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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,727 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay Dobyns, Nils Johnson-Shelton Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Getting shot in the chest as a rookie ATF agent, bartering for machine guns, throttling down the highway at one hundred miles per hour, 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 Jay Dobyns recounts in this action-packed, hard to imagine, but true story of how he infiltrated the legendary Hells Angels.

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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amber | 2/1/2014

    " I could not put this book down! The way it's written, and the point of view Jay had as PD and almost loosing himself during the whole time he was infiltrating is just addicting! I would totally recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shanrina | 1/26/2014

    " I had a hard time reading this book in spots, but not because of the subject matter. The writing wasn't always clear, and I wound up having to reread far too many passages to get the proper meaning sometimes. It was also hard to keep a lot of the people mentioned in the book straight after awhile, especially when they were mentioned again later. The subject matter was interesting, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kassie | 1/18/2014

    " I liked the idea of this book better than the book itself. The first 100 pages whiz by and then it stalls a bit. Also to spend nearly two years of your life collecting evidence on criminals and having the charges against them dropped or reduced has to be infuriating. I think I'll read Hunter S Thompson's book on the Hells Angels for more history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Arthur Davis | 1/17/2014

    " This book is a must for anyone interested in motorcycles. It is about an undercover FBI agent who attempts to infiltrate the worlds largest outlaw motorcycle gang. The Hells Angels. "

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About the Author

Jay Dobyns is a highly decorated agent who has worked for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) for more than twenty years. For his work on Operation Black Biscuit, he was awarded the ATF Distinguished Service Medal and also a prestigious Top Cops award from the National Association of Police Officers.

About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”