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Publisher's Summary

The fight against terrorism never ends, and Dan 'Spider' Shepherd is in the front line of Britain's defence against the extremists.

When an ISIS bombmaker arrives at Heathrow Airport asking for asylum in exchange for revealing details of his paymasters, Shepherd is given the case. The bombmaker specialises in drone strikes, and homegrown jihadists that he has trained are already back in the UK, planning their attacks. But before he'll agree to talk, the terrorist insists that his wife and son are rescued from a refugee camp in Turkey. Shepherd is tasked with bringing the family back to London, but he soon discovers that dark forces are out to stop him. And if he fails, hundreds will die.

©2020 Stephen Leather (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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  • Ben
  • 13-02-2021

My favourite narrator took too many gulps and swallows

Paul Thornley is my favourite narrator of Stephen Leathers Dan Shepphard stories but in this one he sounded like he had a cold or dry mouth, lots of gulps and salivation noises - a little off putting but he still does the voices brilliantly and it is a great story.

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Enjoyed the story, but felt the audible performance was spoilt by the narrator appearing to suffer from a COPD condition - unnecessary pauses throughout the entire presentation!

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The story had significant holes but the main problem was the narrator. He generated as much excitment and tension as reading a text book. He paused between each sentence for 2-3 secs completely destroying the rhythm of the text.

As for the story, a major terror threat for London and a only few people were working on it.

The main character was followed on board a plane and when this was discovered, ne of the worlds leading intelligence organisations didn’t think to check the passenger lists or CCTV footage. They just wondered who it might be. One of the many, many holes in a very average story.

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  • mike duxbury
  • 27-07-2020

Outstanding writing

again this spider shepherd epic story continues this guys life trying to do good, with the world but using violence to make the world a better place. Since the first book (hard landing) dan sheperd has lived through tragedy, loss and hard decisions whilst being well trained in his Military career. The writer simply brings the guy to reality unlike others who try and make the leading role a super hero, i love these books and recommend them to anyone but read them all.

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  • Dan
  • 16-11-2020

Bad editing!

Narrator kept making gross swallowing sounds between sentences. Made me feel sick, this should have been edited out in post production. Lazy editing

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  • Ian
  • 25-10-2020

Not one of the best - disappointed

A stumbling drawn out story with all of the 'action' at the end. never really gripped me as previous books have.

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  • MR KJ SMITH
  • 14-09-2020

Swallowing between lines becomes annoying

Paul Thornley is an excellent narrator. I enjoy the Spider stories and how Paul accents characters in a consistent, believable and meaningful way. But on this recording, between each line, Paul swallows saliva, which can be heard very clearly and after a while becomes extremely annoying. So much so, I've had to give up listening. I would imagine this is down to the engineer and the mic set-up. A real shame on this particular recording.

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  • Jonah
  • 28-03-2021

Slow Burn

Superb again from Stephen Leather, always several storylines running simultaneously to keep the listener hooked right to the end. Paul Thornley as good as ever.

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  • Mrs. Vicky Duman
  • 05-03-2021

Great read

I love Dan Spider Shepherd books and this audio version didn't disappoint. Go read it!

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  • chris h
  • 28-02-2021

Top notch again !

loved it. stephen leather continues to be my favourite author along with peter james. class

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  • G. N. Croft
  • 25-01-2021

A super surprise

Honestly I thought after a few sentences that I would not really take to this story but was I very wrong.
It is packed with information on current topics and answered and explained without disappointbeing too heavy. I slowed down towards the end to delay finishing.as always Paul thornily does not

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  • Robert Jones
  • 28-12-2020

Horrible intonation

The story is average but the reading is dire. Irritating intonation, inconsistent timing with random pauses, and inaccuracies - someone ‘ran his hair through his hair’. I’ll avoid anything read by Paul Thornley in future.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-11-2020

Cool spider strikes again

Absolutely superb book gives a great insight to the work of Mi5 gripped all the way through spider strikes again would definatley recomend

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