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Under and Alone: The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America's Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang

Under and Alone The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America s Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang In William Queen was a veteran law enforcement agent with a lifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork When a confidential informant made contact with his boss at the Bur

  • Title: Under and Alone: The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America's Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang
  • Author: William Queen
  • ISBN: 9780345487520
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1998, William Queen was a veteran law enforcement agent with a lifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork When a confidential informant made contact with his boss at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, offering to take an agent inside the San Fernando chapter of the Mongols the scourge of Southern California, and one of the most dangIn 1998, William Queen was a veteran law enforcement agent with a lifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork When a confidential informant made contact with his boss at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, offering to take an agent inside the San Fernando chapter of the Mongols the scourge of Southern California, and one of the most dangerous gangs in America , Queen jumped at the chance, not realizing that he was kicking starting the most extensive undercover operation inside an outlaw motorcycle gang in the history of American law enforcement.Nor did Queen suspect that he would penetrate the gang so successfully that he would become a fully patched in member, eventually rising through their ranks to the office of treasurer, where he had unprecedented access to evidence of their criminal activity After Queen spent twenty eight months as Billy St John, the bearded, beer swilling, Harley riding gang banger, the truth of his identity became blurry, even to himself.During his initial prospecting phase, Queen was at the mercy of crank fueled criminal psychopaths who sought to have him test his mettle and prove his fealty by any means necessary, from selling and doing drugs, to arms trafficking, stealing motorcycles, driving getaway cars, and, in one shocking instance, stitching up the face of a Mongol ol lady after a particularly brutal beating at the hands of her boyfriend.Yet despite the constant criminality of the gang, for whom planning cop killings and gang rapes were business as usual, Queen also came to see the genuine camaraderie they shared When his lengthy undercover work totally isolated Queen from family, his friends, and ATF colleagues, the Mongols felt like the only family he had left I had no doubt these guys genuinely 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 front of 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 the heartbreaking scene of a father ostracized at Parents Night because his deranged outlaw appearance precluded any interaction with regular citizens, Under and Alone is a breathless, adrenaline charged read that puts you on the street with some of the most dangerous men in America and with the law enforcement agents who risk everything to bring them in.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. "Shooting pool is a mainstay of the biker lifestyle. So is getting shitfaced on Jack Daniels and being an asshole, but I decided to try pool first."Memoir by a federal Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agent who spent two years undercover in the Mongols, a motorcycle gang less famous than (but probably even more deadly than) the Hells Angels.I figured that anybody who joined a biker gang would feel contempt for rules of any kind. Then I read this book and found out that the Mongols, a motorcycle ga [...]

    2. I had the privilege of hearing William Queen speak and teach last year. He told us this story, the fascinating account of his two years posing as an outlaw in one of America's most dangerous biker gangs, the Mongols. It was a constant balancing act, not only to maintain his cover, with the unrelenting fear of exposure, but also to maintain who he was. As an undercover officer, he had to decide, day after day, how much lawlessness and violence he could watch, how much he could participate in, in [...]

    3. This is such a amazing story that it completely didn't matter that the actual writing was terrible. This undercover cop (who became a patched-in member of the biker Mongol gang) has more than a book-full of interesting and dangerous stories to tell about his 2-year undercover assignment. The author is not the articulate type and even admitted in his book that he hates writing. I'm sure there was a ghost writer or a zealous editor who put a lot of work into turning the author's raw notes into thi [...]

    4. I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as Dobyns No Angel I don't know if it's because I read Dobyns book first or what; I can't quite put my finger on it. It was still a very good story, and Queen's undercover work paid a lot more dividends than Dobyns in terms of convictions and the number of bad guys that went to prison. This story was similar to Dobyns story in the way that they both started sympathizing with their suspects, and really started feeling like family with them. I thought it [...]

    5. Deep cover to the point of psychological immersionquestions of loyalty and the definition of true friendship are examined in this telling (and rare) look into the world of 1%ers.

    6. This was a very interesting book. You really get to understand the emotions he was feeling as he was navigating his way through the undercover role. For example: At one point his mother dies and he has to leave his undercover work for some time. He tells the biker gang that his mother just died and he will be gone for a few days. When he gets back none of the ATF agents ask him about his mother or tell him that they are sorry to hear about it. But when he goes back into his undercover role every [...]

    7. Talk about Courage , July 3, 2008As with most books I've read, there is always something I see or hear that piques my interest in a topic/subject matter creating a domino effect that leads to obsessive reading. This seems to be the case here: "Gimme Shelter" led to Sonny Barger's "Hell's Angel" which led to the "Gangland" television series and then to searching for books about outlaw biker clubs, starting with "Under and Alone". The first chapter of this book was such an effective teaser that i [...]

    8. Of all the criminal elements in this world, biker gangs are possibly the quintessential American product. In other countries you have urban gangs, the mafia, government goons, weapon runners and drug smugglers. But at the heart of those enterprises is the desire for money and power. Traditional gangsters engaged in gangster shit as a job, a way to earn some scratch. However, every organized crime group had a guy who would be variously known as 'Crazy Joe Spinolli', or 'Loco Lopez' - a hardcore i [...]

    9. So this dude basically goes undercover to bust some bad bad folks in a motorcycle club. But then he ends up getting a little deeper in than he really planned.It's a quick read, and if you know nothing about motorcycle clubs, it's not a bad place to start. You'll end up learning a lot about this subculture that is still running strong today, and in Colorado no less. That's the good stuff.The bad stuff is that the book tends towards the real-crime genre in that it tries to horrify you with the dif [...]

    10. Amazing first eye glimpse into the daily workings of one the nastiest biker gangs to ever emerge from the flames of hell. These desperadoes aren't the sharpest tools in the shed, but they're certainly the most dangerous. I liked how the copy I checked out of the library had portions where the author explains certain ingenious acts of criminality underlined. Like, did you know that if you remove a car's air filter, you've just created a perfect spot to stash a handgun or two? Well, now you do, an [...]

    11. Well written account of an ATF agent infiltrating the Mongols motorcycle gang and his 2.5 years undercover with the gang. You really feel how an undercover agent can become torn, in one respect he is doing a job, in another respect he becomes friends with all these guys, plus some heart-rending scenes where the author becomes detached from his family with unintended consequences. Recommended

    12. Not usually what I would choose to read but I LOVED it!! I knew someone had to survive and write the "based on reality" novel, but I was still on the edge of my seat. I was so scared something horrible would happen! Great read!

    13. Very quick fast paced action packed full of great information on MC's. A great peek into what a real MC is like.

    14. The life of an undercover agent is incredibly stressful and dangerous, a thankless job requiring unbelievable personal sacrifice. During his undercover career with the ATF William Queen lost his wife, saw his kids practically grow up without him, lost another girlfriend, and very nearly lost his life on numerous occasions. He lived an isolated life for two years while infiltrating the vicious Mongols motorcycle gang, during which time be bonded with them like family and brothers all the while en [...]

    15. A fascinating trip into the world of working undercover. William Queen, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is given what begins as a simple assignment; go undercover and hang out with members of the Mongols MC to learn about their drug-dealing and gunrunning activities. It soon becomes clear to Queen and his superiors that to learn anything of value, Queen will have to go deeper than simply hanging around with outlaws. A lot deeper.Under and Alone is the story of a [...]

    16. I knew I wouldn't like what William (Billy) Queen (St. John) was going to do as soon as I started reading. He betrayed people he tricked into trusting him.So, I had to try to figure out why this bothered me so much.1. I have lived in Tujunga CA. I owned a house there about 1/2 mile from the intersection of Lowell and Foothill Blvd. I knew the areas he was talking about and didn't feel frightened of any biker activity going on when I lived there. If anything the bikers were polite to the general [...]

    17. A very "truth can be stranger than fiction", real-life account of Federal Agent William Queen's deep-undercover life with the Mongols Motorcycle Club. To say that the Mongols have a storied, crime-ridden history would be an understatement; if you can think of it, they've probably done it. Their most modern incarnation may be clean now - I'm not sure (and it's not really relevant) - but the events Queen recounts during his time with them are troubling, to say the least.Life in and among a "one-pe [...]

    18. It is amazing that William Queen, who went undercover as Billy St. John, lived to be able to write this book. This ATF officer spent over two years having infiltrated the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Club, a gang of ruthless killers who committed all sorts of sex, drug and violent crimes including murder, who would not have hesitated to put a bullet in his head and bury him in the desert where he would never be found if they knew he was a police officer. For two years he had to live with the fact t [...]

    19. The book opens with Billy St. John in a field with a bunch of drunk and high Mongol brothers with guns ready to shoot anything and everything. Billy is staring down the barrel of the gun of a particularly ruthless Mongol who has had it out for him since day one. Did Red Dog figure out that Billy St. John was a cover name? Was Billy about to face his execution alone with no backup in sight? William Queen was an undercover agent working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, in the late [...]

    20. I read this book after hearing Terry Gross interview the author William Queen on NPR.It gave me insight into a lifestyle I will never know. I would never wish the fear that Billy experienced on anyone! This is definitely not a shy book.William paints a very vivid picture of the life of a Mongols Motorcycle gang member. Being a Harley lover with the hardcore looks to match, Billy was handpicked for this particular undercover assignment.In the beginning of Billy's story, I knew immediately that hi [...]

    21. **edited 12/20/13Before I read this, I admit I never really thought about motorcycle gangs. Had I considered them, I think I would have associated them more with empty boasts and petty crime rather than "domestic terror" and serious felonies. I found this on audio at my library, and, as an inveterate hardboiled and police procedural reader, thought it would be interesting to hear the perspectives of an ATF undercover agent who had spent time living as one of these apparently fearsome outlaws. Ac [...]

    22. Besides keeping you interested until the end, this book does one other thing - it teaches you bravery. I know you know what bravery is, but do you know what bravery is? In this day and age when a word like that can only make sense when associated with far away lands of Arabic speaking people, deserts and terrorist actions, this book will bring you back to American soil, to the cities we live in, to the streets we walk on, the roads we drive on, our own back yard. Bravery exists here and is made [...]

    23. Fascinating portrait of a criminal subculture. Mr. Queen treats his subjects evenhandedly, given his law enforcement background. The story is gripping. The author does a fantastic job highlighting the perils of his position and the circumstances he often found himself in.I would recommend this book to anyone with even a passive interest in criminology, subcultures and law enforcement. Thumbs up!

    24. Definitely an intense ride into the dark and frightening world of the Mongols. Well written. Highly recommend. Very well written

    25. Who wouldn't want to read the story about an undercover ATF agent posting as an outlaw biker? I enjoyed the read.

    26. *****Disclaimer:* this review is full of spoilers, it will cover the story-line, as it is in fact my own way of tracking the progress for future references and research* you'll find some of my own opinions, but I am not an expert nor claim to be one so you've been warned*****Pros- good, all though not a very accurate, still a good description of the Mongols, an outlaw motorcycle club lifestyle- good coverage of their codes, values, creed, traditions and such- good to great humor during the narra [...]

    27. This is a terrific book about an outlaw motorcycle gang and the federal agent who infiltrated it. William Queen was an ATF agent based in Los Angeles who almost accidentally ended up going undercover with the Mongols, a notoriously violent OMC (outlaw motorcycle club) based in California. Queen's original intent seems to have been the standard buy-and-bust, but he ended up "under" for more than two years, during which he went from hanger on ("Billy St. John") to prospect to "full patch" (member) [...]

    28. Infiltration of the Mongols, the most feared motorcycle gang, the "one-percenters" - Hells Angels, Mongols, Bandidos and others.How Billy whilst undercover for the ATF, went from hanger on, to prospect to full patch member and then into an officer position in a Mongol Chapter which access being treasurer and secretary of the Club.For me it was a book I couldnt put down, his moral dilemma -truth, justice and upholding his duty as a law officer versus the ties of a brotherhood where they would sta [...]

    29. I enjoyed reading this book very much. MC is my favorite genre and I can honestly say I have never read a non fiction MC story. That being said, this book sucked me in from the very beginning. The law enforcement officer, William Queen did an excellent job of infiltrating and gathering evidence needed to take down some of the Mongols. But in the two years it took to accomplish that, Billy St. John discovered many things about loyalty and the brotherhood of the country's most notorious MC club. T [...]

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