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Publisher's Summary

With the immediacy and force of a sniper's strike, Cold Zero is a blistering first-person account of life inside the FBI and its elite Hostage Rescue Team. Of the hundreds of thousands of U.S. law enforcement officers, only 200 have ever been in Christopher Whitcomb's highly trained and specialized branch of the FBI. Equivalent to the Navy's SEALs and Army's Delta Force, the Hostage Rescue Team is charged with terrorist capture, hostage release, and other large-scale emergencies in the United States and around the world. Whitcomb is the first HRT member ever to write about his extraordinary experience.
With breathtaking clarity, Whitcomb describes his journey from civilian to FBI agent and from field agent into the highly competitive HRT - the brutal training, the weapons and tactics, and the unbreakable camaraderie of the HRT. In short order, after joining the HRT in 1991, Whitcomb was sent on missions to Ruby Ridge, Waco, and Kosovo.
Cold Zero is not just a story of missions, weapons, and tactics, though. It is the story of the human being behind the sniper's scope, the people who put on badges and strap on guns to represent the law of the United States. It is a book of rare action and emotion, and one that introduces a remarkable new writer to the world.
©2001 by Christopher Whitcomb (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks
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Critic Reviews

"Whitcomb is that rare treasure, a man who has led a life of incredible adventure and danger and who can deliver every mesmerizing detail with the skill and wit of a seasoned novelist." (David Baldacci, author of Wish You Well)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rob on 12-18-06

Fact check

I was a little confused by how the author's math was off when he talked about his age.

The bigger things are things like his mention of Edwards Air Force base in Ontario California. Edwards is in Palmdale/Lancaster. This is difference of 80 miles and a different interstate than mentioned (I-10 vs. I-15). This may seem minor but it makes me question what else the editor missed as far as what I'm sure were unintentional inaccuracies. All this said I thought this was a great listen / read.

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4 out of 5 stars
By David on 02-16-03

Viewpoint from the Small End of the Sniper Scope

The author tells his history in the HRT well. Clearly he has his own spin on things as you would expect. A couple of things don't make sense such as why a team with so much practice has so many missions that go awry. Also when he speaks of Waco he says no charges were filed against the FBI - but he also says one FBI official served 'Jail Time', I don't understand that.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr. A. P. T. Day on 01-29-14

HRT : A Whole lot of Guns

Would you listen to Cold Zero again? Why?

Having read the book and now listened to the audio I liked the fact the author read it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously the main character is the author and you feel for his struggle. This is the whole of his FBI career he is retelling and he has lived through some amazing missions.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Waco siege was outstanding, enjoyed the view from someone who was there....at the end of a sniper scope.

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