price is easy on your budget and guaranteed that you’ll take away something you didn’t know before and can use in the future, if not right now!

© Copyright 2017, tim boehlert

Inverted Edge Tactics

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By tim b on November 5, 2017
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I ‘met’ George through an on-line group a few years back, and then I ‘dropped out’ for awhile. It’s nice to find that he’s expanded his educational expertise to offer some great insights to those of us that respect his viewpoints and can use his knowledge to expand our own libraries and skillsets.

© Copyright 2017, tim boehlert

Proving It, Audio Cassettes (4)

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5.0 out of 5 stars
By tim b on November 5, 2017
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I bought this Andrew Vachss recording out of curiosity. Reading his works you’ll hear your own voice in your head as you venture into some dark places. Hearing Burt Reynolds interpret this volume of shorts is very cool – too bad it’s OOP, as I’d love to have it in the car on a CD! It’s now put away for safe-keeping and maybe one day….

© Copyright 2017, tim boehlert

Heart Transplant

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5.0 out of 5 stars
By tim b on November 5, 2017
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase

I learned of Andrew Vachss through two friends (Marc & John) at differing times. He was often mentioned and so I took the bait and started to BUY his books. The first one floored me: it was perfect in it’s purpose and structure. To me, it was an easy read as it was in short-story format. A lot of it took me time to digest due to it’s honest writing, and of course to it’s powerful subject matter. I honestly have not been that moved by a writer in my life perhaps. This book is one of a few where Andrew shares writing credits, but it’s also in a ‘graphic-novel’ format, something I’d usually stay away from. Don’t let that deter you – it has a purpose that fits hand-in-glove with the material being presented. Andrew is a force – hard to deny that. His style is both entertaining and educational at the same time. He has a way with words that create specific images or feelings that stir deep. I can’t recommend his writing enough, and if you’re adventurous, you’ll take a leap of faith and find out for yourself.

© Copyright 2017, tim boehlert