A current listing of books written by Stephen Bentley. They are listed chronologically by date of publication.

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How to Drive Like an Idiot in Bacolod – An Expat’s Experiences of Driving in the Philippines and How to Survive

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‘How to Drive Like an Idiot in Bacolod’ is the story of the British expat author’s “road culture shock” when faced with the hazards of driving in Bacolod, Philippines.Those hazards are vividly described in this book.
He draws on his vast experience as a police-trained driver to offer tips in defensive driving in the hope it will help in surviving the chaos on the roads of the Philippines.
This second edition also addresses the negative impact of the author’s observations about the local road culture by highlighting the many “great things” about Bacolod and the surrounding area.
The book is aimed at expats, Filipinos and tourists alike.

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A five star rating for a few reasons, firstly I read the book in two sittings – a good barometer to how readable a book is. Secondly and I say this as someone living in Bacolod – I recognise everything the author says about the driving here. Thirdly – the humour leaps out of the page at you and the reader can feel how the frustrations of driving here are dealt with a resigned humour. Lots of info’ about Bacolod and Negros island that will be of great value to anyone thinking of visiting here or even someone like me wanting to explore more of the area where I now live. The casual reader will also find it entertaining and I have no hesitation in recommending “How to drive like an idiot in Bacolod”.

Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story

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This unflinching memoir … opens up a world of drugs, crime, passion, and fear in a way that no other book has ever been able to do: because it’s true… Bentley’s sympathetic and yet tough view on those that he met and the people that both helped and hindered him is gripping, and his narrative sweep can sometimes make you forget that this is fact, not fiction – Review Excerpt

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 …

I found it a fascinating, straightforward, honest account of an insider who was in truth an outsider. It’s a tale of outrageous greed, lust, violence and the 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 Excerpt

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unflinching memoir that is a fascinating read
on 14 September 2016
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This unflinching memoir by Stephen Bentley opens up a world of drugs, crime, passion, and fear in a way that no other book has ever been able to do: because it’s true. It’s fascinating to wander through his life, as though perched on his shoulder, and it’s astounding to believe that the events that unfold actually happened. Bentley’s sympathetic and yet tough view on those that he met and the people that both helped and hindered him is gripping, and his narrative sweep can sometimes make you forget that this is fact, not fiction. As a lover of crime drama, it’s astonishing to see just what is correct and completely missguided when it comes to the outside world, and I look forward to reading more from Bentley – surely there is more to come?

 

 

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