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When Mike got his dream job as an FBI agent, he never thought he would also be called as an LDS bishop four times! Follow Mike as he recalls his adventures as an FBI agent and inspiration as a bishop. As Mike fought crime and Satan with a pistol in one hand and scriptures in the other, he learned the importance of obedience in both jobs. Filled with surprises and unexpecte When Mike got his dream job as an FBI agent, he never thought he would also be called as an LDS bishop four times! Follow Mike as he recalls his adventures as an FBI agent and inspiration as a bishop. As Mike fought crime and Satan with a pistol in one hand and scriptures in the other, he learned the importance of obedience in both jobs. Filled with surprises and unexpected thrills, and told with humor and ease, Agent Bishop: True Stories from an FBI Agent Moonlighting as a Mormon Bishop is the perfect memoir for the FBI agent in all of us!


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When Mike got his dream job as an FBI agent, he never thought he would also be called as an LDS bishop four times! Follow Mike as he recalls his adventures as an FBI agent and inspiration as a bishop. As Mike fought crime and Satan with a pistol in one hand and scriptures in the other, he learned the importance of obedience in both jobs. Filled with surprises and unexpecte When Mike got his dream job as an FBI agent, he never thought he would also be called as an LDS bishop four times! Follow Mike as he recalls his adventures as an FBI agent and inspiration as a bishop. As Mike fought crime and Satan with a pistol in one hand and scriptures in the other, he learned the importance of obedience in both jobs. Filled with surprises and unexpected thrills, and told with humor and ease, Agent Bishop: True Stories from an FBI Agent Moonlighting as a Mormon Bishop is the perfect memoir for the FBI agent in all of us!

30 review for Agent Bishop: True Stories from an FBI Agent Moonlighting as a Mormon Bishop

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I finished reading this book, but considered not doing that. The stories of the author's adventures in the FBI are interesting and become more so as his career progresses. His accounts of his investigation of the murder of two LDS missionaries in South America and a couple of other cases are especially interesting. McPheters' account of his three tenures as bishop of different wards are less interesting. He shares his testimony and gives broad-brush accounts of some of the things bishops do, wit I finished reading this book, but considered not doing that. The stories of the author's adventures in the FBI are interesting and become more so as his career progresses. His accounts of his investigation of the murder of two LDS missionaries in South America and a couple of other cases are especially interesting. McPheters' account of his three tenures as bishop of different wards are less interesting. He shares his testimony and gives broad-brush accounts of some of the things bishops do, with a couple of specific examples, but (perhaps due to the need to preserve the confidentiality of those with whom he worked as a bishop) the stories of his life as a bishop are usually uninteresting and sometimes repetitive. The influence of his faith is apparent in his work and his life, and his stories of his relationship to his wife and their faith are perhaps more interesting than his stories of life as a bishop. The reason I almost stopped reading several times is because of the poor editing and writing in the book--some of which could have been much improved by better editing (or a writer who would take his editor's advice). An irritating feature of the book is that the author will refer to a case he worked on, almost as an aside, and then return to it later in detail as though he hadn't hinted at its existence before. This is not foreshadowing, but poor organization. There are some typos and an irritating use of cliches in describing events--shots "ring out" and the like. This book is not a total waste of time, but it should be borrowed from the library if you want to read it. I certainly wouldn't buy it. Those who want a good read that really decribes the intersection of life as a bishop and an LDS FBI agent will be disappointed--the "bishop" aspect of the story just doesn't give enough information, again, probably because of the need for confidentiality. I was also slightly put off by the title statement that McPheters was "moonlighting" as a Mormon bishop, as though that were something to be taken lightly. That may have been a suggested "hook" by the editor or publisher, as the author did take the calling seriously. As a "hook" it may make some LDS readers (the target audience for the most part) decide that the author thought of his calling as a sideshow, although when one reads the book his devotion is apparent, if sparsely and repetitively described.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Strange

    This man's really amazing. As an FBI agent, he participated in many high and low profile cases ranging from organized crime operations to immigration. The book traces his time as an FBI agent and his three times as bishop. It makes for fairly good reading. I'm not sure why it's not as good as I would have expected. He's matter of fact about everything. Maybe I want more detailed, moment-by-moment crises narratives? Also, necessarily, he can't give much detail about being a bishop, but I would ha This man's really amazing. As an FBI agent, he participated in many high and low profile cases ranging from organized crime operations to immigration. The book traces his time as an FBI agent and his three times as bishop. It makes for fairly good reading. I'm not sure why it's not as good as I would have expected. He's matter of fact about everything. Maybe I want more detailed, moment-by-moment crises narratives? Also, necessarily, he can't give much detail about being a bishop, but I would have liked more about his challenges and how his two occupations intersected more, or how what he learned in one impacted the other in more interesting detail? It could be his publisher wants something that will appeal to the nonbelievers? I would like much more about the spiritual oimpacting the FBI and the investigator impacting the bishop?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Allie Y

    Mike Mcpheters is a member of the SWAT team, but he later receives the job of his dreams, he becomes and FBI agent. But, what he didn't expect is that he would be called as an LDS bishop,-four different times. During the day Mike takes down famous criminals, druggies, and from time to time, protects famous people. And during the evening he counsels the young ones of the church against drugs and immortality. Mike explains his crazy stories and experiences. In this book, there are many causes and Mike Mcpheters is a member of the SWAT team, but he later receives the job of his dreams, he becomes and FBI agent. But, what he didn't expect is that he would be called as an LDS bishop,-four different times. During the day Mike takes down famous criminals, druggies, and from time to time, protects famous people. And during the evening he counsels the young ones of the church against drugs and immortality. Mike explains his crazy stories and experiences. In this book, there are many causes and effects. First, Mike busts many bank robbers. The cause, the robbers want the money, the effect, they get arrested and thrown into jail. Also, a man is about to get married, when the FBI shows up. Because of the things this man did, he was arrested before he could even say "I Do". I really enjoyed this book. I learned more on what FBI agents do. The stories were also very interesting, it is crazy to learn what some people do for money or even revenge. I also thought it was educational, because it talks about ferensics, I have been thinking about doing ferensics when I am older. This book may not be for everyone, but I hope you get the chance to read it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anne Burt

    I agree that his work as an FBI agent and as a bishop were superior to his writing ability! That being said , I admire and respect him and his work ! I would love to attend a fireside given by this man ! What an honor that would be.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Verona

    Though it started a bit slowly for me, I eventually caught the spirit of the book and read it quickly. I came to respect Mike McPheeters as he shared a variety of experiences in his capacity as an FBI Agent and as a Bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He showed great integrity in both of his roles in life. I was shocked and impressed at the courage he showed in the many life threatening situations he was put in as an agent for the FBI. He was given much responsibility and Though it started a bit slowly for me, I eventually caught the spirit of the book and read it quickly. I came to respect Mike McPheeters as he shared a variety of experiences in his capacity as an FBI Agent and as a Bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He showed great integrity in both of his roles in life. I was shocked and impressed at the courage he showed in the many life threatening situations he was put in as an agent for the FBI. He was given much responsibility and handled each assignment with thoroughness and intelligence, plus a willingness obey and do what he was instructed to do. On the other side of his life, his personal life, he was just as faithful and diligent and willing to carry out heavy responsibilities in the callings as Bishop four different times and places. The reason I gave only four stars to this book was that I was wanting equal time for his experiences as Bishop. The book was ninety percent about his career with the FBI, and while that was interesting and exciting and informative, I was waiting for more stories and feelings in his role as Bishop, since the title of the book was Agent Bishop. I would recommend the book though, but I would have liked to have been "warned" that the book was lopsided in the division of the storyline. I really came to admire this man and his devotion to both his job and his callings.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I enjoyed this book because I love crime-solving stories! I couldn't put it down, but my husband is also reading it so we had to take turns reading it. I thought this man had an amazing professional life and commend him for his strength in juggling his job and his church and family life. I did kind of wish for more experiences from throughout the years, but perhaps he didn't want to spend years writing a 700-hundred page book or as I understand it FBI headquarters had to grant publishing authori I enjoyed this book because I love crime-solving stories! I couldn't put it down, but my husband is also reading it so we had to take turns reading it. I thought this man had an amazing professional life and commend him for his strength in juggling his job and his church and family life. I did kind of wish for more experiences from throughout the years, but perhaps he didn't want to spend years writing a 700-hundred page book or as I understand it FBI headquarters had to grant publishing authority for the content that was in his book as it is. Many people feel that this book is written more like a journal, but I like the book for that purpose. I love reading books that are written more like a personal history because I feel like I could be the person's friends reading their own journal and personal thoughts. I have kept a journal for for about 17 years and I love to go back to read them so maybe it is because it reminds me of my own writing style. I may have noticed a few errors in the book but that just made the writer more human to me. I would highly recommend this book to an LDS or non-LDS reader!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I'm going to give this book 3 stars because the author doesn't at any time try to pass himself off as a great author. I can totally see how this book came about. Mike is sitting around talking to some buddies about some of his great experiences as an FBI agent and then talked about equally great times as a bishop and his buddies said, "Dude! You should totally write a book about this stuff." Reading the book feels like sitting with the author and talking about old times. "Oh ya, and remember tha I'm going to give this book 3 stars because the author doesn't at any time try to pass himself off as a great author. I can totally see how this book came about. Mike is sitting around talking to some buddies about some of his great experiences as an FBI agent and then talked about equally great times as a bishop and his buddies said, "Dude! You should totally write a book about this stuff." Reading the book feels like sitting with the author and talking about old times. "Oh ya, and remember that time when...." I enjoyed reading about his real life experiences. I used to love reading the Bourne books and Mitch Rapp books. Those are totally fiction over the top such you in kind of books. In Agent Bishop,Mcpheters was just keeping it real. Not a page turner, but interesting. The book is more Agent then Bishop. I do wish there was a little bit more written on the bishop thing. I'm not sure what it would be but....Title a little bit deceiving in that way.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I liked this book okay, but was a little disappointed that the Agent was far more emphasized than the Bishop. There were some references thrown in here and there, but the majority was centered on Agent McPheters' duties and cases as an FBI agent, some of which were somewhat grisly. Not for the faint hearted. I did like hearing how McPheters felt he was a better agent because of his calling as a bishop four times. It shows that a person cannot completely separate who they are from what they do, n I liked this book okay, but was a little disappointed that the Agent was far more emphasized than the Bishop. There were some references thrown in here and there, but the majority was centered on Agent McPheters' duties and cases as an FBI agent, some of which were somewhat grisly. Not for the faint hearted. I did like hearing how McPheters felt he was a better agent because of his calling as a bishop four times. It shows that a person cannot completely separate who they are from what they do, no matter what it is. Some of us try to fool ourselves into thinking we can compartmentalize our lives into different roles that don't affect the other, but who we really are shows through in every aspect of our lives.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I really liked this book. I'm a sucker for crime dramas on TV and reading crime thrillers, so this book filled my craving for that but added a religious aspect to it. I would love to be a detective so reading about his real life cases (he investigated Jimmy Hoffa's murder, the DB Cooper hijacking, the murder of two missionaries in Bolivia, and many more great cases)was awesome. He was also on the SWAT team when that first was created and was at the White House on a tour when the plane hit the Pe I really liked this book. I'm a sucker for crime dramas on TV and reading crime thrillers, so this book filled my craving for that but added a religious aspect to it. I would love to be a detective so reading about his real life cases (he investigated Jimmy Hoffa's murder, the DB Cooper hijacking, the murder of two missionaries in Bolivia, and many more great cases)was awesome. He was also on the SWAT team when that first was created and was at the White House on a tour when the plane hit the Pentagon on 9/11. As you can see, he has some cool stories to tell. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is interested to see what the life of a Mormon FBI Agent would be like!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    I liked the story but had a hard time with the writing/editing until my favorite editor (my dil) told me this publisher doesn't have editors. Unless a writer chooses to hire their own editor, the book goes to print with all the errors in the manuscript(and without formatting). After I realized that I was able to be less critical of the writing and was able to overlook some of the irritating things. (Watch out for books published by Cedar Fort.) There was very little about his time as a Bishop, ho I liked the story but had a hard time with the writing/editing until my favorite editor (my dil) told me this publisher doesn't have editors. Unless a writer chooses to hire their own editor, the book goes to print with all the errors in the manuscript(and without formatting). After I realized that I was able to be less critical of the writing and was able to overlook some of the irritating things. (Watch out for books published by Cedar Fort.) There was very little about his time as a Bishop, however. It seemed more like a sales ploy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Don

    Agent McPheters served four times a Bishop in different wards during his FBI career. He was involved in investigating the terrorist murder of two LDS missionaries in Bolivia where an old BYU roommate and friend of mine from San Bernardino was serving as a mission president. And other high-profile cases as well. Well-written and a very good read. Highly recommended. Found it at our local Costco store, fresh off the printing press...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    I bought this for my husband. He said it was mediocre. I read it and was disappointed in it. I was hoping it would tell about how he managed to combine the two things. But the book was mostly just telling the events he experienced as an agent with a little bit about being a Bishop several times. Also, it was evident that he has never written a book before.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    I had a lot more hopes and wishes with this book. Unfortunately it didn't please me. I really stuggled to get thru the repetitive pages of basically the same things happening over and over. Not enough excitement for me I guess. 99% was of him being an FBI agent and only 1% as a bishop. Sorry, but I didn't enjoy this book at all!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Smith

    When I went home to visit my family, this book was on the kitchen table, so I picked it up. I’ve been on a memoir kick for awhile now, and this was a fun one. Full of stories about crazy FBI experiences mixed with the authors experience simultaneously serving as a Bishop in several wards across the United States, it was entertaining and inspiring. I was reminded that we can all contribute to the world around is in ways that are meaningful and exciting, and that doing so is enhanced as we choose When I went home to visit my family, this book was on the kitchen table, so I picked it up. I’ve been on a memoir kick for awhile now, and this was a fun one. Full of stories about crazy FBI experiences mixed with the authors experience simultaneously serving as a Bishop in several wards across the United States, it was entertaining and inspiring. I was reminded that we can all contribute to the world around is in ways that are meaningful and exciting, and that doing so is enhanced as we choose to put God first in our lives. As an added enjoyment for me, there were storied set in places I recently lived – I really enjoyed reading about a case that took him to Ketchikan, Alaska. Picturing that quaint small town and the stir that having the FBI come must have created was awesome!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Kaneen

    Bishop Agent I liked the book and recommend it for anyone interested in the workings of the FBI during J. Edgar Hoover’s day’s of leading the FBI. Interesting to read how the author balanced his workload and his church calling as a bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book was not what I expected. I thought it would be a compilation of FBI stories and stories of leading a congregation. But really it was a condensed history of Special Agent McPheters work in the FBI. The book was fine...but it just was a little boring to me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jason Burt

    Good book with positive messages about integrity and hard work. Hard to imagine being called 4 times to serve as a bishop!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    This was an interesting read. He had a fascinating career as an old-school FBI agent.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    Agent Bishop: True Stories from an FBI Agent Moonlighting as a Mormon Bishop Mike McPheters tells a rousing story of a lot of his experiences of working as an FBI Agent. With his over thirty years of working for the Bureau, he never ceases to falter from showing all the integrity of a man committed to serving his Country or his f ellow man, esp while moonlighting as a Mormon Bishop four different times. Mike iscalled as bishop in his first area as anagent while on assignment in Florida, where he Agent Bishop: True Stories from an FBI Agent Moonlighting as a Mormon Bishop Mike McPheters tells a rousing story of a lot of his experiences of working as an FBI Agent. With his over thirty years of working for the Bureau, he never ceases to falter from showing all the integrity of a man committed to serving his Country or his f ellow man, esp while moonlighting as a Mormon Bishop four different times. Mike iscalled as bishop in his first area as anagent while on assignment in Florida, where he worked cases involving dissenter and draft dodgers, Car Rings, plane pirates, drug trafficing, even a wedding bust. Mike worked bank robberies, a famous massacre in St. Croix, working on a SWAT team, extortion in the Everglades, the Jimmy Hoffa case, busting Timber Thieves and bears in Oregon, finding D.B. Cooper's money, the Rajaneesh case, being bishop in Pendleton, Oregon, home of the 3rd largest rodeo in the world, working a big Meth case, a kidnapping in Milton-Freewater, Ore., the Bolivian Crisis, working the Northern Utes, a special spiritual experience as the Bishop Barber, a Telemarketing Tragedy, a big Sheep Showdown, sued by the ACLU, the Montana Freemen, the last transfer to Los Angeles and then transition upon retirement. The last chapter tells of Mike's having the opportunity of helping with food relief in the Pentagon during the aftermath of 9/11 just three years after retiring. This was a most interesting book for me to read, as I learned some little known facts about law enforcement and some of the in's and out's.of an agent's life. I highly recommend this excellently crafted book. Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri Until Next Time, See You Around The Book Nook. Publisher: Cedar Fort (August 8, 2009) ISBN-13: 978-1599553177 Paperback: 288 pages

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gary Braham

    I purchased this book from an LDS bookstore, having no prior knowledge of Agent Peters, or knowing anything about the book beforehand. But it looked interesting, I find law enforcement interesting, and I was especially looking foward to seeing a bishops take on it. The book was not quite what I was expecting, but it was still very interesting and easy to read. While I was thinking the book would be about 50/50 between his FBI experiences, and his Bishop experiences, it ended up being about 90% ab I purchased this book from an LDS bookstore, having no prior knowledge of Agent Peters, or knowing anything about the book beforehand. But it looked interesting, I find law enforcement interesting, and I was especially looking foward to seeing a bishops take on it. The book was not quite what I was expecting, but it was still very interesting and easy to read. While I was thinking the book would be about 50/50 between his FBI experiences, and his Bishop experiences, it ended up being about 90% about his life in the FBI. As such, the book can easily be enjoyed by a non-mormon. The book isn't specically targeted toward those of the mormon faith. There are passages that deal with his role as a bishop, and there's a little bit of church teachings mixed in, but I don't think it's done in a way that would give non members any difficulty in understanding what's going on. I actually might have enjoyed more LDS content. The story picks up with his entry into the FBI, and follows Agent Mcpheters from city to city, as he progresses through his career. And at almost every stop he makes, he is called to be a Bishop. From Miami to rural Washington State, the author shares some of his most interesting cases and experiences, related in a simple, and easy to follow style. Mcpheters writes the way I might expect an FBI agent to write, paying close attention to detail. He was involved in the Jimmy Hoffa case, the DB Cooper bank robbery, as well as investigating the killing of mormon missionaries in Bolivia. He shares these, and many other stories of cases that he has worked over the years. I enjoyed reading these stories, and feel like I now know this man as a person. His stories kept me entertained for many afternoons of pleasant reading.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ben Lund

    Sometimes you wonder why a book was written. This book was a Christmas gift from some well meaning family members. It sat on my shelf for almost the whole year before I took it down. I actually thought it was a book of fiction before I started reading. The book gets two stars, barely, because despite its faults, the stories are interesting, but the writing feels stilted and forced. It feels more like a story that your relatives tell over and over. They always start with "Remember that time when.. Sometimes you wonder why a book was written. This book was a Christmas gift from some well meaning family members. It sat on my shelf for almost the whole year before I took it down. I actually thought it was a book of fiction before I started reading. The book gets two stars, barely, because despite its faults, the stories are interesting, but the writing feels stilted and forced. It feels more like a story that your relatives tell over and over. They always start with "Remember that time when..." McPheters is not a professional writer, I get that, but when you are new at something, you get help with it. I have a hard time believing an editor took a look at this book. Characters names switch halfway through some of the stories, he will jump back and forth in time in an attempt to tie different events together. He will go through several years of information in a very confusing and disjointed way, jumping ahead two years, going back 6 months, before going back to before the first story started, making for a very hard to follow chronology. If the book is semi-biographical I would like to see how the events unfolded. At least the book starts with his career and ends shortly after his retirement. For all the faults, as I said the events he recounts are intersting, the church stuff seems thrown in as an afterthought, I don't know if this was intentional or if he had to add them in to validate the "hook" of the title, but the glimpses boiled down to, "I talked to people in church in between cases" The book falls into "meh" territory for me. Interesting stories, but lack of a good editor make the book hard to read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rich

    I wanted to like this book more than I did. While McPheters has some exciting experiences as a special agent for the FBI (even he admits that his career had more action in it that most agents'), the main selling point of this book, is how did McPheters juggle being a Mormon Bishop with being a special agent for the FBI. In one position he's repsonsible for the spiritual and physical well-being of his congregation members, in the other he's dealing with the dregs of society. How did he do it? Oth I wanted to like this book more than I did. While McPheters has some exciting experiences as a special agent for the FBI (even he admits that his career had more action in it that most agents'), the main selling point of this book, is how did McPheters juggle being a Mormon Bishop with being a special agent for the FBI. In one position he's repsonsible for the spiritual and physical well-being of his congregation members, in the other he's dealing with the dregs of society. How did he do it? Other than saying he fought Satan with a pistol in one hand and scriptures in the other, he doesn't say much really. 9/10s of this book is almost exclusively about his FBI experiences, and only 1/10 is about being a Bishop. And even then there are hardly any references to how he juggled the two. I wouldn't mind it so bad if the company hadn't made the book's main selling point the combination of the two aspects of his life. Also, the company says the book is intended for a non-Mormon audience, but too often there are to many Mormonisms that creep in, that should have been excised or rephrased. Non-Mormons will be left scratching their heads too often. This is an okay book that could have been a great one. Too bad really. There was so much potential.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Bishop

    I don't usually bother writing reviews, but seriously - don't bother reading this book. I hate saying that, because the author and I share the same religion, and I really had high hopes when I first picked this book up. I still believe Mr. McPheters has some great stories to tell, but, unfortunately, he's just horrible at telling them. This book had the potential to be a great compilation of true crime stories, but the suspense in story telling that requires just wasn't there. What was even more I don't usually bother writing reviews, but seriously - don't bother reading this book. I hate saying that, because the author and I share the same religion, and I really had high hopes when I first picked this book up. I still believe Mr. McPheters has some great stories to tell, but, unfortunately, he's just horrible at telling them. This book had the potential to be a great compilation of true crime stories, but the suspense in story telling that requires just wasn't there. What was even more disappointing, though, was the lack of care in editing: too many typos and word misuses to count. The icing on the cake came in the superfluous last chapter about Mr. McPheters' "involvement" in the post-9/11 activity at the Pentagon when he refers to the World Trade Center as the "Worldwide Trade Center". REALLY??? Come on, man - if you're going to bother writing a book, at least hire a decent editor. Better yet, get together with Ann Rule and learn a little about truly page-turning true crime writing.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    This is a very interesting and unique story and I really enjoyed it. I feel like I understand better the sacrifices made by FBI and other law enforcement to keep our homes & family's safe. Many of the stories were fascinating to read. They are quite detailed, though, and some are quite grizzly. It's written straightforward and matter-of-fact, like you were sitting in his living room hearing him tell you about his adventures. I especially enjoyed the ending where he tells about his experiences on This is a very interesting and unique story and I really enjoyed it. I feel like I understand better the sacrifices made by FBI and other law enforcement to keep our homes & family's safe. Many of the stories were fascinating to read. They are quite detailed, though, and some are quite grizzly. It's written straightforward and matter-of-fact, like you were sitting in his living room hearing him tell you about his adventures. I especially enjoyed the ending where he tells about his experiences on 9/11/01 and the unity he felt in our magnificent county. I was lucky enough to meet Mike Mcpheters and his wife at BYU Women's Conference in 2010, and Mike signed my copy of the book. Very nice couple - you could see his experience in his eyes. Great story combining the excitement and uniqueness of being an FBI agent with the somewhat "normal" life of being a Bishop and member of the LDS Faith.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Grant Baugh

    The stories of the Agent Bishop are exciting, and give interesting insights into FBI work while avoiding overly gruesome details. However, the writing leaves much to be desired. The author repeats himself a few times, and there are numerous points where scenes are passed over that I would have loved to hear about in greater detail. Were this book a novel rather than a biography it would have lost one or two stars, but since it's personal memoirs he gets a pass. All in all, it's still a good read The stories of the Agent Bishop are exciting, and give interesting insights into FBI work while avoiding overly gruesome details. However, the writing leaves much to be desired. The author repeats himself a few times, and there are numerous points where scenes are passed over that I would have loved to hear about in greater detail. Were this book a novel rather than a biography it would have lost one or two stars, but since it's personal memoirs he gets a pass. All in all, it's still a good read if a bit lacking in refinement, and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to someone.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    Half way through this book I was only going to give it 2 stars but I changed my mind because it did keep my interest and I wanted to keep reading it. I usually reserve the 2 star for books that I lose interest in or that I just don't like that well. When I bought this book I thought that it would be more involved in his church calling and how he balanced being an FBI agent with that, but really it was just lots of stories some entertaining and a few not so much about FBI raids and training and n Half way through this book I was only going to give it 2 stars but I changed my mind because it did keep my interest and I wanted to keep reading it. I usually reserve the 2 star for books that I lose interest in or that I just don't like that well. When I bought this book I thought that it would be more involved in his church calling and how he balanced being an FBI agent with that, but really it was just lots of stories some entertaining and a few not so much about FBI raids and training and not much more than a sentance about being a bishop. He would write a whole chapter about an investigation and arrest of a mafia person and then at the end of the chapter he would write a sentence that would go something like this. That same week I was called as Bishop of the Miama first ward. I just wish that it had more stories and feelings of what it was like to be both.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rich

    A bit hard to read--a selection of biographical sketches written by an FBI jock. I was amazed, however, that an FBI agent could experience so much excitement in a single lifetime. He described a variety of harrowing experiences that seemed like fiction. As a Spanish speaking RM the author was often used where his language skills helped. He was frequently stationed near the southern borders of the country (Florida, San Diego). During his FBI career he was called to serve as a Bishop 4 times--some o A bit hard to read--a selection of biographical sketches written by an FBI jock. I was amazed, however, that an FBI agent could experience so much excitement in a single lifetime. He described a variety of harrowing experiences that seemed like fiction. As a Spanish speaking RM the author was often used where his language skills helped. He was frequently stationed near the southern borders of the country (Florida, San Diego). During his FBI career he was called to serve as a Bishop 4 times--some of the stints were less than 5 years because of transfers. While I suspect he was great Church leader as well as very competent FBI agent, his ego and competitive nature was very apparent. At times a bit hard to digest. Written for an LDS audience

  28. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I enjoyed the last half of the book more than the first half but it took me several weeks to get through it, which means I didn't love it. The title would suggest that he tells how he juggled his career with being a bishop but he really didn't talk much about his bishop experiences. I felt like it was just more of a bragging right...which is not how I think he intended it. His FBI experiences were interesting though. There was a major editing problem with September 11, 2001 being labeled as Sept I enjoyed the last half of the book more than the first half but it took me several weeks to get through it, which means I didn't love it. The title would suggest that he tells how he juggled his career with being a bishop but he really didn't talk much about his bishop experiences. I felt like it was just more of a bragging right...which is not how I think he intended it. His FBI experiences were interesting though. There was a major editing problem with September 11, 2001 being labeled as September 10th which is a pretty bad error in my opinion. An interesting read but I wouldn't rush out to buy it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lncropper

    I liked this book, but it's not so fabulous I can't put it down. It's case after case of how the FBI caught criminals with some Bishop-ing mixed in. I think the author must have been a really good agent and good Bishop, because he was called to be Bishop four separate times! He was involved in some pretty high-profile cases, some of which I vaguely remember. The cases are interesting. I would have liked to hear more about his family and his congregations, but maybe he didn't want to put them in. I liked this book, but it's not so fabulous I can't put it down. It's case after case of how the FBI caught criminals with some Bishop-ing mixed in. I think the author must have been a really good agent and good Bishop, because he was called to be Bishop four separate times! He was involved in some pretty high-profile cases, some of which I vaguely remember. The cases are interesting. I would have liked to hear more about his family and his congregations, but maybe he didn't want to put them in. There are some interesting sketches of other FBI agents. He writes pretty well, though some grammatical and punctuation errors really bug me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Coral

    All those shows like CSI are more acurate than I realized! This man was a Mormon Bishop four times while in the FBI. He seldom mentions his church work. Most of the book is a telling of many of his busts as an FBI agent. Very interesting stuff. He spent several years posted in Portland and in Pendleton during his career. Additonal comment: I inquired as to whether Julie Birrer knew Mike McPheters when she lived in Pendleton and this was her reply: Yep! His son Shad was in my class...they were good All those shows like CSI are more acurate than I realized! This man was a Mormon Bishop four times while in the FBI. He seldom mentions his church work. Most of the book is a telling of many of his busts as an FBI agent. Very interesting stuff. He spent several years posted in Portland and in Pendleton during his career. Additonal comment: I inquired as to whether Julie Birrer knew Mike McPheters when she lived in Pendleton and this was her reply: Yep! His son Shad was in my class...they were good friends of Brannon's parents. He was Brannon's YM leader! They did THE funnest things! They went repelling and all kinds of fun "spy" things!! :)

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