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Publisher's Summary

"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

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Would not recommend.

I've read a lot of true crime, however I found this quite boring. A true story about someone who was never in a motorcycle gang.

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great narrator/reader but struggled to finish

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.

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great book

from a straight person's point of view it's as scary as my first skydive knowing some one wants you dead. looking over your shoulder for the rest of your life will not be fun either. great book good story and a good read if you stick it out!

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True or False?

Informative read (listen).
Disturbing content. Hard to fathom.
Unbelievable incompetence???
Easy to see who's running the show.

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True story of Corruption

Great story about the true corruption amongst our government and government entities proving that ultimately money can buy almost everything

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great book

loved it. real insight into the world of bikers. would definitely recommend to anyone

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Disturbing but fantastic

Gritty, brilliant and not surprising. Police and OMG both corrupt
frightening for those involved

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good story cleverly written and brilliantly told

very good listen , great story and narrator projects the mood and characters perfectly

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all I can say that I was a fly on the wall.

I've had any interesting life being a fly on the wall... have a big squash yet

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Excellent

Great read well read and a behind the scenes look at biker gangs in Queensland.

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  • Chris Adler
  • 15-03-2013

Reads like a bad textbook. Don't waste your time.

What disappointed you about Dead Man Running?

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.

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  • kaos806
  • 16-03-2021

skip it.

The story was boring and other than it being set in Australia, it's the same old worn out tell of an informant turning narc. skip it. it's played out.

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  • Stouffer
  • 15-09-2011

Boring at best

Takes place in Australia and make no sense what so ever. Boring at best

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  • justin
  • 16-04-2022

Waste of time

Garbage title. Horrible narrative voice and a garbage story. No originality or anything that would standout.

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  • William A. Stueber
  • 28-12-2021

Clear picture of reality

Unfortunately, this story shows a clear picture of how unscrupulous police are when it comes to MC’s.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-2021

Boring then good

The book starts off slow and jumps around a lot at the beginning. Tells story’s about other clubs and things that have no real use in this one. Around Chapter 10 it really finally starts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-2021

awesome

awesome story loved it,well worth the read or listen as I hate reading thanks guys

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  • Will Thompson
  • 23-07-2021

Don’t waste your time

Readers voice almost made me shoot myself, and the story was not much better. All in all it sucked.

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  • Honu
  • 19-10-2019

sounds like Hollywood

Having first hand knowledge of both Bandidos and Hollywood this is more Hollywood. Very hard to take anything serious with the Narrator nasally Aussie voice especially when he tries to talk tough.
This is another reason why the US bandidos no longer associate with the national bandidos.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-2015

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.

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  • Chris
  • 13-11-2011

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.

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  • THE wynntown marshal
  • 27-02-2015

start from about chapter ten. Good after that.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes I would.

What did you like best about this story?

It picked up pace after the Middle of the book. End of the story very good. Initial 9-10 chapters rambled on somewhat.

What three words best describe Michael Carman’s voice?

Very make Aussie

Do you think Dead Man Running needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, guy would end up dead probably!

Any additional comments?

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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  • Pete Page
  • 19-08-2021

MCC Subculture outlined here.

Plenty of stuff going on but the information and nitty gritty was scant. More meat on the bones but nonetheless both informative and intetesting read/listen.

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  • Steven
  • 13-08-2021

Not a fan of the accents, but overall a good book.

Not a fan of the accents, but overall a good book. Well worth spending a credit on

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  • samantha70
  • 24-04-2021

fascinating underworld

detailed and scary account of police failures and one man's bravery in trying to bring people to justice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-2021

So disappointed

Great story but the person who was reading this fine book was absolutely rubbish never once changed his tone of voice no matter what was happening ruined a fine book no heart in the reading

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  • Simon
  • 08-08-2019

I couldn't carry on

4 hours In and i just couldn't take it anymore. knowing a little about this guy previously I wasnt expecting a Hollywood, sons of anarchy style memoir, but I felt even the chap reading it sounded bored, even though he was clearly trying.

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  • Carl Chivers
  • 22-10-2015

Very good

Very good story, although a little factual, but to be expected. recommend it though

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