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Publisher's Summary

Mickey and Mark Moore are hard men who live by their own code and leaders of a gang that has made millions at gunpoint. But when Dan "Spider" Shepherd is sent to infiltrate the tightly-knit team of bank robbers, he discovers that he has more in common with them then he first thought..

As Shepherd and his Serious Organised Crime Agency colleagues plot the downfall of the Moore brothers, a more sinister threat stalks the streets of London. A group of home-grown Islamic fundamentalists embark on a campaign of terror the like of which Britain has never seen. Car bombs and beheadings are only the prelude. And Shepherd is the only man who can stop them.

©2009 Stephen Leather (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-02-2018

justice

nice to see that the not so bad guys got away with it for a change.

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  • Simon
  • 28-04-2012

More of the same, but oh how we love it!

What did you love best about Live Fire?

True to form, Stephen Leather dishes up the old formula, and sure enough, it's still just as enjoyable. Leather is not a literary genius, but that doesn't matter here. The 'Spider' books are good fun, and an interesting reflection on some of the issues faced by the British government. This story, however, has a refreshing change of location, something I hope the author explores further in future Shepherd storoies, although the current formula of alternating between Britain and foreeign locations for the story backdrop, seems quite successful. I'd hate every story to be based abroad. These stories are great yarns, and should be treated as such, but don't be surprised if you find yourself mulling philosophically over one topic or another.

What did you like best about this story?

The dual plot structure that Stephen Leather has used in the past, works well to provide an unexpected climax, and you'll find your self becoming more and more tense as the book progresses. I'm particularly pleased that the author has not tried to play with the 'Spider' formula, and that you can settle down with a mug of your favourite hot or cold tipple and be thouraghly entertained!

Which character – as performed by Paul Thornley – was your favorite?

Paul Thornly has done a good job of returning all character traits to the way they were in the first three books in the 'Spider' series. There were two previous readers for ISIS publishing, but on the whole they have all kept the characters consistantly the same from book to book, with one or two annoying differences.The first reader in the series, Martyn Read, suddenly, out of the blue, changed the voice of Major Gannon in the fourth book. He went from someone sounding like a well to do Major in the three previous books, to a more relaxed laid back sole in the fourth. Now, don't get me wrong, either way works, but only if you stick to the personality you choose, the whole way through the series. Paul Thornly has done that. Martin Read, in my opinion, apart from the dreadful voice character change, was the better reader. Having said that, I'm very happy with Paul Thornly, and certainly wouldn't want to see him changed. He has altered 'Spider' from a middle class private school educated sounding accent, to a home counties state educated voice, but I've dealt with that, and wouldn't want it changed yet again. Paul isn't my favourite reader in the world, but he's above average, and is good with accents and dialects. Cornelius Garrett was bought in to read the fifth book in the series, and although he was great at the Northern Irish accent, he gave the same voice personality to virtually all his Northern Irish characters, male of female. The lead suspect, who was a female, sounded more male than the seductive femaile she was supposed to be.

Anyway, all in all, leave Paul Thornley where he is, as he's doing a great job!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Spider Shepherd is not a tear jerker kind of character really, so as far as heart wrenching emotions go, you find find them here. Hard choices are the name of the game for this series, and that has not changed. Now if tension is what floats your boat, then there's plenty of that here.

Any additional comments?

A personal plea to Stephen Leather, please don't stop writing about Spider, even if you have to move him through some career changes in the process. There is a winning formula here, and we look forward to each episode.

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  • David
  • 20-10-2011

Great story telling

This is the second Dan "Spider" Shepherd book I have listened to. Spider works undercover for SOCA and sometimes has to build relationships with criminals at the expense of his personal relationships. I like the character, the plot and the action. I want the next chapter (book 7) but unfortunately Audible does not have it. Paul Thornley is a superb narrator and his accents are believable.
I thoroughly recommend.

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  • Janice
  • 19-08-2010

Give it a go!

Narrator Paul Thornley is brilliant as usual in his reading of this audiobook by Stephen Leather.
He reads with such skill as he distinguishes between the characters, several of whom have cockney accents, plus other characters including Russian, Asian and Northern, all of whom are realistic and spontaneous.
This is a continuation of the saga of Dan 'Spider' Sheppherd as he infiltrates a gang of robbers holed up in Thailand, with a parallel plot about the preparation of a terrorist event in the UK.
Maybe there's a bit too much description about weapons which would have become tedious without the lively narration, but it's an entertaining and exciting storyline. Give it a go!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-2018

brilliant

brilliant story, best Narrator in the series, another great book from Mr Leather, these books keep me hooked from the first word.

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  • Thewilsonman
  • 08-10-2018

Improbable ending

I had previously enjoyed all the other 5 books in this series. This was the first that I did not really enjoy. The new narrator Paul Thornley is ok, but not the huge improvement that other reviewers had advised. The story bowls along at a fair pace before reaching (to my mind) a very dubious and improbable conclusion. Most other reviewers seemed to really dig it; so, it appears, that I am in a minority.

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  • Phatmatt54
  • 03-08-2018

Yet another gripping tale

Another gripping tale beautifully read. Paul Thornley has just the right amount of menace in his voice. I’ve lost count of the number of Stephen Leather books that I have read, but most of them are excellent. Whilst all of his books that I have read so far are in excess of 10 hours long they all seem to go in the blink of an eye as the stories are so compelling.

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  • Chris P
  • 22-05-2018

Fantastic listen as ever!

I think the ‘Dan Shepard’ series is brilliant much as Mr Leathers ‘John Nightingale’ series he writes amazingly well for my taste and has me immersed always.

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  • cain
  • 26-03-2018

Best book so far

One of Stephen Stephens best. Couldn’t put it down!! Two plots stay with it. Great finish

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  • wayne
  • 28-04-2017

good listen

great listen I'm enjoying this series. character voices are a bit samey though needs work

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  • Woodster
  • 30-01-2017

He does it again !

Yet another great story from Stephen Leather, the Dan Shepherd books should be made into a TV series.
Made even better now Paul Thornley is narrating, can't wait to start the next one. 👍🏼👍🏼

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  • Cliff
  • 17-10-2016

Another Great Story

A really gripping story with believable characters. The Dan Shepherd series is fantastic. I am on to the next in the series now.