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.
©2009 Jay Dobyns and Nils Johnson-Shelton; (P)2009 Tantor
"A fascinating look at the Hells Angels and the price one man paid for infiltrating the gang." (Booklist)
This book contains alot of trashy language which I expected with the subject matter. I also tend not to believe most of the author's stories because he goes into way too much detail. I mean-how could he remember every little thing he ate at the Phoenix Waffle house 5 years later. I think the Hydroxy Cut screwed with his brain!
I feel like intelligence has been sucked out of me for having listened to the first few hours of this garbage. I finally had to shut it off. This dude is so self-serving and egotistical I fail to see how anyone could believe a word out of his mouth. DONOT waste your time and money on this as it is trash at best. In my opinion this author is completely untrustworthy and or so far out of touch with reality this book should be sold as fiction.
"My harrowing journey"??? Nothing happens for most of the book. To make an attempt at some intrigue, he attempts to make the murder seem like it really happened - by not telling you it was fake. Then in the next chapter describes how it was setup.
The team penetrated a rural charter that did not even have enough memebers to be a real club.
Maybe he just needed a better author to help him with the book - Spent way too much time trying to fill space with boring details - YAWN. Hunter Thompson had a more "harrowing" experience with the Hells Angels.
The book started off strong but ended weak. Many chapters lasted too long and/or weren't needed to forward the story. Overall I think the book could of been cut in half and would of been a much better read. (I would of added a star if it had.)
I'm afraid I didn't get a well painted picture of the Hells Angels as much as I did of Jay Dobyns's own internal conflicts with his undercover duties. This would be fine but the same points such as how bad he was to his family were brought up time and time again with little new insight.
Toward the end of the book, Mr. Dobyns became a very unlikable character who I would barely root for. I did find myself feeling sorry for him getting caught up in the politics of a government agency when he put his life on the line though.
Where this type of subject matter has always interested me, I found the book "Under and Alone: The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America's Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang" by William Queen to be a much more interesting read.
I loved "Under and Alone" and was hoping that I would get more of that with this book, but it was not to be. One of the reviewers mentioned that the author was totally full of himself and the plot lingered on with meaningless commentary. Having not listened to the book yet, I thought that this review had to be harsh and I gave it a try. The review was totally right on. Some of the egotistical comments almost made me stop listening and move on to something else. I hung on and must say it was a disappointing ride. No doubt, what he and his fellow agents did to infiltrate the Hells Angels was extremely brave and commendable, but the book itself is totally lacking anything of substance to keep your interest. One or two chapters could have covered it.
seems pretty boring. Jay seems to be a big DRAMA QUEEN 0r he left alot out....I am not sure which. There are many better books. Try "Dead man walking", "Without a Badge" or "Take Down"
Great book and Great reader. The reader's voice just sounds like a badass old tough biker. You'll want to jump on a Harley after this listen. Very interesting book and a great story. Just a lot of fun and a great story. Shows how tough working undercover can really be.
I have a two hour round trip drive to work and just recently discovered audio books. What a lifesaver!
Probably not but that's nothing against the book itself. I just don't really reread books because there is so many new choices out there.
It's honest look at the path that was taken and the challenges that the author dealt with.
Mel is an excellent narrator. I would listen to a book that I normally probably wouldn't listen to just because he is the one narrating it.
Ummm, I don't know?
This was a great read and I was a little depressed when it was over.
This was one of those go mow the lawn or clean out your car so you can listen books. The story was told from an interesting perspective that I felt added something more to what is a somewhat generic premise.
This novel was less insightful and informative regarding the OMGs than I had hoped for. Truly, it is a memoir of one officer's role in a larger investigation.
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