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Light Touch

The 14th Spider Shepherd Thriller
Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Series: Spider Shepherd Thrillers, Book 14
Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The 14th thriller in the Spider Shepherd series promises even more gripping action from The Sunday Times best seller Stephen Leather.

Working undercover is all about trust - getting the target to trust you and then betraying them in order to bring them to justice.

But what do you do when you believe an undercover cop has crossed the line and aligned herself with the international drugs smuggler she was supposed to be targeting?

When a deep-undercover cop stops passing on intelligence about her target, MI5 sends in Dan 'Spider' Shepherd to check that she is on the straight and narrow.

Now two lives are on the line - and Shepherd discovers that the real danger is closer to home than he realised.

As Spider finds his loyalties being tested to the limit, an SAS killer is on a revenge mission in London, and only Spider can stop him.

©2017 Stephen Leather (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

"[Leather] has the uncanny knack of producing plots that are all too real." ( The Daily Mail)
"Let Spider draw you into his web, you won't regret it." ( The Sun)

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YUK. Misled into Boredom.

Listened to first 3 chapters 4 times, thought it was a thriller but turned out to be a violent war story with military jingo and was not my cup of tea without some characters and story. Boring drag-on chest beating sleeping pill.

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  • Lina
  • 18-05-2018

Another good Spider Shepherd book

The only criticism I'd have is that the narrator didn't pause between chapters and it took a few seconds to realise that he'd switched between characters and moved onto a new chapter. Perhaps a few seconds pause or an announcement of the chapter number would be good. Otherwise a really good Spider book.

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  • Kb
  • 07-09-2017

Very interesting. Exceptional series. I would give five stars for the series.

P.S. I only give a novel a score of five stars for what I would class a classic or something like a modern classic, as much as I like Stephen Leather. And to give five stars for the narrator, it has to be an exceptional performance, as much as I like Paul Thornly.

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  • Baines
  • 15-08-2017

Not the best spider book

This isn't my favourite spider book by a long shot. The story is clunky, one of the bad guys is boring and the others are 2 dimensional caricatures. For such a poignant issue Leather could have really done alot better. The subject matter was tough, and the writing didn't do it justice. The usual interesting technical detail leather goes into is in this case about boats and fairly dull. This is the first time I've felt like this about a spider book, so 1 miss 13 hits so far. I have high hopes for the next one.

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  • Paul
  • 15-08-2017

mediocre

mediocre story saved from abandonment by Paul Thornleys narration. Not Stephen Leathers best but there's life left in Spider Shepherd yet.

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  • BigMattOz
  • 03-08-2017

Great read, Excellent Author and Narrator!

Who does not love another Spider novel? Totally enthralling from start to finish, though I have to say as a father of two young girls this novel also made me feel sick to the stomach at times. But I guess that is all part of the emotional journey a good book will take you on.
Only downside was with the audio production, there seemed to be not enough of a pause between chapters or changes in character perspective, it's only a small negative but was still a bit confusing at times.

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  • ian staff
  • 02-07-2020

brilliant book

2stories rolled into 1 brilliant! good storyline and an unexpected ending well done Mr Leather.

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  • Mr Craig P Keogh
  • 29-05-2020

Shepherd by Numbers.......again!

Yes, well at least we weren’t subjected to a parallel story centred on a jihadist - that would have been too cut and paste! Still good fun but wish more time was spent in the company of the drug trafficker and undercover cop. Enjoy but don’t expect much out of the norm. The last chapters are important for the story’s continuing arc.

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  • Michael Crisp
  • 17-08-2019

I think this is the best one yet?

It’s thrilling, you live the story, your with the characters and it’s a full on pace story with trips and spills along the way, I recommend this book

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  • Jonah
  • 23-04-2019

Another Belting Story

God I hate Willowby-Brown! Superb character though. Paul Thornley is by far the best narrator, Stephen Leather the best author of this genre & Spider the best ‘hero’

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  • Andrea Edan
  • 27-12-2018

Very good page turner

Well written thriller plot with plenty technical details of military hardware for those who who like that kind of thing. Written in 2 parts in parallel, that connect towards the end. My only problem was (I suspect, in the editing) that there were no pauses between the different characters and locations so it took a few seconds to realise that the story had moved character and location. Love Paul Thornley's narration which is spot on.

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  • Albi
  • 17-07-2018

Best spider shepherd book to date

Couldn’t stop listening to it, great story from 2 angles. Brilliant and Thornley narrating top class as usual , roll on the next book

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  • Shishya
  • 28-06-2018

Worst Spider Shepard Book

Normally I'm a fan of Spider Shepard, but this looks like a boring Wikipedia dump of sailing techniques and types of boats. There are literally chapters upon chapters where the author copy pasted the dummies guide to sailing, and these do nothing to further the plot. The other thing that drags are boring therapist sessions that another character is having. Again, whole chapters full of psychoanalytical techniques. I couldnt finish this book, and will ask for a refund.