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Thank you. Your review has been submitted and will appear here shortly. Extra Content. Editorial Reviews "Falco rose to "officer" status in three biker gangs, and his book - Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America''s Deadliest Biker Gangs - is the more polished, measured and authoritative of the two. The bulk of this fascinating autobiography describes in detail Falco''s work infiltrating the Vagos Motorcycle Club, an outlaw biker gang considered in to be the ''largest urban terrorist'' organization in the U.
Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws | Charles Falco | Macmillan
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. It is Falco''s unrelenting depiction of the stupidity and brutality in the Vagos biker world that makes his story powerful. Unfortunately, Falco wasn''t a biker and had no experience with biker gangs. Like Jay Dobyns'' No Angel and William Queen''s Under and Alone , this is a tense, violent, frequently distasteful story of a man living in a world of extreme violence, afraid his cover could be blown at any second.
Of course, Dobyns and Queen were actual undercover agents. Falco was a regular guy with no training or experience, which makes the story that much more harrowing. In describing his nearly five years living with three separate biker gangs, Falco, ably assisted by true-crime author Droban, whose Running with the Devil followed a government infiltration of the Hells Angels, makes the reader feel at least some of the fear, disgust, and sheer panic he endured.
The book contains some graphic language and descriptions, but, given its subject matter, most readers will probably assume that going in. After his successful infiltration of the Vagos biker gang, Charles Falco once again goes undercover in another notorious motorcycle club for the new series of Gangland Undercover. He worked for some very powerful Eastern European mobsters but eventually hit rock bottom after getting addicted to the drugs he was dealing. Eventually the Drug Enforcement Agency DEA raided his Southern California home and gave him a choice; face 22 years in prison without parole or become an undercover informant.
He chose the latter. He is also the only private contractor in the world to have accomplished this feat after spending a total of seven years undercover. Fighting would become his area of expertise. Falco was arrested after being caught up in a bar fight when Vagos gang members beat up some college students. Not wanting to blow his cover, he chose not to tell the arresting officers he was undercover.
With wire searches commonplace in suspicious gangs, Falco often hid his audio recording device in his underwear. Having family connections, former friends and coworkers involved with, and employment exposure to this realm of 'club' activities and personnel, I found this work of interest. The book is captivating, and I even laughed from time to time. Read for personal research and pleasure. I found this book's contents helpful and inspiring - number rating relates to the book's contribution to my needs.
Overall, this work is also a good resource for the researcher and enthusiast. Apr 25, Mike Walker rated it it was ok. The story was real, Its usually my niche, But the author was hideous. Bouncing around it was hard to follow, too many dramatic descriptions. The author took an excellent story and shipwrecked it.
I do not reccomend. Jan 15, Maureen Hager rated it it was amazing. A fascinating look into outlaw biker gangs. Jun 25, Omar Cienfuegos rated it it was ok. While putting ur whole family in danger?? Ok bro. Get a life. Either everything ur saying is a lie, or ur new family doesn't mean shit to u.
The very first story he tells sounds like the biggest lie ever. It just sounds like bullshit to me. His dog Hercules isn't even a real priority. Jan 06, Tallon Dalbey rated it it was amazing.
Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws : my infiltration of America's deadliest biker gangs
Charles Falco is a under cover agent working for the FBI instead of doing a life sentence in a high security prison. He was caught drug dealing and h either had the option of prison or to work under cover for the FBI investigating america's deadliest biker gangs. Charles Falco had a great relation ship with the other biker gang members.
There is a lot of staring over for Charles in this biography. This book is not par of a series or anything like that it is just a stand alone biography.
I was pr Charles Falco is a under cover agent working for the FBI instead of doing a life sentence in a high security prison. I was pretty blown away on the content in this book and it really got my heart racing in some parts of the book. Most of the time I was feeling scared because of Charles almost getting caught by the other members being an under cover agent. I think the theme in the book is to not get in trouble with the feds because you could possibly get stuck doing all of the dirty work for them and almost get killed a couple of times.
I would recommend this book for anyone over the age of 17 because of the content. Yes I know I'm 13 but my parents thought I was mature enough to read it. This book doesn't compare to any other book I've read so far just because the content in the book.
This book is essentially two books in one. While the transition between the two different segments of the informant's life is rough, choppy, and confusing due to a lack of detail, the two stories are entertainingly written on either side of the transition. Many books are written from the perspective of an undercover officer. The ability to read something from the perspective of a criminal informant is relatively exciting. Although the CI is working hard to help law enforcement, it is hard to see This book is essentially two books in one.
Although the CI is working hard to help law enforcement, it is hard to see him as a "good guy. This is definitely a worthwhile read for true crime readers. The tension is constant as Falco must commit fully to being a prospect in hopes of rising in the ranks of the Vagos, at first, knowing his real identity could be discovered at any time. All the while, there is a morality tale at play: how far is Falco willing to go when it comes to illegal acts, not the leas "Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws" is the often nerve-wracking undercover mission with Charles Falco, an informant tasked with infiltrating some of the most dangerous motorcycle clubs in America.
All the while, there is a morality tale at play: how far is Falco willing to go when it comes to illegal acts, not the least of which may include murder, to protect his identity? There is a theme of duality throughout this book, and it is not limited to Falco. The motorcycle clubs themselves are secretive and protective to the highest degree of anything illegal that they may be involved in. Obviously, not all motorcycle clubs are involved in crime; but, the ones that are, kind of blend in with those that aren't. Falco goes into great detail, almost forensically, as to what he had to do to fully immerse himself into his role and literally become someone he is not.
His account of not being able to talk to his real wife about anything he was involved in is heartbreaking, and gives off the sense that Falco has a genuine sadness over the possibility of he is losing who he is for the sake of his mission. When he witnesses some reckless behavior by law enforcement, one gets the sense it really reinforces just how tormented he is. The time Falco spends in the Vagos club could be a book on its own, but his time in the Mongols and Outlaws does serve its purpose of illustrating how good Falco has become at his job.
At times, there are details that could be excluded from this book as they don't seem to lead to anything substantial, but perhaps that is only because of some of the more dangerous events around them. Nevertheless, I was on the edge of my seat for much of this book and its fascinating peek into a world rarely revealed. View 1 comment. Jun 05, Laura rated it it was ok Shelves: bookshelf , nonfiction , saw-the-movie-or-show.
In this memoir Charles Falco repeatedly compares himself to a soldier returning from war, a retired police officer, a celebrity.. Falco seems to be under the impression that he is God's gift to mankind. I, on the other hand, have finished this book with an entirely different opinion.
As inclined as Falco is to believe he is the good guy, I happen to know that in reality this manchild is a busted drug manufacturer In this memoir Charles Falco repeatedly compares himself to a soldier returning from war, a retired police officer, a celebrity.. As inclined as Falco is to believe he is the good guy, I happen to know that in reality this manchild is a busted drug manufacturer who lied and spied and sent other people down the river to save his own criminal ass.
I acknowledge that he put himself in many dangerous situations that I would run screaming from. I also understand that he did this for what he believed to be the greater good; that he felt he was protecting people, saving children and women, and bringing down a violent, dangerous criminal element in the process. I can respect all of that. What I cannot respect is the pedestal Falco puts himself up on. He could have owned the role of the anti-hero, making ammends by getting his hands dirty and struggling with the reality of his situation. Instead, he pretends there is no way he could ever relate to these bikers.
And acts like he is so much better than the people he's surrounded himself with. The writing, on a base level, is atrocious. There's a constant flux of characters, yet not one is described in any detail. Leaving each character completely forgettable. There was so much potential for this book to be entirely character driven, and it fell short on that front as well. I have been fascinated with motorcycle club culture ever since reading No Angel by Jay Dobyns, who infiltrated the Hells Angels. That book was entirely enthralling and I was hoping that this one would be similar. I was sorely disappointed.
Dec 31, Steven Kaminski rated it liked it. Charles Falco found himself under indictment for conspiracy to distribute narcotics. What he did was become an informant for the ATF. In that move just on his own he would end up bringing down three of the most notorious biker gangs with his work leading to his own charges dismissed Falco participated in an ATF opera Charles Falco found himself under indictment for conspiracy to distribute narcotics.
Falco participated in an ATF operation Green that led to the arrests of dozens of their members for charges ranging from weapons charges to murder.
Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs
After helping to step in for the chapter President during a fight he was patched in as a full member in California. The ATF put him at the center of Operation Black Diamond which again led to the arrests of several members of each of those gangs. Wild adventures in this book as he seems to go from boredom to nonstop action with each of the gangs Working with award-winning true crime author Kerrie Droban, Charles Falco tells the story of his infiltration into several outlaw biker gangs and a stint in jail.
The book is fast-paced and engrossing! It provides of a lot of intriguing information on the outlaw biker life-style, but it also invokes questions of "ends justifying the means," the role of informants, and where is the line between good and bad. Jun 29, Austin rated it liked it. My mother moved to California in the early 80's to be near her boyfriend's federal prison after a well publicized trail billed as Kansas City's largest cocaine bust.
If I learned anything from these gentlemen whom I actually found to be wonderful human beings was that never, under any circumstances does one snitch to local or federal law enforcement. In fact the former did his time in lieu of being killed later on My mother moved to California in the early 80's to be near her boyfriend's federal prison after a well publicized trail billed as Kansas City's largest cocaine bust. In fact the former did his time in lieu of being killed later on when the feds offered him a deal. So I have mixed feelings about but am still fascinated with undercover work.
I thought this was just fair for the genre. With too many books currently in my queue I appreciate that this just basically reviewed facts and did not go into great depth. On the other hand I think it lacked some soul and did not place the reader in the very paranoid and horrible world as well either. Apr 11, Allison Floyd added it Shelves: library-happenstance , whatever-dude. This is not on a level with that, but I wasn't expecting it to be.