Saturday, March 31, 2018

Review: ICE NATION by Jason Bray

Publisher Bonnier Publishing Australia
Length 244 pages
Format softcover
Published 2018
Series standalone 
My Copy provided by the publisher

Ice Nation provides a front-line account of the investigative techniques and tenacity of the police in the war on drugs in rural communities in Victoria and border-towns of New South Wales. 

The narrative flows like fiction akin to the Underbelly stories to capture the human-element of drug trafficking; the chapters encapsulating stories of the violent perpetrators, innocent and no-so victims, and family members. 

Ice kills. That is the message of Ice Nation, and what better way to deliver that message than someone who has seen the affects up front and personal than author Jason Bray, a police officer tasked with bringing down a dangerous and unpredictable rural drug syndicate in the Australian state of Victoria.

Whilst not delving all that deep into the manufacturing side of the drug trade, Ice Nation does provide the reader with a detailed look at the way the drug affects the lives of the people directly or indirectly exposed to it. 

My rating: 5/5 stars. Short, sharp, and punchy chapters provided context and depth to the members of the drug syndicate who fell into the black-hole of drug trafficking only to walk away with less than they started. Ice Nation is a great snapshot of the quick rise and fall of a drug syndicate in rural Australia. 

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