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Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America's Deadliest Biker Gangs Hardcover – February 5, 2013
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“Falco rose to "officer" status in three biker gangs, and his book – Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America's Deadliest Biker Gangs – is the more polished, measured and authoritative of the two.” ―Los Angeles Times comparing to George Rowe's Gods of Mischief
“Absorb Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws as one part juicy scoop, one part machismo on parade, and Falco can take some sad and beautiful snapshots.” ―Boston Globe
“Falco was facing a minimum sentence of 22 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute and manufacture hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine when the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department made him an offer he couldn't refuse--become an undercover informant instead of going to jail. The bulk of this fascinating autobiography describes in detail Falco's work infiltrating the Vagos Motorcycle Club, an outlaw biker gang considered in 2003 to be the ‘largest urban terrorist' organization in the U.S. Falco's main assignment reads like a synopsis of the book: ‘Get inside, gather intelligence on the gang, identify the club's leaders, purchase drugs from them, and collect as many illegal firearms as you can.' Falco describes in almost excruciating detail how he rose in the Vagos ranks from a go-fer to a full-fledged member, a three-year descent into a violent world of drug abuse, Neanderthal treatment of women, and constant fighting that left Falco living constantly ‘in a state of veiled paranoia,' even after the Vagos gang was brought down by the law. It is Falco's unrelenting depiction of the stupidity and brutality in the Vagos biker world that makes his story powerful.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Facing more than 20 years behind bars for manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine, Falco quickly accepted the government's offer: in return for certain considerations, he would infiltrate the Vagos, a particularly nasty Southern California biker gang. Unfortunately, Falco wasn't a biker and had no experience with biker gangs. Like Jay Dobyns' No Angel (2009) and William Queen's Under and Alone (2005), this is a tense, violent, frequently distasteful story of a man living in a world of extreme violence, afraid his cover could be blown at any second. Of course, Dobyns and Queen were actual undercover agents. Falco was a regular guy with no training or experience, which makes the story that much more harrowing. In describing his nearly five years living with three separate biker gangs, Falco, ably assisted by true-crime author Droban, whose Running with the Devil (2007) followed a government infiltration of the Hells Angels, makes the reader feel at least some of the fear, disgust, and sheer panic he endured. The book contains some graphic language and descriptions, but, given its subject matter, most readers will probably assume that going in.” ―Booklist
“The paranoia of crooks, the desperation of incarceration, the fear of getting whacked, and survival working undercover in a brutal biker world devoid of common decency. You can read about it all in this book. But Charles Falco actually lived it and miraculously came out a better man.” ―Chris Blatchford, author of The Black Hand
“Gritty and real, tragic and brutal. The book is filled with powerful characters. A compelling read . . . not for the sqeamish.” ―MotorcycleUSA.com on Kerrie Droban's Prodigal Father, Pagan Son
“One of the most extraordinary true crime autobiographies.” ―Sydney Morning Herald on Kerrie Droban's Prodigal Father, Pagan Son
“Raw honesty and horrendous recounts . . . Prodigal Father, Pagan Son is written with emotion, detail and brilliant imagery. The book is able to capture the audience with authenticity and believability.” ―Nomads Leathers on Kerrie Droban's Prodigal Father, Pagan Son
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Top Customer Reviews
Saw this book on the news while watching "The Following". I live in Socal, in the Inland Empire, and I encounter Vagos on a weekly/monthly basis. I think this book was extremely accurate, and entertaining. This is an extremely easy read. Which I believe, Falco was going for, I don't believe he was trying to make a Catcher in the Rye about motorcycle gangs.
So take the hateful reviewers with a grain of salt. For all people who are fascinated by motorcycle gang life, this is a great book. It gives you a really good idea of what undercover work is like as well, extremely stressful!
Many moments while reading this book I found myself laughing out loud or cringing. If you are an avid reader, reading a book a month, don't buy this book. This is a very basic outline of a Rico Case against a motorcycle gang, it's not meant to change your life or bring you into another dimension of serenity. It's a book about gang violence and undercover work.
Let me tell you as an Inland Empire resident who moved from Orange County CA - This level of violence really happens, and it happens right out in the open most of the time. The fact that this gang tried to blow up a police station by re-routing the gas lines into their office shows you how ruthless and crazy these people are. And for that reason - I feel this book was worth the money, and was very entertaining.
Hope this review helped you in making your purchase.
well written. If you like to read about undercover work Under and Alone by
William Queen is much better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ashley's version of things seem, unique and book worthy at best it was a good read... But I find a lot of things far fetched, that is just my opinion however... Read morePublished 8 days ago by TSully
Kick back, sit yourself down, and as you lift the book, imagine yourself lifting it further, as if to fit a mask onto your face so you can peer directly through the eyes of Charles... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Camazon
Entertaining but much like most of the other OMG infiltration books I have read. If you have read one, you have read them all.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting read. As an outsider to this world, I would of liked to have read more about the "inside" of each club, the mystery and what draws someone into this world that is so... Read morePublished 2 months ago by michael b
This book meanders along and became boring after awhile. I will give it credit, the book gives you some idea what outlaw bikers are like. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roger J. Buffington