As an undercover police officer with the drugs squad, Neil Woods regularly risked his life on the streets, dealing with some of the most violent and unpredictable criminals in Britain.
Good Cop, Bad War is a unique story about a man with a striking ability to infiltrate and extinguish drug gangs but who, as the success of his operations grows, becomes disillusioned with the war on drugs, as he sees how it demonizes those who need help whilst empowering the very worst elements in society. This is an action-packed true-account listen like no other.
©2016 Neil Woods (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
I've not read the print version so can't compare
It's a true story and is good in its own right, but it's the truth - the war on drugs is so counterproductive its bleeding obvious to anyone who thinks about it. This is someone who is extremely knowledgeable about his subject and his conclusions are based on practical reality as well as common sense.
The best scenes are the ones where he's a virtual derelict and facing serious violence. Not enjoyable because he's in that state but because I was really impressed with his dedication. Also the scenes where he proves the jobsworth clipboard coppers how badly wrong they are
There were one or two amusing moments, I won't spoil them for you
I was riveted to this book. It's depressing that ever more violent criminals are getting ever more powerful thanks to the phony War on Drugs but it's cause for some optimism that at least someone with relevant experience is talking sense. I'd rather my kids brought up in a society run by this guy than with those currently in charge of drug laws. Neil, keep up the good work :)
good book well worth a listen. good insight in to his work and what he thinks on the war on drug.
Really enjoyed the memoir, the chap has had some amazing encounters. From the perspective of a young man vying to become a police officer the accounts are eye opening. My only criticism would be that the book comes across slightly preachy towards the latter chapters. I didn't enjoy this approach as much as the earlier chapters that focused more on how the experiences and functions affected Neil himself. Towards the end of the book Neil is more or less speaking to the reader trying to convince them, it brings you out of the mind of the man and back into your own challanged with the question of "what does it all mean?". Don't get me wrong the book is excellent but i'd of preffered to hear the authors opinion for my own consideration rather than it be figureatively sold to me (the irony being that I purchased the book!).
All in all a very addictive read.
What can I say except the author is a brave, courageous man. Brilliant read which gripped me all the way through. The fact is true life is sometimes stranger than fiction and the way undercover policing grew as he was working in it really shows the way that work or home lives can evolve over time. very glad I read through book and would recommend it to others. The authors observations about the world of drug addiction is so very true and his conclusions insightful.
A strong and often convincing message, I finished this book far quicker than normal. The bravery and risk is compelling...and growing up, living or working in many of the places visited in the book really brought an often hidden horror to light.
Literally, my only criticism is that it's Plez-lee and not Please-lee!
No. I only listen to books once.
His way of describing the scene, which is good to imagine.
Very good book. Good story line.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.