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Under and Alone Audiobook

Under and Alone

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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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    Ron L. Caldwell New York, NY USA 05-07-09
    Ron L. Caldwell New York, NY USA 05-07-09 Member Since 2016

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    "Worth the cost of admission"

    This is a worthy addition to the true crime genre, though I would have wished for more details about, perhaps, fewer characters. The book also ends very abruptly and rather shapelessly. I don't need to know details about Queen's life, but I do want to know more about how he reintegrated over time.

    Also - and this isn't giving anything away - high-ranking Mongols are suspicious of "Billy" from the start. We're shown how he gets in with them, but we never hear why they were so suspicious, whether other prospects face the same scrutiny, nor what their reactions are when the undercover operation is over.

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    Christina whittier, CA, USA 02-26-09
    Christina whittier, CA, USA 02-26-09
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    "Couldn't Put Down!"

    William Queen took me right there with him and I could actually feel his anxiety as his undercover role as Billy St. John. I truly admire and appreciate the lengths this man went through for justice. This experience changed his life and compromised his closests relationships. My only objection to this story was that it seemed very coincidental that every time he was put in a situation where he would come close to either being made by the Mongols, or was nearly forced to give up his identity in the name of his oath, he somehow was able to avoid the situation. There was a lot of that happening in the story. The follow up in the end was detailed and satisfying to me as the reader. I highly recommend this book.

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    J E Reynolds 04-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "riveting"

    great look into the world of undercover agents. it's good to know that there are people like Mr. Queen that will risk their lives to get filth off the streets. thank you Mr. Queen

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    william 03-26-17
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    Couldn't stop listening. Edge of my seat the whole time. Didn't want it to end.

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    Erica R. Klenk 03-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "great story"

    awesome story. what an experience. thank you for sharing. you were able to capture true insight into the club persona/mentality.

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    joseph B. 12-17-16
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    "Wow scary shit"

    It really makes you stop and think what is going on in the US on a daily basis.

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    Unapologetic Colorado 12-05-16
    Unapologetic Colorado 12-05-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Good non-fiction about the non-sexy aspects of undercover work"

    Enjoyed the honest portrayal of the OMGs and the special agents who go after them.

    Queen goes little too in depth about his struggles to the point of seeking pity.
    I couldn't help but feel how desperately our society needs someone like Queen to do the dirty work for the rest of us. People like the author make sacrifices everyday, lose their families, their identities. Yet we as a society, to include the paper pushers in govt. simply use and abuse such heroes.....

    Decent book, just have patience and enjoy...

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    Amazon Customer 08-03-16
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    "Amazing!!"

    I 100% recommend to buy this audio book... I was hooked from beginning to end...

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    gagagail 05-10-16
    gagagail 05-10-16
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    "excellent !"

    narrator was great and made you feel he was telling the story live as it was unfolding .. Great job.

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    Andrew Tucker 03-30-16
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    "Intense and Engaging from start to finish."

    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!

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