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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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  • 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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A story that all veterans need to hear

This was an incredible story. Listening to Tom tell the horrors of what he went through, but so factually and dispassionately, it really brings home how surreal the ask is on warriors. But the real learning, and one I had experience with, was the lack of after-care, or how badly mental health is understood, by the military. I really hope Tom's foundation makes real improvements in this regard.

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Amazing

Very powerful. Gripping combat stories but also impactive around Mental Health and the effects of it. I smashed through this Audiobook and would re-listen to it in the future!

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A must read/listem

A very powerful true story, with everything you would want in a military story.
Get it you WILL NOT regret it...

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incredible story

incredible story of a true legend. A inspiration. An absolute must listen, you won't regret it.

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Great book from a real Hero

Great book, great recount of Tom’s life. So many things people don’t realise what actually happens in war and out of war just protecting their own day to day existence. And of course the unfortunate toll that the soldiers pay to keep us in our comfortable lives, a toll that cannot ever be rewarded. We owe it to them to listen at the very bare minimum.

The book is well read by Tom at a good pace and keeps you gripped until the end.

He is very honest in himself.

More surprisingly I found myself adjusting some views I had taken on various actions taken around the world! Everyone can condemn actions until they see the reality of the situation, and nobody ever really wants to see that!!! People just love to take the moral high ground from the top down view - when the problem starts at the bottom going up.

Thanks Tom,

And good luck with the All secure foundation, I for one will be supporting you and wishing you the best.

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Outstanding

Fantastic and honest account and one which almost sounded like myself talking but not being able .
Thank you for sharing

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Outstanding.

Straight up, honest book, detailing one soldiers career journey and what a journey that was.

Read Well, it eases you through his incredible journey, including all the warning signs along the way and his eventual head on collision when reality caught up.

For many, it will be easy to identify parts of their own journey within their own military careers.
Sadly, lots will have had similar mental issues to deal with later, which were left unattended, so as not to look weak whilst in the green salad suit.

Many also will understand the loss of friends/collegues within the theatre of war and many more lost once home.

Couldnt recommend this book more...


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Gripping

A fantastic exploration of the reality of being a hero, what it means and what it takes from a person. A truly moving account and one that helps a non military person understand, to a tiny degree, the true cost of war and the price some pay for the freedom of others.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jonathan Lee
  • 01-07-21

Every cliche you can think of.

I'll preface my review by saying this isn't the first book on the topic that I've read, and I have actual first hand experience in dealing with being forward deployed. the author spends pretty much the entire book trying to convince you that they are the most elite special force in the military, while continuously highlighting their shortcomings. then to fill in the gaps, the repeated sights, sounds, and smells of war happen over, and over, and over, and over until I couldn't take anymore and I just turned it off. it's probably a great read if you're a civilian, but if you have any actual military experience you'll probably see right through the BS 3/4 of the way in the book.

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  • Cathy Mc
  • 09-12-21

What a fantastic story!

I’m a 62-year-old grandmother who enjoyed every word of this especially because it was read by Tom S. Because he performed it, each word was given credibility. I am so glad that he was able to find a woman in this world that helped him out of this horrible thing that was affecting his life. Godspeed to him and his wife to help more people coming out of the military. God bless him. I hope we have 10 million more men in our future as a country that are willing to fight for us the way he did.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-21

What u need to know about r war fighters

This book will help you understand ptsd better and also the needs of family members

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-11-21

Brave Warrior!

Fantastic story from a mighty warrior. Thoroughly enjoyed the war stories as well as the struggles afterwards. Truly inspirational