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You Can Run but You Can't Hide [Kindle Edition]

Duane Dog Chapman
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Duane "Dog" Chapman entertains and inspires millions on Dog the Bounty Hunter, his #1-rated show on A&E--but there is more to his story. From troubled beginnings and tragedy to triumph and transformation, he reveals all for the first time in this no-holds-barred memoir.

Dog spent the first twenty-three years of his life on the wrong side of the law. In You Can Run but You Can't Hide, he offers an inside look at his days as a gang member; his dark years of addiction and abuse; and how serving eighteen months in prison for a murder he didn't commit helped him recommit to his faith. He also shares stories of some of his most dangerous bounty hunts--including his capture of Max Factor heir and convicted rapist Andrew Luster, which made international headlines.

In You Can Run but You Can't Hide, Dog recounts his incredible story, chronicling his journey from his onetime criminal past to the guiding faith that has led him to become one of the most successful bounty hunters in American history. Against all odds, Dog turned his life around and went from ex-con to American icon in the process. This is his story.

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About the Author

Duane "Dog" Chapman is the famed bounty hunter featured on A&E's Dog the Bounty Hunter reality show. He lives with his wife and children in Hawaii.

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  • File Size: 849 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (August 7, 2007)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000V770N2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
You Can Run but You Can't Hide, by Duane "Dog" Chapman, is a tough book to review. This is not fine literature. It is the autobiography of a man who journeyed far afield: petty thief, felon, creep, volunteer, doper, gang banger, boxer, biker, convicted murderer, champion vacuum salesman, evangelist, loving father, loving son, abused kid, prison inmate, bounty hunter, hero, homeless man, A&E star, father, grandfather, husband, cellmate, barber, laundry worker, entrepreneur, counselor, and more.

Chapman burst on the Americana scene with his audacious capture of convicted rapist Andrew Luster in Mexico, which itself caused an international incident. He has been a big hit on A&E ever since.

In You Can Run but You Can't Hide, Chapman is blunt, blunt, blunt about his past, which is not pretty. He lived fast and furious, and one big omission in his summary of his life, and in his philosophy, is how he is making up for these past discretions. Frankly, it is a wonder that he survived to age 18. He was never a model father, and this is reflected in the behaviors of some of his children. With that said, in this book you do sense a "change in the Force" with him. It will be interesting to see whether he stays on a positive track over the next decade.

Some interesting tidbits:

- Chapman is one quarter "Indian" (his phrasing)
- He got the nickname, "Dog", from his gang, in reference to his devotion to God.
- Hawaii was a fluke, as he visited in 1991 and fell in love with the place.

I found myself, for right or for wrong, comparing him to Eddie Aikau of (deserved) "Eddie Would Go" fame. Aikau had a troubled youth, although nothing like Chapman, and his heroics only increased throughout his life until that fatal tragedy.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saddle up for a wild ride with the "Dog" August 7, 2007
I'll admit that the only reason I bought the book was because it gave me a chance to shake hands with the "Dog" at a recent book signing at a Wal-Mart in Santa Clarita, CA. I started reading while waiting in line and right from the intro which recounted the capture of rapist Andrew Luster, I was hooked. It was like jumping in that black suburban with the "Dog" and the rest of the posse and off we went.

The adventure of the bounty hunts was great, but add the deep and moving life story of Duane Chapman and I defy anyone to stop reading until the last page...A brave story told by a very brave man...May God continue to bless Duane "DOG" Chapman
By the way..Beth was also at the book signing and I met her as well... she is GORGEOUS!!
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read August 9, 2007
I got hooked on Dog: The Bounty Hunter as I was flipping thru the channels one day looking for something to watch on TV.

I received this book a few days before its release. It's an interesting and colorful look at Dog's life. It is not a book for those who are offended by cursing. The book is brutally honest. It's a book about a man who has turned his life around. Dog talks about his younger days as a bad boy, his time in prison, and as a drug user. He talks a great deal about his passions... His love for the Lord and his love for bounty hunting. The book goes into great detail about his hunt for Andrew Luster. Let's face it... Andrew Luster needed to be off the streets.

Whether you like Dog or not, please read the book. You will get to know Duane "Dog" Chapman thru this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dog Man Cometh August 29, 2007
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Duane "Dog" Chapman is the most famous bounty hunter in the world. His hit reality TV series on the A&E Channel and his notorious capture of a well known serial rapist in Mexico has brought him a lot of money and fame. In this autobiography, Dog Chapman tells his own story, and what a story it is.

Dog grew up in a rather tough home environment and eventually became a petty thief, burglar, dope dealer, and member of a biker gang. Eventually he wound up in jail on a first degree murder conviction (he didn't actually do the deed, he just happened to be there at the time). After spending 18 months in jail he decided to try to turn his life around and eventually found himself in the world of bail bonds and bounty hunting. But it certainly is a topsy-turvy life story with ups, and downs, and further downs, and then up again. Even after getting out of jail he found himself in trouble, either financially or of his own making with drug addiction or falling in with bad women. If anything this story is about perseverance in the face of constantly falling down.

Overall, Dog's story is certainly unique. This book is more about his wild ride in life than it is about bounty hunting or specific cases, so beware if that is what you were expecting. I wouldn't necessarily call Dog's life story inspirational but it certainly shows the power of persistence and constantly striving for better.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An unfortunate credibility issue . . . November 12, 2007
I like Duane "Dog" Chapman. He's a real life cartoon character: a white version of "Mister T" who fights crime whilst pontificating upon simple moral lessons. Flawed though the man may be, he still provides a positive role model for impressionable youths to emulate, and he has my respect for that.

This book barely discusses his bounty hunting business at all, but instead serves as a quasi-autobiographical apologia written at a 2nd grade reading level to appease his core audience. Unfortunately, he lost a lot of credibility with me when I caught him BSing . . . repeatedly. I can overlook the constant bible-thumping and assertions that he always tries to do the right thing, always obeys the law, and never touches drugs. I cannot, however, overlook blatent lies. Here are a few fairly obvious examples:

1.) More angelic visitations than the average televangelist claims to experience in a lifetime. I can overlook, maybe, a single physical manifestation of an "angel" in this book. But there are several, along with other things like "footsteps in the sand" that keep appearing. I call BS.

2.) Fighting off an entire room full of rival Bail Enforcement Agents who attempted to subdue him, then later being confronted by a pair of heavilly armed BEAs who -- upon realizing who his was -- go, "Oh no, it's the Dog! Run!" Sure it happened just like that. Again, I call BS.

3.) Chapman claims that he was "tricked" into crack addiction. Allegedly, his girlfriend invited "the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen" over to have a threesome -- and the woman pulls out a pipe filled with what she claimed was "an aphrodisiac" (as if such would be needed) -- and THAT is the reason he became a crackhead. Sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Criminals watch out, the dog will bite you if you run!
A family business doing what needs to be done. Wife has a penchant for Dog and his efforts to reform drug users.
Published 3 days ago by Stingray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book couldn't put it down
Published 9 days ago by Merrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog's book is as captivating and inspirational as his real life is...
I was a big fan of Dog before I read his book, and now after reading about his life and all the struggles he endured with the courage to be so positive in his undertakings, I am an... Read more
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Great book!!! Really enjoyed it!!
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Published 1 month ago by Alonie McKown
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book.
Wonderful book. Loved every minute of it. Such a wonderful family to work together and function so well as a team. Love to all the Chapman's..
Published 1 month ago by Cristy McBride
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of language
I've watched the show so I was curious how the book would be written and just what would be in it. You Can Run But You Can't Hide is an open and honest look in to the life of Duane... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jenny Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing
This is the best book I've read in a long time. Life changing! Read it originally on my Nook color (then smartened up and bought a kindle paperwhite to re-read it!). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Coyote
5.0 out of 5 stars But I am sure I will like it when I do
I haven't had a chance to read this book yet. But I am sure I will like it when I do.
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Richter
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Poor Dog!!
All white people are being held accountable for slavery and the plight of the black man. I am perplexed why that one word has been given so much power in this country? Who gave it that much power? The black race uses that word as a term of endearment. It's a cop out to have such double... Read More
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So... The guy was on welfare - broken family, kids with different mothers... Not an ideal situation, granted, but a far from uncommon one in the '70s and '80s, when the kids must have been born. Far from uncommon now, if the truth be told.
The point is, he worked himself off welfare -... Read More
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