This page contains a number of links to ‘What the Media Say’ about me and my book Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story. If you are looking for reviews of my book this is the link to the Amazon listing .
5* Amazon Review – “Compelling insight to the life, mental make-up and identity confusion of someone deep undercover …”
The media in the UK, and elsewhere, has been kind to me and my book and here are some links to the interviews and articles. I have started to add to them in a ‘most-recent’ order of listing:
Wales Online February 24, 2019
Worldmark Films announce the plans to make a film based on my book. Naturally, I’m delighted.You can read some of the article here below. Click the link above to read the full piece.
It’s one of Wales’ most famous stories about a drugs ring that makes Breaking Bad look like a high school chemistry class.
And now, a film company has decided to take the tale to the big screen – but they’re planning on putting a comedy spin on the story.
The film will centre on Operation Julie in the 1970s which saw undercover cops take down a massive drugs ring in Wales.
It was said at the time that the drugs ring made around 60% of the world’s LSD.
The operation, named after Sgt Julie Taylor (an officer involved in the busts) has already featured on TV and was immortalised in The Clash’s Julie’s Been Working for the Drug Squad .
Vice Magazine UK November 19, 2018
Wales Online June 30, 2017.
BBC News July 6, 2017. This was linked to an interview with me on the BBC Two Newsnight programme aired on the same date.
The Metro (London) July 3, 2017.
Following the launch of the second edition of my book, there were two radio interviews with BBC national radio. Here is the first link to an interview with Ed Stourton on BBC Radio 4 World At One. Check it at the 36 minute point:
— Stephen Bentley (@StephenBentley8) July 2, 2017
The other was with Emma Barnett of BBC Radio 5 Live and the clip can be found at the 1:50 marker:
— Stephen Bentley (@StephenBentley8) July 2, 2017
Those two interviews took place on June 30, 2017, following this article published by the Guardian in London:
The Guardian article appeared on June 29, 2017, the day the second edition was published. To read the article in full click here on this link .
BBC Radio Solent also carried this interview with me. Click here to listen.
On June 28, 2017 this broadcast went out on BBC TV Wales News. Click here to watch the full story.
The UK’s Sunday Express newspaper carried this article published on June 25, 2017:
The link to the article is here.
This is a recent (June 2017) UK TV programme all about Operation Julie. It is in the Welsh language but with English subtitles:
Now I have also been featured as a guest author on US prime time cable TV with Detroit station APNTV Media. Below is the YouTube video of that interview.
BBC Radio Interview
Below is an earlier interview aired on BBC Radio Solent in October 2016 –
BBC Online News
The BBC also carried this piece on its online news website:
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 down two criminal networks – but ultimately at huge personal cost to himself.
The drugs ring he infiltrated for two years in the mid 1970s had its origins in the counter-culture of the 1960s. It involved doctors, scientists and university graduates. …
This publication specialises in whistle-blowers and uncovering misfeasance in public life.
This is reproduced from the article:
London’s Daily Express
On the date of publication it was the most read article online in the ‘Books’ section:
#3 was a book about something called the Game of Thrones.
Here is an excerpt from the piece:
The Mafia-connected gangster lent down and asked him: “Are you cops?”
The Canadian gangster was in Britain to expand his cocaine network.
He had links to Bolivian drug cartels, using five couriers to transport 100 percent pure cocaine into the United States. Now he wanted to expand into Europe.
[ … ]
Wales On Sunday
Steve Jackson and Eric Walker lived out of a battered old transit van on the outskirts of the small village of Llanddewi Brefi in west Wales.
Anyone who met them soon learned that they were searching for Eric’s brother, who had absconded from police custody after being arrested on a drugs charge and had fled England to hide away in the Welsh countryside.
Every morning the two unkempt characters would wash in a forest stream, cook a fry up on a portable stove and head into the nearby village to show around a photo and ask questions of the locals.
Since that article appeared, a BBC journalist also wrote a piece for Wales Online to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Operation Julie busts.
You may read that article under the headline The extraordinary story of the Welsh LSD ring that supplied the world by clicking here.
I am delighted with the reviews so far. Most are 5* reviews.
The pick of them for me for personal reasons is this one below:
It is written by someone who knows the “inside” of undercover policing and is also a “crime author.” I feel both proud and humble reading the review.
All reviews are appreciated and it is difficult to single out one as I have. I only do so because the reviewer “gets” the book and understand the deep impact undercover work had on my whole being and the future that lay in front of me.
I thank you all for buying and reading my book. You are all special and an extra thank you to those who reviewed it.
Also you can watch the book trailer for Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story below: