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Publisher's Summary

The 75th Ranger Regiment is a unique and distinct culture among the American military establishment. They stand alone, even among our other Special Operations forces, as the most active brigade-sized force in the current Global War on Terrorism. Since 9/11, the Regiment has been the only continuously engaged unit in the Army, and has had 40 percent of its number deployed in harm's way for the last decade. Their mission is unique. Rangers do not patrol, they don't train allied forces, nor do they engage in routine counterinsurgency duties. They have a single-mission focus: they seek out the enemy and they capture or kill them. This sets Rangers apart as pure, direct-action warriors.

Army Rangers are not born; they are made. The modern 75th Ranger Regiment represents the culmination of 250 years of American soldiering. As the nation's oldest standing military unit, the Regiment traces its origins to Richard Rogers' Rangers during the pre-Revolutionary French and Indian War, through the likes of Francis Marion and John Mosby, to the five active Ranger battalions of the Second World War, and finally, to the four battalions of the current Ranger regiment engaged in modern combat. Over that period, a standard of professional excellence and the forging of that excellence is distilled in the selection, assessment, and training of today's Rangers.

Granted unprecedented access to the training of this highly restricted component of America's Special Operations Forces in a time of war, retired Navy Captain Dick Couch tells the personal story of the young men who begin this difficult and dangerous journey to become a Ranger. Many will try but only a select few will survive to serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment. Sua Sponte follows a group of these aspiring young warriors through the crucible that is ranger training and their preparation for direct-action missions in Afghanistan against the Taliban.

©2012 Dick Couch (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A great piece that describes how the reputation of Rangers . . . reflects the leaders that select and mold them." (Gen. (Ret.) Stanley A. McChrystal)

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Great in-depth history...not overly entertaining

If you could sum up Sua Sponte in three words, what would they be?

Very VERY thorough

How could the performance have been better?

The tone and tempo of the narrator reminds of the 40's and 50's. Seems very artificial and uptight. Needs to be more relaxed and flowing.

Any additional comments?

Tons of great history. I think I was looking at a more entertaining look at the Rangers, stories, etc. This was a very ra-ra-ra cheerleading piece and as the other reviewer mentioned, a great recruiting book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Timothy
  • Burlington, Ontario, Canada
  • 07-17-12

A Great Script For A Recruiting Film

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was very disappointed by this book. It has the tone and style of an Army recruiting film that might be shown to high school kids. I don't intend this to be a criticism of the Rangers rather, it's a comment on a style of writing that belongs in a Valentine's Day card.

What could Dick Couch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Start over again.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sua Sponte?

The preface and introduction are nothing more than cheerleading.

Any additional comments?

The Unforgiving Minute is a more engaging and thoughtful book on the same subject.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Norman
  • FAYETTEVILLE, NC, United States
  • 10-01-12

Knowing the 75th Ranger Regiment standards.

What did you love best about Sua Sponte?

Pull no punches story about the 75th ranger training and standards.

What did you like best about this story?

Personnal accounts from the ranger trainee's point of view.

What does Pete Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I like the way Mr. Larkin narrated.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Becoming a ranger in a ranger regiment.

Any additional comments?

I love this story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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An awesome book

I really enjoyed this book (three times already). Wish it had more information about training after RASP (besides Ranger School). The author wrote two books on Seal training and I’d love to see him write more about the Rangers (or another book about the Special Forces. There aren’t that many books I listen to multiple times.

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Rangers Lead the Way

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No one tells the stories of how men become Seals, Rangers, Green Berets, and Force Recon better than Dick Couch. This is a reader, not some stuffy list of training requirements.

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RLTW

A very in depth and interesting look at Rangers. Excellent job! As good as the author's other works.

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Great read, difficult listen.

Met expectations. Although the narrator made it difficult to get through the book at times.

Enjoyed the content none the less.

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  • Jason
  • Patterson, LA, United States
  • 11-06-12

Ahhh, not what I was looking forward too!

Kind of robotic and monotony. I was looking forward to something more. I've enjoyed Dick Couch's previous books...... But this one not so much! I'll give him a pass on this one.