Archive for October 26th, 2014

Note: For the next few weeks on Sunday we will feature a review of books outside of theology, philosophy and apologetics.  Each review of a non-Christian book will also have a section titled, “What’s in it for the Christian?”

Armed and Dangerous


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The author William Queen is a retired decorated agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) who is best known for going undercover and taking on the Mongols in the San Fernando Valley.  In this book he tells us a story of dealing with another criminal before his days of taking on the Mongols.  Back in 1985 Queen was dealing with a case of trying to apprehend a criminal name Mark Stephens who sold marijuana to local dealers and also terrorized the San Bernardino community.  Queen first heard of Stephens from his contacts with local law enforcement agency.  Whenever Queen asked them who was their toughest criminal in the neighborhood the name was always the same: Mark Stephens.  What made it difficult for the police to apprehend Stephens was that he hid himself in a difficult part of the San Bernardino Mountains and his coming and going into town was spontaneous and highly unpredictable.  Stephens was also a dangerous man who is armed with machine guns and homemade grenades.  The more Stephens terrorized the community the more obsessed Queen became with apprehending Stephens.  Along the way Queen also had to deal with other non-related cases that is typical of ATF field agents.  The book tells the story of a man who is dedicated in his job of going after criminals.  He is no paper pusher and loves the job of undercover work and kicking down door.  As the book progresses you also learn more of Queen’s own life—how he was a Vietnam War Veteran of the Special Forces, how he bucks his superiors but also know where he crossed the line and the mutual respect of his fellow agents for each other.  The book is exciting and funny and makes for a good leisure reading.


What’s in it for the Christian: The author’s sense of justice is a great example for everyone.  There is a moral right—and a moral wrong.  William Queen is a sheep dog who has the high sense of duty of protecting the innocent from getting hurt—which is the motivation for why he wants to get his suspect before he hurt someone again.  As Romans 13 teaches us, we must honor those who are God’s agent of order in the government and we can read this book to honor and appreciate those in law enforcement.  The author’s courage is also a great virtue that Christians should seek to cultivate—and courage is one of those virtues that is best picked up from the examples of others.  Readers must be warned that this book has strong language.

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