No Angel - Jay Dobyns & Nils Johnson-Shelton

No Angel

By Jay Dobyns & Nils Johnson-Shelton

  • Release Date: 2009-02-10
  • Genre: True Crime
No Angel book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 178 Ratings)

No Angel Jay Dobyns & Nils Johnson-Shelton Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Here, from 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 100 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. At runs and clubhouses, between rides and riots, Dobyns befriends bad-ass bikers, meth-fueled “old ladies,” gun fetishists, psycho-killer ex-cons, and even some of the “Filthy Few”--the elite of the Hells Angels who’ve committed extreme violence on behalf of their club. Eventually, at parties staged behind heavily armed security, he meets legendary club members such as Chuck Zito, Johnny Angel, and the godfather of all bikers, Ralph “Sonny” Barger. To blend in with them, he gets full-arm ink; to win their respect, he vows to prove himself a stone-cold killer.

Hardest of all is leading a double life, which has him torn between his devotion to his wife and children, and his pledge to become the first federal agent ever to be “fully patched” into the Angels’ near-impregnable ranks. His act is so convincing that he comes within a hairsbreadth of losing himself. Eventually, he realizes that just as he’s been infiltrating the Hells Angels, they’ ve been infiltrating him. And just as they’re not all bad, he’s not all good.

Reminiscent of Donnie Brasco’s uncovering of the true Mafia, this is an eye-opening portrait of the world of bikers--the most in-depth since Hunter Thompson’s seminal work--one that fully describes the seductive lure criminal camaraderie has for men who would otherwise be powerless outsiders. 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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User reviews about this book

  • Read this book

    By Sammyboy51
    Great read. Jay Dobyns is a straight up dude that sacrificed a lot to do his job and put his life at risk.
  • Self absorbed

    By Theryansckw
    Thought this was a good book and that Jay Dobyns is a brave guy to do something like this. Once I read more and more it just seemed that he could do no wrong and that he was god's gift the the Hells Angels. I think this a good book that I would recommend but take what he says with a grain of salt. Remember there was very few indictments during this operation because of numerous reasons.
  • Awesome

    By King10sooted
    One of the best books I have read in a long time. Keeps you interested once you get into it. Hard to put down.
  • Powerful

    By Kingoftrolls
    Great book, a powerful story of an undercover agent who gave too much in the pursuit of justice.
  • Couldnt put it down!

    By Truthisknowledge
    No bull,right to the point true story of undercover work! Usually you have to wade through the fluff before you get to the meat,not here! From beginning to end it will hold your attention.

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