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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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Not an ordinary book

Amongst the myriad of military book's you could so easily pass this by and I'm glad I didn't. it's the best book I have listened to, gripping, honest and highly thought provoking. Don't pass it by.

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  • JP
  • 02-06-20

gripping

superb account of 20+ years in harms way physically and mentally from a tier 1 operator who made it to the very top despite the mental struggles he faced

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Brilliant - what a story

Brilliant well written, hard to put it down ! Thank you Tom for sharing your story, hope it helps many people with PTS :) Keep up the amazing work you are doing!!!

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fantastic

honest to the point, from all points.no more to be said.a great listen from someone who has been there

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Superb account of the highs and lows of a Tier 1 Operator

More than just a recount of war stories. This book delves into the dark battles of the hidden struggle that is PTS. The impact it had upon his personal life and the struggle to receive support and recognition for these scars that are not to be discussed, should it show signs of weakness. From the streets of Mogadishu to the committee rooms of the senate, this book takes you on a tour of some incredible missions.

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Awesome book about a real hero

Tom is a true hero both during his service within "the unit" and in his time afterwards. His honest account of the events and situations he has faced was hard but great listen

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The soldiers story

It’s not a book about blood and gore. It’s a true accurate account of duty,dedication and selflessness. Beautifully written firsthand experience of what it takes to do a job like this and live with the terrible aftermath, not just for them but also those who also love and depend on them to be ‘normal’ when they get home.

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outstanding

one of the best books I've read/listened to emotional & inspiring would highly recommend if you like these type of books

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All Secure

Tom, World class, incredible story, incredible message, a truly life saving and inspiring message to all readers / listeners. Audible is particularly special having been delivered by the author.

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excellent

Highly recommended. A great audible book read by the author, superb 5 stars from me.

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  • henry
  • 21-12-19

- One of those books that truly make a difference

The subject of Special Forces has always intrigued me. Having served in the Marine Corps for 10 years as an Infantry Assaultman - there's always been certain mustique and I often question "what would have that been like" or "would I have had what it takes" At this point, that is a questions that will never be answered. However, vicariously - through this book, we all get a small glimpse of what that might have been like - even if just in the audio book form. But as I read further, this book turned out to be much more then a war story (there are plenty of those out there) This book - completely hooked me in - just by the fact it talked about Delta and before I knew it... it turned out to be a story of hope. I dont like to talk about my service and there are days that the memories hurt so bad that I despise them And at the same time, I despise the fact that I'm no longer there. It's weird, some days are better than another's, but some days or a living nightmare. Well... Here's a book written by a guy, who came right out and said it... Everything I've been struggling with for years. And what's more, is that he may have found a way out. So... maybe there IS a way out. Thank you Tom - for a bit of hope. I hope our paths cross someday.

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  • Charles becker
  • 03-12-19

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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  • Juan Carlos Ruiz
  • 28-08-20

A Veteran and Active MUST listen.

First of all, Thank you Tom Satterly for speaking out about your experiences. Thank you for your service to our country. This was a book, at anytime in my life and in any moment... this was the perfect book I needed to listen too. As a marine veteran who struggled with alcohol and adjusting to a civilian lifestyle, to the difficulties of being a “role model” father to his children and the best husband that his wife deserves, THIS BOOK is what I needed to listen too. I felt the heaviness of tears as I heard your experiences and struggles Tom as it reminds me of my own. To a rock bottom moment that almost ended my life, too the rising moments from the ashes I crawled out from, to finding Christ, and still trying to deal with the on going war in my mind. You gave me the courage I needed to keep fighting my demons and continue to reach out for help when I need it the most and help others struggling in the same boots I once wore. I NEEDED THIS BOOK. THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME CONTINUE THE FIGHT AGAINST PTS.

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  • Just a man
  • 02-07-20

An eye opener on PTS

This was an amazing story about the dark side of how PTS effects those who we think of as our heros. PTS is terrible and I truly hope we come come together as a nation and give the much needed help that our veterans deserve.

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  • Jon C. Emerson
  • 30-06-20

Great well rounded story

I really appreciated this balanced story. It didn’t just talk about the training and war. It went into the mental aspect and difficulties soldiers face. I also liked that Tom narrated it.

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  • G Bonsonto
  • 01-12-20

Great eye opening book.

This book starts out hard and fast. Filled with military deployment story after story. It’s interesting to hear about how the elite tier 1 operators train around the world. It sprinkles in some talk about PTS but then right back to an exciting story... then it kicks you in the chest as hard as ever. Talking about how PTS affects our warriors and their fight against invisible scars, drinking, drugs, and suicide. To every veteran out there, thank you for your service and dedication. To their wives and significant others I never thought about your trauma and for that I’m sorry for not thinking about the other half that’s has to deal with the grief as well. Thank you as well!!

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  • jeremy critchlow
  • 22-11-20

Absolutely amazing book

Great book to bring awareness to Post Tramatic Stress. Absolutely would recommend reading this book.

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  • Heavy metal
  • 15-11-20

honest. painful.

this is an awesome story about heroism in battle and at home. It sheds a light on a condition that many of our veterans are afflicted with. I hope it serves a good reminder of what we put our best through.

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  • Joel C. Sabo
  • 01-11-20

if You or a Loved One Suffer From PTS, Listen

Narrared by the author, Delta Force veteran Tom Satterly, this (audio)book detail his struggles with the cost of being at the tip of the spear for so long. if you or someone you know suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress this engaging autobiography may help provide insights to alleviate some of the pain.

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  • Ben Brewer
  • 31-10-20

Great Book!

Great story very relatable shined the light on some of my issues! keep up the good fight!