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The Shadow Catcher: A U.S. Agent Infiltrates Mexico's Deadly Crime Cartels Hardcover – April 17, 2012
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“A gut-wrenching law-enforcement yarn, simultaneously frightening and uplifting.” –Kirkus Reviews
"Acosta's account of his undercover activities is not only an exciting read but also a strong refutation of those who see illegal immigration as a victimless crime. He is a true American hero with a great story to tell." --Jeff Davidow, Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
"For much of its history, America's doors have been guarded by quiet heroes. Poli's story provides an unparalleled glimpse of their world from the front lines of the border wars. It was an honor to have seen his work in real time and to understand his work with the benefit of this book twenty years later. It is both timely and timeless in its lessons." --Former U.S. Attorney, Ira Raphaelson
"Acosta’s rare glimpse into international organized crime from a federal undercover agent’s point of view reads like an action thriller jammed with shady characters and dreamers. Where’s the sequel?" --El Paso Times
"Hipolito gives an insightful look into a world in which few people are allowed to witness. His stories gives us an eye opening account of the harsh realities that many undocumented immigrants encounter while trying to reach the United States. " --Jose M. Hernandez, Former NASA Astronaut
"The Shadow Catcher is a page turner for our time. You will not think of the immigration the same after reading it."--Tony Diaz, author and founder of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say
"An interesting and often gripping glimpse of the seamiest aspects of an ongoing problem that both the U.S. and Mexico must confront." --Booklist
"The Shadow Catcher is a heroic narrative in which you not only find yourself infiltrating the immigrant- smuggling rings side by side with Acosta, but you also operate deep undercover to capture the criminals."--Texas Monthly
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Not only is Hipolito Acosta is a true hero as far as I am concerned for having done the things he did, he is a gentleman and a wonderful person too. In nearly 27 years I never met anybody like him. And now, he is a great author!
There is some shooting but this is all about the facts and put together very well.
The author is one brave man, he was a undercover agent who dealt in everything from catching illegals of course but his main talent was capturing forged ID's, social security cards, birth certificates and Millions of counterfeit American money bills of all denominations
You name the demoniation and he would find them.
The book is a detailed clear and consise record of what's happening on our Southern Mexican Border that goes all the way to Chicago and cities all over America.
He had to have details to make the arrests of some big time American citizens and iIlegals who were profiting primarily on phony ID's and money.....and then also robbing Mexicans who paid them thousands to get in this Country only to be left broke, alive or dead along the trail.
This man had balls of iron, he put himself in harms way so often and lived with the them and was considered to be part of their gang,
He gave up so much for America and time with his family to arrests these pukes. A true American......
It's a tell all that will shock you. Of course few arrests are made as so many Americans and Mexicans are willing to sell their souls and the freedoms of others out for the almighty dollar.
He is a well Decoracted CIA and DEA Agent that sadly in the end did not complete as much as he wanted because of the dishonest people working in the American Government. But he did his best.
What he did accomplish is amazing and how he did it is even more amazing.Read more ›
it was AMAZING I could NOT put it down
his look from the inside as a Federal Agent fighting crime against the cartel was truly riveting
Best Book I have read ALL YEAR
This book is masterfully written.
Congratulations Poli and good luck on your next book!
Have to admit that I was disappointed in the fact that even though he endangered his life and the life of his family so greatly, that the people he arrested got off so easily. It "pains" me to think that the people responsible for properly handling these terrible criminals did not do their job and it is evident to me that they are still not doing their job. That is why there are so many illegals in the U.S. today. All of these problems with illegals should have been stopped properly.
Yes, I feel sorry for the illegals, but their own country should be ashamed of not treating them properly - not us.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have no doubt the author went through hell, but the book is super condensed. The format was that of an 8th grade book (large font and short indentations). Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dano
Living close to the Texas border this is a subject that affects our area. What a wonderful read, and I thank each one of our agents who put their lives on the line daily for us!Published 14 months ago by m h p
For me this was not an action-adventure as much as an depiction of our worthless immigration policy. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Electricguitar
I am only half way through the book but love it so far. Great stories and well written. Some brief history of the author and growing up which sets the story perfect unlike some... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lars Slate
I think most of these positive reviewers are friends of the author.... The book was Ok- seems like a giant recording of bragging rights. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Allie
A good read but not a great piece of literary work. Mr. Acosta is a true hero for trying to end human trafficking.Published 21 months ago by Duane Rossmann
Thought it sounded pretty good from other reviews, but it was poorly written, as if by a 12-yer old boy trying to sound macho, and the stories weren't very interesting.Published 22 months ago by M.O.D.