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Gods of Mischief: My Undercover Vendetta to Take Down the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang [Paperback]

George Rowe
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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone Books; Reprint edition (11 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451667353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451667356
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gods of Mischief is a gripping, tell-it-like-it-is memoir of George Rowe, a man who once lived a life of criminal activity and turned his life around, doing his best to right the wrongs in his community. A savvy drug dealer and ruthless small businessman, George Rowe was forced to take a hard look at the path of his life when his 8 year old son point blank asked him if he was a drug dealer. From that moment on, he did his best to put his adverse lifestyle behind him.

Because members of the Vagos Motorcyle Club had previously tried to recruit him, George enters into an agreement to become a confidential informant for local law enforcement. His task is to infiltrate the Vagos MC and gather evidence. Understanding the danger and consequences, George accepts and lives the lifestyle for several years, putting his life in danger more than once.

This book is a revelation, giving readers an intimate look into the functions and dysfunctions of outlaw motorcycle clubs like the Vagos, their club rules, their attitudes and beliefs, and their ruthless behaviour. More importantly, one cannot help but admire George Rowe for not only changing his own life, but for having the courage to aid law enforcement in bringing to a halt the rampant crimes and danger suffered by townsfolk, albeit temporarily. It was his own way of making amends, of sacrificing 3 years of his life by going undercover, of trying to do what was right despite his own sad background. I'm glad that George Rowe took the time to pen his tale now that he is in hiding and in Witness Protection.

I was completely engrossed in his story, unable to put the book down, and reading it in two sittings. The author has a blunt writing style, adding vividness and impact to the storytelling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting but very, very raw 12 Feb 2013
By Katherine Scott Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a book reviewer, I get the chance to read lots of books, including those I wouldn't ordinarily think to pull off the shelf. Take, for example, Gods of Mischief: My Undercover Vendetta to Take Down the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang by George Rowe.

From the first pages, Gods of Mischief captures a fascinating tale-of bad boy turned good, of redemption and hope amid the mess of the human condition. It's for that reason I agreed to read and review this memoir. And I have to say, if I wanted an education, I got one. I learned a thing or two about the underbelly of American society and motorcycle gangs. In writing his memoir, George Rowe pulls no punches.

The writing itself is admirable. Given his background, I'd wager it a safe bet to assume Rowe got himself a ghostwriter, and he found a good one. This is as well-crafted a memoir as any I've read. The narrative is cohesive and compelling, the movement back and forth through time logical and well-structured. No complaints there.

But I'll say this bluntly: Gods of Mischief is not a book for everyone. I'm not even sure it's for most. But if you're willing to grit your teeth through the excessively foul language, you just might find something to like.

Thanks to Touchstone Publishers for sending me a copy to review. All opinions are my own.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big A 5 Mar 2013
By biga - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Good Read. This is frank look at life undercover. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. George must have a very strong personality and lots of courage. I wander if George thinks it was worth it. Most of those bikers are out of jail... George will be on the run forever. This is an entertaining adventure that is not fiction, WOW, how often does that happen!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better through the printed word, than real life 16 Feb 2013
By b mcb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I lead such a sheltered life. Thousands of motorcyclists come to this part of the country for the Honda Hoot or the Gold Wing gathering. These are friendly gatherings. We wave to the riders when we see them heading towards the mountains.

The Gods of Mischief are definitely not the same! They bring terror to communities in California: barroom brawls, gangs, drugs, murder, especially when they feel they are not "respected". The federal government wants to bring down the "Green Nation", the Vagos outlaw motorcycle gang.

George Rowe was a "bad boy" who grew up with a very rough childhood. We learn about Rowe's childhood, including being taken out of school for four years of fishing with his dad. We learn why he reformed. We learn how and why he agreed to let the feds convince George to go undercover and infiltrate the Vagos.

Most of the book is written in R-rated language, bordering on X-rated. This rough language emphasizes the way George, his girlfriend, and the Vagos talk.

The best part of the book was the details of how Rowe and his family went into the witness protection program. I sense that Rowe had assistance in writing the book, as he himself said he could barely read and write. My guess is that the "ghost author" cannot be identified due to the security.

Again, I lead such a sheltered life and am glad to get a glimpse of this type of terror through the printed word, rather than in real life.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and to the point 25 Feb 2013
By Roadrage - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the story a lot. This was a quick read. The author puts it out there with nothing held back. I liked this book much better than the other one written on this OMG by the another person to under with the group. His book was slower paced and he was into himself a little too much. This story grabs the reader and keeps a good pace.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So so 18 Mar 2013
By Deborah A. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book took me a while to get through it didn't leave you wanting to hurry to get to the next chapter
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