"We are the people our parents warned us about" is the motto of the Bandidos, one of the world's most feared outlaw motorcycle gangs. For ten years, Steve Utah was a Bandidos insider. He arranged the security of their clubhouses. He 'cooked' ecstasy and ice for them. He was at meetings where interstate and overseas drug and weapons smuggling was planned. He saw stolen military weapons being sold. He witnessed vicious beatings, helped dump corpses. He saw men executed in front of him. It all became too much and, in an attempt to regain control of his life, Utah resorted to the unthinkable: he rolled over to the Federal Police and told them all he knew about the Bandidos.
This shocking, unflinching, tragic story is Steve Utah's confession. He knows he is a dead man running - that inevitably the Bandido code will be honoured and he will be silenced. But not before Utah gets his chance to wake Australians to the looming threat in their midst - the relentless rise of sophisticated organised crime networks inside outlaw motorcycle gangs and the apparent inability of the Police and legal system to deal with it.
©2008 Ross Coulthart, Duncan McNab (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
The narrator is great- well done to him. Clearly very well resarched but a bit repetitive with a timeline that seemed to jump around a little- struggled to finish this one. I was hoping for more of a thrilling/ suspensful first-person account of the story but it was not this.
"Reads like a bad textbook. Don't waste your time."
This book was extremely boring and in my opinion very poorly written. There were a few ok points but for the most part, it was a total waste of time. It seemed to keep switching from an AUTO-biography to a text book about random crime facts and statistics that had little to do with the book, to a biography. This book seemed to be all over the place with the writing and very hard to follow. The only thing good about the audiobook was the narrator, who did a good job of reading the text and being very articulate. The narrator was the only thing about the book that was worth anything. Don't waste you time or money. Skip this one, you'll be much better off for it.
"Boring at best"
Takes place in Australia and make no sense what so ever. Boring at best
"more bullshit then fact."
I don't know where this asshat got his "facts" from but it is very clear that it is all 2nd and 3rd hand bullshit. 15min into it I had to go put on my rubber boots just to wade through the ever compiling shit. From the origination of HA's colors to who was responsible for the first Baditos chapter in AU.
"Murder and Mahem"
Steve Utah, he's the real deal and the Aussie Feds screw him over big time. When he gets beat within an inch of his life it's like, "Have a good day mate" and "Deal? What Deal?".
It wasn't that good, not bad but parts became a history lesson.
Nice look at outlaw motorcycle gangs and their crimes around the globe. It's too bad this wasn't written by Steve Utah himself. Lots of Steve Utah quotes, but something is lost in translation when it doesn't come out of your own mouth.
"Scary, dark, true crime = must listen"
The readers voice.
Not really but i don't think this book was meant to like that. But the subject keeps you on the edge of your seat all by itself
No not yet but i will be in the future thats for sure. Michael has one of those voices that would suit many styles of books.
yes for sure. Luckily i was able to do that.
Just a great book with a very clear in look at the bikie world not only here in Australia but the world over. Even if your not into bikie books it is still a eye opener which will make you see things in a different light.
"Interesting till the end"
One of the best
Right now I am listening to Dead Biker and it seems similar...
Performance was excellent
The writing and delivery keeps the reader/listener engaged till the end
Love the book!
"Honour of the dregs of society"
The authors have had a decent stab at tackling the life of the bikey gangs of Australia, principally through a Bandido 'turncoat' who had had enough.
This does not make for easy listening but hopefully has performed a public service in Australia where is seems that at that time at least 2005-7 law enforcement against these murderous gangs was hamstrung by interstate police rivalry ,an ineffective federal serious crime organisation, corruption and rival gang cooperation.
They note when they think that their source , Steven Utah, is telling the truth and clearly state when they have reservations about his testimony.
I think that they have done a very commendable job and anyone who harbours romantic views of biker gangs on the open road will surely be disabused.
Very good story, although a little factual, but to be expected. recommend it though
"start from about chapter ten. Good after that."
Yes I would.
It picked up pace after the Middle of the book. End of the story very good. Initial 9-10 chapters rambled on somewhat.
Very make Aussie
No, guy would end up dead probably!
Didn't like some of the terminology (bikies, bashing etc) appreciate its a National thing but detracts from the core image of the story for me. Sounds quite child like.
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