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No Angel: My Undercover Journey to the Heart of the Hells Angels

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  2,708 ratings  ·  328 reviews
The extraordinary story of a cop who went undercover inside the notorious Hells Angels Motorcycle Club
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 6th 2010 by Canongate Books Ltd (first published 2009)
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Petra X
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 is from the hows 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
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Deadlift
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 a bizarre world of self-delusion, self-aggrandizing Federal Agents who take a bizarre pleasure in deceiving others in the name of convoluted moral Crusading which of course if done entirely on your dime. This book takes you on a journey as a man who honors the butcherers at Waco as he fear mongers the general public to what amounts to ...more
Mike
Jay Dobyns is an undercover ATF agent in Arizona. This is the story of his work to infiltrate the infamous motorcycle gang, the so called "HA, the One Percenter's, the Filthy Few, the 81's, the AFFA's, the MC's, the OMG's, yadda, yadda. Ton of acronyms throughout here but you get a glossary if needed. Book was written along with a first time author, Nils Shelton. 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
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Dan  Logue
This book is terrible. Usually, if I don't like a book I will give it about 100 pages, grab another, and not bother writing a review for goodreads. I gave this book close to 200 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 ...more
Michele
A Raw, Real and Riveting Memoir
Captivating from the first page, No Angel thrusts the reader into the inner world of the outlaw motorcycle gang, the Hells Angels. 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," b
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Tom
I love his honesty. I have to wonder if he was a catylyst in events that may not have happened without his influence. Somtimes I think that LEO are as Bad as the OMG they chase. I have known and associated with bikers both Outlaw and Weekend riders for the better part of my Adult life and I must say that the 1% moniker is overused and in my opinion a bit high. 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 ...more
Eric
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Pamela
I had some interest in the motorcycle riders, as I used to ride a scooter, and was in two clubs. But I was young and we were innocents, comparatively. While they have strict rules such as the order of riders on a bike ride, or run, we were mostly unencumbered by such rules. They want to be free but are restrictive in their actions, everything must be approved by the higher ups in the organization. Their business was mainly illegal, while most of us still lived at home with our parents, although ...more
Sherri
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. I tend to judge people based on themselves, not their affiliations/occupations. If I were likely to judge individuals by the group they hung out with, this book would make both sides look pathetic. That being said:

Yes, undercover work is dangerous and nerve-wracking. You can SAY they get paid to drink beer and ride bikes, and that sounds pretty cushy. T
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Parker
I started reading this book with a biased opinion, I have always been fascinated by the world of biker gangs. Jay infiltrates the Hells Angels and tries to shut them down. He failed miserably. The whole narrative come off as narcissistic, he tells his story begging the reader to believe he's a badass. He broke more laws than the 81's and in the end didn't get any big convictions. He lost his job over it and if he was half as successful as he tried to convince us he was he would prob be dead by n ...more
Roy
What a story. I live in AZ. I've seen a lot of this and been at these places. I've ridden for 30 years.
The book moves at a fast pace. The overwhelming message is you cannot associate with bad company without being corrupted yourself. No matter what the motive or intention is. It drives that point home with a stake!
It's a bummer in one respect, considering the timeline and the dates, and where we are now, his work seems to have accomplished absolutely nothing. That is sad. From a Christian with
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Bob
This book was really an interesting look into the outlaw biker culture. As a "biker" I think we tend to romanticize that world sometimes, but it's clearly no place for normal people to live. I don't understand why people would want to spend their lives in a sleazy environment of drugs, violence, and uncertainty about who your real friends are.

A couple of things I found interesting.

One was the humanity often found in men who are not wired to function in normal society, violent impulsive men with
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Patrick O'Neil
I've no big love towards cops, especially undercover cops that befriend their suspects and then use that friendship to nail them. I think it a sleazy way to arrest someone. I find it just another abuse the current criminal justice system employs because they suck at their jobs and have to pretty much entrap whomever it is they consider dangerous. However, on the other hand I am in no way advocating that criminal enterprises proliferate and the police should do shit all to stop them. I just think ...more
Jill Sorenson
I read this for research and yikes. All of the other MC nonfiction books I picked up were autobiographies from club members. I found them racist and unappealing. In this one, the club members are also racists, murderers, drug addicts and woman beaters. It's not a pretty picture, and even the undercover cop is no gem. He's addicted to the thrill (along with otc substances) and seems to prefer this lifestyle to his loving family. His off-duty moments at home were sweet and I wanted to know more ab ...more
Jennifer
This is a fascinating insider's look at a bizarre and dangerous American subculture. However, I had a difficult time keeping track of all the players, of which there are literally dozens, and their myriad list of real names and nicknames. The author, an undercover special agent, also includes hundreds of tiny details that slow the narrative down. I mean, do I really need to know exactly what he ordered every time he ate at the Waffle House (which was every few pages)? These may have been items h ...more
Weylin
Jan 24, 2010 Weylin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
If it wasn’t for responsibilities like taking care of a baby, chores, eating, etc., I would have read this book straight though without stopping. As a disclaimer, I share a very similar background with the author and I am sure that created a bias. But, I mostly think it is because this book conveyed a great true story and did it with great narrative story telling.
That being said, the author does come across as being pretty self centered, there are a few editing errors that even my lowly self
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Петър Стойков
"Креативно" наименованите "Ангели на Ада" са най-голямата и опасна мотоциклетна банда в света - занимават се с търговия с наркотици и оръжие главно, както и с напиване и пребиване на де когото сварят. И с убиване, даже доста.

Бивш детектив разказва за работата си под прикритие бандата, при която бива приет за член и се надява разследването му да даде материал няколко от ръководителите да бъдат осъдени по RICO (закон в САЩ за борба с организираната престъпност). Всъщност нищо такова не става и еди
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Tamara
Je suis tombée un peu par hasard sur ce livre, j’avais déjà vu des reportages sur les Hells Angels, mais je me suis dit que ça serait intéressant de rentrer à l’intérieur de leur organisation, surtout vue d’un flic.
Jay Dobyns a inflitré 2 ans les Hells Angels, 2 années pendant lesquelles il est devenu Bird. Bird est d’abord devenu membre des Solo Angeles avec d’autres agents infiltrés et indic, pour enfin devenir hangaround et prospect chez les Hells Angels. On en apprend beaucoup sur l’organisa
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S.K.
Wow!

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would with the shaky start. The beginning pages were slow and Jay's voice, that of a arrogant, cocky bastard had me rolling my eyes. Pretty tough to find what I liked about him to keep reading, but once I got to the start of the Black Biscuit operation, I was hooked. I liked Jay's cockiness, that showed me he was confident and determined. It also showed the part of his personality that was easily sucked into the Hells Angel world and why he came up
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Nicole
This one was a little difficult for me to rate. I started out really liking the book, feeling engaged, and enjoying the story. By the end, though, I started to dislike the guy who wrote the book, and that made it a little more difficult to read. The writing is okay, it's entertaining, for the most part. There were sections, like when he goes into way too much detail about making a sandwich for his kid, that I could have done without. I would have liked to get to know the main guys he worked with ...more
Christi Snow
My Review:
I'm not a big non-fiction reader just because I tend to get bored with it and don't finish the books, no matter how well they are written. This was not that type of book. I read this book for research since the next book I plan to write delves into the undercover motorcycle club world. But I found myself completely riveted by "Bird's" account of this undercover operation, Black Biscuit, which consumed two years of his life and had a hard time putting this book down.

This book is an acc
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Cathy
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Andrea
Very interesting read. I don't think I could ever do undercover work, as I find it hard to believe that after getting so involved with these people that you could just walk away and let them get get arrested. I know the whole point is to get the bad guys, but when you become a trusted friend and/or brother, how can you betray them so easily? I couldn't do it. The whole looking over my shoulder paranoia for the rest of my life also wouldn't be something I could do.

I did like his disgust for cop
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Melissa
The best part of this book? When the guy playing Big Lou the Wiseguy who actually is New Jersey mob tells Bird, "Made guys really don't give a midnight f*ck about Hells Angels or whatever they are." I feel a bit the same.
travelerblue
Undercover cop 'Bird' turns Hells Angel. We read along as his personality changes the deeper he gets into his new role. Fascinating.
I'm sorry, I forgot who recommended this book!!!
Jenna
I couldn't help myself! I had to "review" it! Very intriguing story!!! It was almost like I knew what was going to happen on the next page!
Travis D
I thought of the book as being a great detailed story of what Dobyns went though when he infiltrated the Hells Angels. He described what he went though in such detail and with clarity. The book is set up in four parts with multiple chapters in each part, for a total number of 39 chapters. Dobyns looks back on his journey though the ranks of the angels from the beginning of the book where he is with his partner and they had killed a Mongol, one of the rival gangs. They berried the body on the sid ...more
Christopher Payne
I had no idea what to expect when I opened the cover of “No Angel”. Not my typical book but I like branching out now and then, reading something different and the topic of undercover work sounded intriguing. Jay Dobyns is an undercover ATF Special Agent and he transitions from an all American College Football player to a tattooed Harley riding Hells Angel as he attempts to infiltrate the notorious gang turned crime syndicate. You have to wonder it Byrd (Jay’s nickname) didn’t have the luck of be ...more
Paul
You won't be able to put this book down once you've started. If you're like me, you'll read it with a mixture of admiration and disgust. Admiration for the ATF agents' guts, working undercover amidst the very enemy they're trying to snare; disgust over the depths to which American law enforcement has sunk, running entrapment operations and engaging in criminality themselves in order to catch a few lowlifes, then coming up short because the evidence they manage to gather is so contaminated by the ...more
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