Special Agent Man: My Life in the FBI as a Terrorist Hunter, Helicopter Pilot, and Certified Sniper

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For decades, movies and television shows have portrayed FBI agents as fearless heroes leading glamorous lives, but this refreshingly original memoir strips away the fantasy and glamour and describes the day-to-day job of an FBI special agent. The book gives a firsthand account of a career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation from the academy to retirement, with exciting and engaging anecdotes about SWAT teams, counterterrorism activities, and undercover assignments. At the same time, it challenges the ...

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Special Agent Man: My Life in the FBI as a Terrorist Hunter, Helicopter Pilot, and Certified Sniper

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Overview

For decades, movies and television shows have portrayed FBI agents as fearless heroes leading glamorous lives, but this refreshingly original memoir strips away the fantasy and glamour and describes the day-to-day job of an FBI special agent. The book gives a firsthand account of a career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation from the academy to retirement, with exciting and engaging anecdotes about SWAT teams, counterterrorism activities, and undercover assignments. At the same time, it challenges the stereotype of FBI agents as arrogant, case-stealing, suit-wearing stiffs by portraying the real people who carry badges and guns. With honest, self-deprecating humor, Steve Moore’s narrative details his successes and his mistakes, the trauma the job inflicted on his marriage, his triumph over the aggressive cancer that took him out of the field for a year, and his return to the Bureau with renewed vigor and dedication to take on some of the most thrilling assignments of his career.

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Conversational memoir of the author's career in the FBI. Moore is candid about his personal flaws and shortcomings, but most of the book is a love letter to a dangerous career and an agency filled with colleagues he admired. His assignments included counterterrorism, especially after 9/11; operator of a SWAT team that conducted surprise raids; sniper with the highest sharpshooter status; and pilot of FBI aircraft. Despite the dramatic-sounding assignments, Moore emphasizes that a career in the FBI does not involve around-the-clock adventuring; bureaucratic routine is part of the mix. Early in his career, he received a posting to the FBI office in Salt Lake City, an outpost where excitement and even normality sometimes seemed lacking. His first substantial assignment took Moore to rural Idaho, where he was keeping watch on members of a white-supremacist group known for violence. The author does not hide his mistakes due to inexperience and openly admits how fear nearly overcame him at certain moments. As he became more experienced, fear rarely entered his mind; he became an adrenaline junkie. Welcome interludes explore how Moore's career occasionally meshed well with family life, but more often kept him away from his wife and children. The section on how Moore met and romanced the woman he would marry is especially poignant and well-written, while some of the sections about pursuing criminals are less compelling because they contain too much barely relevant detail. When Moore steps back from spinning narratives about tracking specific criminals, he offers fascinating insights. An unpretentious account of a proud career in service to public safety.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780914090700
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 983,993
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

After joining the FBI in 1983, Steve Moore worked as a SWAT team operator, sniper, pilot, counterterrorist agent, and undercover agent, receiving multiple awards from the Department of Justice and the FBI for his investigations. He retired from the FBI in 2008.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 "Hi, My Name is Steve, and I'm Addicted to Adrenaline" 1

2 Least Likely to Become an FBI Agent 13

3 Quantico Theme Park 27

4 Not My Dad's FBI 43

5 I Didn't See the Train Coming 65

6 I Swear I Didn't Know She was Dead 93

7 Career Number Two 115

8 So I Just Met This Girl 129

9 Don't Lose Him, Don't Get Burned 145

10 SWAT and Other Bad Habits 163

11 It Was Nice While It Lasted 175

12 Stupid People Tricks 187

13 Big, Guns, Small Children 207

14 My, How Time Files 229

15 Drinking Out of a Fire Hose 249

16 Diplomacy, and Other Things Your Mother Warned You About 263

17 "Isn't There Anybody Else Who Could Do Your Job, Daddy?" 289

18 Insanity 299

19 Sparky, Why Don't You Head West? 307

FBI Glossary 315

Index 321

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  • Posted March 4, 2013

    Don't judge by the cover - great story

    Even though this book has a cheesy title it is definitely worth reading for anyone interested in law enforcement and/or autobiographies. Gives an intriguing real account of a career in the FBI and how it effected his home life.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    Mr. Moore wrote with honesty, integrity, hilarity, and reverence

    Mr. Moore wrote with honesty, integrity, hilarity, and reverence for God, respect for life, family and friends. I've read dozens of books written by ex members of the FBI, CIA, DIA, NSA and a whole lot of other agencies, because, I admire greatly what you and your comrades do. Truth be told, I would have been thrilled to do what you do, rather than to have become a lawyer, but I admit I didn't have the guts. I guess that’s why I like to read about what I never could do.

    Now I’ve read a book that makes Mr. Moore my hero not just because of what he did in the bureau, but for his incredible humanity then and now. The story he weaves includes telling of his thinking first of two children in an FBI raid on a high value target, which although a SWAT mistake, was such a demonstration of his heart. This is a heart that continually is seen in the book, but there, but there is so much more than that in the book.

    Anyone who wants to know what it takes to get into the FBI, the FBI flight program, SWAT, how it will impact their lives, their families and their friends has to read this book, because it honestly lets them know. Anyone who wants to read stories of danger, fear, excitement and adrenalin rushes, should read this book. Anyone who wants to know anything about weapons, airplanes, helicopters, and anything wearable by an assault team member, should read this book. Anyone who wants to just know that around death and craziness and in Steve's own fight against cancer, when things weren't going the way he planned or thought they should, he leaned on God and proudly display that in this book.

    So for anyone who reads this, I'm not a book critic, I'm just a guy who loves this kind of book, I recently read a book called "Operation Dark Heart" about a CIA special operative out of Afghanistan and a quarter of the book was redacted by the CIA. In spite of the redaction's, I could tell in many cases what was written since they were merely XX(s) through some of the words, and in several cases they didn't seem to be anymore secret than what Steve Moore has written about the FBI and its cases. That, for one thing, gives me a better feeling about the FBI and what it does not fear sharing with the public as opposed to the CIA, DIA NSA and others who think that everything in which they are involved is top secret and sacrosanct and for their eyes only; damn the public. Although Operation Dark Heart was a good book, even with the redactions, it does not come close to Steve Moore's book. It was exciting, but it lacked the heart; the human toll; the good and bad and the ugly things that being in the business of protecting our country can lead to and in most cases, must. Steve Moore gives us that side of the business he was in for one half of his life. I found myself crying at the end knowing the tragedy this type of life could bring to a family, yet also knowing how important it was and is for these brave men and women who put on the FBI badge everyday. As with Steve, it must be with other law enforcement personnel, a challenge to continue the day to day fight against crime. I can say without fear of contradiction once you start reading Special Agent Man” I still hate the title, you won't put it down, and Steve will become your hero and his wife Michelle will become your heroine. You'll have to read the book to find out why.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    I enjoy reading about intelligence work, during both WWII and pr

    I enjoy reading about intelligence work, during both WWII and present times; but this book really stands out for me. Steve Moore writes not only about facts, but also feelings, humbly and with a great sense of humour. He is truly a gifted story-teller. I admire him, not only for what he did for his country, but for the integrity in which he did it. Moore does not make himself out to be a hero, but hero he is -- and so are his wife and children. . . . . If you enjoy the subject matter, this is A MUST-READ. If not, you may want to give it a try any way -- it's just that good.

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