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Dark Forces

The 13th Spider Shepherd Thriller
Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Series: Spider Shepherd Thrillers, Book 13
Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When you're caught between two evils, only the most decisive will survive. The 13th audiobook in action supremo Stephen Leather's Spider Shepherd series is his most pulse-pounding yet....

A violent South London gang will be destroyed if Dan 'Spider' Shepherd can gather enough evidence against them while posing as a ruthless hit man. What he doesn't know is that his work as an undercover agent for MI5 is about to intersect with the biggest terrorist operation ever carried out on British soil.

Only weeks before, Shepherd witnessed a highly skilled IS sniper escape from a targeted missile strike in Syria. But never in his wildest dreams did he expect to next come across the shooter in a grimy East London flat. Spider's going to have to proceed with extreme caution if he is to prevent the deaths of hundreds of people, but at the same time, when the crucial moment comes he will have to act decisively.

The clock is ticking, and only he stands between us and Armageddon....

©2016 Stephen Leather (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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"Let Spider draw you into his web, you won't regret it." ( Sun)

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  • Jay
  • 15-08-2016

I Enjoyed this book immensely!

Paul Thornley's accents for the many characters was spot on! Well done. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Guidry
  • 10-01-2017

I just want to say

well done you. well done. really well done you. seriously, well done you. yes you.

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  • pete boatman
  • 16-08-2016

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliantly written by Stephen Leather. I have had audio books now for three years so as you can imagine I have listened to a lot of books, but Mr leather in my opinion is the best , I just wish the Dan shepherds character could come to life on our screens one day, and I have to say Paul Thornley is for me the best action narrator around

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  • Bryan
  • 15-10-2016

Couldn't stop listening.

I use audible tops the time and get to sleep but this kept me awake all night. Brilliant story with loads of twists and stunning finish.

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  • Ally
  • 19-09-2016

Brilliant

Great story. I love Spider Shepherd and this latest story doesn't disappoint. Plot is scarily realistic and makes you think about how our forces deal with terrorism threats.

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  • Yjen
  • 02-09-2016

Dan "Spider" Shepherd, on top form!

A big fan of Stephen Leathers novels , so was very happy when this, the latest in his "Dan Shepherd" series published.

Great interweaving of plots and characters, with a few "developing"twists in the tale as the story builds to an exciting climax.
Paul Thornley has a style of narration, and brings the characters to life for me.
Love this series I feel I know "Spider" and care about him and what happens in his life.
I've been hooked since "Hard Landing"!

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  • UnionJack
  • 19-08-2016

A kong fu kicking, bad guy stripping, hero story for all.😊

I've read so many Stephen Leather books in this series; I now think Ben Shepherd as a family member, haha. This series is my go to series. I know they are consistent, the characters are well developed and the main character is the grounded superhero most men would love to be.

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  • Ryan
  • 17-08-2016

another great story

you can always tell when i am listening to a good story. i am always late comming back after walking our dog. as this is the most time i get to listen.

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  • Glen Johnstone
  • 30-08-2020

Gritty funny and morally questioning

This is Spider. This is what he does and how he wrestles with his conscience shows a vulnerability that his skills and lifestyle hide. Good story climaxing in a race against time and destruction.

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  • Mr Craig P Keogh
  • 16-05-2020

Spider by Numbers

Strangely unsatisfying as this story plods along some well worn paths and even replicates earlier escapades. For the purist there’s another drop in continuity and Leather’s expanded Arabic is a bit irritating. This book has the hallmarks of a contract fulfilment but Thornley is, as always, at least superb in his delivery. The story has little, if any, lighter moments that a Razor or similar character add and being dragged through to Europe from Syria became depressing. There’s not a lot here in story arc that’s likely to impinge in future works, so I am not sure I could recommend it, even to the most ardent Spider Shepherd fan.

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  • Paul
  • 04-02-2020

EXCELLENT, EDGE OF SEAT THRILLER.

Another brilliant book brought to life by the excellent narration by Stephen Leather. What one might call a page Turner. Tried to listen fo 30mins in bed before Sleep but no such luck as I had to lusten to the next 30mins and so on until listening for 2 hours. The plot keeps you, the listener, involved the whole time. I love the way the Stephen leather brings each character to life, well worth a listen! EXCELLENT!

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  • Bob
  • 22-12-2019

Riveting

Paul Thornley's pace and multiple character voicing is very good indeed. The one issue for me however is how so many of the narrative sentences ended on the same, indeed, higher ' note', implying an emphasis that was rarely there.