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The explosive new stand-alone thriller from the author of the Spider Shepherd series. 

Sally Page is an MI5 'footie', a junior Secret Service Agent who maintains 'legends': fake identities or footprints used by real spies. Her day consists of maintaining flats and houses where the legends allegedly live, doing online shopping, using payment, loyalty and travel cards and going on social media in their names - anything to give the impression to hostile surveillance that the legends are living, breathing individuals.  

One day she goes out for a coffee run from the safe house from which she and her fellow footies operate. When she comes back they have all been murdered, and she barely escapes with her own life. She is on the run: but from whom she has no idea. Worse, her bosses at MI5 seem powerless to help her. To live, she will have to use all the lies and false identities she has so carefully created while discovering the truth....

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

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A good story which starts with a bang and doesn't

Good characters and an interesting plot line . starts with a bang and then we are off running! Well read!

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Could not finish this book. l was so very disappointed with this totally. lt felt like Enid Blyton for adults.

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  • Donna
  • 27-01-2020

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What a lot of fun. The blurb drew
me in and I'm so pleased. "Footies" in MI5. Starts fast, builds at a steady pace then thunders for home plate... and wins. It is fun but there are a lot of gun shot victims left lying about if this is of concern to you.





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  • Felix Klein
  • 21-12-2020

Great action

This will keep you on the edge of your seat. Great story. The audio was not perfect. I've used Audible books on this device and the sound was good. The sound of this audiobook was on the low side. It's good with headphones but without them you barely can hear in the car.

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  • Medic420
  • 30-11-2020

great stand alone book

great book I wish there was a book 2 great voice actor, I think it was better then the Chinaman.

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  • J. Grant
  • 06-02-2020

Great story, poor narration

Story is as excellent as one would expect from Stephen Leather

The narration was awful, I don’t think Laura Kirman has ever heard a man speak...or at least that’s what it seems like from hearing her impression of one. Also - did no one hear her say Carbine the first time around and correct her?

This next point isn’t a slight on the quality of the narration but this story is meant to be set in the same universe as the Dan Shepherd novels narrated by Paul Thornley but the voice acting was so far from what the listener is used to that it doesn’t feel like it when you’re listening. I understand that when reading the books it wouldn’t be a problem but, when listening to the audiobooks, you get used you a set of voices for Charlotte Button and Major Gannon etc; you build up an image and your own idea of a person which is then thrown completely out of the window when they’ve gone from sounding like a privately-educated Home Counties born major to a south Londoner (for example)

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  • James N.
  • 24-01-2020

Another good Stephen leather book but with a horrendous narrator

Books was ok but totally ruined but the narrator. It seemed she was reading a girls romantic story with the odd male voices that sounded like they were speech impaired or were choking with there head down the toilet. Buy the book and read it,do not ruin a good author by listening to it as it will put you of getting any of his many superb books in future. If I was him I’d take it of audible now for his sake.

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  • Mrs Q
  • 08-03-2020

Narrator

I love Stephen Leather books but am so disappointed in this one. The story was alright but the narrator was an absolute disaster. The amount of mispronunciations and truly awful male voices was beyond me. It was a slog to get through in the end.
The right narrator would make this into a really good listening experience.

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  • Lagom
  • 28-01-2020

Really, really bad narration

The voices are REALLY bad... I’m pretty sure that the author didn’t intend them to sound like over exaggerated Harry Enfield comic characters!!

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  • Mark Betts
  • 27-01-2020

Bad narrator

good story but the narrator spoiled the overall enjoyment . Paul Thornley is much better for this type of story telling

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  • Bob
  • 28-03-2020

avoid

Laura Kirman's vocal powers do not extend to representing a gruff SAS Major in anything other than Jackanory-speak 'huff and puff and I'll blow the house down' tones. Bizarre. As is some of the writing. If Stephen Leather is a man I'd be amazed. The narrative tone is rom-com, and all the worse for that.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-2020

Not the best one I have read but ok

Did wish the narrator would research the pronunciation of her gun names though grrrrr " carbeeeeen" and " heckler and coke" was making me want to scream in the end 🙄

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  • Helen
  • 12-02-2020

Quite good

A few other reviews had put me off this, but I liked the premise so decided to go for it. The story is pretty good. Fast paced. The narrator isn't bad, but I did feel her voice kept going a bit high pitched, and then I struggled to hear occasional words. But not too off putting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-2020

Poor Narration

Good book, but the narrator was below parr. Wish Paul Thornley had done it.

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  • joanne chalmers
  • 30-01-2020

poor narrating

too many Male parts to voice for this lady was it sense checked for pronunciation

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