Call: (646) 470-7885



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.

* 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.

Already read the book?

Take your skills to the next level in The CP Journal Academy

What the authors have to say:

Order Online and Read More Reviews at:

amazon logo

For bulk orders of 10 or more copies, Black Irish Books will

grant a 55% discount off the retail cover price.  Learn more here.

 Reviews From Leaders and Authors


“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 boardroom, or even entering an empty home.”

– Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The Warrior Ethos, Gates of Fire, and The War of Art


“In an age when America’s technological edge has eroded in military matters, Van Horne and Riley have written a compelling and detailed outline for continued American adaptation through improved tactical cunning.   Using timeless and proven techniques that can put American troops above and beyond enemy capabilities, the tactical awareness they outline is stripped of mystery and presented in a compelling manner.    Throughout history we have seen skilled warriors defeat enemies who are more numerous or less trained.   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 Retired


“An amazing book!  Applying the lessons learned in the longest war in American history, and building on seminal works like The Gift of Fear and On Combat, this book provides a framework of knowledge that will bring military, law enforcement, and individual citizens to new levels of survival mindset and performance in life-and-death situations.  Left of Bang is an instant classic, a seminal work that will bring our civilization to new levels of understanding, performance and survival.”

– Dave Grossman, Lt. Col., USA (ret.), Author of On Combat and On Killing


“Left of Bang offers a crisp lesson in survival in which Van Horne and Riley affirm a compelling truth: It’s better to detect sinister intentions early than respond to violent actions late.  Left of Bang helps readers avoid the bang.”

 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, author of the international bestseller, What Every BODY is Saying


“Left of Bang is a highly important and innovative book that offers a substantial contribution to answering the challenge of Fourth Generation war (4GW). In 4GW, once “bang” has happened, the state has failed and its legitimacy is further eroded. All “first response” is too late. The state’s focus must be prevention, and Left of Bang suggests concrete ways “bang” can be prevented.”

– William S. Lind, author of Maneuver Warfare Handbook


“Left of Bang is born from the blood and fire lessons of Marines in combat. The learning curve is short in the fight and failure often means death. Seeing, recognizing, and acting on danger before the hammer falls is what Left of Bang is all about. To that end, Patrick Van Horne and Jason A. Riley have set forth lessons of human ability and conduct in conflict. These actions and  concepts apply to each of us who fight the good fight against enemies who seek our destruction. 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


“I’ve had the honor of reviewing an advanced copy of LEFT OF BANG and it’s loaded with great new research and concepts for preventing violence. This is a must read for protectors all over the world!”

– Tom Taylor, author of Just 2 Seconds


Looking for the videos and articles referenced in the book?

View The Reader's Guide