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

Duane Dog Chapman
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (August 7, 2007)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000V770N2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 57 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 62 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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36 of 42 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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20 of 23 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. He is lucky to be alive
Published 13 days ago by Charles Hansford
4.0 out of 5 stars Dog does it again!
I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read. If you like Dog you will enjoy this book.
Published 18 days ago by c.pivin
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog....
This was the best book ever written. From childhood abuse, gangs, drugs, to prison. Dog was called a bounty hunter after saving the life of another prisoner. Read more
Published 18 days ago by April Bartaszewicz
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration!
I am at a loss for words that people have beaten up on this guy and his family for their accomplishments. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Background on Everybody's Favorite Bounty Hunter
Back in March of 2013, while I was recuperating from a mastectomy and preparing to start chemotherapy for breast cancer, I got hooked on watching "Dog the Bounty Hunter" on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Kayuha
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read if you follow Dog Chapman
He makes no excuses or lays blame to his situation and past to anyone but himself. Nor does he give the message that what he has done is anything more than a bump in the road. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rosanna Steffen
4.0 out of 5 stars You can Run but You Can't Hide
Let's face it-if you like the TV show, you have to like this book. It is entertaining and certainly up to the reader what they want to believe and what they just enjoy!
Published 3 months ago by MKY
5.0 out of 5 stars hi
love the book and the show it a awesome book and a awesome show will tell my friends to read all the books dog has wrote
Published 3 months ago by RAYMOND A BARKHURST
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to stare at the car wreck
This book is like an extension of Dog's reality TV show, so if you are a fan of his show then more than likely you will also enjoy this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BigStory
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a excellent book. I will re-read it over and over. The author is amazing and I will read more him/her.
Published 4 months ago by Resman7
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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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Yes...I read it. If you like reading sleaze,then go to it. It's amazing how very few things are his fault. I cannot make the connection between his few references to his belief in God and his continually unlawful life style. With 12 children, I have a strong feeling that throughout their... Read More
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