Dan Shepherd
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  • 1
    Hard Landing: Dan Shepherd, Book 1 | Stephen Leather

    Hard Landing: Dan Shepherd, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Martyn Read
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    As a detective working for an elite undercover squad, Dan "Spider" Shepherd has lied, cheated, and conned in order to bring Britain's most wanted criminals to justice. When a powerful drugs baron starts to kill off witnesses to his crimes, Shepherd is given his most dangerous assignment yet. He has to go undercover in a top-security prison - a world where one wrong move will mean certain death. Playing his role to perfection, Shepherd gambles everything to move in on his quarry - only to realise that the man he is set to trap is even more dangerous than the police anticipated....

    First class entertainment

    Tension so thick at times you can almost taste it! A classic goodies and baddies tale you will not want to put down.

    Reviewed on 26 March 2015 by G. Myers (London, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    Soft Target: Dan Shepherd, Book 2 | Stephen Leather

    Soft Target: Dan Shepherd, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Martyn Read
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    When a group of armed police in an elite unit turn maverick and start to rip off drug dealers at gunpoint, undercover cop Dan "Spider" Shepherd is given his most dangerous mission so far. Shepherd is ordered to infiltrate the tight-knit team, to gain their confidence and, ultimately, to betray them. Facing men with guns is nothing new for the former SAS trooper, but it's the first time he's had to investigate his own. And the job couldn't have come at a worse time for him. As Shepherd finds himself in the firing line, he has to decide exactly where his loyalties lie.

    Just great!

    Again having listened to the first in this series I couldn't wait to listen to this book and was not disappointed. This is one book I could not put do..Show More »

    Reviewed on 22 January 2015 by Trevor (SALTBURN BY THE SEA, United Kingdom)
  • 3
    Cold Kill: Dan Shepherd, Book 3 | Stephen Leather

    Cold Kill: Dan Shepherd, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Martyn Read
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    People smuggling, counterfeit currency, and attempted murder: It's all in a day's work for undercover cop Dan "Spider" Shepherd. But what starts as a run-of-the-mill investigation quickly turns into a matter of life and death when he uncovers a terrorist cell on a mission of death and destruction. With the clock ticking, Shepherd and his colleagues realise that to avoid catastrophe, they have to be even more merciless than the terrorists.

    Another great book!!

    I could not stop listening to this book, Stephen Leather has done it again just purchased the next in this series. They are without doubt addictive!

    Reviewed on 02 February 2015 by Trevor (SALTBURN BY THE SEA, United Kingdom)
  • 4
    Hot Blood: Dan Shepherd, Book 4 | Stephen Leather

    Hot Blood: Dan Shepherd, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Martyn Read
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    Dan "Spider" Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line. It goes with the turf when you're an undercover cop. Now working for the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Shepherd is pitting his wits against the toughest criminals in the country. But when the man who once saved his life is kidnapped in the badlands of Iraq, Shepherd has to decide whether his loyalties lie with his country, his career, or his friend.

    Allahu Akbar!! A great listen.

    Another great addition to the Dan Shepherd series. This one takes us to Iraq, where one of Dan's old colleagues from the SAS has been kidnapped and wi..Show More »

    Reviewed on 28 October 2014 by Richardmk (Milton Keynes uk)
  • 5
    Dead Men: Dan Shepherd, Book 5 | Stephen Leather

    Dead Men: Dan Shepherd, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
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    Former SAS trooper turned undercover cop Dan "Spider" Shepherd knows that there are no easy solutions in the war against terrorism. But when a killer starts to target pardoned IRA terrorists, Shepherd has to put his life on the line to protect his former enemies.

    another top 'spider' Shepheard novel

    Stephen Leather has, yet again, come up trumps with this, his most recent book. Dead Men, which is the 5th novel to feature former SAS now undercover ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 January 2009 by Steven (cardiffUnited Kingdom)
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    Live Fire: Dan Shepherd, Book 6 | Stephen Leather

    Live Fire: Dan Shepherd, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    Mickey and Mark Moore are hard men who live by their own code and leaders of a gang that has made millions at gunpoint. But when Dan "Spider" Shepherd is sent to infiltrate the tightly-knit team of bank robbers, he discovers that he has more in common with them then he first thought.

    Give it a go!

    Narrator Paul Thornley is brilliant as usual in his reading of this audiobook by Stephen Leather.
    He reads with such skill as he distinguishes ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 August 2010 by Janice (Wallington, United Kingdom)
  • 7
    Rough Justice: Dan Shepherd, Book 7 | Stephen Leather

    Rough Justice: Dan Shepherd, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    Villains across London are being beaten and killed by vigilante cops. Crime rates are falling, but the powers that be want Dan "Spider" Shepherd to bring the wave of rough justice to an end. Shepherd is never comfortable investigating cops, but working for the Serious Organised Crime Agency means he has no choice. He goes undercover with an elite group of officers at the sharp end of policing, risking their lives daily on the worst streets in the Capital.

    Rough Justice

    A throughly enjoyable listen. As someone familiar with Paddington green and the TSG i can naturally pick faults in the a few factual inaccuracies. How..Show More »

    Reviewed on 22 February 2011 by Matt (HARPENDEN, HERTS, United Kingdom)
  • 8
    Fair Game: Dan Shepherd, Book 8 | Stephen Leather

    Fair Game: Dan Shepherd, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    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.

    Consistent Stephen Leather

    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. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 25 October 2012 by Nicholas Moore (Norfolk)
  • 9
    False Friends: Dan Shepherd, Book 9 | Stephen Leather

    False Friends: Dan Shepherd, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    The most wanted man in the world is dead. Now those loyal to him seek revenge. When Navy Seals track down and kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, it's obvious there was a traitor on the inside. After the false friends are revealed to be two British students, Malik and Chaudhry - former Islamic fundamentalists recruited by MI5 - they become targets themselves. Dan 'Spider' Shepherd must teach the pair how to survive undercover with al-Qaeda closing in. But Spider is not used to playing the handler.

    its like he was actually there.

    this is one of the best listens so far.

    Reviewed on 20 July 2013 by Lisa (newcastle, United Kingdom)
  • 10
    True Colours: Dan Shepherd, Book 10 | Stephen Leather

    True Colours: Dan Shepherd, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    When a set of Russian oligarchs are assassinated in London, the Russian expat community become anxious. One man appeals to the British government for protection and MI5 assigns Spider Shepherd to the case. But he soon discovers that the killings aren't political - they're personal, and the assassin is much nearer than anyone could conceive. And that's not the only score Spider must settle. Asked by a group of ex-colleagues to hunt down a former Taliban tyrant who has claimed UK asylum by assisting the British government, Spider is forced to decide between his sense of justice and his job.

    Russians Guns and Bristish heroes...

    Really well read audible page turner, the story rambles about a bit but you know where you are heading, and you'll not be disappointed when you get th..Show More »

    Reviewed on 17 March 2014 by Mr. M. Curtis (Bristol UK)
  • 11
    White Lies | Stephen Leather

    White Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    Dan "Spider" Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line - for his friends and for his job with MI5. So when one of his former apprentices is kidnapped in Pakistan, Shepherd doesn't hesitate to join a rescue mission. But when the rescue plan goes horribly wrong, Shepherd ends up in the hands of al-Qaeda terrorists. His SAS training is of little help as his captors torture him.

    Action all the way
    Reviewed on 24 March 2015 by B. Lawrenson (England)
  • 12
    Black Ops | Stephen Leather

    Black Ops

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    Spider Shepherd's MI5 controller, Charlie Button, has gone rogue, using government resources to get revenge on the men who killed her husband. Spider is told to betray her. Worse, he's asked to cooperate with his nemesis at MI6, Jeremy Willoughby Brown, in taking Charlie down. Meanwhile Spider's 16-year-old son is caught with drugs. But the drug police offer Spider a deal: go undercover, unmask a local dealer and his son will go free. Spider has no option but to cooperate.

    Spider Shepherd back on form!

    Another great Spider Shepherd story! Can't wait for the next instalment! Hopefully we won't have to wait too long.

    Reviewed on 04 August 2015 by Anne Leguen de Lacroix ()
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    Dark Forces: The 13th Spider Shepherd Thriller | Stephen Leather

    Dark Forces: The 13th Spider Shepherd Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    A violent South London gang will be destroyed if Dan 'Spider' Shepherd can gather enough evidence against them while posing as a ruthless hit man. What he doesn't know is that his work as an undercover agent for MI5 is about to intersect with the biggest terrorist operation ever carried out on British soil. Only weeks before, Shepherd witnessed a highly skilled IS sniper escape from a targeted missile strike in Syria. But never in his wildest dreams did he expect to next come across the shooter in a grimy East London flat.

    Brilliant

    Absolutely brilliantly written by Stephen Leather. I have had audio books now for three years so as you can imagine I have listened to a lot of books,..Show More »

    Reviewed on 16 August 2016 by pete boatman ()
  • Kill Zone | Stephen Leather

    Kill Zone

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    "Spider Shepherd squatted on his heels outside his tent, drinking his first brew of the day from a battered mug as he watch the wind stirring dust devils from the dirt floor of the compound." When an inexperienced officer sends out innocent paratroopers to be betrayed by a surrendered Taliban sniper, Spider Shepherd is the man chosen to clean up the mess. With his old friends Jock and Geordie to help, along with SAS hopeful Lex, can they take their revenge? Or are they just putting themselves in the kill zone?

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  • Rough Diamonds | Stephen Leather

    Rough Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    "We're professional soldiers," said Shepherd. "We fight for queen and country. There's a hell of a difference between us and mercenaries." Spider Shepherd and the rest of his men are called upon to stop a bunch of South African mercenaries who have disobeyed orders and plundered diamond fields in Sierra Leone from reaching the Liberian border.

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  • Personal Protection | Stephen Leather

    Personal Protection

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    "So the men you will train as my bodyguards will be selected not on the basis of their physical fitness but purely on their loyalty to me. The men outside are all Bedu, of my own tribe. Their loyalty to me is absolute and unquestioning." Spider Shepherd and his team are sent to the Middle East to train tribesmen as bodyguards for the ruling sheikh. He is slowly trying to modernise, but his rule is being threatened by his cousin, whose father was deposed in a bloodless coup.

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  • Narrow Escape | Stephen Leather

    Narrow Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    "The bosun explained that E & E was so important to the regiment that every badged soldier and officer must do an E & E every couple of years.... It was the ultimate test: You were good, or you were caught." The final hurdle in the SAS selection process - the E & E exercise. The aim is to evade capture and to resist interrogation when finally caught. So when Spider Shepherd is captured, he doesn't immediately think anything is wrong.

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  • Dead Drop | Stephen Leather

    Dead Drop

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    "Dan 'Spider' Shepherd shifted position slightly, trying to ease the pressure from the rocks beneath him and the ammo belt pressing into his chest. He lay prone, scanning the terrain through his sniper scope." After the Taliban unleash an attack on a military checkpoint, Spider Shepherd suspects foul play. He was too late to stop the attack, but he's determined to find out how they knew where to strike. With the help of a local boy named Karim, he decides to investigate.

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  • Friendly Fire | Stephen Leather

    Friendly Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    "For eight hours Spider Shepherd had been lying up in a sand dune overlooking the six-lane highway that slashed through the desert like a knife. It was a moonless night, the blackness dotted with so many stars that looking up made his head spin." Fresh from a sniper mission in the Middle East, Spider Shepherd is sent to Afghanistan on a new assignment. Teamed up with former trainer Spud and Lex, a young Para, he receives intel that the man the Americans seek is hiding in the White Mountains.

    Short Story

    Not really worth reading, given that we all know what has happened with Bin Lardin

    Reviewed on 24 April 2016 by Sukuma (UK)
  • Warning Order | Stephen Leather

    Warning Order

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    "Sorry, boys, my hands are tied. The order comes from Special Force HQ, and I can't countermand it. So I'm giving you a warning order for an imminent active service operation. You've got forty minutes to call your wives and girlfriends and sort your kit." After the tragic loss of one of his patrol on an ill-advised training exercise in the Arctic Circle, Spider Shepherd and his comrades are angry at their incompetent commanding officer.

    Enjoyable short story

    Action packed adventure

    Reviewed on 15 June 2016 by I ()
  • Hostile Territory | Stephen Leather

    Hostile Territory

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    "So if you can't find a helicopter anywhere in Sierra Leone for a lift-out, you'd better order up four body bags instead." Spider Shepherd and his SAS mates are stranded, low on rations and ammunition, waiting for a ride to Freetown before they are overrun by rebels. Upon their return to the capital, they are pressed into service by MI6, tasked with destroying a rebel arms dump. But to do this, they must wade through infested swamps and face rebel soldiers. Many of the soldiers are boys.

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  • Natural Selection | Stephen Leather

    Natural Selection

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    "It isn't a part-time job, it's a full-time, unrelenting commitment, and to become one of the inner elite you must expect to make sacrifices at the expense of family, friends, and your career." Dan Shepherd is on a jungle training course in Belize as part of his SAS selection. Along with Liam, Geordie, and Jimbo, he is chosen for further training to see if he makes the cut for the Sabre Squadron Troop. Taken out on real operation patrol, the men run into trouble with Guatemalan troops in the disputed province.

    Spider gets badged.

    "Natural" Selection, in true Stephen Leather style,Paul narrates the story how Dan Shepherd earned his nickname "Spider",a perfect way into the "Sider..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 October 2016 by Mr T C Court ()
  • Spider Shepherd: SAS | Stephen Leather

    Spider Shepherd: SAS

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
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    This collection of stories goes back to Dan "Spider" Shepherd's SAS days, and the missions that shaped him. From his training in the welsh hills and the jungles of Belize, through to his early missions in Sierra Leone and the Middle East, these nine stories chart his rise through the SAS, and his involvement with the elite Sabre Squadron. Along with his comrades Jimbo, McKay and Geordie, Spider puts his life on the line on active duty...and sows the seeds of his future career.

    feel like i know dan shepherd personally

    loved every minute lots of short storys which all follow each other so u are never lost

    Reviewed on 08 April 2015 by Simon ()