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Hells Angels: Into The Abyss [Paperback]

Yves Lavigne
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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March 7 2011

By becoming the right-hand man of legendary Hells Angels leader Sonny Barger, Anthony Tait learned all about the club's dirtiest secrets. As the eyes and ears of an elaborate FBI undercover sting, he exposed some of the club's "brothers" for what they really are -- ruthless businessmen and vicious thugs who take murder contracts out on informers, run a multimillion-dollar drug ring that peddles speed and cocaine, and steal and spy on each other -- sometimes with deadly results. Hells Angels: In the Abyss will forever change the way you look at this dangerous biker club.

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YVES LAVIGNE is the author of four bestselling true-crime books, including Hells Angels: Taking Care of Business and Death Dealers. An international expert on motorcycle and other criminal gangs, and a former veteran reporter for The Globe and Mail, Yves Lavigne lives in Toronto.

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5.0 out of 5 stars first time read - shocking, but sadly true. July 20 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is exactly what the HELLS ANGELS M.C. (International) are up against. The expected move into terror, attacking other one percenters, and generally throwing away our original lifestyle. This book is really worth reading for two main reasons. ONE - just to see what happens when pure capitalism gets hold of a few greedy people, TWO - allowing the name HELLS ANGELS to be brought into the mainstream, which is opposite to the anti-corporate thing our founders wished. It is sad but true, and the HELLS ANGELS M.C.I., will stay out ''in the cold'' a little while longer thanks. ps- All interested people should read this book, but we must tell you - and other one percenters, there are true club members out there who wish not to offer murder and crime to our children - if ya know where to look.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good fun, trashy read !!! Feb. 25 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Poorly written but still difficult to put down. Yves Lavigne seems to throw his books together in a hurry, maybe he can't stay too long in one place ? Tait [the informer] is clearly a pathetic individual whose sole reason for grassing on his 'brothers' was to ingratiate himself to authority figures [that & a little money]. Although maybe physically tough he's clearly a man with no morals or character. He even looks like a cop, how didn't they spot him ? That will teach the HA to invite 'citizens' into their club who don't even own a motorcycle. Although I'm pretty impartial when it comes to the FBI/Hells Angels Lavigne's personal hatred of the HA makes this book a fun antidote to the club's propaganda about being modern day heroes & innocent victims of 'big brother' repression. Recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars DREADFUL AND BORING July 3 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the type of book that promises the world, but swiftly bogs down with pointless and abysmally boring court and legal transcripts, so that your eyes start jumping about the page until you wished you WERE a Hell's Angel and could beat the author. Jesus, why are most of these HA book so bad? One of the worst, of course, is Ralph Sonny Barger's, which attempts to lionize a bully with no redeeming qualities and very little brains. That book was as dumb as Ralph and does little except expose the level of abuse most of these bikers endured as boys, and how determined they are to get even with anyone even vaguely functional in society. It also illustrates the latent homsexuality of most men attracted to motorcycle clubs. THERE'S THE STORY. Anyway, enjoy this review and have a nice life.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Little truth and NO honor Aug. 26 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The author knows little about the real Hells Angels and has never spent time with them. He gets his information from a paid rat and a bunch of cops, each trying to justify and glorify themselves and support each other's lies in an effort for self-aggrandizement and profit. They try to trash the names of people I know and respect. I met Tait at the Hells Angels clubhouse on several occasions and had a bad feeling about him, the only time I met someone there I felt that way about. If they told the truth, they would be the ones in jail for the crimes they committed against America's favorite motorcycle club. I will always respect and support the Hells Angels. I have been proud to call some of them friends. The book is loaded with lies, as was Tait's testimony.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting but 1-sided Oct. 5 1999
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How anyone can call Tony Tait a "hero" is beyond me. The man is a complete loser,wanna be, and foremost a rat.What's most interesting about this book is the lengths our govt. will go for a conviction.This man was a criminal himself who admits in the book to drug use,illegal weapons possession,assault and more. Not what I would call a reliable witness yet he is your govt.'s boy and now walks among you and your family members courtesy of the govt. Not my definition of a hero. To me he is a criminal and a lowlife and worse than any Hells Angel.Support Your Local 81!! Snitches are a dying breed!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars don't buy it. July 14 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I feel a bit tainted, a bit dirtied that I bought this book. I should have been tipped off by the authors statement that he's the "foremost authority on the HA in North America". Clearly that's BS as any HA member would be more of an authority. It's like a dog claiming to be an expert on kitty litter. Then there's Tait. I found nothing respectable about him. The thing is, everyone can smell BS when you're standing in it, and this book reaks of it. Maybe I'll send to some $$ to the HA legal defense fund to make myself feel a little less soiled by this sad attempt at exploitation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars informative look Jan. 10 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to agree with the first guy on this poser Tate, looking at the pictures of this guy they should of known something was up with him. He plays it off like he's the geniune bad ass biker, but where is he now. Dead or in deep hiding and now he can play his wanna be spy role to the hilt. No one likes a fink and this is my slant on him. Lavigne's sister must of visited one or more "biker" parties for him to build such a deep hatred of a group of people he'd never been associated with, unless he's one and there just scamming cash? Good angle...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read Dec 23 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you are interested in so-called Outlaw Bikers, this is the book for you. Mr. Tait was one of the highest ranking HA members in America, all the while working for "the other side". For those "81 Supporters" who have written negative reviews, keep in mind that Tony earned the right to wear that patch, and that's more than you have done. I had to chuckle when I read Sonny's book and he seemed to imply that Tony was a wimp. Tony rose to the sergeant at arms position because he whipped everyone, Angel and non-Angel, that challenged him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing book
Published 2 months ago by Mike
1.0 out of 5 stars Just what the Feds want you to know
First of all, if you haven't read Sonny Barger's book, don't read this one until you do. Tait was a traitor and a phony. He proved this by becoming a dirty informant. Read more
Published on May 31 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This book was excellent, it painted a really good picture of how the Hell's Angels are vulnerable from within. Read more
Published on May 15 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars An inside look into the hells angels
Very worth reading a view into the Hells Angels from someone on the outside
Published on May 4 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awful!!
I have never taken so long to read a book in my life! Boring, boring, boring! Even if you skip the many pages of legal mumbo jumbo, you still have to read Tony Tait's constant... Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2001 by NISE
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book on the market
What's going on! Do the snitches now have a union or something?
Published on Jan. 20 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars terribly written
I've read hundreds of true crime books, and this is the worst. The author has an annoying prejudice against the HA and it shows (I thought the writer was supposed to be impartial)
Published on Dec 13 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad book, good subject
Never in the history of Bikers has there been written such worthless textual matter. Can not be followed from page to page and has no praisworthiness what so ever. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2000 by Charles Bishop
1.0 out of 5 stars Hells Angels into the Abyss
This author and person, only wrote and shared his own thoughts. He never got to know the people or understood their family code. Read more
Published on April 13 2000
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