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Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story


Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story

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    Available in PDF Format | Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story.pdf | English
    Stephen Bentley(Author)
This is the fully revised 2nd edition of Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story and re-published since the author reasserted his publishing rights. The author would like to remind you purchasing this version means he will be able to donate a portion of royalties to the James Bulger Memorial Trust.Operation Julie is still today the point of reference for all British undercover operations and training. In 2011, the BBC claimed this massive and unique police operation was the start of the war on drugs.Stephen Bentley, was one of four undercover detectives engaged on Operation Julie, one of the world's largest drug busts. Together with his undercover partner, he infiltrated the gang producing around 90 percent of the world's LSD and uncovered a plot to import huge quantities of Bolivian cocaine into the UK.The underworld knew the author as Steve Jackson. How did he successfully infiltrate the two gangs? Did he have to take drugs, and how did 'living a lie' affect him?Discover the answers and get inside the mind of Steve Jackson, undercover detective.A fascinating, straightforward, honest account of an insider who was in truth an outsider... a tale of outrageous greed, lust, violence and bravery of a few men who had an admirable goal and how they managed it. An insider’s perspective of the drug trade, told with charm, intelligence, and at times humor, by a talented man, uniquely qualified to dish the real story, who above all was an honest decent man. Just a plain good read. - Review excerptBrilliant book, I couldn't put it down and was gutted to finish it last night. Wonderfully written. It provides an insight into life in the late 70s and the expectations placed on undercover officers at the time. A must-read, you won't be disappointed. Liz - Amazon UK Review

Stephen Bentley is a former police Detective Sergeant and barrister (trial attorney) from the UK. He is now a freelance writer and HuffPost UK blogger. His memoir 'Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story' is a frank account of his undercover detective experiences during Operation Julie - an elite group of detectives who in the 1970’s successfully investigated one of the world's largest drugs rings.It has been said by the BBC that Operation Julie was the “start of the war on drugs.” Another commentator called it “the spark that lit the war on drugs.” It was an early undercover police operation that is still unique in the annals of crime investigation in the UK and serves as a reference point for covert police activities to this day.Stephen was a pioneer and forced to deal with the psychological impact of deep undercover work with no back-up or help. The first edition of Stephen’s book became an Amazon UK #1 Best Seller in 2 categories and #2 in a third category. Though a UK-based story, it has received numerous plaudits and five star reviews on both sides of “the pond.’His writing draws upon his many life experiences including those as an undercover cop and trial lawyer. He spent a combined total of almost 30 years in those careers but has also worked in such diverse jobs as sales management, and as a truck driver, London motorcycle courier, hospital porter and operating industrial plant machinery for one of the world’s largest water companies. He has travelled extensively particularly throughout S.E. Asia, including Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Stephen has also travelled throughout the United States and Australia where he indulges his love of riding motorcycles. His first book, 'How to Drive Like an Idiot in Bacolod: An Expat’s Experiences of Driving in the Philippines and How to Survive', deals with the road culture shock he endured in that country. It is written in his usual no-nonsense style with an infusion of humour.Stephen was born in Accrington, Lancashire, England but raised from an early age in Huyton, Liverpool. He is proud of his East Lancashire roots and equally proud to be considered as an “honorary Scouser.”The author donates a portion of his royalties to the James Bulger Memorial Trust, a U.K. Registered Charity."Brilliant book, I couldn't put it down and was gutted to finish it last night. Wonderfully written." Liz - Amazon UK Review of 'Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story.'

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  • PDF | 302 pages
  • Stephen Bentley(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (14 July 2017)
  • English
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  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By Sashadoo on 15 September 2017

    What a super read! I was fascinated by this true story of what was at the time, Britain's biggest ever drug bust. The fact that Steve Bentley was one of the two undercover detectives most involved in the investigation adds a certain edginess and tension to the tale. The story revolves around Steve and his undercover partner infiltrating a drug supply and manufacturing organisation in the unlikely location of the wild Welsh countryside. Mr. Bentley pulls no punches in being brutally honest about the effects his time under cover had on his personal life and perhaps most importantly, his psychological health. Living a false life for months on end and growing close to the people he was investigating was bound to leave certain scars in the mind and lead to inevitable conflicts of loyalty at times, though, to his eternal credit, the author never lost track of the ultimate motivation for his mission. This is not just the warts and all story of Operation Julie, it is an intensely personal memoir of a courageous man, who, like others placed in deep cover situations, responded with the bravery and professionalism we tend to take for granted from those tasked with the protection of our society and the upholding of its laws. This is no TV crime drama where the good guys and the bad guys are easily identifiable and where the crime is solved in an hour of air time. In the real life story of Operation Julie, the defining lines are not so clear and I found myself intrigued by the friendship that developed between Mr. Bentley and one of the men he was investigating, wondering just how he would resolve this difficult situation when the final denouement took place. There is an element of tragedy here too, as in the aftermath of the operation, Mr. Bentley's life began to unravel and he ended up fighting his own personal war against depression and mental instability, with no support from those who had sent him in to deep cover to begin with. In this way, we see how in the 1970s, the role of an undercover officer was poorly defined or supported, surprisingly so in my opinion. And yet, Steve Bentley found his own route to a new beginning and it is hardly surprising that his excellent book is, I understand, currently in the process of being turned into a TV documentary. I can only give this great read a maximum of 5 stars, though I would award it more if I could.

  • By Anne Carmichael, Author on 17 March 2017

    Just knowing that the author, Stephen Bentley, was one of the two detectives assigned to go undercover in an operation which not only spanned the globe, but put his life in peril on a minute-by-minute and day-to-day basis as he infiltrated a drug cartel.'Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story' is a thriller of epic proportions. I highly recommend it, not only for the thrill of Bentley's dangerous assignment, but as a history lesson in international drug culture.

  • By Philip Danaher on 19 April 2017

    Great read really insightful really written well

  • By Guest on 12 June 2017

    Brilliant book, I couldn't put it down and was gutted to finish it last night. Wonderfully written. It provides an insight into life in the late 70s and the expectations placed on undercover officers at the time. A must-read, you won't be disappointed. Liz

  • By Peter PB on 14 December 2016

    good book

  • By Guest on 5 April 2017

    Excellent read not biased pro or anti drugsGood authentic details of the case of operation Julie and extra stuff to make your own mind up reading between the lines

  • By Emma J. on 1 June 2017

    This is the stuff of legend , a blinding good read ! Highly recomended, funny, witty aswell as serious & insightful a real page turner ! Thanks ! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • By rc on 12 April 2017

    Gripping account of pioneering undercover police work set in a Britain very different from today. Highly Recommended!

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