Left of Bang

How the Marine Corps' Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life

By: Patrick Van Horne and Jason A. Riley
Foreword by: Steven Pressfield
“At a time when we must adapt to the changing character of conflict, this is a serious book on a serious issue that can give us the edge we need.”

—General James Mattis, USMC, Ret.

Left of Bang offers a crisp lesson in survival.”

—Gavin de Becker, bestselling author of The Gift of Fear

“Rare is the book that is immediately practical and interesting. Left of Bang accomplishes this from start to finish. There is something here for everyone in the people business and we are all in the people business.”

—Joe Navarro, bestselling author of What Every BODY is Saying

"An amazing book!"

—Dave Grossman, author of On Killing

"Like Sun Tzu's The Art of War, Left of Bang isn't just for the military. It's a must read for anyone who has ever had a gut feeling that something's not quite right . . . be it walking down the street, sitting in a corporate board room, or even entering an empty home."

—Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The Warrior Ethos and Gates of Fire

"Left of Bang is a highly important and innovative book."

—William S. Lind, author of Maneuver Warfare Handbook

"Left of Bang is born from the blood and fire lessons of Marines in combat. . . . Whether military, police, or citizen defender, to win the battle we must find a way to intercept the enemy and deter his plans—a tough challenge against an enemy who is often hiding in plain sight. Left of Bang contains answers to detection, deterrence, and ultimate victory. This is a warrior's book. Get it, read it, live it."

—Jeff Chudwin, Chief of Police Ret., President, Illinois Tactical Officers Association

  • You walk into a restaurant and get an immediate sense that you should leave.
  • You are about to step onto an elevator with a stranger and something stops you.
  • You interview a potential new employee who has the resume to do the job, but something tells you not to offer a position.

These scenarios all represent Left of Bang, the moments before something bad happens. But how many times have you talked yourself out of leaving the restaurant, getting off the elevator, or getting over your silly “gut” feeling about someone? Is there a way to not just listen to your inner protector more, but to actually increase your sensitivity to threats before they happen?

Legendary Marine General James Mattis asked the same question and issued a directive to operationalize the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter program. A comprehensive and no-nonsense approach to heightening each and every one of our gifts of fear, Left of Bang is the result.