Get Your Free Audiobook

Short Range

The 16th Spider Shepherd Thriller
Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Series: Dan Shepherd, Book 16
Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

Non-member price: $33.43

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

The explosive new thriller in the Spider Shepherd series

Dan 'Spider' Shepherd's career path - soldier, policeman, MI5 officer - has always put a strain on his family. So he is far from happy to learn that MI5 is using teenagers as informants. Parents are being kept in the dark and Shepherd fears that the children are being exploited. 

As an undercover specialist, Shepherd is tasked with protecting a 15-year-old schoolboy who is being used to gather evidence against violent drug dealers and a right-wing terrorist group. But when the boy's life is threatened, Shepherd has no choice but to step in and take the heat. 

And while Shepherd's problems mount up at work, he has even greater problems closer to home. His son Liam has fallen foul of the Serbian Mafia and if Shepherd doesn't intervene, Liam will die. 

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

Critic Reviews

Praise for Stephen Leather: "A master of the thriller genre." (Irish Times)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    11
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    12
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    10
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Villa Girl
  • Villa Girl
  • 31-07-2019

Not the usual standard

I pre-ordered this book AND bought it on Kindle so needless to say I am a MASSIVE Spider Shepherd fan. That’s why I was so disappointed with Short Range.

Without giving away any spoilers, the reason I am disappointed is the format and structure of of the story. As is so often the case there were couple of parallel stories going on but in Short Range around 2/3 of the way through the book we just lurch into one of the sub-plots (which to me was ridiculous anyway - a lazy plot device) and everything focuses on this. A number of events happen which were silly, unrealistic and not what I expect from Stephen Leather - and then we go back for the last hour to wrap up all the loose ends. The event which happens at the very start of the book is pretty much irrelevant to the rest of this story, although I can see it being followed up in the next book.

There were things I liked. Jimmy Sharpe features once again, and I liked the references to characters in ‘The Bag Carrier’ (a Stand Alone cop book also by Leather) Parts of the book were classic Leather but the book overall was too fragmented and I wonder if cranking out so many books every year is starting to effect the quality?

I would read / listen to this again, because it’s part of a huge series of books spanning many years, and I am invested in the characters, but this is not one of his best.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for John Burrow
  • John Burrow
  • 14-08-2019

shame

Looks like going through the motions with this, perhaps Spider is past his sell-by date .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for luke harmon
  • luke harmon
  • 05-11-2019

outstanding,

outstanding, as good as all the Stephen Leather books..... can't wait for the next one.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Julie Molloy
  • Julie Molloy
  • 29-10-2019

Love Spider novels

This book had me gripped all the way through it and Paul Thornley narrating IS Spider..... can’t wait for the next one.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for PHILIP
  • PHILIP
  • 05-10-2019

Excellent

As usual Dan Spider Shepherd never disappoints. Was slightly disappointed that not more of the we’ll know charters where in this book. But excellent all the same.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for A. Molloy
  • A. Molloy
  • 04-10-2019

Cracking..

Absolutely love this series. Brilliantly written and a well structured, gripping story. Can't wait for the next in the series

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Darren
  • Darren
  • 01-10-2019

Dan "House-Spider" Shepherd

Paul Thorney is the star here - brilliant performance as usual. However I am struggling and I'm only a third of the way through. I'm supposing Mr Leather drafted a ghost writer, there is no continuity with the previous book and for some reason he's decided that "Spider" is actually a liberal-do-gooder with his backbone and "bits" removed. Every other character around him has more "b*lls" to get the job done - if our security services work like this then god help us all. Come on, this stuff is supposed to be fun, and all I'm doing is rolling my eye as "Spider" complains about everything, mostly how the parents of a drug-pushing 16 year old delinquent will feel - I actually have more respect for the drug- dealers, at least there getting stuff done. Katra is becoming a waste of a character slots - hurry up with the Charlotte Button love Dan Shephard story line :-)

Rant done - 16 books in so I am a fan...just wanted a bit more...I can see where this book is going - "Spider" will step in at the end and save the day and be the hero, but only on the back of everyone else taking risks and bending the rules...bit like book 15 actually...


  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for G. N. Croft
  • G. N. Croft
  • 27-09-2019

Never fails

Again PAul thornley narrates Stephen leather’S latest book in the Dan shepherd series with the passion we have all grown to love.
A twist, some sadness plus a storyline that excites you cannot ask for more

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for JD N.
  • JD N.
  • 25-09-2019

Poor performance

I love all Stephen Leather books, and think Paul Thornly is great, but I couldn't listen past the first few chapters. what felt like 2-3 second delays between every sentence, it was awful. kept forgetting what I was listening too. Needs editing badly!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for iw 78
  • iw 78
  • 17-09-2019

Bad accent

The Scottish accent used in this is awful. Cringe worthy pretty much from start to finish.