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Undercover
Undercover
by Pete Ashton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, 6 Jun 2014
This review is from: Undercover (Paperback)
Good book by someone who was evidently an accomplished Test Purchase Officer.
Got lots of sympathy and understanding with this book, and the desperate underclass he describes is a sad fact of life in the UK today - something which many many people never get to experience or see.
Doing this sort of work certainly made me think that the 'war on drugs' was somewhat futile, putting oneself on offer for not much gain!
Anyway, kudos to the author, and those others who do this stuff - its certainly 100 per cent harder than 'proper' undercover work, and much more challenging.
Peace.


Beyond The Call Of Duty: Untold Stories of Britain's Bravest Police Officers
Beyond The Call Of Duty: Untold Stories of Britain's Bravest Police Officers
Price: 4.79

5.0 out of 5 stars True bravery, 28 Dec 2013
Excellently written, humbling and downright awe inspiring tales of ordinary, hard working cops, faced with life threatening situations on an everyday basis. These tales are ones of true courage in the face of difficult circumstances. The book also brings it the fore the profound effect these circumstances had on the officers, and underlines the lack of understanding and support given to cops who suffer PTSD. I for one am grateful for you service, and was proud to have once served beside you. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what it's like for a seemingly conventional job to turn into a nightmare. Well done to all concerned. Profits from this tome also go to a worthy cause.


The Rest Is Silence
The Rest Is Silence
Price: 3.08

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 5 Nov 2013
A difficult read, but nonetheless compelling and worrying.

Massive kudos to this guy, for being one of an increasing number of cops NOT content to sit and do nothing whilst the corrupt powers that be decimate a proud British institution. If only more took a leaf out of his book. This book is a portent for the future.


Undercover: The True Story of Britain's Secret Police
Undercover: The True Story of Britain's Secret Police
by Paul Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.76

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of an indictment than commentary or examination, 31 Oct 2013
Great that such over zealous, and sometimes unjustifiable activity has been brought to the fore. However, I would echo previous comments that little thought has been given to suggesting how perhaps such injustice may be avoided in the future.

Also interesting that the NPOIU work is the sole focus - they are not the only unit operating as undercover police officers, and i would have though it would have been incumbent upon the authors to mention such non-political activities, especially when the overall concepts, rules and regulations apply to those officers too.


Running with the Firm
Running with the Firm
by James Bannon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting. For me. Maybe not others., 31 Oct 2013
This review is from: Running with the Firm (Hardcover)
As a fellow ex undercover officer and author, I found certain elements of the book compelling, particularly the internal wranglings, the makeup of various units and the political reasoning behind the annullation of the operation eventually.

Some hair raising incidents and good narrative, sometimes a bit 'police-y', illustrate the stresses and strains of undercover life. Generally, though more suited to readers with an interest in football hooliganism rather than undercover policing.

All credit to the author - I found it noteworthy at the conclusion of the book, where, guided by advice from an experienced mentor, he says 'no' when it would have been easier to say 'yes'. Wish I'd have done the same!


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