Retired Special Agent James McGee offers readers a first-hand account of what it s like to be on the inside of one of the world s most elite counter-terrorism teams. On par with the British SAS and the Navy SEALs, the FBI Hostage Rescue Team is a group of highly trained men willing to sacrifice their own lives to save the lives of others. In 1991, a violent group of Cuban inmates in the Federal Correctional Institute in Talladega, Alabama, overpowered their guards and took hostages, demanding not to be deported to Cuba. As days wore on and tension escalated, the hostage takers threatened to start killing hostages. But the FBI HRT exists for just such situations. Witness the preparation and anticipation as the Team reaches Phase Line Green.
About the Author
James McGee has lived a life of service, risking his life for the safety of others and contributing to establishment and enhancement of security measures. Before becoming an FBI special agent, he was a wildlands firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service, after which he was a deputy sheriff with the Ventura County Sheriff s Office in California. McGee retired from the FBI as one of the most decorated special agents in the bureau s 100-year history. He was awarded the FBI Medal of Merit, the FBI Shield of Bravery, the United States Attorney General s Award for Exceptional Heroism, the Department of Justice Certificate of Merit, the Federal Law Enforcement Officer s Medal of Valor, and the FBI Medal of Valor.
He was one of the most decorated agents in FBI history. Former Special Agent James A. McGee spent a total of six years as a member of the FBI's highly specialized HRT (Hostage Rescue Team). For the uninitiated, The Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) is the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation's elite counter-terrorism tactical team. Essentially, the HRT is trained to rescue U.S. citizens or others who are held by a hostile force, either terrorist or criminal. … more