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  • The Betrayer

  • How an Undercover Unit Infiltrated the Global Drug Trade
  • By: Guy Stanton, Peter Walsh
  • Narrated by: Karl Jenkinson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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By: Guy Stanton, Peter Walsh
Narrated by: Karl Jenkinson
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Summary

Guy Stanton was a burly London gangster with a big reputation. For years, he operated at the top of the drugs trade, moving huge shipments around the world. He knew the leading players in global organized crime, from wealthy Asian warlords and Turkish heroin barons to British cannabis crews and Colombian cocaine cartels.

Yet all along he was living a perilous double life. "Stanton" was the legend–the fake identity–of a covert investigator fronting a bold new concept in deep infiltration. Beta Projects was Britain’s most secret undercover unit. Formed by HM Customs, it trained an elite cadre of officers to adopt false personas and penetrate the international underworld–for as long as it took.

Posing as money launderers, yacht skippers, lorry drivers, and gangster’s molls, and often just a word away from betrayal and retribution. they lived the life of the villains they pursued, helping to seize tonnes of drugs and illicit contraband. Their clandestine exploits have never been revealed–until now.

Stanton’s extraordinary work took him to four continents, all while living on a razor’s edge. He and his colleagues survived gun battles, kidnaps, disasters at sea and false claims of corruption. The job cost him dear, pushing hm to the limits of physical and mental endurance.

The Betrayer is the authentic account of a ground-breaking assault on the world’s most brutal narcos and of the courage, camaraderie (and humour) of the men and women who took the War on Drugs deep into the heart of the enemy.

©2022 Guy Stanton and Peter Walsh (P)2022 Guy Stanton and Peter Walsh

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Customs Agents who knew?

all undercover books I've read have been around police UC work however this was a good insight into HMCE work and very interesting to listen to. unlike some police UC books I've read the author isn't full of himself and has nothing but respect for all UC operatives regardless of who they work for. different take on some operations I've listened to in other books. Worth a listen especially of you have like me listened to similar works

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Amazing Listen

Once started I couldn’t stop listening to this incredible story. It is captivating and puts you right where Guy is. The reader makes it very easy and an enjoyable listen. I will be listening to this book again.

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Different aspect of undercover work

Great story, interesting and well narrated. Covers HMRC which was a new area of under cover work for me having listened to several other similar books.

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Top read

Well narrated very informative great listen kept me engaged could not put it down 😊enjoyed

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Great listen

Narrator done a great job. The book was really intriguing and insightful. Easy to listen to and eye opening. I would recommend.

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Narrators voice makes it

Great listen enjoyed immensely especially knowing a few of the mentioned names- decent listen - sly policing !!

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The Betrayer

Enjoyed every action packed second of this brilliant book
I’m recommending all my pals read/listen to this great account of the authors career in HMC’s
Thanks for writing

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Great audio book!

This was a great account of under cover work done by the HMCE team and the lengths they are required to go to in order to bust drug cartels. It was interesting to hear the work that goes into becoming a UC agent. Narrator made this a really easy listen.

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Excellent book

this book was Enthralling. I could not put it down. Well worth a listen

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Narcissism

The greatest load of narcissistic bullshit I have unfortunately wasted the time reading. Quite apparent that the majority of minor fags were made up as it would be impossible to remember. Just sounds like a London way boy singing his own praises

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