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No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels Paperback – February 2, 2010
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I'm not going to rehash the plot line, several of the other reviews have covered that nicely. What I will say is that the book holds your attention through every page, only slowing down as you realize that the case is coming to an end. I read the whole thing during one Saturday spent waiting for my daughter to finish her dance lessons - it is that interesting a book.
What always amazes me in these true stories (I'm in the middle of reading William Queen's Under and Alone) is how these hyper-paranoid outlaws are repeatedly infiltrated by guys who, essentially, just show up and hang around. If I were looking to setup an OMC (outlaw motorcycle club) I'd have a hard-rule: you must commit a serious felony in our presence - one arranged by the club. They'd still get infiltrated, it'd just be a little harder.
And another point it's not always clear to me is what exactly the 81's are doing that amounts to serious big time crime. I understand that they're violent, use drugs, work hard at being social outcasts, etc., but in this story, most of the crimes depicted amount to selling one or two guns at a time, some drugs and random acts of violence. After having read of the massive and profitable drug operations mounted by the Hells Angels' Canadian chapters I'd expected some of that here.Read more ›
The story is conveyed with brutal honesty. Jay Dobyns, using the alias "Bird" relies not only on his memories of the two year ATF case known as "Black Biscuit," but also on surveillance tapes and transcripts. They help provide detailed dialog between the operatives and their suspects. He puts you in the dark rooms, smoke-filled clubhouses, beer-soaked bars and inky tattoo parlors as you witness his transformation from a sandy-haired football star and all-American dad to a scary looking dude with a braided goatee. He becomes Bird.
He also becomes a patched Hells Angel, sacrificing everything dear to him in the process: his family, his friends, and nearly his soul. In a moment, however, just before the case shuts down, he experiences a revelation. It's not merely about the good and evil among the Hells Angels or in himself, it was the basic understanding this "brotherhood" was "nothing more than a support group for misunderstood loners held together by hate and money." Immersed in this HATE for so long, he ultimately casts it aside for everything he LOVES, and expresses this personal epiphany with tremendous humility. In spite of a disappointing outcome for Black Biscuit and his exposure as an undercover agent, this makes Jay a hero, and makes NO ANGEL a story worth reading.
There are many characters on both sides of the law and a slew of unfamiliar terminology and acronyms, but photos, glossaries maps and lists are provided to guide the reader. Very well done.
Michele Cozzens is the author of Irish Twins
Its obvious Dobyns has a very high confidence level, which is required in undercover work. Its also obvious he liked the biker lifestyle more than his real life. I think the writing leaves a lot to be desired, many parts read like a cheap detective novel in particular when the author(s) are describing what someone ate and the manner in which they did so.
On the positive side, its an interesting subject. An entertainnig an quick read. I would have like more details about the Laughlin bloodbath since Dobyns and other people in the book were there. I thought Under and Alone was a far better book though.
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I'll cut right to the end. This undercover operation results in only some minor prosecutions for weapons violations for Felons in possession of firearms. Read morePublished 11 days ago by John M. Hammond
First I respect the work Jay did and his dedication as a LEO, but this book is lacking. If you are looking for a book that is exciting to read, this IS NOT it. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Kindle Customer
Great story. Really gives you a look at what UC guys go through. I really wish it was better edited. There are a lot of typos and missing commas and periods. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Antonio G.
Good at describing life as an undercover agent. Did not finish the book since it was monotonous after awhile. Just my opinion.Published 25 days ago by E.J Kelly
It holds your attention of the life style both have lived but how both life styles these people on both ends let's me wonder whyPublished 27 days ago by Kindle Customer
Action packed, grabs you from the jump. Great story and insight to a mysterious and private counter culture. Easy read.Published 1 month ago by Jill
Great from beginning to end. I love these kinds of stories, they offer insight to a world many will never know.Published 1 month ago by f.lastname