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Sometimes I need to take a break from theology and read historical non-fictions or account of law enforcement.  Here’s one such book with a Christian reflection below.No Angel Jay Dobyns

Jay Dobyns. No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels.  New York, NY: Crown Publishers, February 10th, 2009. 328 pp.

The story of an undercover ATF federal agent who worked to infiltrate the Hells Angels Motorbike gang in Arizona.  It is a spellbinding account of Jay Dobyns’ work and how it affected him as a result of this undercover operation.  The background story that the book provides of Dobyns life is just as interesting as Operation Black Biscuit (the operation against the Hells Angels).  Dobyns was a college football star turned federal agent.  On his first day with the ATF he was shot in the chest while pursuing a fugitve and while most people’s brush with death would make them think twice of their career for Dobyns the adrenaline rush of surviving death made him want to stay around for more.  Not only did he stay with the ATF but Dobyns also decided to go undercover.  He was quite an experienced undercover agent when he went on assignment with the Hells Angels case.  It’s quite a read especially for the general readers since it provide a window into the world of outlaw motor bicycle gangs.   Equally interesting was the window the book provides to the world of undercover cops and how they tried to enter into the bikers scene.  These guys are incredibly smart and quick witted.

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Note: For the next few weeks on Sunday we will feature a review of books outside of theology, philosophy and apologetics.  Each review of a non-Christian book will also have a section titled, “What’s in it for the Christian?”

Armed and Dangerous

 

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The author William Queen is a retired decorated agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) who is best known for going undercover and taking on the Mongols in the San Fernando Valley.  In this book he tells us a story of dealing with another criminal before his days of taking on the Mongols.  Back in 1985 Queen was dealing with a case of trying to apprehend a criminal name Mark Stephens who sold marijuana to local dealers and also terrorized the San Bernardino community.  Queen first heard of Stephens from his contacts with local law enforcement agency.  Whenever Queen asked them who was their toughest criminal in the neighborhood the name was always the same: Mark Stephens.  What made it difficult for the police to apprehend Stephens was that he hid himself in a difficult part of the San Bernardino Mountains and his coming and going into town was spontaneous and highly unpredictable.  Stephens was also a dangerous man who is armed with machine guns and homemade grenades.  The more Stephens terrorized the community the more obsessed Queen became with apprehending Stephens.  Along the way Queen also had to deal with other non-related cases that is typical of ATF field agents.  The book tells the story of a man who is dedicated in his job of going after criminals.  He is no paper pusher and loves the job of undercover work and kicking down door.  As the book progresses you also learn more of Queen’s own life—how he was a Vietnam War Veteran of the Special Forces, how he bucks his superiors but also know where he crossed the line and the mutual respect of his fellow agents for each other.  The book is exciting and funny and makes for a good leisure reading.

 

What’s in it for the Christian: The author’s sense of justice is a great example for everyone.  There is a moral right—and a moral wrong.  William Queen is a sheep dog who has the high sense of duty of protecting the innocent from getting hurt—which is the motivation for why he wants to get his suspect before he hurt someone again.  As Romans 13 teaches us, we must honor those who are God’s agent of order in the government and we can read this book to honor and appreciate those in law enforcement.  The author’s courage is also a great virtue that Christians should seek to cultivate—and courage is one of those virtues that is best picked up from the examples of others.  Readers must be warned that this book has strong language.

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