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An original member of the DEA's legendary Group 93, which was founded in 1990 to target the drug cartels based in Cali, Colombia, Speziale has an amazing life story to tell, and in a breathless narrative, he (with freelance writer Seal) nails the high points of his 20-year-long career. From his troubled youth in New Jersey through his incarnation as the suave "Geraldo Bartone" to infiltrate the Cali gangs, to a final bout with career burnout, Speziale provides a detailed insider look at the tough life of undercover cops and the relentless pressure of a job in which the "only way to bust the cartel is to become part of it." As Speziale is schooled in the ways of a drug lord by a confidential informant-who later tries to double-cross him-the authors show just how easy and dangerous it is to go to Guatemala, build an airstrip, set up a business and begin to do large drug deals for the Cali cartel. Unfortunately, the book is written in a faux tough-guy style, reminiscent of old Miami Vice episodes. Speziale has lived an interesting life, but phrases like "I felt that roller-coaster ride ratcheting up another level" don't raise his tale beyond that of a B-movie.
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Exciting and authentic! A great book. --Joe Pistone
Speziale has an amazing life story to tell, and nails the high points of his 20-year-long career. --Publishers Weekly
This harrowing autobiography provides a fascinating peek into a subculture few of us have ever seen before. --Washington Post
The book is a great book to read plus I went to school with mr Jerry Speziale it was Exciting too read about himPublished on October 4, 2012 by CHARRY VERHAGE
I ENJOYED THIS BOOK VERY MUCH ESPECIALLY BEING A TRUE STORY OF A COP'S CAREER IN THE NYPD. I COULDN'T WAIT TO READ MORE EACH DAY. Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by steve
Must be made into a Movie. A beautiful narration and the book is serious, Funny and scary.Without A Badge: Undercover in the World's Deadliest Criminal OrganizationPublished on December 3, 2009 by Rahul Kaushik
This book can be summed up like this.....
this one time, we flew down to Brazil and busted some drug dealers. Read more