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Under and Alone | [William Queen]

Under and Alone

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 dangerous gangs in America), Queen jumped at the chance.
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Publisher's Summary

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 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 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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 01-25-15
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 01-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great book by Queen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Under and Alone to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Queen of course. He's the main man!


    What does Don Leslie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is terrific!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes many. There were some laughable moments. Also sad when his mother dies and amazed by the gangs reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Roscoe77 Glen Burnie Md 01-23-15
    Roscoe77 Glen Burnie Md 01-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but not great"

    Don't put this too high on your priority list, tho it is good its far from great. Im not upset with my purchase.

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    Grandspud So Cal 12-14-14
    Grandspud So Cal 12-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Overly Dramatic with "Breathless" Narration"
    What could William Queen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    amy 12-13-14
    amy 12-13-14

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    "Engaged and wanting more..."
    What made the experience of listening to Under and Alone the most enjoyable?

    The writing and delivery are excellent


    What other book might you compare Under and Alone to and why?

    I am reading/listening to Dead Biker right now...under and alone is similar but better


    What does Don Leslie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent delivery


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reader From Aus 10-17-14

    A tad action, mix in some history, throw in some battle & a sprinkle of mystery. A dash narration with added heart & a novel can become art

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    "Unabridged is the only way to go"
    What did you love best about Under and Alone?

    Inside look at the clubs, the people, the structure and the crimes.


    Any additional comments?

    I had overall mixed feelings about this book and law enforcement as a whole.

    We have quite alot of trouble with bikie gangs here, so it was great to see inside one of these (mongols have only just moved to Aus which will cause tension with very violent existing gangs), however i was somewhat struck by the ATFs intention in some cases to avoid involment in a crime (which i understand) but not to attempt to prevent the crime itself. An example of this was the 3 strippers that were the centre of a plan by the bikies.

    I was also interested in the ability of officers to become corrupted through the indoctrination of the club, to view it as a brotherhood and almost be reluctant to testify.

    Despite mixed emotions I am glad I read it, as it was as educational as it was a great yarn. I am glad that there are still those out there who can avoid corruption and stand up to do the right thing and sacrifice nearly their entire life in the process - definition of a hero.

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    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 05-30-14
    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 05-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    Good historical documentation of the ATFs successful infiltration into the Mongol biker gang in California. I wonder if this wasn't the inspiration for "Sons of Anarchy" on FX. No doubt it was stressful for Mr. Queen, but some of the charges that they do end up filing seemed rather petty to me given all the hoopla-- minor weapons charges, etc hardly seem worth all of the effort and risk.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John North Andover, MA, United States 03-31-14
    John North Andover, MA, United States 03-31-14
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    "AWESOME"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Under and Alone to be better than the print version?

    Anyone with the slightest interest in law enforcement/undercover work will find this book incredible.


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    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA, USA 06-18-13
    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA, USA 06-18-13 Listener Since 1998

    Work in the tech industry. I like nonfiction.

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    "Gripping!"
    Where does Under and Alone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Phenomenal story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billie St John!


    What about Don Leslie’s performance did you like?

    Incredible performance! Like it was the author. He became the author.


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    scott BOWLER, WI, United States 02-12-13
    scott BOWLER, WI, United States 02-12-13
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    "Incredible Read... Don Leslie nails this read!!"
    Where does Under and Alone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks incredible and Don Leslie brings it to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy St. John


    Have you listened to any of Don Leslie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


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    Juan COOPER CITY, FL, United States 01-21-13
    Juan COOPER CITY, FL, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome story"
    Would you listen to Under and Alone again? Why?

    An excellent adventure told from the point of an ATF agent. He is very good at bringing you into the mindset of an undercover agent.


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