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No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels

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10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Are You Kidding Me? Yes, It's That Damn Good!!!

I thought I knew the story of ATF Agent Jay `Jaybird¿ Dobyns after reading earlier books and seeing him interviewed on the History Channel, National Geographic and America¿s Most Wanted ¿ I was wrong.

Using his own words and in a fresh, interesting way Dobyns t...
I thought I knew the story of ATF Agent Jay `Jaybird¿ Dobyns after reading earlier books and seeing him interviewed on the History Channel, National Geographic and America¿s Most Wanted ¿ I was wrong.

Using his own words and in a fresh, interesting way Dobyns tells of his adventure working undercover on the Hells Angels biker gang.

For the purpose of balance and credibility, I admire good stories and good story telling but I am not necessarily a true crime or biker aficionado. As I read No Angel my reaction was just what I titled this comment ¿ ARE YOU KIDDING ME? IT IS THAT DAMN GOOD!!!

The writing of Dobyns and Nils Johnson-Shelton is well crafted and carries an original voice. The research is first person, spot-on accurate. The version I read was an advance release so I cannot comment on picture inserts.

Dobyns writes of his quest to become a Hells Angel and in doing so expands to so much more. No Angel contains all the prerequisites that a book of this genre is expected: discomforting scenes, violence, love, trust, betrayal and all the events that had him living life on the edge of a straight razor.

With murders swirling around him and being pressured to commit others (which he does but I won¿t spoil the story with details) on each page turn I feared what would next happen to our protagonist, Jaybird. But¿

No Angel is no common true crime thriller. It¿s viciously real on the personal front. If you expect Dobyns to follow the worn-out paths of others and attempt to convince you he is a superhero cop, you¿ll be disappointed. Humility and graciousness are clearly Dobyns character traits.

No police memoire has so openly bared the soul its subject since Serpico. Dobyns humbly suggests that he is no role model and that his courage is no stronger than that of any common man. He is honest and accountable for his mistakes telling us how he alienated his wife, ignored his children, lost his friends, and endured the questioning of his methods by bosses and peers as he trudged forward with a tunnel-visioned pursuit of the Hells Angels most coveted trophy, a Deathead center patch sewn to his vest.

Surprisingly, I believe that the Hells Angel gang members and their followers will applaud No Angel. They may not care for the infiltration element but their gang is treated with dignity. One senses that Dobyns carries a healthy respect for the Hells Angels - not in what they stand for but surely in what they are capable of.

Dobyns portrays his adversaries honestly; as brutal kings who reign worldwide over the wickedly violent biker culture regardless of the cost to themselves or others. Dobyns knows; he was there with them.

No Angel is the book that Sonny Barger didn¿t have the humility to write and the one that Dobyns himself surely guarded from other authors and media sources who tried to tell his story.

By a landslide No Angel is the best cop /criminal / true crime book to be published in a long, long time.

posted by 389501 on November 17, 2008

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7 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

No Angel

Ridiculous book. These undercover agents like these kinds of cases because it gives them the opportunity to live a lifestyle they fantasize about but don't have the guts to live. They can get out when the gettin gets tough. They build relationships involving trust and l...
Ridiculous book. These undercover agents like these kinds of cases because it gives them the opportunity to live a lifestyle they fantasize about but don't have the guts to live. They can get out when the gettin gets tough. They build relationships involving trust and love, then rat everybody out. The agent then justifies it by telling himself what a bunch of scum these guys are. At least members of these MC's are upfront about who they are. I don't understand how anybody can find anything honorable about being a rat. I thouhgt this book was full of stereotypes and biased information.

posted by 619Kitty on March 3, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2011

    A let down - sorry to say

    I really wanted to like this book but it just did not live up to my expectations. I am a fan of this genre - but this is the weakest I have read. Short on substance and long on self pity and overly inflated opinion of the authors importance and achievements (he did not even "patch" with the HA) And alright already, we know how you feel about your wife not understanding you and your boss not appreciating you hard work (I guess I could write a book on that subject myself) but please.... how often do we have to hear it in your book. I could not get emotionally involved inn this book and when I finished it I asked myself - "Is that it?" I would recommend "Under and Alone" over this book any day. Sorry not for me - YMMV

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