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Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America's Deadliest Biker Gangs [Paperback]

Charles Falco , Kerrie Droban
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17 Jun 2014
In exchange for a reduced sentence on his drug smuggling charges, Charles Falco infiltrated three of America's most violent biker gangs: the Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws. In separate investigations that spanned years and coasts, Falco risked his life, suffering a fractured neck and a severely torn shoulder, working deep under cover to bring violent sociopaths to justice. His dedication was profound; he even served time in San Bernardino's Murder Unit and endured solitary confinement. He recorded confessions of gangland-style killings and nearly became a target himself before he sought refuge in the Witness Security Program. His efforts culminated in the seizure of hundreds of illegal firearms, drugs, stolen motorcycles, and sixty two arrests of members for assault, dismemberment, and murder. Executing this country's most successful RICO prosecutions and effectively crippling the criminal enterprise, Falco's engrossing account of the dangers of the biker underworld and justice is perfect for fans of FX's Sons of Anarchy as well as Hunter S. Thompson's classic Hell's Angels.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (17 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125004846X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250048462
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,026,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws 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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

CHARLES FALCO spent three years infiltrating the Vagos, becoming second-in-charge of the Victorville, California chapter, another two years infiltrating the Mongols and Outlaws and became vice president of a Virginia chapter of the Outlaws. KERRIE DROBAN is the co-author of Prodigal Father, Pagan Son and author of Running with the Devil, winner of the USA Book News National Book Award for Best Memoir/Autobiography and two-time winner for their True Crime award. She is an attorney in Arizona. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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3.0 out of 5 stars bland 18 Sep 2013
By m. dosa
Format:Hardcover
despite the odd morality of using a convicted drug dealer to trap other criminals this book is pretty flat.it surreal that some of its photos have more blanked out photos of police agent/informers than bikers.nothing really new here
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While I am not a 1%er club member and wouldn't pretend to be or Know a lot about club life in a 1%er club. I found this Book a good read and well written for what it is " The story of and undercover agent given the job to find criminals in an organisation which just happens to be a 1%er club ". Not sure if it's a fair representation of Club life or membership.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vagos, Mongols and Outlaws 13 Aug 2013
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I had high hopes for this book, but very disappointing.
It's a true storey but I couldn't help but feel that it was a watered down version of the truth.
Often a storey seems to stop, or phase out just as it's getting good. It keeps you wanting more, but there isn't anything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 8 April 2013
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Fantastic read outlining his life infiltrating the US's motorcycle gangs and the impact it had on his personal life, the fear it caused living a lie as a undercover operative who wasn't a law enforcement offer. Really good read and well worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars vagoes Mongols Outlaws 28 Mar 2013
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This Is A good read I liked Falco's other book about the pagans, but I think this one is slightly better If you like to read about motorcycle clubs you will like this unless you are one of the people mentioned.
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