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  • The 14th Spider Shepherd Thriller
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 446

The 14th thriller in the Spider Shepherd series promises even more gripping action from The Sunday Times best seller Stephen Leather. Working undercover is all about trust - getting the target to trust you and then betraying them in order to bring them to justice. But what do you do when you believe an undercover cop has crossed the line and aligned herself with the international drugs smuggler she was supposed to be targeting?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best spider book

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-08-17

Another Belting Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-19

God I hate Willowby-Brown! Superb character though. Paul Thornley is by far the best narrator, Stephen Leather the best author of this genre & Spider the best ‘hero’

  • Black Ops

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spider Shepherd back on form!

  • By Anne Leguen de Lacroix on 04-08-15

Lex Harper?

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-19

Another cracking book by Stephen Leather but why hasn’t Lex Harper got a Scottish accent anymore? I thought I’d missed something like it was his legend undercover but no, so why has his Glasgow accent gone? In previous books he was always going on about Glasgow etc but now he suddenly has an English accent. Just seems really odd to me.

  • White Lies

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action all the way

  • By B. Lawrenson on 24-03-15

Top Class, Again.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-19

Another Stephen Leather ‘Spider Shepherd’ novel and superlatives are starting to fail me! The 11th in the list and quite possibly the best yet.
Paul Thornley is again the narrator and vital to the listening experience, he is outstanding.
Now for the 12th in the list, can’t wait. 👏🏼

  • False Friends

  • Dan Shepherd, Book 9
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • its like he was actually there.

  • By Lisa on 20-07-13

Great Listen 👍🏼

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Yet another belting novel from Stephen Leather, I actually got an adrenaline rush back end of chapter 23 & start of chapter 24 ( can’t say why, no spoilers from me ) Again there are several stories going on in the plot.
Paul Thornley is wonderful as the narrator and Dan Shepherd is a magnificent character. On to the next book in the Spider Shepherd series.

  • Fair Game

  • Dan Shepherd, Book 8
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Consistent Stephen Leather

  • By Nick Moore on 25-10-12

Superb

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Another superb novel by Stephen Leather. Dan Shepherd is a fantastic character. Great plot and many interesting sub-plots. Superb listen. Paul Thornley is the best narrator.

  • Rough Justice

  • Dan Shepherd, Book 7
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rough Justice

  • By Matt on 22-02-11

Rough Justice

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-19

Excellent story, 5 different plots all going on at the same time, gripping stuff. Spider Shepherd is a first class hero. Paul Thornley wonderfully narrates this story, great at all the different characters and all the accents. Paul is the best narrator of the Shepherd series. I also enjoyed him doing the Nick Stone series for Andy McNab. All in all the best of the Dan Shepherd series I’ve listened to so far, and FWIW I’m listening in order.

  • Hard Landing

  • Dan Shepherd, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Martyn Read
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691

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.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First class entertainment

  • By G. Myers on 26-03-15

Last of the Summer Wine?!!

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-19

Great story from Leather but completely ruined by Read’s narration. He really does sound like Peter Sallis from Last of the Summer Wine, Wallace & Grommit etc.
Like the Nick Stone series for Andy McNab; Peter Thornley is the best, anyone else ruined the series. Spider Shepherd is the same; Peter Thornley sets Spider alight, and his accents, wether, regional for Jock or Geordie etc, or foreign for the Middle Eastern characters and the Eastern Europeans he has them spot on; simply brilliant. Nobody else can touch Thornley as a narrator in either of these series’.

  • The Sandpit

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • dan Shepherd

  • By paul on 03-04-17

Leathered!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-19

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

  • Osama

  • The First Casualty of War Is the Truth, the Second Is Your Soul
  • By: Chris Ryan
  • Narrated by: Michael Roberts
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Despatches from the secret world behind the headlines. Former SAS legend Chris Ryan brings you his 17th novel, filled with his trademark action, thrills and inside knowledge. Osama Bin Laden is dead. The President of the United States knows it. The world knows it. And SAS hero Joe Mansfield knows it. He was on the ground in Pakistan when it happened. He saw Seal Team 6 go in, and he saw them extract with their grisly cargo. He was in the right place at the right time. Or maybe the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me!

  • By Jonah on 18-03-19

Not for me!

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-19

First Ryan novel for me and quite possibly the last!
I thought I’d try Chris Ryan as I’m a fan of Andy McNab and Stephen Leather, but in all honesty I found the story poor. The main character and supposed hero Joe Mansfield was immediately dislikable and the narrator was awful. I’m generously awarding it 3 stars. I’ll stick to McNab & Leather, and Paul Thornley as the narrator.

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  • Last Man Standing

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Friendships forged in the heat of combat can be stronger than anything. So when SAS trooper Matt Standing is told that the former Navy SEAL who saved his life is in trouble, he doesn't hesitate to go to his aid - even if that means flying halfway around the world to Los Angeles. Navy SEAL-turned-bodyguard Bobby-Ray Barnes has been accused of killing the man he was supposed to be protecting. Three other bodyguards were also killed, and now Bobby-Ray is on the run. The dead client was a Russian oligarch with connections to the Kremlin. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like My Old Leather Jacket!

  • By Simon on 01-02-19

Excellent story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-19

Really enjoyed the story and the character Matt Standing. Paul Thornley is as usual superb as the narrator. Hope Stephen Leather follows this book up with another story about Matt Standing.