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Operation Julie – The Inside Story

This category is about my true undercover experiences working on one of the world’s largest ever drug busts.

My forthcoming book is currently at the second draft stage so it will not be too long before it is available. The Book List on my author website will show where and when you can buy it and my other books.

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New Monthly Newsletter – Does Crime Pay?

A new monthly newsletter will soon become operational. It will combine posts from both this blog and my author website. The idea is to keep things separated – Bacolod and Philippines posts on this blog with all author and book related posts on my author website. The new newsletter will include posts from both sites – you may simply pick and choose what interests you and read it. I anticipate the monthly newsletter will commence at the beginning of March 2017. While I am here, I will give you a taste of what I have been up to over on my author website. It’s been hectic as I have been participating in an annual event known as Mystery Thriller Week. I have been interviewing several… Read More

And the Winner Is … Happy Christmas

And the winner is … there are three – so Happy Christmas to all of them and my readers worldwide. All of the competition winners have now received the signed copy of my book. The winner is … Carol –   The winner is … John – The winner is … Tony – All three were winners of a signed copy of a paperback of my book Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story and in addition will shortly receive an Amazon gift voucher to the value of $50. They have all supported me in my efforts and helped enormously by participating fully in all my pre-publication promotions including the three competitions I ran. I value that and am most grateful to them and all the… Read More

Unique Proof Copy of My Book

A unique proof copy of my book Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story is soon to be auctioned on eBay. All proceeds of the auction will be donated to my charity of choice, the James Bulger Memorial Trust. It is unique as it was printed as a one-off and shipped to me as a proof copy for the author. It is new and unread as I only checked for layout, typos and the usual stuff. In any event, I didn’t need to read it as I had a good idea what was in there 🙂 A number of changes were made to the book as a result of checking this proof copy. Some content was deleted and some added as well as chapters being… Read More

What the Media are Saying

‘What the Media Say’ about me and my book Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story is a timely addition to this website in light of today’s developments. This memoir about my undercover cop days on one of the UKs largest drug busts has made it into two book categories as #1 Best Seller plus a further #1 in a Kindle category. (October 24, 2016) 5* Amazon Review – “Compelling insight to the life, mental make-up and identity confusion of someone deep undercover …”  The media in the UK has been kind to me and my book and here are some links to the interviews and articles: BBC Radio Interview Below is an interview aired on BBC Radio Solent – BBC Online News The BBC… Read More

Edited BBC Interview with Former Undercover Detective

This article first appeared on the Stephen Bentley – Author website. Following on from a BBC News article about me and my book Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story, and read by over 250,000 online readers, this pre-recorded BBC author interview with Stephen Bentley (me) was aired on the BBC this week: Here are some photos from the period showing me in my other persona as Steve Jackson with some images of the “other me” right after Operation Julie then more recently. Now it’s only fair I insert some images of the other people mentioned in my book, namely Smiles and Buzz: Please consider buying and reading the book. It has some great reviews and leave one of your own. Authors do like to… Read More

Will This BBC Article Sell More Books?

Will This BBC Article Sell More Books? Now that is a good question and I have no idea of the answer. Generally speaking I am happy with the article as it is 99% accurate. Here it is in full and it can be found on the BBC news site.: Operation Julie: How I infiltrated a drugs gang By Dominic Blake BBC Radio Solent 2 October 2016 From the section Hampshire & Isle of Wight   Image copyright STEPHEN BENTLEYImage caption As Steve Jackson, Stephen Bentley lived out of the back of a van during the surveillance operation At the age of 29, Stephen Bentley, a fresh-faced detective, turned himself into Steve Jackson, a dope-smoking, hard-drinking hippy. His time spent undercover with a gang making and distributing LSD helped bring… Read More

BBC Radio Interview Stephen Bentley

A BBC Radio interview with Stephen Bentley today September 30, 2016 I am talking about the subject of my book Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story and undercover policing in the UK. There is a second interview of some 40 minutes planned for next week.   These are some of the more recent reviews posted on Amazon: 5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and compelling By donna on 14 September 2016 Format: Paperback Steven Bentley certainly provides a compelling depiction of not only one of the largest drug busts in history, but of the LSD manufacturing and trade in general. Bentley and his partner bravely fight against the drug underworld, police corruption, greed and against their own addictions culminating from the necessity to partake in what they… Read More

Stop Press! Kindle Price Increase

Kindle Price Increase – Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story A subscriber email went out a short time ago to inform all my email followers that a Kindle price increase was imminent. Much to my amazement Amazon implemented this increase almost immediately after I notified them. Changes usually take at least 12 hours to kick in. The point is, first of all I’m sorry if you missed out on the lower price. But don’t despair as subscribers will be exclusively notified of any countdown deal (discount period) in the coming months. I do plan at least one. So check your emails from me to stay tuned and don’t miss out again. Take care! 🙂 PS The increase was to move away from the heavily… Read More

War On Drugs: Damascene Moment?

The post below first appeared on the Stephen Bentley – Author website. As a regular reader of my blog here, you may wonder why I sometimes reproduce articles from my author site here. The answer is straightforward. It is to enable my Weekly Newsletter to include articles like this into the news feed for the newsletter. You then have a choice. when opening the Newsletter email once a week,  to read any article that piques your interest and ignore those that don’t 🙂 Please also note comments are not open here. If you wish to comment and join the debate, please click this link to go to my author website where you may say your piece. Thank you. This article continues the series of posts… Read More

Philippines, War On Drugs and an Undercover Cop

This article first appeared on the Stephen Bentley – Author website. The recent publication of my book ‘Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story‘ has opened up an interesting debate about the “war on drugs,” undercover policing and related issues. This is the first in a series of articles about that debate and some other issues raised by reviews of my book. What does the War on Drugs, an Undercover Cop and the Philippines have in common? There is a certain irony in a British ex-undercover cop living in the Philippines. He went undercover on one of the world’s largest drug busts, Operation Julie, and now advocates decriminalization along the lines of the example set by Portugal. Social media is inundated with #warondrugs hashtags associated… Read More

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