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Last Man Standing

Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The next explosive stand-alone thriller from Sunday Times best-selling author Stephen Leather, featuring appearances from Dan 'Spider' Shepherd.

Friendships forged in the heat of combat can be stronger than anything.

So when SAS trooper Matt Standing is told that the former Navy SEAL who saved his life is in trouble, he doesn't hesitate to go to his aid - even if that means flying halfway around the world to Los Angeles.

Navy SEAL-turned-bodyguard Bobby-Ray Barnes has been accused of killing the man he was supposed to be protecting. Three other bodyguards were also killed, and now Bobby-Ray is on the run.

The dead client was a Russian oligarch with connections to the Kremlin. But who wanted him dead? And if Bobby-Ray wasn't the killer, who carried out the assassination, and why is Bobby-Ray being framed? Standing is the only man who can answer those questions - providing he can stay alive long enough.

©2019 Stephen Leather (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

"The sheer impetus of his story-telling is damned hard to resist." (Sunday Express)  

"A master of the thriller genre." (Irish Times)

"As tough as British thriller writers get." (Irish Independent)

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  • Simon
  • 01-02-2019

Like My Old Leather Jacket!

I loved that old thing, wore it everywhere no matter what, it fitted like a glove. I always felt like I knew where and who I was somehow. And you know Stephen Leather reminds me of that especially combined with Paul Thornley. You know you're going to get quality and you know you're going to enjoy it and can just relax into it even if at times it does creak a little.

This time Leather promotes Matt Standing to the fore with "old man" Shepherd cast amusingly as the disapproving older man. It is another great action movie tale where the bad guys don't take prisoners and the good guys are fabulously polished operators. Paul Thornley, who I think has a uniquely hesitant style is the perfect companion to these stories.

I did say that old jacket creaked a little and if this does a tiny bit it's the ending which has maybe too many Aha! You didn't foresee my cunning plan! moments (I wish these reviews supported quotation marks!). However, it's another fine production from Leather / Thornley and long may they continue!

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  • Bob Mckinlay
  • 26-02-2019

As good as Spider's adventures

Hope there is more to come with Matt Standing, may be working with Dan or Charlie

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  • Jonah
  • 16-03-2019

Excellent story!

Really enjoyed the story and the character Matt Standing. Paul Thornley is as usual superb as the narrator. Hope Stephen Leather follows this book up with another story about Matt Standing.

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  • D Clark
  • 12-03-2019

Poor

I have read/listened to every single stephen leather book from Mike Cramer series to Dan Shepard series with the nightingales inbetween. This is a big step down bith in terms of story and characters. The story is patched together and feels rushed and forced with the ending accentuating that. As for yokleys and Shepards cameos....they seem to have changed characters and also perhaps been wedged in to introduce a new future character in Standing to take over from Shepard.
I found it a huge disappointment and will now be looking to the next SL book with a sense of trepidation rather than excitement.

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  • Lareine
  • 08-03-2019

Another great story

I really enjoy the Stephen Leather books, and this is no exception. A cracking storyline with plenty of action. Nice to have Spider Shepherd included in the story. It’s a great way to see how he’s doing while not being the main character. Standing is a believable character and look forward to what comes next for him. Keep them coming please!

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  • Pete G
  • 05-03-2019

Not the best...

Matt Standing...superhero. A long line of Russian mafia hitmen all armed with AK47’s and such like. And our unarmed hero takes them out one by one. Rambling, drawn out storyline, well read though, but can’t recommend this one.

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  • Sylv Sheehan
  • 18-02-2019

As always, excellent

I love Stephen Leather books, and this one is no exception. It kept my attention all the way through, I listened to it whilst I was unwell, and it kept me alert!

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  • Alan
  • 14-02-2019

outstanding as always

Paul Thornley reading Stephen Leather, how audio books should be ! Mat Standing a great transition from Spider Shepherd. can't wait for the next one

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  • Mr. S. Dixon
  • 11-02-2019

Last man standing

Usual Stephen leather, a really good story, also as usual brought to life by Paul Thornley's narration. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story.

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  • Rogeraee
  • 10-02-2019

Good story, with it being plausible in real life

Thoroughly enjoyed it and really did not want to stop listening to it. 1st of his books I have listen too and will now try more.