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Blending history and memoir, retired U.S. Marshal Mike Earp - a descendant of the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp - offers an exclusive and fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the most storied law enforcement agency in America, illuminating its vital role in the nation's development for more than two hundred years.

Mike Earp spent his career with the U.S. Marshals Service, reaching the number three position in the organization's hierarchy before he retired. In this fascinating, eye-opening audiobook, written with the service's full cooperation, he shares his experiences and takes us on a fascinating tour of this extraordinary organization - the oldest, the most effective, and the most dangerous branch of American law enforcement, and the least known.

Unlike their counterparts in the police and the FBI, U.S. Marshals aren't responsible for investigating or prosecuting crimes. They pursue and arrest the most dangerous criminal offenders on U.S. soil, an extraordinarily hazardous job often involving gun battles and physical altercations. Earp takes us back to the service's early days, explaining its creation and its role in the border wars that helped make continental expansion possible. He brings to life the gunslingers and gunfights that have made the Marshals legend, and explores the service's role today integrating federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the hunt for the most notorious criminals - terrorists, drug lords, gun runners.

Setting his own experiences within the long history of the U.S. Marshals service, Earp offers a moving and illuminating tribute to the brave marshals who have dedicated their lives to keeping the nation safe.

©2014 David Fisher (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Fav Uncle US Federal Marshal, book was dead on!

What did you love best about U.S. Marshals?

I consider myself somewhat of a virtuoso, researching The US Marshal Service extensively. My uncle presently a Marshal and appointed by the President once before as one of the 94 US Federal Marshals. But I have not gained knowledge from him personally as the Marshals are very humble, but it was my admiration for his character that inspired my fascination with the service. Stories were so true to life. Situations as serious, yet comical. Very descriptive.

What other book might you compare U.S. Marshals to and why?

Possibly the Raylin Givens series by Elmore Leonard. Although those books are not real-life, he has certainly done his research.

What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

He narrated so realistically. I would listen for 4 hrs a stretch. He made you feel as if you were watching a movie.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All of them. The stories were great and the informational facts were true to everything I have ever researched. The general public really has no idea that they actually are " the most effective law enforcement agency in the nation. Likely the most dangerous of jobs and still an extremely low loss of agents, considering the situations they are put in. Ancestors of author Mike Earp, Wyatt-Virgil-Morgan Earp-past Marshals, barely mentioned. Shows the way the US Marshal Service have of being fine behind the scenes. Their priority being to serve and protect the US citizens from the most dangerous felons right here in the United States. Having an especially deep concern for innocent and abused children and the injustice experienced by them.

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The Marshals have a highly sophisticated network of diverse Intel. And they are very keen to human behaviour. The job is taken very seriously to serve and protect with little recognition and they are fine with that. They don't compete for glory and are extremely efficient. Most agencies are eager to either help, or use their expertise. Their duties are limitless and their arm is long. I have listened to the book 3 times!

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Great read!

Realistic, enjoyable history of modern evolution of US Marshals. The narration was excellent and really made this book excel.

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Great book, intro needs serious editing

What did you love best about U.S. Marshals?

The book was exactly what I hoped: chock full of war stories from various marshals covering many different aspects of their work.

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Why not 5 stars...the introduction, prolog, foreword, and so forth, took almost an hour and a half of this audiobook, and they needed substantial editing. There was much duplication in each of these sections, with dry statistics repeated over and over again. To be fair, each of these had a different author, but an editor should have harmonized them.
It's easy to skip over repetitive stuff in a bound book, not so easy in an audio book, when you can't easily glance over pages.

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Fascinating and Informative

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This is a fascinating overview of how the US Marshal Service, (not to be confused with local Marshals who handle court paperwork, for example), works worldwide. It includes a colorful history of the department from its earliest days, and was fun and easy to follow all the way through due to its excellent organization.

After several chapters on the history and function of the service, the book delves into a plethora of case files, real examples of the Marshals in action getting bad guys. It was fun and informative, and it gave me a serious respect for these men and women. I would never want to tangle with anyone of them, that's for sure!

The reading by Pruden was excellent. His "wise guy cop" voice really puts you in the center of the action and was easy to listen to and understand.

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the life of a deputy

a lot of good stories from the feild. I'd like to find more like it

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great book!

great book! very entertaining, very interesting, keeps you interested and never dulls, new take on law enforcement. .

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All over the place

I enjoyed the content, but there was no rhyme or reason behind the placement of the stories in the greater context of the whole.

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Eye opening

i loved it. its one of those books that you listen to and are afraid they are going to say "thank you! this has been audible." i was depressed when it ended. i learned a lot and in and interesting way.

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  • Joe
  • Del Rio, TX
  • 09-27-15

Highly Accurate and Exciting

Listening to this book was a real "page turner," so to speak. If you've ever been interested in the US Marshals Service, enjoyed listening to quick witted law men, or simply enjoy good cop stories, this is definitely a book for you. The stories are accurate, the people are real, and it gives great insight into our nations oldest federal law-enforcement agency.

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  • a
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  • 01-18-15

Lots of stories

I was looking for more of a history of the U.S. Marshall service and, although there was some history, most of it was stories. The stories were thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable and made the book go very quickly. I wish that there was some more history but still loved the book.

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  • Binga wonga
  • 02-12-15

Excellent insight into the Marshalls service,

Loved it ,can't put down ,great read,worth buying interesting history a amazing listen to book