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Last Man Standing

Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 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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  • Neil
  • 14-06-2019

good as usual

cracking story.. really liking Matt Standing and the crossover with spider is great ...

good plot and full of action

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  • Street
  • 27-05-2019

One to listen to

One that I found difficult to turn off once it started, probably a predictable ending but with several twists along the way, well written and well supported by an excellent performance by Paul Thornley who is fast becoming one of my favourite readers.

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  • Mr R.
  • 20-05-2019

Crap

Crap narrative and narration.
Paul Thornley sounds like he didn’t read the story first.
Sounding like a southern wide-boy isn’t enough to create a tough persona. Too many mispronounced words. Amateur.


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  • Russ C
  • 18-05-2019

Brilliant engaging and enthralling

Loved it Start too finish. Brilliantly engaging. A must for long journeys. Won't be disappointed!

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  • Vincent Marsh
  • 24-04-2019

Great Audio Book.

This was a really good listen with a great story line and really good plot

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  • Alec
  • 14-04-2019

Interesting Yarn

I got the book thinking Spider Shepherd would be the central character. Spider didn't appear until much later. A super story precedes Spider's entry and this ensues a book which weaves and ducks and dives all over. I enjoyed it !

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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.