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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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  • 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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  • James
  • 15-08-2018

Chapter 60 - Amazing!!!!

Never written a review before I have finished but thought I had to with this review.. what an amazing book so far, just as I thought it was going to be same old, same old but SL really does make this a jaw dropping moment End of chapter 59 I nearly fell off my chair... Awesome, Awesome.. Will update at the end!

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  • calum555
  • 15-08-2018

Spider is back in Action

Loved hearing a proper spider story again, Just wish the next one was already out!

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  • Alec
  • 14-08-2018

Brilliant

Have to say I really enjoyed this book. All the old characters come together to come up against a common enemy. Expertly told by Paul Thornley I might just have to listen to it again.

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  • Troysgone
  • 11-08-2018

Not his usual standard

The whole book feels rushed and not the usual exciting ride that a Spider Shepherd nook brings, but for the last few chapters.

Hopefully the next one will be a return form.

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  • Jholmes
  • 07-08-2018

Engrossing

Another Stephen Leather gem!
Spider, Button and the rest of the team at their best

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  • Mikey
  • 03-08-2018

Great, a really entertaining listen

To sum this book up: it kept me hooked, it kept me intrigued, it kept me entertained. What more could you ask for in an audiobook?

Spider hits the bullseye. Much more entertaining than the last few instalments to the series in my opinion, which was refreshing. A great listen. Excellently narrated by the king of the SAS audio-character.

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  • Nulla i Staszek
  • 03-08-2018

Very good one.

Great performance and innovative story. Ending could be a little better as it was lame and expected.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-07-2018

Britain First Rhetoric is wearing thin

I have 2 major issues with this, and one minor issue. The minor issue is that all of a sudden Alex Harper's accent is Scotish​ instead of scouse. I find it really jarring when that happens and as far as I can tell there's no good reason for it.

The first major issue relates to Harper as well. I absolutely love the Harper character and totally lapped up Takedown, the Alex Harper spin off released between this Spider book and the last. But for the first half of this book Harper is essentially the protagonist. When I've just read a book all about Harper with zero mention of Spider I'm feeling a bit short changed by the overshadowing of Spider here.

My biggest gripe with this book however is the constant anti immigration rhetoric. It's totally fine for characters a to have a range of political views, however almost every chapter had at least one character repeating the same boring rant about child refugees. There was never any counter argument to balance it as we usually get from leather, other than "The human rights brigade won't like it". I had to keep checking the cover to make sure it wasn't actually a Free Tommy Poster. And the main plot device, that compassion be abandoned in the fight against terror and "innocent" associates and family of terrorists be killed, including children, was never tested. It was generally agreed by characters who should no better, but the subject only ever arose briefly in a hypothetical discussion. This can't have been an accident and I'm positive it ommited out if cowardice. I hate to say it, but I think this might be the end of Spider Shepherd.

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  • Mazalicious
  • 25-07-2018

Really disappointing

I’m normally a huge fan of Stephen Leather and the Spider Shepherd books are a guilty pleasure for me. However this tale was sooo unimaginative and without the usual twists and drama. Just a series of grisly killings really. Too much gratuitous violence via other characters (the obnoxious Richard Yokeley and the not so bad Lex Harper) I also missed the lack of glimpses into Shepherd’s family life that are usually included. On the plus side, a faultless performance from Paul Thornley as per. He always gets the narration just right.