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Running with the Devil: The True Story Of The Atf's Infiltration Of The Hells Angels Paperback – September 24, 2008
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“A page-turner that reads more like spy fiction than an exposé.”
―Mark Bennett, United States District Court Judge, Northern District of Iowa
―Ruth Stevenson, Professor of English, Union College
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AS SEEN ON AMERICA’S MOST WANTED
AND ANDERSON COOPER 360°
Writing in cooperation with ATF agents, most of whom remain undercover today, Kerrie Droban follows the perilous mission up through the ensuing court case and jail sentences. Along the way, she provides a startling―and unprecedented―exposé on the treacherous inner workings of the Hells Angels brotherhood.
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queen's telling, however, was a gripping FIRST-PERSON account and the personal experience is noticeably absent from droban's story. and while she makes efforts to paint scenes in an effort to give the reader context, they feel embellished, flowery, and insincere in places. in many ways, it doesn't feel as if the author is well-versed in her subject matter and is just discovering the culture herself. her entire chapter detailing an upcoming confrontation with arguably the largest mc in the world, only to consistently mispell their name, is almost unforgiveable. it certainly lacks an air of credibility on the author's part.
one thing that i thought was interesting though, is that this book was written by a woman, and as such, there are more curiosities in what goes on quietly in the women's world of the 1%er culture. at least more so than i've seen in other books. unfortunately, the same voice seems to fall a bit soft when describing a testosterone-on-overdrive culture. and while this isn't a criticism on point of view, it IS a criticism of tone.
still, this book tells more of the story of operation black biscuit than 'angels of death', so the curious will still get something out of it. if you're just looking for something to read in the category and don't know where to start, i'd probably recommend queen's 'under and alone' first.
Author says that Bullhead City is across the river from Las Vegas. Technically correct, but:
36 miles downstream
Vegas is miles from the river
Bullhead is across the river from Laughlin
The shootout between the HA and the Mongols happened at the Laughlin Harrahs, not the Las Vegas Harrahs.
"prospect and sponsor are used interchangeably". No. The sponsor is a patch holder who vouches for the prospect, the prospect intends to be a patch holder.
If you can't believe the simple, easy to check lies presented as facts, how can you believe anything presented as fact?
The book does a good job of showing the difficulty in running what by its' nature has to be a mostly, "Seat of the pants," operation with the strings being controlled by a huge Goverment agency. Not a recipe for success, but the agents in Operation Black Biscuit did the best they could with what they had. The book did a good job of showing this to the reader.
I have a unique perspective on the biker subculture, crime, and society in that I was raised around bikers and biker gangs, yet today I am a 20 year Law Enforcement veteran. I have seen those bikers that lived the life, but actually were good people. But, most I met were out to take what they could get, as cheap as they could, even if someone else was victimized. This book showed that, even when the "victim" was another gang/club member. What a way to treat, I mean "honor" a fellow member.
In the end Operation Black Biscuit did not get the type of convictions you would think. And, many in the biker subculture are quick to point this out. I would like to have seen more info in the book on the who, what, when, where and why that happened. The popular answer is because of over zealous, sloppy, power happy Goverment agents and the agencies they represent. But, the answer is not that easy. The answer lies in the fabric of our society itself, in that how do you play by the rules established in the name of fairness in order to take down those who claim to not play by our rules. Just once, we should do it according to their rules.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was an interesting read but jumped around a lot and the story was really finished.Published 10 months ago by Joan Ross
Entertaining read but could have been written better. The officers put their lives and their families lives at risk for a pretty good cause. Well done.Published 12 months ago by Brittany Murchison
Don't waste your money. The book is one long whining account of a few feds with more ego than IQ. The authors writing style is terrible and the story is mediocre at best, and at... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jason D Strucinski