This is the high-octane, no-holds-barred, true story of a bad guy turned good who busted open one of the most violent outlaw motorcycle gangs in history.
George Rowe’s gritty and harrowing story offers not only a glimpse into the violent world of the motorcycle outlaw, but a gripping tale of self-sacrifice and human redemption that would be the stuff of great fiction—if it weren’t all true. Rowe had been a drug dealer, crystal meth addict, barroom brawler, and convicted felon, but when he witnessed the Vagos brutally and senselessly beat his friend over a pool game, everything changed.
Rowe decided to pay back his Southern California hometown for the sins of his past by taking down the gang that was terrorizing it. He volunteered himself as an undercover informant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and vowed to dismantle the brotherhood from the inside out, becoming history’s first private citizen to voluntarily infiltrate an outlaw motorcycle gang for the U.S. government.
As “Big George,” a full-patched member of the Vagos, Rowe spent three brutal years juggling a double life—riding, fighting, and nearly dying alongside the brothers who he secretly hoped to put away for good. During this time, Rowe also became entwined in a tumultuous relationship with a struggling addict named Jenna, never once revealing that he was actually working for the Feds. The road to redemption was not an easy ride. Rowe lost everything: his family, his business, his home—even his identity.
To this day, under protection by the U.S. government, Rowe still looks over his shoulder, keeping watch for the brothers he put behind bars. They’ve vowed to search for him until the day they die.
“Oh my God, what a story. This is a dangerous and emotional page turner that’s going to leave you thinking to yourself, ‘My life’s not so bad after all.’ Reading Gods of Mischief is like sitting right next to George Rowe listening to him tell it.”
– William Queen, ATF special agent retired and author of Under And Alone
"Far from the glamorized lifestyle of the bikers in the television series Sons of Anarchy, the MC world George Rowe lived in was dirtier, more mundane, and filled with humans who seemed to enjoy and thrive on committing random acts of senseless violence….You’ll find yourself caught up in the emotional turmoil and you’ll be turning pages late into the night."
– U.S. Riders News
"Gods of Mischief is a fascinating book...a wild tale."
– Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Reading Rowe is a bit like sitting on a bar stool next to a biker for several hours as he tells his story: You endure the misogyny and the profanity because the man has an amazing story to tell.”
– Los Angeles Times
“Brash accountof a reformed bad boy’s decision to help the federal government take down 'Green Nation,' the Vagos outlaw motorcycle gang...Rowe writes clearly, with a lighter touch and a more grounded specificity than in many reformed-gangster memoirs...delivered with more grime than romanticism.”
– Kirkus Reviews
"Gods of Mischief cuts through the fear and Hollywood glamorization, puts you on a bike, and rides you right into the Green Nation."