Without a Badge: Undercover in the World's Deadliest Criminal Organization

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From the start, the man New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik called "a hurricane," Jerry Speziale was a different kind of cop. A former juvenile delinquent, Jerry was a loose cannon whose antics got him into the crack dens and shooting galleries of New York's meanest streets - and onto an elite DEA narcotics task force charged with taking down South American's powerful Cali drug cartel.

Under the tutelage of a smooth-talking confidential informant, jeans and tee-shirt Jerry was transformed into an Armani-clad Geraldo Bartone, the world's top drug trafficker. As Geraldo, he did things he had never dreamed of - piloting planes, captaining cocaine-filled yachts, and meeting the most powerful kingpins in the brutal drug trade. One false move could take him out of the game for good. Yet within a few years, Jerry and the other officers of the task force became the most sussessful drug unit in the U.S. history. Riding a wave of glory and success, Jerry had no idea that he would be the one scammed next. This is his story. As told by Heath Kizzier. 10 CD's 10.8 Hrs.

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Jeffrey Speziale has been with the police force for more than 20 years, most recently as sheriff of Passaic County, NJ. He lives with his family in Northern New Jersey.

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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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