Jonathan Gilliam has a bit of a story to tell. He was an officer in the Navy, a Navy Seal, and has also been through Army Ranger School. He was the SEAL officer in charge of drug interdictions in South America. Apparently, that wasn’t exciting enough for him, so he became a Federal Air Marshall, working on transcontinental flights. Then the FBI came calling and he started working counter-terrorism in the Manhattan office. In 2017 he finally settled down to become a Security Consultant and media expert on personal and organizational security. He has been on TV more than 1,000 times and has been a fill-in host on Fox News for Sean Hannity, who wrote the forward in this book “Sheep No More.” Gilliam is now a guest on Newsmax as well.
First and foremost please allow me to suggest that you buy the book and not the audiobook. The latter was just fine but there are so many details to remember at first it may be difficult to take it all in just from one sensory option. You need to SEE what he has to SAY. I believe the over-arching premise of the book revolves around “Personal Responsibility”. You are responsible for your own security, your family’s security, and the safety and security of your co-workers or employees. No one else can do that better than YOU…unless you don’t know how.
Sheep No More lays out the basics of how to prepare for the possibility, however remote, that you may become the target of a nefarious actor (s) bent on harming you, those around you, or your property. These could be muggers, burglars, armed robbers, terrorists, pedophiles, rapists, or just plain psychopathic nutjobs. Jonathan goes right to the heart of planning, and I mean right to the nitty-gritty. To be candid, I thought it was a bit much at first, to go the lengths of planning Gilliam suggests. Even as security-minded as I am. Yet as I continued through the book it started to make more and more sense. He carefully weaves case studies along with his course, and that is exactly what it is, to show you just how easy your world can come apart in seconds and your survival depends totally on how you spend the next two or three of those seconds. The KEY is to look at the situation from the attacker’s point of view and game out EVERY possible option.
Preparation, planning, execution as if you were the villain.
Let’s say for example you drive up to an ATM in your quiet little town looking to take out fifty dollars to buy your spouse a birthday gift. You insert your card, type in your pin, and without warning, a knife is at your throat. It’s Sunday morning. The bank is closed, no one is around but you and the thief, who by the way has his head firmly inside a dark hoodie and is behind you and away from the camera. “Pull out the MAX” he says or you die. What do you do?
Well, first off Gilliam and his students wouldn’t find themselves in that position. They would have gamed it out in advance and known precisely where a thief might come from and attack. Nor would they enter a convenience store at midnight in a bad section of town with a car full of suspicious characters in the parking lot, or take their Golden Retriever Fluffy out for a walk in a major socialist city at 2 am without fully preparing for a confrontation.
Situational awareness is the key. Take a few seconds to scout out that ATM before pulling up. Drive away if it doesn’t feel right. Mentally rehearse what you would do if confronted. Be prepared for an armed assault at all times. Paranoia? Maybe, but these are dangerous times, and the police are NOT there to protect you, they can barely protect themselves. They are there to write up the report AFTER you’re dead or injured. This is not a shot at law enforcement. They cannot be all things to everyone and today simply getting through a shift and home to their families, is a huge accomplishment.
In Sheep No More, Gilliam outlines pretty much the most conceivable scenarios from muggings to terrorist attacks. The lessons are for everyone but especially those most vulnerable. We are all increasingly faced with threats against our personal safety and those of our families. Gilliam suggests you list out every facet of your living condition and provide for alternatives. How is your house laid out? Where would someone likely try to enter the home? How safe are your children’s bedrooms? Where are they? In the fenced back yard area or out facing the insecure front yard. First or second floor? etc.
Gilliam is obviously an expert in security but he is also a master of the human condition. Buy his book. Study it. Dissect your life and surroundings. The first chapters are tough. Slog it out. Learn. Once you start getting to the case studies you’ll be hooked. When you find your brain inserting you into the situation, you are halfway there.
I give Sheep No More
5 out of 5 Daggers.
Great book. Well worth your time and investment.
About the reviewer.
Carl Braun is the CEO of BraunTactical.com. He was a Security Policeman in the USAF serving TDY in the Armed Forces Police Detachment, San Antonio, and in the USAF Office of Special Investigations (OSI) as an undercover agent at Wilford Hall Medical Center on Lackland. He spent five years in Corporate Security before shifting to a career in business after earning his Bachelors’s degree at night. Carl was co-founder of the Minuteman Corps of California from 2005 to 2008 and Co-Founder, National Leader, of the Border Patrol Auxiliary until 2011. His team managed the security of the 160 acre Camp Vigilance, some 2 miles from the border in the high desert of California. In all, some 2,700 civilian border watchers and Auxiliary members spent over 30,000 hours patrolling the most dangerous neighborhood in America without a single injury or incident, receiving a Congressional Commendation in the process. His team was featured on the November 2010 covers of Tactical Weapons Magazine and Soldier of Fortune. He was visiting faculty at the Naval Post Graduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California from 2008-2010 and a Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute Group. Carl has written eleven books (7 novels as C. Frederick Braun) and hundreds of articles on immigration and Border Security. He and his wife live in Liberty Hill, Texas.