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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844543498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844543496
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,219,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Apart from Irish whiskey, good cigars, Pontiac motor cars, and a pistol grip baby, what I love most is kidnapping smart-arse gangsters and taking their money.' 'So I shot Nick the Greek and burned his house down? So what? If you met him, you'd want to burn his house down too...' 'To the human filth I have bashed, belted, iron-barred, axed, shot, stabbed, knee-capped, set on fire and driven to their graves, I can only quote from the motto of the French Foreign Legion- Je Ne Regrette Rien!!!'" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mark Brandon Read now lives in Tasmania, far out of reach of the hundreds of criminals who want to put a bullet in his skull. He enjoys reading, cooking and caring for his electric chainsaw.

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If you like down and dirty books you will like this one.
Philip A Montminy
Didn't know there are some pictures included in the book - nice bonus!
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Very entertaining and a quick read because it's so hard to put down.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W A BRANDI on May 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
This man has a style of writing which can be compared to no other. He is witty, funny, illiterate, genuine and above all: psychotic.
The book starts off great but halfway lost its grip over me as it became a decoupled series of short stories where he tells of friends he has had in prison. Despite this, some of the stories are hilarious!
Having read the book, I eagerly ventured onto the Web in search of more stories and tales of the feared Chopper Read. This was far more rewarding than the book itself, but obviously something I would not have done had I not learned of his background via the book.
Chopper definately made an impression on me, that is, I even christened a boisterous new kitten after him: Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T Uttley on June 23, 2003
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The autobiography of Mark Brandon Read `Chopper' gives us a unique and seldom told insight into the criminal underworld of Australia, particularly Melbourne. The story begins by an infatuation with guns, explosives and military history crossed-wired with a young child who spent a lot of time drugged up in a psychiatric rehabilitation prison. Mix two vital ingredients together and you're left with a dangerous man.
Probably the most sought-after criminal in Australia, Chopper acquired his enemies through his friends' enemies and from robbing the bank robbers and other similar criminals. He's killed plentiful, but protests "I'm no murderer...I'm a garbage disposal expert" and from a certain perspective, his tales hold a strong point of view. The only men he has claimed to kill are murderers themselves, drug dealers and rapists. Any other men he has killed may well have been innocent, but Chopper was acting purely in self-defence.
Spending most of his life behind bars, Chopper inevitably made friends with other inmates and also confronted his worst enemies. Cleverly thought out antics and plots to burn down prisons are just a range of things Chopper and friends would execute in an attempt to relieve boredom and pass time. Nevertheless he claims: - "It is a madhouse in prison - and twice as bad outside,"
Packed with hilarious non-chronological stories about imbecilic big shot gangsters; Close attempts to wipe out Chopper; And a world where criminals fear Chopper over the law; this book will keep you thoroughly entertained from start to finish.
In his own words; "You can fool some of the people all of the time, And you can even fool all of the people some of the time, but in the real world of blood and guts you don't fool Chopper Read any of the time."
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Gilleo on September 12, 2005
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If you like books about facial stabbings with needle nose pliers, blowtorches on the soles of bare feet and short anectdotes about having ones ears removed, this is the book for you. Mixed in with some graphic imagery, is the witty humor of an Australian Robin Hood. He's a confessed torturer, murderer, theif, thug, extortionist, etc. Mark "Chopper" Reed's claim to fame is that he has never hurt an innocent person. Everyone he's hurt, mamed, killed has been a "crim" of some sort. His favourite kind crim to deal with is the drug dealer. To Mark they are the lowest of the low, and in his experience, the most spineless.

Yes, the imagery is a little graphic but the humor is witty and greatly balances the violence in this novel. Since the publication of "Chopper", Mark Reed has become one of Australia's best selling authors and celebrity. Also check out the rest of the 8 books in the Chopper Series.
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Brutally honest. Hell, this guy pulls no punches. He calls a spade a spade and the reader does not have to read into any hidden meaning. I enjoyed the comments about the punishment of predatory criminals. Justice is swifter than any courts. Harsh, funny and intriguing. Very entertaining. Unlike many criminal stories, Mark Read makes no bones about the sorry existence that most criminals live. It really breaks the mold of the Hollywood image of glamour and adventure. Some parts had me laughing my butt off. My only beef is the lack of chronological order. But I notice the same thing with Mad Frankie Fraser's book as well. The book still kept my interest. Two thumbs up for the honesty about crime, law enforcement and the probable future of crime in Austrailia. I look forward to his other books and the movie.
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By Mark on March 17, 2014
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I have bought all of Choppers books after first seeing the movie about his life. Once I bought this book, his first book, I couldn't get enough of this mad mans writing and books.
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By Amazon Customer on January 22, 2014
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This is a follow-up of sorts to my tribute to Mark "Chopper" Read back on October 9th, 2013. I ordered his autobiography (which got put on my enormous back burner), and here's the review at long last. I was fascinated to find what Chopper and I had in common. He is two days older than me, owned a .44 Ruger Super Black Hawk single-action Magnum, was a published author and claimed to be absolutely fearless. Fortunately for me, that's where the similarities end.

Most of Chopper's book is chest-thumping tongue-in-cheek bravado. Yet if as much as 75% is true (which I suspect it is), he certainly lives up to the title of Scourge of the Australian Underworld. Before writing this review, I did some research on the Aussie prison system and verified Chopper's accounts. Prison guards routinely accept bribes, turn their backs on violence, encourage feuds and rivalries and even bet on fights between inmates. Chopper was the cock of the walk wherever he was sent, even in Jika Jika (the Aussie version of Alcatraz) where he was its first inmate.

He spent thirty-three years of his life as a professional criminal, thirteen while incarcerated in maximum security. During that time he built a reputation as Australia's most dangerous criminal, largely due to his record for killing or maiming rivals in prison. When he got out, he became a 'toe cutter', a man who kidnapped gangsters and tortured them to gain access to their getaway stashes. The Australian police took advantage of Chopper's campaign and gave him a favored status which allowed him to wreak havoc throughout the underworld. Chopper finally retired, fleeing to Tasmania from where he wrote a number of his memoirs.

The final chapter of this book is where he lowers his guard and reveals his true feelings.
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