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Sons of Anarchy meets The Departed in this fast-paced, high-wire act memoir from former ATF agent Ken Croke, the first federal agent in history to go undercover and successfully infiltrate the infamous - and infamously violent - Pagan Motorcycle Club, a white supremacist biker gang.  

Longtime ATF agent Ken Croke had earned the right to coast to the end of a storied career, having routinely gone undercover to apprehend white supremacists, gun runners, and gang members. But after a chance encounter with an associate of the Pagan Motorcycle Gang created an opening, he transformed himself into “Slam”, a monstrous, axe-handle wielding enforcer whose duty was to protect the leadership “mother club” at all costs. He befriended the club’s most violent and criminally insane members and lived among them for two years, covertly building a case that would eventually take down the top members of the gang in a massive federal prosecution, even as he risked his marriage, his sanity, and his life. With today’s law enforcement largely moving toward the comparative safety of cyber operations, it became one of the last of its kind, a masterclass in old school tactics that marked Croke as a dying breed of undercover agent and became legendary in law enforcement.

Now for the first time, Croke tells the story of his terrifying undercover life in the Pagans - the unspeakable violence, extremism, drugs, and disgusting rituals. Written with best-selling crime writer Dave Wedge and utilizing the exclusive cooperation of those who lived the case with him, as well as court files and hours of surveillance tapes and photos, Croke delivers a frightening, nail-biting account of the secretive and brutal biker underworld.

©2022 Ken Croke and Dave Wedge (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Ehhh, pretty similar to the others

The stories very similar to other infiltration books. The only thing really unique from the others was Hogman.

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HOGMAN WAS MY FATHER RIP ..LIES!!!!! EMBELLISHMENT

MY FATHER WAS HOGMAN RIP! A WHOLE LOT OF LIES GOING ON IN THIS BOOK! AS I SAT AT MY FATHERS TABLE SITTING ACROSS FROM KEN CROKE !! I JUST KNEW BY HIS CLEAN NAILS AND A BROAD INTELLECTUAL PHYSIQUE, TOOK NOTE AND AS SOON AS HE LEFT I LOOKED AT MY FATHER IN THE EYE (HOGMAN) AND SAID DAD HES A COP !! I SHOULD I SAID THAT TO YOUR FACE AND BLEW YOUR COVER RIGHT THERE IN THAT KITCHEN ! YOUR A LIAR ! AND EMBELLISHING THIS STORY ! RIDICULOUS AND I READ THE WHOLE BOOK, GOT IT FOR FREE WITH MY AUDABLE CREDIT ! 2 YEARS OF A COMPLETE NIGHTMARE ! AND FOR WHAT 12 YEARS IN A FEDERAL PRISON FOR MY FATHER ? THESE PEOPLE YOUR BASHING HAVE LIVES ! THE FEDS WORK FOR THE HELLS ANGELS
YOU !!!! PAY FOR THEIR 5 STAR HOTELS !! LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THE SAME CRIMES THE PAGANS GOT INTO ! THEY JUST REFUSE TO WORK WITH THE FEDS ! MY FATHER WOULD NEVER RAPE A WOMAN !! HE HAS A DAUGHTER AND HE HAD A LIFE ALL THESE PEOPLE YOUR BASHING HAVE LIVES ROAD BLOCK IS MY UNCLE HE NEVER !!!!!! GUTTEN ANYONE IN THE 90S AND DID TIME FOR ATTEMPTES MURDER IN THE 90S HE WAS A KID BRO ! HE HATED THE BIKER SHIT WITH MY DAD AND OTHER UNCLE WORE AND COWBOY HAT AND LISTENED TO COUTRY MUSIC THAT IS COMPLETELY FALSE !!!!!! YOUR A LIAR ! AND JASON BLAIR WAS SOFT AS COTTON BACK IN THE DAY !! FOLLOWED AFTER MY UNCLE AND DAD EVENTUALLY AND WAS NEVER THE ALPHA MALE !! YOUR ABSOLUTELY LYING !!!! AND IIIIII CALL BS !!!!! FOR A FACT !! IM THE DAUGHTER OF THE MAN YOUR MAKING THIS BOOK ABOUT ...AND THATS THAT !!!!

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Hooked from the First Line

Ken and Dave have captured a true, remarkable, and thrilling account of Ken's time spent undercover. Through details in his stories and recollections of incidents, Ken paints the whole picture of how nasty and dangerous the Pagans truly are.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. The story flows well and Will Damron does a great job narrating the story from Ken's perspective.

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Not as expected

I pre-orderered this and was very disappointed with outcome. Narrator was mediocre at best. I usually love books with this storyline but the author repeats himself over and over and over and over and over this book probably could have really taken about 9 chapters to write. We get it Bud you're an ATF agent with a wife and kids who decided to go long term undercover wow that is gonna cause problems within your family you didn't need to remind us 2 or 3 times every single chapter. Also I get it, they were dirty stinking rotten guys. Again Seemed like you were just looking for a word count and repeated those things over and over and over. Once again very disappointed waited for a while for this book to come out. Oh well it happens.

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awesome story and naration

loved the book. one of my favorites. really realty good and love the voice

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A harrowing journey into the seamy underbelly of the Pagans MC

Narrator was outstanding. The story is immersive and deep. The close seems rushed. After putting together such an enormous indictment, I expected to hear more about the specific charges and if a RICO case was built. Also, there wasn’t much mention of his interaction with the Pagan family members after the case. I would expect if you lived with people for 2 years that there was some fall-out, or interaction. Only one incident in a courtroom is described.

The back part was weak and lacked authority due to not having enough information. The process and stories of infiltration was exceptional. Recommended.

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Comes off as self aggrandizing and bragging

The tone I perceived, was one of bragging about what he did and how every situation he spoke of was the worst or most dangerous of his life. It's interesting and I respect what was done and sacrificed, just not a well written book.

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AMAZING

I heard the interview that Ken did on The Jordan Harbinger Show and decided to listen to the book. It was worth every second. This book is definitely one of my favorites and the way he describes every little detail is incredible. At times you feel as if you are sitting in the bar or on these "missions" with Ken. Highly recommend the book.

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Waste of money

This booked sucked the story was lame not worth buying waste of a credit the narrator sucked thanks for the rip off

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OMG - OMG! Inside a Pagan Takedown

This audiobook was fascinating from the very start, and it is definitely not a subject matter I would normally be attracted to. Thank you, Ken and Ange, for your service in protecting our country and the personal sacrifices you and your family made. I was very interested how Ken needed to anticipate multiple dangerous scenarios that could unfold and the danger he was constantly exposed to. I have highly recommended this book and will continue to do so. I thoroughly enjoyed it.