February 16, 2013

Gods of Mischief - review

Gods of Mischief 
by George Rowe
published February 2013
publisher Touchstone, Simon & Schuster
source:  publisher

I lead such a sheltered life.    Thousands of motorcyclists come to this part of the country for the Honda Hoot or the Gold Wing gathering.   These are friendly gatherings.  We wave to the riders when we see them heading towards the mountains.

The Gods of Mischief are definitely not the same!   They bring terror to communities in California:  barroom brawls, gangs, drugs, murder, especially when they feel they are not "respected".   The federal government wants to bring down the "Green Nation", the Vagos outlaw motorcycle gang.

George Rowe was a "bad boy" who grew up with a very rough childhood.  We learn about Rowe's childhood, including being taken out of school for four years of fishing with his dad.  We learn why he reformed.   We learn how and why he agreed to let the feds convince George to go undercover and infiltrate the Vagos.

Most of the book is written in R-rated language, bordering on X-rated.   This rough language emphasizes the way George, his girlfriend, and the Vagos talk. 

The best part of the book was the details of how Rowe and his family went into the witness protection program.  I sense that Rowe had assistance in writing the book, as he himself said he could barely read and write.  My guess is that the "ghost author" cannot be identified due to the security.

Again, I lead such a sheltered life and am glad to get a glimpse of this type of terror through the printed word, rather than in real life.

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