Gods of Mischief: My Undercover Vendetta to Take Down the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 12, 2013 - True Crime - 336 pages
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This is the high-octane, no-holds-barred, true story of a bad guy turned good who busted open one of the most violent outlaw motorcycle gangs in history.

George Rowe’s gritty and harrowing story offers not only a glimpse into the violent world of the motorcycle outlaw, but a gripping tale of self-sacrifice and human redemption that would be the stuff of great fiction—if it weren’t all true. Rowe had been a drug dealer, crystal meth addict, barroom brawler, and convicted felon, but when he witnessed the Vagos brutally and senselessly beat his friend over a pool game, everything changed.

Rowe decided to pay back his Southern California hometown for the sins of his past by taking down the gang that was terrorizing it. He volunteered himself as an undercover informant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and vowed to dismantle the brotherhood from the inside out, becoming history’s first private citizen to voluntarily infiltrate an outlaw motorcycle gang for the U.S. government.

As “Big George,” a full-patched member of the Vagos, Rowe spent three brutal years juggling a double life—riding, fighting, and nearly dying alongside the brothers who he secretly hoped to put away for good. During this time, Rowe also became entwined in a tumultuous relationship with a struggling addict named Jenna, never once revealing that he was actually working for the Feds. The road to redemption was not an easy ride. Rowe lost everything: his family, his business, his home—even his identity.

To this day, under protection by the U.S. government, Rowe still looks over his shoulder, keeping watch for the brothers he put behind bars. They’ve vowed to search for him until the day they die.

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That's not true George told cause he caught a very good friend of his who was also a vago then screwing his girl and George was torn by it and that's why he told.

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As someone who watched these guys terrorize the High Desert in their heyday, I can say that the former George Rowe writes with authority. Not covered were some of the dirtbags out in Lake Los Angeles and Lancaster, tied in with the split-off High Desert chapter, whose stock in trade was ripping off independents' bikes and selling meth, as well as blocking Ave K in Lancaster on any particular day while they showed off their tight formation riding skills in traffic. There were allegedly some dirty LASD deputies in on that action, as well. They were a problem that good people in law enforcement did clean up, only to be replaced by other problems. But, as a "tell all" about the inner workings of a group of drug addled, sociopathic, low IQ bikers, this is the source authority. The style of this book is decidedly more true to life than is Charles Falco's ghost written tome, which tends to be a little tedious at times, but equally dead on target with the facts. But be advised...when one "problem group" goes away, another one comes in to fill the vacuum. 

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George Rowe is originally from Hemet, California. He is now being protected by the US Witness Protection Program.

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