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The U.S.-Mexican border is one of the most violent places on earth, writes retired drug enforcement agent Morgan. He makes his case over 500 pages of gunplay, fisticuffs and bloodshed interspersed with profanity-laced denunciations of rival agencies and clueless Washington officials who believe they understand illegal immigration and drug smuggling. Having enjoyed serving inVietnam, Morgan sought similar adventure in the Border Patrol and the Custom Service's drug enforcement service. Working mostly in Arizona, he found corrupt officials and Border Patrolmen cooperating with corrupt Mexican officials, police and soldiers to transport drugs and people into the U.S. Still, he and fellow officers intercepted countless shipments, which the author recounts in excessive but lively rounds of shootouts, car chases and murder. Reforms that created the Department of Homeland Security and shifted antidrug enforcement to the Border Patrol are disastrous, he asserts, because the patrol is hopelessly corrupt. Sneering at the current immigration debate, he insists no barrier or law can keep out Mexicans in search of work and that the money would be better spent on making Mexico prosperous enough to provide jobs for its people. Despite the incessant fireworks and macho prose style, the book provides a thoughtful view of these issues. (Sept.)
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About the Author

Lee Morgan II is a retired U.S. Customs Service Special Agent. His honors include a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his Vietnam service, as well as many awards for outstanding achievements during 31 years as a federal law enforcement official with the Departments of Justice, Treasury, and Homeland Security. He lives in Douglas, Arizona.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Rio Nuevo Publishers; Reprint edition (April 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933855576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933855578
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Earnest on January 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a 19 year veteran of the Border Patrol, with my first 10 years in Douglas, AZ I can say for a fact that the book is completely true. I was there! For the Record I do know Mr. Morgan very well. These events actually happened, occasionaly I was involved also. Other reviewers may doubt the authencity I don't. As for putting the USBP in a bad light, maybe maybe not. We get what we deserve. I find no fault with Lee on this. He did not portray all BP agents as inept nor did he portray all Customs agents saintly. The truth is the truth.

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Most of us have only vague notions about what goes on at the border between the United States and Mexico. I had no idea how violent, dangerous, and corrupt it is. The author of this book, Lee Morgan II, is a retired Special Agent who spent his career fighting the drug traffic in and around Douglas, Arizona. His tales will shock and amaze you. Yet, you will also get frustrated and angry that our government (at all levels) is either not serious or unendingly inept in dealing with the issues at our border.

Morgan lays out how officials of the Mexican government and its military are deeply involved in protecting and even running the drug trade. He shows us the corrupt officials on both sides of the border and how he some on the American side came to justice and how others continue to avoid conviction and punishment for their crimes.

The story includes crazy chases and wild gun battles as well as patient and detailed investigations. However, I felt the most frustration and even anger at the careerists who thought more of advancement than getting their job done, of politicians on the take, and others who were more interested in all manner of issues than securing our border with Mexico and cutting off the drug trade. Many simply throw up their hands in the face of the tidal waves of drugs coming in. After all, they must say to themselves, if Americans want these drugs nothing can stop this flow, so why pay the price to try and end up failing. Easier to fail in a way that makes one look good, huh?

While this is a book of non-fiction, the stories share are the stuff of action movies (although I think they are better told in these pages than Hollywood would end up portraying them on screen).
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Very real to life from a man who spent many years trying to make our country safe. He has very good and true notions about drugs and immigration. As a law enforcement officer, everything he says about the administration is true of every government agency. Seems the ones in the carpeted office who have never been there (or havent in so long they forgot how it was) can make all the decisions about what is best for you and how best to do your job. I admire the author for his many years of dedication and service, and the care and concern he shows for his "kids". Too bad that instead of being pushed out, he wasn't pushed up, could have made a world of difference for our future, our country, and our agents. I am sure that the REMF's see it as "sour grapes", but believe me, the attitude and beliefs are TRUE! Thank you Lee Morgan!
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"The Reaper's Line" is not only an eye-opener; a revelation, but a thought-provoking true story about law enforcement on the border as well.

The author's style of writing makes the reader feel as if he or she is sitting on a rocking chair in front of Lee Morgan II, the author. Literally speaking, he sits opposite the reader on a rocking chair, as well, telling his story as he whittles away a piece of wood.

However, his story has long been carved.

Lee Morgan II is a former Marine Vietnam Veteran. The experiences in Vietnam landed him a job with the US government. The author received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart during his military service. He received many awards for outstanding achievement during his 31-years as a federal law enforcement official with the Department of Justice, the US Treasury Department, Border Patrol, Custom's Office, and Homeland Security.

The author used the expertise he learned in Vietnam during his tenure as an undercover Custom's officer. The Vietnam experiences helped him stomach the animalistic atrocities performed by the corrupt Mexican police and Mexican corrupt Army and the drug cartels. The gut-wrenching, vile, repulsive, and abominable acts done against drug runners, and informants, when they were arrested, and their drug loads were seized by the Border Patrol and Custom's Officers makes the reader want to throw up.

The author presents the reader with facts about the unbelievable corruption, not only on the Mexican side of the border, but with lawmaking and supposedly, law-managing officials on the American side as well. These officials included a chief of police, a judge, prominent members of the community, and even some of the authors' co-workers who could not resist the temptation of easy, dirty money.
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Having lived with the problems of a border community for years, it is refreshing to see the problem brought to light, removed from the shadows of politics and media hype. This story clearly shows how certain governmental agencies are playing "games" with number and budgets with little or no concern for the impact on the citizen. The citizens of both country are caught in the crossfire. Read the book -- It is outstanding!
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