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  • Dead Man Running

  • An Insider's Story on One of the World's Most Feared Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs ... The Bandidos
  • Written by: Ross Coulthart, Duncan McNab
  • Narrated by: Michael Carman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"We are the people our parents warned us about" is the motto of the Bandidos, one of the world's most feared outlaw motorcycle gangs. For ten years, Steve Utah was a Bandidos insider. He arranged the security of their clubhouses. He 'cooked' ecstasy and ice for them. He was at meetings where interstate and overseas drug and weapons smuggling was planned. He saw stolen military weapons being sold. He witnessed vicious beatings, helped dump corpses. He saw men executed in front of him. It all became too much and, in an attempt to regain control of his life, Utah resorted to the unthinkable: he rolled over to the Federal Police and told them all he knew about the Bandidos.

This shocking, unflinching, tragic story is Steve Utah's confession. He knows he is a dead man running - that inevitably the Bandido code will be honoured and he will be silenced. But not before Utah gets his chance to wake Australians to the looming threat in their midst - the relentless rise of sophisticated organised crime networks inside outlaw motorcycle gangs and the apparent inability of the Police and legal system to deal with it.

©2008 Ross Coulthart, Duncan McNab (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Nothing is Steve‘s fault

While I am certain that this book contains some truth, it appears that the majority of it is a fairy tale. According to Steve, he is a decent person who wants to do the right thing, and he is never at fault. I felt the narrator did an excellent job, but the material he was reading was not at all compelling. I have read and listened to numerous novels in this genre, and I would say that this one is vying for the title of worst. If I were to speculate, I would say that 85 percent of this book is fiction. The author would deviate from the path and provide background information about other MCs. I wanted to stop listening after fifteen minutes, but I had to persevere in the hopes that it would improve.  While it did improve in places, it took till approximately chapter 9 or 10 to do so, and even the better parts were not that remarkable.  I definitely will not be listening to this book again .

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Okay info, missrepresented book/story.

Narration felt monotonous, lots of lists, lots of jumping around the story made it hard to follow. Also the guy was never a "biker". Without too many spoilers, it was an okay look at the worst parts of a world/culture but was no expose' of life inside the life.

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  • Chris Adler
  • 2013-03-15

Reads like a bad textbook. Don't waste your time.

What disappointed you about Dead Man Running?

This book was extremely boring and in my opinion very poorly written. There were a few ok points but for the most part, it was a total waste of time. It seemed to keep switching from an AUTO-biography to a text book about random crime facts and statistics that had little to do with the book, to a biography. This book seemed to be all over the place with the writing and very hard to follow. The only thing good about the audiobook was the narrator, who did a good job of reading the text and being very articulate. The narrator was the only thing about the book that was worth anything. Don't waste you time or money. Skip this one, you'll be much better off for it.

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  • Stouffer
  • 2011-09-15

Boring at best

Takes place in Australia and make no sense what so ever. Boring at best

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  • kaos806
  • 2021-03-16

skip it.

The story was boring and other than it being set in Australia, it's the same old worn out tell of an informant turning narc. skip it. it's played out.

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  • Jason
  • 2012-09-09

Scary, dark, true crime = must listen

What made the experience of listening to Dead Man Running the most enjoyable?

The readers voice.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not really but i don't think this book was meant to like that. But the subject keeps you on the edge of your seat all by itself

Have you listened to any of Michael Carman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No not yet but i will be in the future thats for sure. Michael has one of those voices that would suit many styles of books.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes for sure. Luckily i was able to do that.

Any additional comments?

Just a great book with a very clear in look at the bikie world not only here in Australia but the world over. Even if your not into bikie books it is still a eye opener which will make you see things in a different light.

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  • justin
  • 2022-04-16

Waste of time

Garbage title. Horrible narrative voice and a garbage story. No originality or anything that would standout.

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  • William A. Stueber
  • 2021-12-28

Clear picture of reality

Unfortunately, this story shows a clear picture of how unscrupulous police are when it comes to MC’s.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-10-29

Boring then good

The book starts off slow and jumps around a lot at the beginning. Tells story’s about other clubs and things that have no real use in this one. Around Chapter 10 it really finally starts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-09-06

awesome

awesome story loved it,well worth the read or listen as I hate reading thanks guys

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  • Will Thompson
  • 2021-07-23

Don’t waste your time

Readers voice almost made me shoot myself, and the story was not much better. All in all it sucked.

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  • Honu
  • 2019-10-19

sounds like Hollywood

Having first hand knowledge of both Bandidos and Hollywood this is more Hollywood. Very hard to take anything serious with the Narrator nasally Aussie voice especially when he tries to talk tough.
This is another reason why the US bandidos no longer associate with the national bandidos.