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Under and Alone Audiobook

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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    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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    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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    "Interesting Story"

    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.....

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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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    Alex davenport, FL, United States 01-08-13
    Alex davenport, FL, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "mesmerizing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Under and Alone the most enjoyable?

    The performance was great driven by the real life drama of an undercover federal agent. Just great!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes - it's hard not to be on the edge of your seat when every situation has the possibility of blowing this guys cover in the company of people who wouldn't let him live.


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    Russell 08-19-12
    Russell 08-19-12
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    "Great story, well told & narrated"

    This book had a grip on me from the beginning and never let go. Amazing content and very well told.

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    Jonas means 08-16-12
    Jonas means 08-16-12 Member Since 2015

    Classics, productivity, travel, beach culture, family, languages, learning,sports

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    "Bad Ass"
    What did you love best about Under and Alone?

    Compelling story that made me look forward to my commute.


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

    Donnie Brasco- great undercover thriller.


    What about Don Leslie’s performance did you like?

    Great Narration. I dont know what Bill Queen sounds like, but it should be like Don Leslie or Sam Sheppard.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Fairly long, so not sure about one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is totally worth it. If you love Harley's you will dig this book.

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    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 08-15-12
    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 08-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This guy has guts!"

    This was a very riveting story. Even though I knew the author survived by the fact that I was listening to the book he wrote about his experience, I was scared he was going to be exposed in every scene. Not only is this a raw look into a world that I will never see, it also was revealing about some of the psychological tolls undercover agents suffer while doing their jobs. A good listen.

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