Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story

Title: Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story

Author: Stephen Bentley 

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, True Crime

Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies

Where to buy: Amazon

Synopsis: Operation Julie is still today the "point of reference" for all British undercover operations and training. The BBC in 2011 claimed this massive and unique police operation was the start of the "war on drugs." The author, Stephen Bentley, was one of four undercover detectives engaged on Operation Julie, one of the world's largest drug busts. He, together with his undercover partner, not only infiltrated the gang producing around 90 percent of the world's LSD but also uncovered a plot to import huge quantities of Bolivian cocaine into the UK. The drugs underworld knew the author as Steve Jackson. How did he successfully infiltrate the two gangs? Did he have to take drugs? How did 'living a lie' affect him? Discover the answers and get inside the mind of Steve Jackson, undercover detective …

About the Author: Stephen Bentley is an expat from the UK now living in the Philippines. He is a former barrister (trial attorney) and police officer. He has previously written a guide to Filipino 'road culture' and is currently writing a first novel based on his undercover days. Stephen is a regular contributor to several online magazines and covers a variety of topics including undercover policing issues. When he isn't writing, Stephen follows the (mis)fortunes of Liverpool Football Club from afar and relaxes on the beaches of the Philippines with his family. He would like you to know that he will donate 10% of all book sales royalties to the James Bulger Memorial Trust, a UK registered charity.

Review: Masterfully told by undercover officer Stephen Bentley, this isn't a run of the mill sensationalist true crime book. Dive underneath the visible parts of the water and into the murky depths as you are pulled along through not just the operation but the aftermath, both personal and public. A must read for true crime lovers and historians alike. I cannot recommend this book enough. It was a very enjoyable read.