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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,368 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Queen Narrator: Don Leslie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 kick-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 twenty-eight months as “Billy St. John,” the bearded, beer-swilling, Harley-riding gang-banger, the truth of his identity became blurry, even to himself.

During his initial “prospecting” phase, Queen was at the mercy of crank-fueled criminal psychopaths who sought to have him test his mettle and prove his fealty by any means necessary, from selling (and doing) drugs, to arms trafficking, stealing motorcycles, driving getaway cars, and, in one shocking instance, stitching up the face of a Mongol “ol’ lady” after a particularly brutal beating at the hands of her boyfriend.

Yet despite the constant criminality of the gang, for whom planning cop killings and gang rapes were business as usual, Queen also came to see the genuine camaraderie they shared. When his lengthy undercover work totally isolated Queen from family, his friends, and ATF colleagues, the Mongols felt like the only family he had left. “I had no doubt these guys genuinely loved Billy St. John and would have laid down their lives for him. But they wouldn’t hesitate to murder Billy Queen.”

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 read that puts 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jordan | 1/24/2014

    " When you have a true life story as suspenseful and engaging as William Queen's, it doesn't always matter if it's written in the most profound way. Queen is an ATF agent, not an author, but whoever his editor was certainly helped patch together this 2 and a half year long investigation into quite an exhilarating book. For anyone curious about the protocol and demands of undercover work, this is a must-read. Queen is regularly thrown into compromising situations involving drugs and violence, and somehow manages to escape unharmed. This is a fast an engaging read, and worthwhile to any true crime fan or those interested in/studying organized crime and undercover operations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by aford | 1/23/2014

    " Great book about a deadly motorcycle gang...was engaging and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rcopithorne | 1/22/2014

    " Good book for a real life write. Some things were a little over the top in my opinion but it def kept me interested, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bobby Morales | 1/20/2014

    " Under & Alone, by William Queen, is an autobiography about William Queen, a retired ATF agent who went undercover & joined the San Fernando division of the Mongols, an infamous outlaw biker gang. The undercover investigation went on for over two years before many of the gang's members are finally apprehended & sent to prison. I chose this book because I saw it sitting around in my dad's car & I thought it looked interesting, so I picked it up & just began reading. My favorite quote from the book is, "Shooting pool is a mainstay of the biker lifestyle. So is getting shitfaced on Jack Daniels and being an asshole, but I decided to try pool first." said by Queen. This is pretty much where he must transition from a good-doing, federal agent to a biker with no rules or limits whatsoever. I think he really captures the personalities of his fellow Mongols well, I was able to picture what it would actually be like to be part of a biker gang. I think this was an iteresting book; it's a good quickread. I'd recommend this to people who like books that revolve around crime or law force. "

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