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Publisher's Summary

The 15th thriller in the Spider Shepherd series promises even more enthralling action from the Sunday Times best seller Stephen Leather. 

He is one of the world's most ruthless terrorists, codenamed Saladin. He plans and executes devastating attacks, and then, ghostlike, he disappears. Ten years ago he blew a plane out of the sky above New York - and now he's struck again, killing dozens in a London strike. But one of the latest victims is related to the acting head of MI5, who knows exactly who she wants on the case: Spider Shepherd. 

Dean Martin, a psychologically damaged former Navy SEAL, is the only person in the world who can identify Saladin. But Martin was killed 10 years ago - wasn't he? Shepherd must find Martin and take him back to the killing fields on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Revenge on the world's most wanted terrorist is long overdue, and Shepherd is determined to be the one to deliver it.... 

©2018 Stephen Leather (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

"A master of the thriller genre." (Irish Times)

"As tough as British thrillers get...gripping." (Irish Independent)

"The sheer impetus of his storytelling is damned hard to resist." (Sunday Express)

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Another good book

Stephen Leather never disappoints, I enjoy the Sheperd series and Nightingale series and his stand alones as well. This book seems to have a lot of descriptions of "home grown" terrorists. I agree it is disturbing and a great disappointment for host countries where values are not shared.

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good read

enjoyed this story, well read, listened at every opportunity i could get. highly recommended, as a good read or listen

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  • T. R. Walker
  • 25-03-2021

Leather At His Best

I've read - and reread - every Dan Shepherd and this is one of the best. The usual excellent features are present and correct - superb pacing, realistic conversations, dark humour. But Leather gives us more - two story lines and the gripping Lex Harper. What's not to love? Take my advice - read Hard Landing first, work through every book, reread again, thank me later. And last but not least - Thornley is the perfect narrator for this genre and excels in every book. Thanks to Leather and Thornley for one of the best audible series available

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  • Jonah
  • 24-04-2019

Jock Harper is Back!!

The Scottish version of Lex Harper is back 😂 Was the English version in ‘Black Ops’ a mere oversight?

Anyway another cracker from Stephen Leather.

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  • Gary
  • 25-07-2018

Spider! As Explosive As Ever!

Great story! Well written! Well preformed!

A modern up to date tale that excites from start to finish!

Great to see new characters developing for the future.

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  • Julian Zammit
  • 16-06-2021

Political broadcast

Used to really enjoy SL’s books, but this will be the last one. He’s turned his recent books into a Farage tribute act. Everything is the fault of ‘bloody Lefties’ and ‘unchecked immigration’.
Hard to get past the rampant right-wing bullsh*t and into the story.
I look forward to not reading his next party political broadcast - ‘Spider Goes Undercover in BLM to root out domestic terrorists’.
Have a day off, mate.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-2021

Great book, 1 slight mistake

Another great book, my only gripe was that there were a couple of audio slips where accents changed for people... Noticeably lex harper is scottish again haging been a cockney in a previous book

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  • Glen Johnstone
  • 26-09-2020

Great action some dodgy accents

A well constructed story pieced together over two timelines sees Spider facing new challenges. Really good story with some interesting characters and the odd familiar character too.

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  • ken 4126
  • 01-03-2020

Very poor

This was a big disappointment. I have read this authors work before but this was nothing like the others. It jumped from the present day to 10 years earlier constantly and the story made little sense.I have given up.

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  • luke harmon
  • 31-10-2019

grate book.

fabulous book as good as the rest, I like the way it tizen in lots of old books, definitely worth a good read.

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  • Nigel
  • 09-05-2019

Kept me wanting to listen to it more

Great oration without the usual he said she said. Loved the book as it was up to date in time of recent happenings.
Really enjoyed it.

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  • Benjamin s.
  • 22-03-2019

Paul thornley, is spider shepherd.

Iv listened to all the spider books, back to back. Brilliant series!!!
Can’t get enough!

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