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Book Review: Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police

This is my review of an excellent book Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police by Rob Evans and Paul Lewis. What a disgrace!, 21 Nov. 2016 By SB Verified Purchase(What is this?) This review is from: Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police (Kindle Edition) As a former UK undercover detective on the 1970s Operation Julie [ ASIN B01JUTPN30 Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story] who has written a book about my experiences, I thought it was high time I read this book by Rob Evans and Paul Lewis. I am glad I did. It was an eye-opener and revealed a world I hadn’t got a clue existed even though I was part of one of the UKs largest drug busts…. Read More

Who Wouldn’t Have Feared For Their Life?

This article first appeared in the UK’s Daily Express on Wednesday October 19, 2016. I liked it not just because it helps to promote my book, but also because it is the first article in 40 years that focuses on the huge cocaine plot that I infiltrated together with my undercover partner. ‘Who wouldn’t have feared for their life?’ Meet the cop behind biggest 70s UK drug-bust STEVE BENTLEY felt the pressure against the side of his temple and knew he was in trouble. By NICK RIPPINGTON PUBLISHED: 14:55, Tue, Oct 18, 2016 | UPDATED: 15:01, Tue, Oct 18, 2016 Above: Author Steve Bentley, as he is now, and a LSD factory that was raided in Hampton Wick, London The Mafia-connected gangster lent down and… Read More

They’re Rugby Boys, Don’t You Know? – Book Review

They’re Rugby Boys, Don’t You Know? by Natalie Vellacott My rating: 4 of 5 stars I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. This book intrigued me for two reasons. I am also a former UK police officer as is the author of this book and I now live in the Philippines, the location for the tale of the “Rugby Boys.” It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative read and I recommend it to all who are concerned about the plight and suffering of our fellow humans no matter where they happen to live. I was aware of this problem and sometimes see the effects of solvent abuse on the streets of the provincial city where I live. I… Read More

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way … – Book Review

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a book I did enjoy for more reasons than one. The first reason is I found it fascinating in itself. The second, is that it helped me enormously in understanding the hallucinatory experiences of users of psychedelics. Why was that important? Back in the day as an undercover cop, there was no training for that role. I took it upon myself to learn about drug experiences prior to my involvement in one of the world’s largest drug busts, Operation Julie. You may read about those days in my book Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story View all my reviews That was the review… Read More

Alarm Starboard!: Book Review

Alarm Starboard!: A Remarkable True Story of the War at Sea by Geoffrey Brooke My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is truly a remarkable story. In fact it is several remarkable stories resulting from the author’s career in the British Royal Navy from pre-WW2 1939 to the end of WW2 in 1945. It is remarkable and fascinating. So fascinating that I read all 288-pages of the hardcover version inside two days. I simply could not put it down! The author’s easy writing style certainly assists as the story gallops along from one life-threatening incident to another, and some of them were not related to ships or the sea. I seriously wonder whether the world will ever see another generation of young men like Geoffrey… Read More

Crossing The Whitewash by Nick Rippington: Book Review

Perhaps it is not surprising, given my background as both a former undercover cop and barrister (trial attorney for my American friends), that my taste in  reading books leans towards crime fiction and true crime. Nick Rippington is the author of Crossing The Whitewash, a UK gangland thriller. The author interview with Nick recently appeared both here and on my author website. This is my review of his marvelous novel as left on both Goodreads and Amazon. Crossing The Whitewash: A UK gangland thriller by Nick Rippington My rating: 5 of 5 stars Cracking read! This is an author to watch. For a first novel it is quite a challenge to achieve all the right ingredients but Nick Rippington did it for me. The characters… Read More

Curious Case of the Iceberg Lettuce and a Cranky Book Reviewer

Welcome to the World of Books (and Iceberg Lettuce) You may ask what an iceberg lettuce has got to do with book reviews. Read on my friend … One of my recent book reviews  on the Goodreads website was for a book called A Harvest Passion by Emily Murdoch. I also posted my review on Amazon. While I was on the Goodreads site, I spotted a 1* Review. I thought ‘no, it can’t be.’ But it was and here is what was posted by the reviewer. If there’s a worse book out there, I can’t think of what it is. This was awkward and weird, with neither main character having anything remotely interesting about them. There was absolutely no reason for them to “fall in… Read More

Book Review: ‘Carly’ by D.M. Wolfenden

This is my review posted on Goodreads and UK Amazon. It is a very short story but brilliantly written. This is the “blurb” on Amazon: Written in British English, including some slang. Carly: Her cousin, Lisa disappeared, her family murdered in front of her. Held in prison for kidnapper’s murder, she has to try and find a way to save Lisa. Carly by D.M. Wolfenden My rating: 5 of 5 stars Carly by D.M. Wolfenden is an excellent short story. And by short, I mean short. Yet, that does not detract from the quality of such a well written tale of a dialogue between Carly and the reporter Vanessa in a police custody interview room. The main character of Carly comes alive from the pages… Read More

Book Review: Jack Kregas – ‘It’s All About Me and a few others’

As a writer, I also read books. I find it difficult to read as many as I would like but make the effort. From time to time I will post a book review here and the first is Jack Kregas and his ‘It’s All About Me and a few others.’ The review also appears on Amazon and Goodreads. Genre: Biographies/Memoirs Review “An Honest Account of a Hedonistic Life” It’s All About Me and a few others: A life of hedonistic pursuits or squandered opportunities by Jack Kregas My rating: 5 of 5 stars Five stars because I did love the book. It’s true to say it’s a book I wouldn’t normally read, but I’m glad I did. It’s an honest account of Jack’s life and… Read More

Saturday Review and Book Review 05/14/16

This is the week’s final article in the series of summaries of self development articles. You can view all the previous summaries in the series by clicking on this category link. This week is a slight variation on the usual format. The reason for that is I have just completed a book review for the first time. Although it doesn’t fall under the topic of self development articles, it is a book about self development. More of that (and the review) later. Self Development Articles: Saturday Review Today is Saturday,once more! I  will take my usual glance back at the week with a fresh but brief overview of those summaries.  It will be so brief that I will often confine it to picking the “quote of… Read More

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