Spider Shepherd is up against the most violent enemies he's ever encountered. Somali pirates have kidnapped the crew of a yacht in a brutal attack, and are demanding a huge ransom in return for the hostages. The pirates have chilling terrorist ambitions in the UK, and are making terrible plans to change the London skyline forever. Thousands of lives are on the line. Spider is sent to sea on an undercover mission to stop the pirates. But time is running out.
©2011 Stephen Leather (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd
A story addicted curmudgeon swimming in a sea of wonderfully crafted words.
This is the first Stephen Leather book I have experienced. Paul Thornton's reading is excellent showing a convincing range of voices to characterised Leather's people The story has many different and complex layers striding effortlessly from Balfast to London to North Africa and the Indian Ocean. My one reservation is the description of sexual violence. I cringed as the words rounded on the horrid specifics of rape ...I was tempted to end the reading though thankfully the writer used the situation to drive the story forward and the violence, whilst remaining horrid, was used as a part of the architecture holding the story together. However, good though the story is it not for the faint hearted.
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If you enjoyed other Stephen Leather novels, you'll like this one too. It's ably read by Paul Thornley, NOT Paul Thornton as it says on the website. Paul Thornley has narrated many of Stephen Leather's books and if anything, he does an even better job with this one. With previous novels, he had a tendency to pause a little too long at the end of a sentence when saying something like "... said Jack" but he doesn't do it with this book.
Unrealistic romp. Engaging for the ears, though not the brain. Paul Thorley narrates brilliantly as ever. His style of presentation is so conversational that it is very easy to forget you are not there!
Actually I like S. Leather, listened to most of what Audible offers. This is by far the worst in the Spider Sheperd-series unless you really want to learn alot about cargo-ships in a droning lecture that seems to go on forever. The plot drags on competely predictable and the poorly developed parallel-plot comes to such a sudden end that you really have to ask yourself if the author didn't find the time to finish the book properly.
This is a good story. It all holds together beautifully even though it is quite multi layered. Very fast paced and compelling. What makes it a stupendous experience is the reader. His skill with accents is truly amazing, for example, managing to convey the rythms and cadences of a middle eastern man who has lived in the west and has acquired an upper crust delivery. One is able to truly lose oneself in the story as the characters are so defined and well represented.
This is the 8th in the Dan "Spider" Shepherd series centred around the work of a uncover British agent. I love Stephen Leather's books across the board but the Spider Shepherd series is probably my favourite. You don't have to have read any of the previous books before reading this one but I do feel a certain warmth towards many of the characters because at least half a dozen of them have appeared in previous books. The story is based around Shepherd working undercover to stop Somali pirates whilst his previous work in Ireland starts to catch up with him. It was a page turner for me and I've now moved straight on to "False Friends", the next in the series. Highly recommended if you like undercover military/espionage thrillers leaning towards an Andy McNab style at times.
Fair Game was a fine, fast read, with the pages flying by for 15 hours. This is great action material that is brought to life by the fine narration of Paul Thornley. I don't know if the Daniel Shepherd MI5 character is a new addition to Leather's repertoire, but in any case, I want to see more of this guy. Fair Game is a winner.
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