Item description for The Last Undercover: The True Story of an FBI Agent's Dangerous Dance with Evil by Bob Hamer...
Overview The author describes the challenging cases he worked on throughout his long-term undercover career, including a particularly difficult assignment involving the North American Man/Boy Love Association.
Publishers Description Bob Hamer is a 26-year veteran of the FBI. In undercover operations Hamer posed as everything from a drug dealer to an aging pedophile. His last undercover assignment-and his hardest-was infiltrating NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Now, looking back on a career rich in the kind of action that makes for great cinema, Bob tells us of the challenges he endured and overcame as he stared the dark side of humanity in the face-and never blinked. It is rare for an agent to serve undercover long-term, but he made a career out of a job that can completely consume and destroy a man. Remarkably, through all of this Bob found a way to remain true to his faith, and always put his family before his work.
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Studio: Center Street
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.18" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.95" Weight: 1.29 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher Center Street
ISBN 1599951010 ISBN13 9781599951010
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More About Bob Hamer
Bob Hamer spent twenty-six years as a street agent for the FBI, often in an undercover capacity posing as a drug dealer, pedophile, or contract killer in order to arrest some of the world's most hardened criminals. Now retired and having received the FBI Director's Award for Distinguished Service, Bob is a member of the Writers Guilds of America and Canada and has consulted for television shows including Law & Order: SVU and Sleeper Cell. Also a Marine Corps veteran and law school graduate, Hamer lives in California.
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Under and Alone Apr 28, 2010
Under and Alone. I am ambivalent about Bob Hamer's The Last Undercover. At times the book was gripping and entertaining, while at other times it was tedious and boring. I read this book as an introduction to Mr. Hamer's very well received Enemies Among Us. The main thrust of the book concerned Mr. Hamer's undercover investigation of NAMBLA (North America Man/Boy Love Association) and his undercover relationships with the various NAMBLA members. The structure of the book was interesting as Mr. Hamer interspersed his NAMBLA investigation saga with many of his other exciting undercover actions. I found the NAMBLA story to be rather tedious and at times more information than I needed to know. Mr. Hamer's other undercover operations were fascinating and helped to carry this book. I enjoyed Mr. Hammer's recounting of the many unsavory characters he had to deal with and eventually bust. The dark underbelly of American culture is populated with many of these losers and it amazed me how Mr. Hamer was able to maintain both his philosophical and ethical moral compass. I only wish he would have spent a little more time on his non-NAMBLA undercover operations. This book is not for the squeamish, although Mr. Hamer does a very good job of NOT interjecting gratuitous sex, language or violence. Still, the subject of illicit sex with minors can be objectionable and disconcerting to many readers, so beware. I can only recommend this book as a paperback. I think the book would have been a lot better if Mr. Hamer had written primarily about other undercover operations and given the NAMBLA story less play. I am looking forward to his new book Enemies Among Us.
True Hero Mar 5, 2010
Not just America, but the whole world, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Bob Hamer. He spend a long, dangerous career undercover with the FBI taking bad guys off our streets, but as we find out in this book, his last undercover was the worst. Bob put away many of the leaders of NAMBLA, one of the sickest, most evil organizations known to man. As many of these predators would travel overseas, Bob helped the children of countries that will never know him, or even know of his existence.
For that, and for his tireless and intrepid defense of our civil society, we are in his debt.
Thanks for your service Bob, and as a father of three boys, thanks for this book. It was an eye-opening look at a threat that every parent needs to understand.
Marc Schmatjen, author of My Giraffe Makes Me Laugh
Mob undercover Feb 20, 2010
Very amazing story about an amazing man. Thoroughly enjoyable read. Captivating! I would read this again. The only criticism I have is reading about the NAMBLA investigation. That was hard to get through.
Too bad our judges won't listen to people like this author. Jan 7, 2010
Of all the various books written on dealing with the issues of child abuse, and child predators, finally we have an author who gets it. Bob Hamer has the background of someone who has been there, seen the heinous animals who wreak havock on our children, and knows the answers to questions the clinical community either cannot seem to fathom, or they get wrong from the very start.
Mr. Hamer lived in a world where the realities are far more than the vast majority of parents can conceive, and if they could, they wouldn't be able to deal with them. He provides a view of these animals who prey on children without remorse, and he was even able to maintain his credible undercover position, while listening to their various justifications for their actions. This book explains the sociopathy and psychopathy of these perpetrators in a manner that can be understood. He makes the most of explaining that they are no different than anyone that may be encountered on a daily basis. If, after reading this book, a parent doesn't awaken to the reality that their child is in danger, there is no hope.
I should also note that I am a forty-two-year Professional Licensed Private Investigator, involved in a specialty of family law cases. My agency employs a full-time Accredited Criminal Profiler, who provides our clients with invaluable data on dealing with the current state of the Criminal Justice System, as well as profiling a number of pedophiles and child molesters we encounter during these investigations. We see, on a daily basis, just how broken our system of justice really is, and how the so-called mandatory reporters and other statutory protections seem to drop the ball on a regular basis, with no apparent consequences. When it comes to the American Criminal Justice System there really are no protections against the child predators. That system is completely dysfunctional, and the American Civil Justice System is even more broken, when it comes to understanding the psychology behind these perpetrators. Our most heartfelt thanks to Bob Hamer for providing us with an insightful representation of the real world of pedphilia, from an insider's point of view, as well as his very competent perspective on the overall issue of dealing with these animals who prey on our kids.
Interesting At First, Then Textbook Dull Dec 26, 2009
I have mixed opinions about this story of an undercover FBI agent. The good: the book shows how a real life FBI Agent works undercover. That was interesting. The bad: most of this book deals with the agent's undercover work in NAMBLA, a group of male pedophiles. After a while, I could take just so much NAMBLA. I would have liked to have seen more about organized crime, white supremist groups, drug dealers, arms merchants, jewel thiefs, art thiefs, bank robbers, chop shop operations and the like. I could only take so much NAMBLA, which is a group of not all that interesting sick-os. Bottom line: the book was interesting to a point, but then became textbook dull.