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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 ...
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.
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
Posted March 4, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 11, 2012
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.
Posted December 11, 2012
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