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About Stephen Bentley
Stephen Bentley is a former British police Detective Sergeant, pioneering Operation Julie undercover detective, and barrister. He now writes in the true crime and crime fiction genres and contributes occasionally to Huffington Post UK on undercover policing, and mental health issues.
Stephen is a member of the UK's Society of Authors and the Crime Writers' Association. His website may be found at www.stephenbentley.info where you may subscribe to his newsletter.
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Mobocracy means mob rule, the opposite of democracy
The series is set in the near future...
Anarchy and mob rule are prevalent with law and order breaking down in the United States. Even Washington D.C. is under siege from lawless groups of rioters.
In Florida, Matt Deal has now been appointed the chief of detectives reporting to newly elected Sheriff Fretwell, his old friend.
A British stranger starts making inquiries about Deal. Who is he? Is he an additional threat to Deal and his family?
Meanwhile Special Agent Steele recruits a disgraced cop to infiltrate the outlaw biker gang hired to kill Deal.
What will Deal do? Fight or flee?
In a Liverpool night club, the Canadian mobster said, "Are you guys cops?"
Steve Jackson heard him. His blood ran cold.
Jackson wasn't his real name. He was an undercover cop.
Ever wondered about the life of an undercover cop?
What it takes to infiltrate a worldwide drugs gang?
What it feels like to live a double life? – to ‘live a lie.’
Read this gripping true story of Britain's biggest drug bust.
In March 1978, at the culmination of Operation Julie, fifteen defendants, including doctors, research chemists, a writer, and "professional" drug dealers were sentenced to a combined total of one hundred and twenty-four years imprisonment.
Operation Julie is still today the point of reference for all British undercover operations and training. In 2011, the BBC 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. Together with his undercover partner, he infiltrated the gang producing around 90 percent of the world's LSD and uncovered a plot to import huge quantities of Bolivian cocaine into the UK.
Bentley operated in the era of no undercover training. He improvised as he went along. He was a pioneer infiltrator left to his own devices.
The underworld knew the author as Steve Jackson. How did he successfully infiltrate the two gangs? Did he have to take drugs, and how did 'living a lie' affect him?
Bentley and his book have featured on BBC Newsnight, BBC Wales News, BBC Radio 4 World at One and BBC Five Live, and also in London's Guardian and Sunday Express newspapers.
The book is also now adapted for a feature film.
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His daughter was taken. He’ll never get her back.
Set in the near future, Matt Deal is a British businessman married into a wealthy Florida family.
Mercy, his fifteen-year-old daughter, is the glue in his rocky marriage to Lorey. His life is changed forever after Mercy is brutally sexually assaulted on a Destin beach leaving her in a persistent vegetative state.
Trusting the local detectives to bring the rapists to justice, mixed martial arts expert Deal concentrates in vain on his Florida gym business, only to have his world further explode on learning the men responsible for his daughter’s injuries may escape justice. Deal is isolated and at his wit's end after his rich father-in-law sends death threats blaming him for all these ills.
Who can he turn to? Where can he go? What will he do? Who can he trust?
Will he return to a post-Brexit Britain or ultimately will he seek revenge?
Fans of Jack Reacher, Barry Eisler, and any vigilante justice novel will love this book.
Don’t mess with Deal… Mayhem will follow
At the funeral of two of his hit men, Mike Russo, capo of the New Jersey Mob puts out a contract on Detective Matt Deal for his part in the killings.
At the same time another funeral is taking place in Florida. Deal will soon learn just how badly his world is broken… and it’s about to get worse.
The long awaited sequel to Book One in the series – Mercy.
Fans of Jack Ryan, or lethal killers like Reacher or Scot Harvath will devour this novel.
An original-concept THRILLER SERIES
The original trilogy of stories taking you on an emotional roller coaster ride from the pen of a former undercover cop and inspired by his bestselling true crime memoir.
Join undercover cop Steve Regan in three stories as he infiltrates organized crime gangs where one mistake could cost him his life.
Book 1 – Who The F*ck Am I?
Regan infiltrates a Miami-based cocaine cartel linked to the Mob, but is everyone who they say they are?
Book 2 - Dilemma
Regan acts as bait with $50,000 drug-buy money in Thailand.
Book 3 – Rivers of Blood
Regan poses as a British hitman in Australia leading to the discovery of a white supremacist plot to overthrow the government of the United Kingdom.
If you're a fan of fast-paced thrillers, you'll love this unique, compelling, and gripping new series that has it all: fear, crime, suspense, violence, sex, and romance.
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The Secret is now also available as the new Book 1 in the series so you can read about Regan’s first thrilling undercover adventure.
For those who prefer to read a series in order book by book, the new series is as follows.
Book 1 The Secret
Book 2 Who The F*ck Am I?
Book 3 Dilemma
Book 4 Rivers of Blood
Who knew death could be so eclectic?
Relish this mesmerizing murder mystery mash-up of short stories.
Murder and mystery have been the staple of literature and films for years. This anthology of short stories will thrill and entertain you. Some will also make you laugh out loud. Others will stop and make you think.
Think of this murder mystery short story anthology as a book version of appetizers or starters, hors d'oeuvre, meze, or antipasti. It can be read as fillers between books or, as is the case in some countries, as a bookish meze - in its own right.
There’s murder mystery styles and locations to suit all tastes: detective fiction, serial killers, scifi, histfic, England, Los Angeles, San Francisco, The Great Lakes, Las Vegas, the Nevada desert, Mexico and more in an exquisite exposition of the art of short story telling.
These stories come from an international cast of ten authors; some with bestselling books, others are emerging or new talents. Their roots, cultures, and life experiences are as diverse as their writing styles.
But one thing binds them together: they know how to tell a story.
The ten authors who have contributed to the anthology are:
L. Lee Kane
Posthumously by 'G'
The stories include the 2019 SIA Award-Winning Murder Mystery Short Story 'The Rose Slayer' by Stephen Bentley.
Each author introduces his or her stories and the theme that lays behind them. By the time you finish the book, you will agree the result is a mesmerizing murder mystery mash-up.
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What is the secret capable of destroying a glorious achievement and a source of national pride?
A secret so enormous it could not be told for many years, until now.
British undercover cop Steve Regan experiences a baptism of fire when he investigates ‘THE SECRET.’
New and old Steve Regan fans can now discover him at the beginning of his crime-busting career in this gripping thriller.
Join Regan in this prequel to the Steve Regan Undercover Cop Thriller series by tagging along with Steven Hanrahan as a young C.I.D. detective in 1970’s Liverpool until his world is shattered by a tragic event involving a fatal car crash.
The young detective is hand-picked for a dangerous undercover assignment. On accepting the role, he moves to London - the ‘Smoke,’ adopting a new identity.
The legend of Steve Regan is born with a foolproof backstory so he can infiltrate the international crime gang behind England’s biggest sporting secret. A secret so shocking it could taint the image of British sport irreversibly if it were ever divulged.
What is that secret? Is it worth dying for?
A page-turning thriller of a novella packed with suspense. Discover Stephen Bentley’s undercover cop series today.
Get it now to find out what happens when Regan sets off on his first undercover adventure.
When you are undercover, many want to kill you.
Sicilian Mafia, Thai Mafia, even the CIA, they all want you dead.
Join undercover cop Regan in this emotion-packed roller coaster of a thriller.
Steve Regan is back and this time he’s alone and undercover in a seedy area of Thailand on the trail of a Texan expatriate, Les Watkins, the biggest drug smuggler in South East Asia.
Using himself as the bait, Regan attempts to score a $50,000 deal with the Thai mafia to get closer to his target.
As he finds himself embroiled deeper into the operation, Regan suspects Watkins may be connected to Regan's nemesis, ruthless Mafia boss Carlo Vitale, who has fled the United States following a triple bombing and assassination of three crime family heads.
Besides staying alive, Regan has other problems when he suddenly finds himself facing the worst dilemma an undercover cop can face.
Dilemma is an edgy, suspenseful tale with twists and turns plus a sprinkle of romance.
Though Book 3 in the Steve Regan Undercover Cop series, it can be read as a standalone book.
If you are a Reacher or Tom Clancy fan, this book is for you.
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As Steve Regan goes deep undercover, he starts to have problems separating reality from fiction.
Working as an undercover cop, he operates in a world of duplicity. In order to stay alive, he often thinks, How do I know people are who they say they are?
Tempted by the riches of drug smuggling so he can help a loved one, Regan wonders whether he can go 'rogue' and cross the line.
Regan infiltrates a South American cartel headed up by a Miami-based Mob-connected drug lord, and getting involved in a million-dollar cocaine deal escalates the dangers of working undercover.
On his return to the United Kingdom from Miami, Regan discovers a plot to kill a leading barrister. Is this linked to the Mob and drug cartel?
Faced with a race against time through London to prevent the barrister’s murder, Regan is confronted by more questions and threats to his life. Just how far will the Mob go to protect its interests?
You will be shocked to discover the measures these gangsters will use to stay free and out of jail.
Based on a true story and inspired by the author’s real-life undercover days and bestselling memoir, his debut crime fiction story brings to life Steve Regan, a laid-back badass British undercover cop in the Steve Regan Undercover Cop Thriller series.
The title of the book is a nod to identity confusion often experienced by cops who are deep undercover.
If you like hard-boiled crime fiction or are a Jack Reacher fan, this book is for you. Original-concept crime fiction about an undercover cop written by a former undercover cop!
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Regan’s early years and first undercover thriller can be found in the prequel ‘The Secret.’
"I knew when I read the author's first book Undercover: Operation Julie although non-fiction that he could make the transition to writing fiction; I was right. He has an ease of language that lends itself to storytelling; he tells it as if he was there in the plot and why shouldn't he having been an undercover cop in the real world?" - Pat McDonald, British Crime Author
There’s only one thing more dangerous than becoming a confidential informant.
Being an undercover cop. They have something in common - living on the edge.
Another Gripping Fast-paced Thriller in the Steve Regan Undercover Cop series. If you like Reacher, you will love Regan - the 'real deal!'
Steve Regan is still undercover working for the same UK secret government department. He sets off on what he thinks is a last assignment: seconded to the Australian Feds posing as a hit man hired to assassinate a liberal Australian politician.
The Australian murder plot leads to the discovery of a frightening far-reaching white supremacist conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United Kingdom.
Regan goes deep undercover within a London police CID department to gather evidence against the white supremacists.
Regan's undercover infiltration is the most dangerous and audacious assignment he has faced.
Will he succeed? Or will this dangerous game endanger someone close to him?
Who will survive and who will die?
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"This is as realistic an undercover cop thriller as you can get! The author has lived this life and puts his experience into the story." – Goodreads Review
"If you like suspense and undercover cops you are going to love this amazing story. I am so glad I got to read it. It has strong characters and an amazing story line that I fell in love with. I cannot wait to see what is going to come next from this amazing new author for me to read." - Goodreads Review
"Highly Recommended Read" - Pat McDonald, British Crime Fiction Author
Thinking of driving in the Philippines? Read this book first!
It's both serious and funny all at the same time but it could save your life.
'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 book also addresses the negative impact of the author's observations about the local road culture by highlighting the many "great things" about Bacolod, Negros Island, Philippines beaches and the better aspects of Filipino culture.
This book is aimed at expats, Filipinos and tourists alike.
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". - Verified Purchase
"Even though I live in the USA I found this book funny but true. seems like we share the same problems no matter where we live." - Amazon Customer
There’s a killer lurking in all of us. Sometimes you just don’t know it.
Take Phil Mercer, for example, what dark secret from his past changes a decent man, and respected professional into a man with murder on his mind?
Down to earth Northerner, Phil Mercer, begins to question why so-called university friends failed to help him establish a practice at London’s Criminal Bar.
Despite that and colleagues’ professional jealousy, he goes on to achieve success as a fearless defender of society’s less fortunate until his career is threatened by events triggered by something completely out of his control.
Figuring his life and career are about to change forever, Mercer strives to find a way to right wrongs by inventing a new parlour game called ‘Comfort Zone.’
At a dinner party surrounded by colleagues he insists they all play the game. He introduces it after dinner as a ‘storytelling game.’
He adds – “the easy choice is not an option at all. What terrifies you? What scares you shitless? Be brave. Be reckless. You are among friends. What can possibly go wrong? It’s just a parlour game, right?”
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