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 28 months as "Billy St. John", the bearded, beer-swilling, Harley-riding gang-banger, the truth of his identity became blurry, even to himself.
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 listen. It will put 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.
©2005 William Queen; (P)2006 Books on Tape
"His story is tight, suspenseful, and unstoppable." (Bookmarks Magazine)
"[A] harrowing, turbocharged account of undercover life....The strength and white-hot intensity of the writing make this read like a movie." (Publishers Weekly)
This book grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go. I hated to turn it off when I had to because I was so enthralled in the story. The story is fascinating with a great flow and rythym to it, and the narrator did a great job. The only negative I have is the ending, it just fizzled out and disappointed me a bit. I was expecting the ending to have more story to it, instead he gave us an abrupt, quick, and dry finish that left me wondering if I had somehow missed a chapter. I can't say more as it will ruin the book for someone that hasn't read it. That being said, I still highly recommend this book!
I think that one of the best things about the book is Don Leslie. His tough and gruff voice really paints a picture of an outlaw biker and someone you would envision in the MC. Throughout the book there are many intense moments when you don't know if he is going to make it out of things alive. Loved all of the characters he references and talks about. He does a great job portraying their voices and personalities as well. Highly recommended!
Very interesting look into a crazy world. The writing itself wasn't that great but what a fascinating story. Hats off for Queen. Thank you for your service.
Haven't read it.
Queen of course. He's the main man!
He is terrific!
Yes many. There were some laughable moments. Also sad when his mother dies and amazed by the gangs reactions.
Men like Queen are true heroes! They risk everything to try and make our country a safer place to live. I want more books by him! A must read!
There is no doubt Queen did an amazing piece of undercover work. I researched some old news articles after reading the book, which supported all his claims. However, the writing is overly dramatic and often contradictory. As an example, in one paragraph Queen gushes about how impenetrable the OMG (Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs) are then a couple paragraphs later he cites the plethora of law enforcement agents that have infiltrated various clubs. Also, Queen did little to accurately portray firearms. When he ominously described one biker secreting a North American Arms (NAA) .22 revolver on his ride, he did not convey the fact that this is about the most useless firearm you'll ever come across. He did nothing to point out the inadequacies of other firearms popular with members such as short barreled .38 revolvers.
Stop with the "breathless" narration. The narrator read every sentence as though it was the most incredible, scary thing in the world. Save the dramatic reading for the dramatic portions of the book. I barely made it through this book. The exaggerated narration and poor writing made it difficult to endure.
I see the execution of this book as an opportunity lost. Queen did incredible undercover work in an extremely dangerous situation. Unfortunately, the writing was not on par with the story.
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