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The Blood of Patriots: How I Took Down an Anti-Government Militia with Beer, Bounty Hunting, and Badassery

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For Bill Fulton, being a soldier was his identity. He was called to protect and serve. So when the Army wanted to send him to Alaska, he went—they had never steered him wrong, after all.

After an involuntary medical discharge, Fulton was adrift until he started a military surplus store in Anchorage, where he also took on fugitive recovery missions. He was back on his feet,
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Hardcover, 300 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by BenBella Books
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Valerity (Val)
I love the smart-aleck writing style that made this a fun read full of intrigue and kept me guessing. Not at all my usual "cup of tea", but I really liked it. This fast-paced adventure takes place in the beautiful backdrop of the last frontier of Alaska which is known for its eccentric types. Check this story out as business owner and bounty hunter Bill Fulton risks his livelihood, reputation, and family to go undercover for the FBI and gather information on a militia group leader with murder on ...more
Fred Shaw
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the true story of Bill Fulton, former Army CID (Criminal Investigation Division) business owner, bounty hunter, and FBI informant in Alaska. The story takes place around Anchorage and Fairbanks between 2010 and 2016, where many militias and criminals running from the lower 48 believed they were invisible and above the laws of the United States. One particular radical, Shaffer Cox, and his men threatened judges, police, IRS, social services and more. They cached illegal weapons, ammo, exp ...more
Heather


The beginning of this book sounded familiar to me - like really, really familiar.  Like the author, all my husband ever wanted to do was be a soldier until he was physically unable to do it any more.  He was also in Alaska for a while.  Their stories were so similar that I made him start listening to the audiobook too.  He totally identified. 

After the Army is where their paths diverged.  The author opened a bouncing service that grew into a military surplus store and then a bounty hunting gro
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David James
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not the definitive book on the Schaeffer Cox story, but a fascinating insider's account from the guy who took him down. It's a local story for me as well and like another reviewer here I was appalled by Bill Fulton when he first came to my attention via the handcuffing of Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger at an event for the Republican candidate for senate. Then soon after he proved to be one of the two FBI plants who helped corral Cox, a young man who had come increasingly unhinged and appe ...more
Randal White
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fulton has delivered an outstanding book on his experiences in helping to shut down a group planning to start a war against the government. Working undercover, Fulton may have saved several lives. Google "Shaeffer Cox" and you will find lots of information. But....read the book and you will be enthralled with the behind the scenes action. I won't go into the entire story, it would ruin the book. Instead, I offer a very brief synopsis, and then some parts of the book that really impressed me. An ...more
Angel
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a lot of fun to read. The pacing is very good, and Bill Fulton is a fascinating (real-life) character. He definitely stepped up and did the right thing even though it cost him everything. More testosterone than I generally appreciate, but I don't think the story could have been told any differently. I was rooting for him throughout, but I couldn't help thinking that the old proverb applies: If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.
Nicole
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alaska, crime, memoir, politics
I closely followed the Schaeffer Cox story while it was playing out, mainly because it's local to me and involves people I know at least casually (it's a small town). Back when the events of the book were taking place, I thought Drop Zone Bill (the author) was a total shithead for what he did to Tony Knowles (roughed up a journalist), especially since he did it in the employ of Joe Miller (Tea Party darling/crazy person who tried and ultimately failed to run for US Senate). But I was very excite ...more
Caroline Fairey
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don't let the marketing fool you - I almost missed out on this truly excellent memoir by judging this book by its cover. It's well-written, funny, fast-paced, and the strong male relationships in this are truly moving at times. He draws you in with the strength of his voice and his unique dedication to the United States of America as an institution, but it's the exciting and dangerous political arena in Alaska that keeps you flipping pages to find out what happens next. Bill Fulton's brand of pa ...more
Jackie Rogers
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Found this an informative and interesting read. Is about our soldiers returning from war and the adjustments they face. Mr. Fulton started his own business and expanded it into a bounty hunter business and hired others to work with him. This was an outlet for these guys. We don't realize how hard it is to be trained to fight and then transition to ordinary life. Mr. Fulton ends up as an
undercover informant for the FBI. Was a good book for insight into the warriors life. Thanks to Mr Fulton and
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Ryan Marquis
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a thrill ride! The Blood of Patriots is a page-turner that never lets up. It's the true inside account of a world few of us see, even though it surrounds many of us. Alaska is a land of extremes: extreme environments, extreme politics, and extreme people. Bill Fulton embodied and thrived on the Alaskan extremes, but even he was shocked with just how far things can go. Some of the escapades of Bill Fulton and his rag-tag band of bounty hunters feel a bit larger than life; the bravado perhaps ...more
Samantha
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Timely, true, and thrilling! An especially exciting read for Alaskans, and maybe more so for those that were here during the years this took place- but worthwhile for all readers everywhere. This book gives us an insight into some of our more fringe (maybe less fringe) disgruntled citizens that think disavowing their country is patriotism. Just all around fantastic, funny, and frightening.
John
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this book now.
Wickut
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gg, reviewed
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

And I’m so glad I did. Because that kind of book is usually 'not my cup of tea' at all. I don’t read non-fiction, I rarely read about politics (and when I do, it’s about Canadian politics), so it’s safe to say that I never would have bought that book if I saw it in a library.
Then why did I find it so good?

In The Blood of Patriots: How I Took Down an Anti-Government Militia with Beer, Bounty Hunting, and Badassery, Bill Fulton tells the story of his life i
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Mary Chrapliwy
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The beginning of this book was laugh out loud funny during the chronicling of his trip from down south all the way to Alaska. After arriving in Alaska and being medically retired from the military, Bill Fulton starting selling military stuff like that you can find at any army/navy store on the internet. When he opened his shop in Alaska, he hired other veterans who were suffering from a lack of direction and some PTSD. It gave them a place to call home, and a job they could be proud of. And, of ...more
Thomas Ryan
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Normally, not my cup of tea but I must say this is a greatly enjoyable book on our 50th state.
Bonnie Dale Keck
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways-won
Not kindle unlimited, actually won this in a goodreads giveaway, not that I enter those that much anymore {physical book, hardback even, but legally blind so took a while to read through it}. Slow start, though did give background leading up to the why and how and all that. Actually took the time to look through the reviews before writing this...found it funny that one of the complaints was that someone got paid for informing and other things the reviewer 'thought' were not right or whatever...a ...more
Martha Brindley
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A true to life account of Bill Fulton's patriotic struggle in Alaska. Sometimes humorous and other times dark but well written. A militia plot in Alaska and Bill is undercover for the FBI. Sounds a bit far fetched? read it and decide for yourself. Can't go wrong with the Alaskan setting. Thank you Net Galley for my copy. A very interesting read.
Matthew
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a fun read. That might sound weird given the subject, but Bill Fulton is a good storyteller. You felt like you were at the bar hearing him talk about it right after it happened. Of course, I was engaged in it from the beginning given that the entire chain of events took place where I live or where I have lived.

If you like true crime, undercover agent, stories this is a book for you. If you want to see where mindless ideology can take a person, this book is for you. Action packed, t
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Tim Lightfoot
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A true story that reads like a top-notch piece of pulp fiction. Fulton lived it, and Jeanne Devon- being a writer by profession and living in the right-wing world that is Alaska- make a great team in producing a fun view into the deadly serious world of domestic militias, with some hilarious stories of Fulton's day job as a bounty hunter in the Disneyland of bounties. Fulton provides a unique look into a world that few from the lower 48 even realize exists to the extent that it does.
Ken Kolk
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Takes us into the secret war against home grown terrorists

Bill Fulton didn’t intend to become an FBI informant, become a soldier in the hidden war against home grown far right terrorists, but he did. Read his story and find our how once a soldier in the US military. Read his story. I’m sure that you will find it a good.
Chris Neill
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book

This book was hard to put down. It was perfect blending of action, comedy, and political commentary. I would recommend it to anyone no matter which side you are on politically.
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