Ghost

My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent
Narrated by: Mike Dawson
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
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The explosive memoir of an FBI field operative who has worked more undercover cases than anyone in history

Within FBI field operative circles, groups of people known as “Special” by their titles alone, Michael R. McGowan is an outlier. Ten percent of FBI Special Agents are trained and certified to work undercover. A quarter of those agents have worked more than one undercover assignment in their careers. And of those, less than 10 percent of them have been involved in more than five undercover cases. Over the course of his career, McGowan has worked more than 50 undercover cases. 

In this extraordinary and unprecedented book, McGowan will take listeners through some of his biggest cases, from international drug busts to the Russian and Italian mobs to biker gangs and contract killers to corrupt unions and SWAT work. Ghost is an unparalleled view into how the FBI, through the courage of its undercover Special Agents, nails the bad guys. McGowan infiltrates groups at home and abroad, assembles teams to create the myths he lives, concocts fake businesses, coordinates the busts, and helps carry out the arrests. Along the way, we meet his partners and colleagues at the FBI, who pull together for everything from bank jobs to the Boston Marathon bombing case, mafia dons, and, perhaps, most significantly, El Chapo himself and his Sinaloa Cartel.

Ghost is the ultimate insider's account of one of the most iconic institutions of American government, and a testament to the incredible work of the FBI.

©2018 St. Martin's Press (P)2018 DawsAngeles LLC

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Interesting story, but narration eh

Good book if your interested in FBI undercover work, or investigations in general. The detail about the cases is very fascinating. Some of the writing could have been better but it wasn’t bad. You just hear “you can’t make this shit up” a few times to many. But the narration was hard for me to get past at times. I think if I was reading the book as opposed to listening to it I wouldn’t have imagined the voice to be the way it was narrated. I almost didn’t buy it because of the narration on the sample. But I’m glad I did. Book was interesting overall and it’s a quick listen.

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Hot Damn!!!!

Ban and just like that the FBI got exposed!!! Suckers, just want to look good for the public. This book is beyond words, loved every minute of it. Also the narrator is freaking bad a**! love it

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Not a fan of the style

The agent did some remarkable things. Too much "puffing out his chest" in the telling of the story for my taste.

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Pretty darn good

I really liked this insight into the FBI and the mix of truth about how it all works with the action in the stories

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Fascinating!

Incredible story of a true American hero.

Another great performance from Mike Dawson.

Looking forward to the movie!

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Good story, great performance

Mike Dawson was amazing, I would listen to almost that he reads.

The story was good and kept my attention. The author had a very interesting life and did a lot of good but has a very high opinion of himself which detracted a bit from the book.

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good memoir

this book was good show true side of being an agent for being a hero on one day and crap on the next. this book also shows the difference between policing 30 years ago and today and some of the differences. This guy's got some really cool experiences and stories.

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It was fantastic

Great story great performance and you cant make this up. great book worth full price

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One of the worst books ever

A poorly written, collection of stories with too much bravado and little insight to offer.

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Couldn't stop listening! Brutally honest account of a SA -- the good, bad, and the ugly. Loved it.

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Very interesting what a life this Man had.

loved very informative of the FBI roll on these cases covered, amazing life this Man has had amazing listen.