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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345505980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345505989
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

After his bestselling debut, Under and Alone (also coauthored by Century), Queen, a retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent, returns with a less successful effort. Here Queen goes back to his early days with ATF, describing his obsessive 1985 quest to take down Mark Stephens, equal parts gunman, mountain man, drug trafficker, and out-and-out thug. As laudatory as the effort to apprehend Stephens was, the story is too slight to sustain even a brief book, which might explain why Queen fills it out with discussions of unrelated investigations he pursued while waiting for approval to go up into the mountains after his quarry. He also seems to devote as much time to his arguments with his superiors as to the effort to ascend the rugged terrain in the mountains of Southern California where Stephens was hiding out, and the anticlimactic conclusion of their encounter is disappointing. Queen relies on an uncorroborated account from an ex-con and associate of Stephens's for a section that makes Stephens seem truly psychotic. The passing references to the toll the agent's hard-charging style took on his marriage could have been better developed. (July 3)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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ATF agent Queen seemed the only one likely to apprehend pot-grower and accomplished survivalist Mark Stephens in 1986. As polished by Century, Queen's rat-a-tat prose suggests the automatic weapons' fire Stephens had employed in "terrorizing the towns of California's Inland Empire" before relocating permanently to the wilderness. Besides his adeptness at living in the wild, Stephens made his own machine guns ("a hobby, an interesting pastime") and grew pot plants 10 to 12 feet tall. Queen matched Stephens in survival and tracking skills, and the two men's similarities greatly enliven the story of their conflict. In fact, the standoff after which Stephens was taken into custody might have ended more quickly had Stephens not thought that Queen, "with his long, curly hair looked more like a drug-crazed hippie bent on stealing his dope" than like a lawman. A ripping good manhunt saga, detailed and suspenseful, not at all dimished by the deflationary fact that Stephens plea-bargained down to "a single possession of illegal weapons count" and got only five years in federal prison. Tribby, Mike --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I think it is well written and a very easy read.
Partieson
There is a lot of extraneous detail about unrelated investigations leading up to the main case, obviously an effort to stretch the book.
Bradley F. Smith
I don't get it and nothing really ever happened in this whole book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Carter on July 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was blown away by Queen's first book "Under and Alone" and this ATF Agent kept me awake once again with "Armed and Dangerous". You get a real life look at what real law-enforcement types have to go through to do their jobs. You learn that they not only have to fight the bad guys but their bosses so they can go after the bad guys. In this book Queen actually has to get to the 'top of the mountain' to catch a crazy drug dealer that has kept all other law enforcement agencies at bay. A great read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By V. Kennedy on July 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a true story about an ATF agent's efforts to bring a drug dealer to justice. It might not sound that hard, but the fact is that the perp lives in an inaccessible hideout in the mountains outside LA. No one can flush him out long enough to capture him. The guy's going to kill someone with one of his submachine guns if he's not stopped. It's like reading a thriller instead of a true to life drama that really took place. It gives some interesting insight into the way ATF and the police handle matters like this. It's a good read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. White on August 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a good book. It has an interesting insight into how government agencies really work. Having worked for a government agency in the past, I understand how paperwork and supervisory influence slow investigations and hinder law enforcement in many ways.

I would have given this a five star rating, but Mr Queen's book Under and Alone is clearly a five star book and this one is not quite as good. Still a great read...

M
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Zambryski on July 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Queen has done it again! I don't think I've ever read a book so fast, I just couldn't put it down. If you liked Under and Alone then you will love this book. This is just a really good story, the authors did a very good job of getting you acquainted with the characters and using so much detail that you feel like you're right there beside Queen along for the hunt. I feel like I could probably join the ATF right now. They would ask for my credentials of course and I would be like, "ah, hello, I read both of Bill Queen's books, where do I sign up."
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bradley F. Smith on October 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Your first clue that there is not much here is the big type size. Someone tried to stretch this tale into a book, but the material is inadequate. Queen spends page after page building up to the big moment when he defies death and captures some pyscho in the San Bernardino mountains more than 25 years ago. The problem is the arrest was fairly routine. There is a lot of extraneous detail about unrelated investigations leading up to the main case, obviously an effort to stretch the book. I hope Queen has some more substantial stories left in him, or else his best book, about his undercover stint as a Mongol motorcycle gangbanger, may be his only claim to fame as a writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Weston on January 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Like a shrewd gray wolf, William Queen goes after the bad guys with patience and relentless determination. Whether he's stalking game in the woods, running down a homicidal maniac in the mountains, or undercover in a motorcycle gang, he uses the skills he gained as an ATF agent and as a Vietnam Special Forces veteran. Armed and Dangerous is a front-seat ride in what must be one of his more entertaining cases. The book is simply a good story. I look forward to reading more by William Queen. Roger Weston, author of The Recruiter
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Henry A. Perry on July 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Book drags a bit in the begining, but then picks up speed as it goes along. If you enjoy this type of book, you will like this book
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Johnson on August 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I really liked his first book and thought this might be about the same. I was wrong, not even close! The read was quick and the ending was pretty lame. Sometimes the true story is not the best story! I should of waited and got the book from a friend or the library. Sorry!
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