“No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels” (Random House, ISBN ). Jay Anthony “Jaybird” Dobyns (born ), is a retired Special Agent and veteran undercover. No Angel has ratings and reviews. Petra Eggs said: The infiltration of the Hells Angels by undercover cop and author Jay Dobyns is as interesti. Jay Dobyns, Actor: Den of Thieves. Jay Dobyns is an actor and writer, known for Den of Thieves (), No Angel and Big Red Friday ().
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — No Angel by Jay Dobyns. Here, from Jay Dobyns, the first federal agent to infiltrate the inner circle of the outlaw Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, is dobnys inside story of the twenty-one-month operation that almost cost him his family, his sanity, and his life.
Getting shot in the chest as a rookie agent, bartering for machine guns, throttling down the highway at mph, and responding to a full-sca Here, may Jay Dobyns, the first federal agent to infiltrate the inner circle of the outlaw Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, is the inside story of the twenty-one-month operation that almost cost him his family, his sanity, and his life.
Getting shot in the chest as a rookie agent, bartering for machine guns, throttling down the highway at mph, and responding to a full-scale, bloody riot between the Hells Angels and their rivals, the Mongols—these are just a few of the high-adrenaline experiences Dobyns recounts in this action-packed, hard-to-imagine-but-true story.
Dobyns leaves no stone of his harrowing journey unturned. To blend in with them, he gets full-arm ink; to win their respect, he vows to prove himself a stone-cold killer.
His act is so convincing that he comes within a hairsbreadth of losing himself. Here is all the nihilism, hate, and intimidation, but also the freedom—and, yes, brotherhood—of the only truly American form of organized crime.
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Lists with This Sngel. Mar 23, Petra Eggs rated it it was amazing Shelves: The infiltration of the Hells Angels by undercover cop and author Jay Dobyns is as interesting from the point of view of the very real deterioration of the character Jay and metamorphosis into his alterego ‘Bird’ as it ddobyns from the ddobyns and wheres of how law enforcement can run such an operation.
The book’s writing is unusual in that where Jay is an involved family man and serious cop, the writing reads as measured and logical. But as his real life crumbles and he feels most alive as an otc dru The mo of the Hells Angels by undercover cop and author Jay Dobyns is as interesting from the point of view of the very real deterioration anyel the character Jay and metamorphosis into his alterego ‘Bird’ as it is from the hows and wheres of how law enforcement can run such an operation.
But as his real life crumbles and he feels most alive as dobyjs otc drug-wired gang member, so does the robyns become frenetic and disorganised. Only the impossibly unsatisfying denoument, forseeable but unexpected, saves the man, but not, sadly, the operation.
I later read Hunter S. Thompson’s masterpiece Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga which was written 40 years earlier and ange some of the same characters. This was very enjoyable seeing the young guns turn into old reprobrates. They must live on adrenaline running from the law all that time. I wonder what path their children will choose? View all 21 comments. Apr 10, Snow White rated it liked it.
I happened upon this book by accident. Not normally my thing, but when I started reading I found I couldn’t put ja down. A bit macho, but Dlbyns guess that’s to be expected given the subject matter. The inside perspective about undercover police work and the world of the Hells Angels were very interesting and I learned a lot.
That being said, I had some issues with the narrator cop. I felt he was quite biased in his opinions, and I got the feeling he wasn’t always being honest regarding his own actio I happened upon this book by accident. I felt he was quite biased in his opinions, and I got the feeling he wasn’t always being honest regarding his own actions. As the book progressed, I almost started feeling sorry for the Hells Angels, as they were mostly elderly men with their glory days far behind them, and their crimes as an organisation, NOT the murder that was described!
Still, Dobyns finally redeemed himself somewhat by admitting and fully describing how he had gotten too caught up in his undercover work and had been an asshole to his family in the process.
That was very honest and added nuance which saved the book for me. Nov 13, Deadlift rated it did not like it. No Angel was mostly a burden to read. I am proud I did not give Dobyns any money for this publication rented it from the local library. No Angel brings you into the bizarre world of a self-delusion, self-aggrandizing Federal Agent who takes bizarre pleasure in deceiving others in the name of convoluted moral Crusading which of course is done entirely on your dime.
This book takes you on a journey of a man who honors the butcherers at Waco as he fear mongers the general public to what amounts t No Angel was mostly a burden to read. This book takes you on a journey of a man who honors the butcherers at Waco as he fear mongers the general public to what amounts to a few veterans bypassing bureacratic red tape and selling a few guns amongst one another. The worst part is the almost sociopathic and always annoying way in which Dobyns analyzes and condescends essentially every single person he meets in a childish manner.
The emotional reactions to some situations and people like jealousy over the reaction his squad had over a team mate leaving is reminiscent of a high school student. And of course the Hells Angels are demonized as “racist” because they prefer Skynyrd over hip hop and other nefarious social taboos like sexism. Someone who knows human nature can read between the lines of much of this investigation, such as how Dobyns clearly sleeps with an inebriated woman and indulged in rampant drug use.
His case was a complete failure and an embarassment and yet the single useful moment of the investigation where a local cop, unaware he was being taped, threatened to kill him went unprosecuted. Dobyns even goes so far as to scold local and state law enforcement for their approach to due processes and not being aggressive enough in undermining civil liberties in an effort to make quotas, get promotions, or in this case, sell books.
View all 5 comments. Feb 19, Michele rated it it was amazing. This is the story of an obsessed man, who with the all-or-nothing mentality in his makeup becomes the first undercover law enforcement agent to penetrate this notorious group. 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 also becomes a patched Hells Angel, sacrificing everything dear to him in the process: 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. 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. Feb 24, Dan Logue rated it did not like it. This book is terrible.
Usually, if I don’t like a book I will give it about pages, grab another, and not bother writing a review for goodreads. I gave this book close to pages, have found another, but will pause briefly to offer some constructive criticisms. It provides almost no social commentary on the causes of outlaw motorcycle gangs in addition to no overarching conclusions about human nature. Not that you would give any value to any conclusions this author an undercover cop drew This book is terrible.
Not that you would give any value to any conclusions this author an undercover cop drew anyway, since he seems to share the shame myopic black-and-white worldview as the people he is investigating, just from the other side of the law.
What is more pathetic is the illusion that the Angels are a highly developed criminal organization, as opposed to the two-bit drug and gun-based operation that has just enough cohesion to warrant a soft RICO charge.
Anyway, if you are looking for a real book on the origin of outlaw motorcycle gangs, along with a meaningful analysis of the forces within American post-WWII culture that shaped them, look to Hunter S Thompson’s Hells Angels. Jan 24, Mike rated it it was ok Shelves: Ton of acronyms throughout here but you get a glossary if needed. Book was written along with a first time author, Nils Shelton.
No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels by Jay Dobyns
I mention this because it shows in the so-so writing and narration. The Angels as described here are actually just a washed up, living in the past wanna-be bad asses. Just your typical meth junkie, woman beating, trailer trash, paranoid, dobybs on bottled doybns, old guys. Yeah, nothing at all redeeming here except some unintentioned black humor. Real story line is Dobyns descent into the biker life style and the affect it has on his home life.
Story is okay but becomes depressingly repetitive and the ending is abrupt and unsatisfying. Problem here is he’s much more of an authentic bad ass than the over-the-hill gang he’s infiltrating.
Mar 16, Tom rated it really liked it. I love his honesty.
No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels
I have to wonder if he was a catylyst in events that may not have happened without his influence. It seems more like one percent of that one percent actually are criminals. And, in every ride and rally I have ever gone on the most Arro I love his honesty. His book is well done and his realazation at the end is humbling. I wish him the best.
Jun 25, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: No Angel is a harrowing and shocking account of undercover police work, a ruthless biker gang and the dangerous things that go on when no one is looking. Jan 07, Sherri rated it it was ok. I have known and liked a number of cops over the course of my life. I have known and liked a number of Hell’s Angels over the course of my life.
If I were likely to judge individuals by the group they hung out with, this book would make both sides look pathetic.