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Under and Alone: The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America's Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. März 2006

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“Under and Alone is the dangerous and fascinating true story of an undercover ATF agent and the psychological price he was made to pay for his courageous work.”
Joseph Wambaugh, bestselling author of The Onion Field

“A riveting story of a one-of-a-kind officer that takes you to the deepest and most dangerous part of undercover work. Highly recommended.”
Joseph Pistone, author of Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia

“Top-shelf adventure . . . packed with great intensity . . . a dark and twisted world, fully realized. Don’t be surprised if it runs to bestsellerdom.”
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The New York Times bestselling account of the most extensive undercover operation inside a criminal motorcycle gang in American history. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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i picked the book out of curiosity,because i wanted to see what the author said about the "real guys",who live the life because they chose it,to live
outside of society's rules,lies &"safety",anybody who has lived that way and survived,is aware of the danger this man put himself in,as well as his
family. i was really surprised at how honestly he wrote about the conflict,between those"brothers"that he was supposed to set up,and their authen
ticity,their true belief that he wasn't a snitch,and his fellow "colleagues"from ATF,who simply saw him as a number. i find it interesting to discover,
how many true-blooded and well-trained members of the "Force" actually can connect with the seemingly loose-life of the motorcycle outlaw,with it's
codes and rituals,maybe to those outsiders as crude,but to them it's the only way to be,somewhat like the last true american pioneers,i believe!
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Under and alone is a page turner. It is like being on a Rollercoaster ride stairing down the barrel of a loaded gun held in the hand of a badass guy on speed with an itchy trigger-finger, yes sir under cover is a blood sweat and tears job 24/7 and the real looser is William Queen AKA ( Biker billy St.john ) after 30 month's of harassing work he not only looses his freedom and his family, but he is forced to put some of his best friends behind bars ,this is a compelling story well written and well worth reading intense and frightening at the same time .a MUST BUY BOOK that will not disappoint you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen to my old freind Billy St. John... 20. April 2005
Von Terri - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As the ex-wife of one of the main characters in the book, I can tell the readers that William Queen told the whole truth and nothing but the truth...it was 100% accurate and in no way exaggerated. Only on a few minor occasions did his recollection of events differ slightly from mine, but only the smallest and most unimportant of details. This book was amazing and well written - good job Billy! I cannot describe the feelings that ran through me as I read this book, as I read page after page of events that I remember like yesterday. I was also taken back to the phone call I got from Billy on May 19th, 2000, telling me who he was and what was happening. How I didn't belong with those people. Even though I had to re-live all the feelings of hurt and betrayal I felt the day my life changed forever, I am thankful now to be out of that life and where I am today. Not only was this man a hero in the eyes of many, but he changed my life. Billy, in the event you ever read this review, I just wanted you to know that.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY 12. April 2005
Von Tim Janson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Motorcycle clubs have been romanticized in this country for over fifty years and while 99% of them (and my brother-in-law is a member of a club) are decent, hard-working everyday guys and girls, it's that 1% that has always piqued the interest of the general public and the reason there were so many movies dealing with gangs like the Hell's Angels in the 1960's and 1970's. The public has an infatuation with them much like with the Mafia.

Bill Queen is nuts...has to be to do what he did and live amongst these people for over two years, doing drugs and commiting crimes just to prove his worth to the gang. And he didn't just risk his life then, but even now he is a target for those he helped bring to justice. It is most interesting how Queen notes that these men are so much like the Mafia in that there is true love and friendship among the members, and yet they wouldn't hesitate to kill their own if they stepped out of line. It's a kind of almost hive relationship that most people just cannot fathom.

Wow, what an incredibly riveting tale. Bill Queen certainly gives new meaning to the word guts.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Uncompromising and Brutally Honest 21. April 2005
Von Michael J. Raymond - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A "great" book written by a true American hero. Queen exposes these bikers for what they are, criminals, family men, brothers, motorcycle enthusiasts and, most of all, too human. While some are absolutely evil, most seem to be guys who have been lured by the outlaw lifestyle and all its rewards without willing to accept its punishments as well. Remember, the motorcycle gang came into being primarily with true American heroes of WWII, looking for adventure after losing the pumped up lifestyle of war. William Queen goes under cover and remarkably infiltrates the Mongrol MC. Ultimately he becomes "patched in", a full fledged member of this criminal enterprise. The stories he tells are heartbreaking at times, brutal at others, but all the while Queen never lost sight of his goal of exposing them for what they do. He experiences what has become the all to often dilemma for these type of law enforcement agents. These are indeed his brothers and he is knowingly working to put them in prison for the rest of thier lives. Queen taps into his own sense of betrayal, outrage, sadness, and fear, as the investigation continues. Quite a remarkable investigation and a remarkable book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A lonely vigil through America's murky back alleys 26. Mai 2005
Von Alva Morrison - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If there's a lesson that can be drawn from Queen's lengthy travels through the rough part of town, it's that life as a Federal Agent isn't what it's cracked up to be. As a people, we're bred on a steady diet of flashy police dramas (CSI, NYPD Blue, Law and Order, etc.). They do little to prepare the average cadet for what they're going to confront in the criminal tar pit that Billy Queen wades into.

Undercover work, in general, is a fine way to ruin your marriage, wreck your nerves, and lose your sense of identity. Be prepared to sacrifice the life that you once had, and sadly witness the fallout that results. It's almost as if Queen suffers more than the people that he help put away. This is the fine print that the recruiters don't want you to read.

Speaking from direct experience, undercover work is essentially an act of betrayal. You live with these people, eat with them, party with them, and then testify against them in court. An agent might take years to be accepted into the fold, and then have to dump it all over the side of the ship in the blink of an eye. It's bad enough that you lose contact with your old friends, now you've got to give up all of your new ones. Guess what? Now you don't have any friends.

As Queen observes, it wasn't easy. There were actually times when he considered giving up his role as an ATF agent and crossing the line to the other side. I can't say that I blame him. His Mongol brethen often treated him with more respect, and genuine love, than his ATF handlers (who, more likely than not, saw Billy as an expendable "resource").

You're on your own, surrounded by a group of individuals who, by the standards of modern society, aren't much more than animals. It takes a very strong individual to survive the rigors of this sort of undercover work.

Billy, man, I don't know where you are, but I have a feeling that you might read this review some day. Many thanks for pouring out your memories, and heart, onto the printed page. People like me will try very hard to pass on your words to the younger folks, so that they might understand, and appreciate, the plight of the under-paid government employee known as the ATF agent.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen C'Mon! Is it really the WHOLE Truth? 4. Juli 2005
Von GRIZZLY - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As one who has LIVED the LIFE for over 30 of my 53 years, I can personally testify that the OMG lifestyle description in this book is right on, good or bad, this is pretty much the way it is.

My main problem with this book is that Agent Queen could really make it from Hang-around to Prospect to Patchholder Mongol in this daily environment of violence, crime, drug & alcohol abuse, and sex and maintain his ethical and moral legal criteria. The man definitely has some big stones, but are they THAT big.

I personally had a few brief brushes with the Mongols & Vagos both back in the early '80's, and it sounds like things haven't changed, but I believe there's a LOT of this tale that got left out.
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