Under and alone the true story of the undercover a couldnt put it down
Under and Alone: The True Story ofthe Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated Americas Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang by William Queen Couldnt Put It DownIn 1998, William Queen was a veteran law enforcement agent with alifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork. When a“confidential informant” made contact with his boss at the Bureau ofAlcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, offering to take an agent inside the SanFernando chapter of the Mongols (the scourge of Southern California, andone of the most dangerous gangs in America), Queen jumped at thechance, not realizing that he was kicking-starting the most extensiveundercover operation inside an outlaw motorcycle gang in the history ofAmerican law enforcement.
Nor did Queen suspect that he would penetrate the gang so successfullythat he would become a fully “patched-in” member, eventually risingthrough their ranks to the office of treasurer, where he had unprecedentedaccess to evidence of their criminal activity. After Queen spent twenty -eight months as “Billy St. John,” the bearded, beer-swilling, Harley-ridinggang-banger, the truth of his identity became blurry, even to himse lf.During his initial “prospecting” phase, Queen was at the mercy of crank-fueled criminal psychopaths who sought to have him test his mettle andprove his fealty by any means necessary, from selling (and doing) drugs,to arms trafficking, stealing motorcycles, driving getaway cars, and, in oneshocking instance, stitching up the face of a Mongol “ol’ lady” after aparticularly brutal beating at the hands of her boyfriend.Yet despite the constant criminality of the gang, for whom planning copkillings and gang rapes were business as usual, Queen also came to seethe genuine camaraderie they shared. When his lengthy undercover worktotally isolated Queen from family, his friends, and ATF colleagues, theMongols felt like the only family he had left. “I had no doubt these guysgenuinely loved Billy St. John and would have laid down their lives for him.But they wouldn’t hesitate to murder Billy Queen.”From Queen’s first sleight of hand with a line of methamphetamine in frontof him and a knife at his throat, to the fearsome face-off with their decades-old enemy, the Hell’s Angels (a brawl that left three bikers dead), to theheartbreaking scene of a father ostracized at Parents’ Night because hisderanged-outlaw appearance precluded any interaction with regularcitizens, Under and Alone is a breathless, adrenaline-charged read thatputs you on the street with some of the most dangerous men in Americaand with the law enforcement agents who risk everything to bring them in.From the Hardcover edition.Features:* ISBN13: 9780812969528* Condition: NEW* Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.
Personal Review: Under and Alone: The True Story of theUndercover Agent Who Infiltrated Americas Most Violent OutlawMotorcycle Gang by William QueenIn any civilized society, most individuals play a productive part in thatsociety. Some people have a greater impact on society than others.However, sometimes it is easy to forget about the sacrifices one makes,especially when their sacrifices are as transparent as with the life of anundercover law enforcement officer.Under and Alone is an excellent story about an undercover BATF agentnamed Billy Queen. Agent Queen, a Vietnam Veteran and a motorcycleenthusiast, has the opportunity to go undercover to try and i nfiltrate theMongol Motorcycle gang. Agent Queen does so under the alias Billy St.John. The book is an excellent account of the operation from the planningsteps right through the trials of the various motorcycle gang members.Agent Queen does a great job telling the story of the tense moments beingintroduced to the gang by a confidential informant, the harrowing monthsas a probationary member of the gang, the triumph of becoming a fullpatch member of the gang, and finally the mixed emotions of testifyingagainst his friends in the gang. However, what I think made the bookspecial was the glimpse it offers the public of the sacrifices lawenforcement officers make. The life of Billy St. John/Agent Queen was atthe mercy of the gang. When the gang said they were going to a rally, thatmeant Agent Queen went as well. In the end, this meant too much timeaway from his family. When he was with this kids, he wasnt the clean cutAgent Queen, he was the filthy biker Billy St. John.Before I picked up this book, I really expected an action packed true crimestory. I was quite surprised at the emotions involved in this story. Thewriting in this book is quite excellent. Agent Queen was able to write thestory so that you felt the same highs and the crushing blows thatQueen/St. John felt. The book was a easy read that I had a hard timeputting down.One of the great things I liked about the book is the fact that Agent Queendid not paint the Mongols as the scum of the earth. There were some thatwere portrayed in quite the negative light, but for the most part, heportrayed the Mongols as good people who walked on the opposite side ofthe law than he did. These men and women that he rode with were hisfriends. This is evidenced in a scene in the book where Agent Queensmother dies. The reactions of the Mongols and fellow ATF agents shockedme.I found the ending of the book quite anticlimactic. I do not fault AgentQueen with this. It is just sometimes the truth isnt that exciting.If you want a great story about life as a law enforcement officer or youwant to see the inside of a Motorcycle Gang, this is the book for you.
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