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The Sandpit

Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Series: Spider Shepherd Thrillers, Book 0
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Who was Dan "Spider" Shepherd before he signed up as an undercover cop and began working for MI5? The Sandpit rewinds with an action-packed rollercoaster to his days in the SAS....

Dan Shepherd and his SAS team are sent into the badlands of Afghanistan to train the rebels who are battling Taliban fanatics. But what starts as a training mission in The Sandpit rapidly turns into a life or death struggle with Shepherd and his team very much in the firing line. Soon they are caught up in an international intrigue that threatens the stability of the whole Middle East.

©2016 Stephen Leather (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Meh...

Quite uninteresting, far fetched and short, Spider Shepherds first books were pretty good, Stephen leather just turning out mediocrity to get some money I think.

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  • paul
  • 03-04-2017

dan Shepherd

a bit pointless and wery slow for a dan Shepherd story the latter books are a lot better

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  • S. Durao
  • 19-04-2017

Too bland, may have gotten tired of this series

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Have read/listened to all the Dan Sheperd stories so far and found this one a bit too bland to capture me.
May have gotten a bit tired with the series, seemed to be too much of the same.

Would you recommend The Sandpit to your friends? Why or why not?

Have read/listened to all the Dan Sheperd stories so far and found this one a bit too bland to capture me.
May have gotten a bit tired with the series, seemed to be too much of the same.

Have you listened to any of Paul Thornley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

On the mark as always.

Was The Sandpit worth the listening time?

Have read/listened to all the Dan Sheperd stories so far and found this one a bit too bland to capture me.
May have gotten a bit tired with the series, seemed to be too much of the same.

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  • Rogeraee
  • 02-03-2019

Enjoyed it very much

Thought I would try the earlier books and was not disappointed at all. On to the next.

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  • LM10
  • 20-08-2020

is there a Sandpit 2? sudden ending to a quick boo

I was totally engrossed when I felt the book came to a sudden end. this was a shorter story than I'm used to and didn't expect the book to be finished when it did.

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  • Jonah
  • 19-03-2019

Leathered!

Excellent prequel to the Spider Shepherd stories. Really enjoyed this story of Spider in the SAS and his three mates complimented the main character perfectly.Doesn't matter if you are just starting out on the Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series or you are a veteran, this book can be enjoyed by either, highly recommended. Paul Thornley is by far the best narrator used by Stephen Leather

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  • Mikey
  • 06-02-2019

5 stars every time

Considering Leather is not an actual sas soldier, for me his stories are as raw and emtertaining as Mcnab’s. The accuracy is excellent and the storytelling is the same, I defy anybody not to revel in leathers tales. Afghanistan is the backdrop for this story, Shepherd is as gritty and tough as he is in his later Leather novels. He’s also solidified a spot amongst my top and most enjoyable characters to listen to, he’s up there’s with Mcnab’s Stone for sure. Shepherd’s days in the sas have not been a disappointment, they are as entertaining as his days after he left the regiment.

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  • A P Stear
  • 05-02-2018

A bit dull tbh. Cheap but not really worth it.

Not the best. Would advise avoiding. My opinion. I'm sure others would enjoy it but not in same league as mcnab or ryan

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  • Judy Lovelock
  • 31-10-2017

Great storyline

Another brilliant story , author and narrator have a understanding , and work well together to produce a gripping listen .

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  • EmGem22
  • 06-09-2017

Gotta Love Spider

My favourite action hero, I'd love to know where Stephen Leather gets his info from as Spider and his pals are so much more believable than other characters in similar books.

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  • Chris Hill
  • 14-06-2017

short but we'll worth it..

an excellent listen, I was that hooked in that I was late for work twice.