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Special agent man my life in the FBI as a terrorist hunter, helicopter pilot, and certified sniper
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, 2012.

Physical Description:
x, 326 p.
General Note:
Includes index.
Introduction -- "Hi, my name is Steve, and I'm addicted to adrenaline" -- Least likely to become an FBI agent -- Quantico theme park -- Not my dad's FBI -- I didn't see the train coming -- I swear I didn't know she was dead -- Career number two -- So I just met this girl-- -- Don't lose him, don't get burned -- SWAT and other bad habits -- It was nice while it lasted -- Stupid people tricks -- Big guns, small children -- My, how time flies -- Drinking out of a fire hose -- Diplomacy, and other things your mother warned you about -- "Isn't there anybody else who could do your job, daddy?" -- Insanity -- Sparky, why don't you head west? -- FBI glossary.
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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 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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Kirkus Review

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.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
1 "Hi, My Name is Steve, and I'm Addicted to Adrenaline"p. 1
2 Least Likely to Become an FBI Agentp. 13
3 Quantico Theme Parkp. 27
4 Not My Dad's FBIp. 43
5 I Didn't See the Train Comingp. 65
6 I Swear I Didn't Know She was Deadp. 93
7 Career Number Twop. 115
8 So I Just Met This Girlp. 129
9 Don't Lose Him, Don't Get Burnedp. 145
10 SWAT and Other Bad Habitsp. 163
11 It Was Nice While It Lastedp. 175
12 Stupid People Tricksp. 187
13 Big, Guns, Small Childrenp. 207
14 My, How Time Filesp. 229
15 Drinking Out of a Fire Hosep. 249
16 Diplomacy, and Other Things Your Mother Warned You Aboutp. 263
17 "Isn't There Anybody Else Who Could Do Your Job, Daddy?"p. 289
18 Insanityp. 299
19 Sparky, Why Don't You Head West?p. 307
FBI Glossaryp. 315
Indexp. 321