Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Guns Across the Border

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Guns Across the Border

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Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival.

Mike Detty the author of Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico, shares his answers to my questions and is providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book.  Mike’s book is an expose of gun smuggling, sting operations and government betrayal as described by a key undercover player – himself. It is fascinating, if not downright frightening.

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Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.

“Ruby” has won a copy of Meals in a Jar by Julie Languille. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book.  Here is how Ruby answered the question “What is your best food storage tip?”

For successful long term food storage be sure to consider temperature, humidity, and light control of the storage space. And don’t forget ‘critter control’ too.

Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.


Tell me about your book, Guns Across the Border. What is it about?

Guns Across the Border is a book about gun smuggling to Mexico. Operation Wide Receiver preceded the now infamous Operation Fast & Furious by two years. It is the first documented (documented by the author) case of ATF’s failed gun walking policy.

What type of research did you have to do while writing you book?

There was no research done for this book.

I was the confidential informant for the ATF and kept a detailed journal during the three years I worked selling guns to cartel members. In addition to my detailed notes I also kept digital recordings of every bad guy buy, phone call and when I lost trust in the ATF, my contact with agents. It is these materials that I used to write Guns Across the Border.

How long did it take to write?

From start to finish about seven months.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading Guns Across the Border?

I was just a good American trying fulfill what I perceived as patriotic obligation. I made the commitment and assumed the risks knowing full well that I might have to abandon the life I had created and enter the Witness Protection Program.

Though the case took several twists and turns perhaps the cruelest twist was the betrayal by the very agency I risked everything to help.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m an unmarried 54 year old resident of Tucson. In 1981 I received a BS in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Arizona. In 1982 I earned a commission into the officer ranks of the United States Marine Corps. For 12 years I traveled the Arizona gun show circuit selling guns. It was this endeavor that brought me and the ATF together.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes, but an entirely different topic. The next one will be about dogs and my vision of heaven.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Yes, I’d like the women readers to know that I am single and very available!


A copy of Guns Across the Border has been reserved for one lucky reader.  Here is this week’s question:

When it comes to survival and prepping, what topics interest you the most and why?

To enter, respond in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected at random using tools on the website.  In addition, the winner must respond to my email within 72 hours or an alternate winner will be selected.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.

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This week’s author, Mike Detty, and his book, Guns Across the Border, are a bit different from what you have seen so far in the Backdoor Survival book festivals.  That said, if you have been following my website for any period of time you will know that I am a seeker of truth and that regardless of what I hear and what I read, I will come to my own conclusions. 

I would expect you to do the same and recognize that you may not always agree with me or with the consensus of others.  Sometimes there are no right and wrong answers.  I do worry, though, that the risks of assisting the government are not just from the bad guys, but from the government itself.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Spotlight Item:   Conducted under the umbrella of Project Gunrunner and intended to stem the flow of firearms to Mexico, the ATF ran a series of “gun walking” sting operations, including Operations Wide Receiver and Operation Fast & Furious. This is Mike Detty’s story of his involvement in Operation Wide Receiver and his experience that took several twists and turns, perhaps the cruelest turn was his betrayal by the very agency he risked everything to help.

Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Summer Reading List. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone. Also, some of these books are Kindle e-books but you do not need a Kindle to read Kindle e-books. Simply download the free Kindle app from the Amazon site and you are good to go.

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The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide
The Mini Farming Guide to Composting
Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipe
Fight, Flight, or Hide. The Guide to Surviving a Mass Shooting
Don’t Be A Victim!: An Officer’s Advice on Preventing Crime
Emergency Air for Shelter-in-Place Preppers and Home-Built Bunkers
Real Time Machines: The Future is an APP
Survival Medicine Handbook
Getting Home
Staying Home
Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico
Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse


Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent
Apocalypse Drift
299 Days: The Visitors
The Western Front (Parts 1,2,3 – The Complete Collection)
The Wayward Journey

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27 Responses to “Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Guns Across the Border”

  1. I agree with Kathryn. People are already animals, being able to defend against vicious desperate people is my main concern. Even though I am generally a generous person, it will be dangerous to appear to have anything at all. The fear of govt. is even greater than the fear of thieves and thugs. I am very interested to read this book, even though it wil not doubt go far beyond confirming my worst fears.

  2. Becoming more Self reliant is something I have been working on for about 4 years. I have just added Muscovy ducks to my chickens and goats, thinking about rabbits next (the nice thing about small animals is you do not have to have a freezer). I have my staples in my garden every year, but I will try growing several new veggies every year, keep what works and discontinue what does not. this year I added 2 types of winter squash (total of 12 plants), cantaloupe, watermelon and pumpkin. the vines on the squash is reaching 20 – 25 feet in length and I’m pushing around 50+ squash. since 2010 I have been trying to grow a good cucumber with no success so this year I changed the type of heirloom and have had a very good crop, picking 6 more 8 inchers today. Saving my own seeds is both fun and allows for bartering, an added bonus is that I do not have to buy my seeds every year. sorry for rambling, I’ll stop. Bill B

    • I am a bit jealous of your garden. My garden space is tiny and shady so greens do best. This year, however, I have prepared a location to use as a bucket garden next year. The depth of the buckets will allow for vining plants and the location is sunny.

  3. I need to find a way to incorporate my prepping into my everyday activities. I feel totally unprepared for even a mild SHTF situation even though I am much better prepared than those around me. I’ve already been told by a neighbor, “If something happens we’re coming over to your house.” Security is going to be an issue if I can not find a way to go about my prepping without calling attention to my day to day activities and having my children say something to the neighbors and classmates.

  4. I am most concerned with home and personal defense. Although we live in the county, we live a stone’s throw from the city limits. Our house is a remodeled farm house and is full of windows with no way to defend the northern side of our property. I have been prepping for going on 4 years and feel fairly comfortable with what we have stored. But it could be gone in 5 minutes if we have no way to defend it from menacing gangs. There is no way we can bug out because we live on a peninsula and the traffic would choke at both bridges. Worry worry.

  5. I feel the importance to relearning all the “old” skills that my grandparents knew will be vital after we come up for air when SHTF and no electricity. Learning more medical knowledge will mean the difference in life and death as getting to the doctor and pharmacy may be impossible. Would love the book!

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