Special Agent Man

Special Agent Man
Special Agent Man

Special Agent Man

My Life in the FBI as a Terrorist Hunter, Helicopter Pilot, and Certified Sniper
By Steve Moore


336 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $19.99 (US $19.99) (CA $26.99)

ISBN 9780914090700

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Aug 2012)


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A regular guy joins the United States' most powerful agency and becomes an unwitting hero

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 with representations of 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 10 years, and his return to the Bureau with renewed vigor and dedication to take on some of the most thrilling assignments of his career.


“If you've ever wished you had a best friend who spent a lifetime in the FBI and could regale with stories...now you do. Steve Moore is one of the good guys. He's been there and you'll believe you were right there with him during every adventure.” —Bob Hamer, veteran undercover FBI agent and the author of Targets Down

Special Agent Man by Steve Moore is an utterly fascinating, thrilling, and at times humorous memoir of the life and adventures of a top FBI agent. This book is the real deal and I highly recommend it.” —Douglas Preston, New York Times best-selling author, and co-author of The Monster of Florence

"If you ever wondered ‘what it would be like to be FBI,’ this is your book."—Library Journal

"A love letter to a dangerous career"  —Kirkus Reviews 

"Fascinating insights...an unpretentious account of a proud career in service to public safety."  —Kirkus Reviews 

"Steve Moore was a top-notch FBI agent with an impeccable investigative record who ran several of the highest-profile cases in the Bureau. Special Agent Man is an exciting, honest, sometimes humorous ‘backstage’ glimpse into the life of an FBI agent. Steve has been where most agents haven’t, and he brings you along for the adventure. You won’t put this book down.” —John Douglas, former chief of the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime and coauthor of Mind Hunter

“Moore pulls no punches. The good, the bad, and the hilarious are all in here. He was one of the FBI’s shining stars and I am betting that the FBI is not nearly as much fun or as competent as when Moore strapped on the gun, badge, and more often than not flip-flops and T-shirts. Special Agent Man should be required reading at the FBI academy and certainly for anyone considering a career with the FBI.” —Paul J. Ciolino, president of Paul J. Ciolino and Associates (investigations), past president of the National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI), and analyst for CBS’s 48 Hours

 "Bolstered by its striking true-life storyline, his memoir is a gripping read."  —South China Morning Post 

Author Biography

Steve Moore is a former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who had assignments as a SWAT team operator, sniper, pilot, counterterrorist, and undercover agent. He received multiple awards from the Department of Justice before his retirement in 2008, has written two episodes for an FBI-themed TV series, and is a regular commentator for Headline News. He lives in Thousand Oaks, California.