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All Secure

A Special Operations Soldier's Fight to Survive on the Battlefield and the Homefront
Narrated by: Tom Satterly
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins

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One of the most highly regarded Tier One Delta Force operators in American military history shares his war stories and personal battle with PTSD.

As a senior non-commissioned officer of Delta Force, the most elite and secretive special operations unit in the US military, Command Sergeant Major Tom Satterly fought some of this country's most fearsome enemies. Over the course of 20 years and thousands of missions, he's fought desperately for his life, rescued hostages, killed and captured terrorist leaders, and seen his friends maimed and killed around him.

All Secure is in part Tom's journey into a world so dark and dangerous that most Americans can't contemplate its existence. It recounts what it is like to be on the front lines with one of America's most highly trained warriors. As action-packed as any fiction thriller, All Secure is an insider's view of "The Unit".

Tom is a legend even among other Tier One special operators. Yet the enemy that cost him three marriages, and ruined his health physically and psychologically, existed in his brain. It nearly led him to kill himself in 2014; but for the lifeline thrown to him by an extraordinary woman it might have ended there. Instead, they took on Satterly's most important mission - saving the lives of his brothers and sisters in arms who are killing themselves at a rate of more than 20 a day.

Told through Satterly's firsthand experiences, it also weaves in the reasons - the bloodshed, the deaths, the intense moments of sheer terror, the survivor's guilt, depression, and substance abuse - for his career-long battle against the most insidious enemy of all: post-traumatic stress. With the help of his wife, he learned that by admitting his weaknesses and faults he sets an example for other combat veterans struggling to come home.

©2019 Tom Satterly, Steve Jackson (P)2019 Center Street

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  • Charles becker
  • 03-12-2019

UNFORGETTABLE

Amazing story of a true American hero who spent most of his life on a razors edge between life and death.

Spending 20 years with the most elite military unit expecting to die everyday would undoubtedly take an immense toll. Tom Satterly pulls you in and gives you a glimpse into that life as well as the physical and mental cost that can never be repaid.

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  • Nikolas Hample
  • 12-12-2019

A timely read while reviewing US foreign policy

I ordered this book apprehensively. I didn't need to read another egotistical exploit of someone in high-risk environments. I was overwhelmingly surprised to find that the book was written from a place of insightful retrospection. There is noticeable vulnerability and integrity in the story covering the training and growth of a top-tier operator. The bonus was to have the author narrate the book. Although coming across in a mostly monotone performance, his voice provides credibility to someone who reveals their inner feelings during a journey through some of the rawest experiences one can have. The description of the shame/anger/frustration cycle hit home with this listener as it's not easy to explain the manifestations of PTS. The discussion of feeling betrayed and let down post separation from the unit was easily understood and the lead up to what this listener would call "the awakening", when a subject commits to getting help, was well done.

I look forward to part two, which I hope would detail his continued recovery in order to show that the invisible wounds are in fact treatable. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Thank you for putting ideas, feelings, and experiences to paper, and coming forth to share your story.

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  • Laila Manns-Bless
  • 10-12-2019

Victory over Defeat

Tom,Jen thank you for being so open and HONEST about your your personal life stories and sharing with the, what the battles that having PTSD looks, feels and sounds like in the real world. #pioneers

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  • MR T.
  • 06-12-2019

Brilliant

A gripping account from a true American hero. Had this in my book wish list but saw it on Audible and decided to get it. Once I started listening, I couldn't switch it off. Finished the whole audio in 2 days.