Ratsnakes: Cheating Death by Living a Lie: Inside the Explosive World of Atf's Undercover Agents and How We Changed the Game

RATSNAKES                                              VINCENT A. CEFALU

Get ready to infiltrate the dangerous, secret world of criminals and cover identities by way of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), where the world's greatest undercover agents are known as RatSnakes.

RatSnakes are rarely, if ever, visible to the public that they move among and risk their lives to protect. In fact, thanks to their cover personas, they are often assumed to be members of the clandestine criminal world that they investigate. Real-life undercover work is a far cry from the sexy, candy-colored world seen in Hollywood movies. Only those who are strong and clever enough will get inside and survive.

Vincent A. Cefalu would know. He spent thirty years as an ATF undercover operative, in assignments ranging from the Symbionese Liberation Army to Asian organized crime. He has infiltrated notorious outlaw motorcycle gangs as well as splinter groups of the Ku Klux Klan. In RatSnakes, he provides a transparent look at the organization and the operatives with whom he risked his life.

Part field guide, part heart-pounding thrill ride, RatSnakes takes listeners on a tour of what it's like to confront death on a daily basis. En route, Cefalu gives us a look at the on-the-job techniques of kicking in doors, orchestrating street theater to ensnare criminals, and making high-stakes gun buys. His irreverent, explicit stories from the inside are a mix of danger and unexpected hilarity that will have listeners laughing one minute and then biting their nails when things break bad.

Immersive and brutal, RatSnakes offers an in-depth and eye-opening look into the lives of an elite group of men and women who volunteer to do things most couldn't and wouldn't stomach. Civilians with common sense and good judgment run from danger, while RatSnakes sprint toward it-smiling


The author Vincent Cefalu takes you through his life at the beginning of the book. Then how he got into the DEA. He also talks about the people he worked with male and female. He also talks about the classes he took and taught. Then about almost the halfway point, you start getting into the different undercover assignments he went on. He even shows you the first ones where he made mistakes but they worked out and how he learned from them. Not all of the cases are his he also talks about different agents and some of their cases. What it was like doing an undercover drug deal, then having to go undercover in a biker gang. Then you had to go undercover in another situation, each one was different and had their own problems, sometimes those problems would appear at least opportune time. He walks you through how you would have a plan for a takedown but then partway through there would be a problem and all of the people would have to change because some had worked together for so long it would be easier than when they had a new person.
I found this to be a very good book and very real. The author does not go off into a rant about all about me but gives it up to all of the agents he worked with as well. I also liked how he shows how he messed up at the beginning even though it worked out it could have ended differently. Overall a very good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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