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Fair Game

Dan Shepherd, Book 8
Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Series: Dan Shepherd, Book 8
Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (436 ratings)

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Summary

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

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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. 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.

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Read with caution.....dangerous stuff

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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The long and winding road

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.

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Gripping, dark & edge of your seat listening

Very well performed audiobook... not for the faint hearted. With graphic descriptions at time’s but done well so it keeps the storyline high octane throughout!!

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another great book

another on the edge listen. great story. I love this character and carnt wait to listen to the next one.

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good story

there were bits that I found a little disturbing but a good storyline all round good listening

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Fantastic

Great read or listen! Gripping from start to finish. All of the spider shepherd series are a must read.

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Superb

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.

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Yet another gripper

Somalian pirates running amok with violent intent, and who is there to go in there and sort it all out. Dan 'Spider' Shepherd of course!

Like all his books, the background details are well researched. His battling with the sometimes unfiarness of criminal activity and human cost. I'm totally invested in his character and his relationship with his son Liam, and the age old dilemma of having enough quality time for our children.
Top notch gripping thriller in a series t which I am addicted.

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  • poole, United Kingdom
  • 12-03-18

A good storyline neatly interwoven

In all fairness, it probably isn't one of my favourite from the Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it and found it to be exciting and interesting. My mind didn't wander too much and I thought the plot was cleverly written, on to the next in the series :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-03-18

far fetched, the hero comes through again.

all the bad guys die and all the hero's live to fight another day, always in the Nick of time. pure fantasy.

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  • Guidry
  • 13-10-16

another

great book by Stephen Leather... Dan Shepard is almost as great as Jack Reacher or john puller

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  • Pat
  • 22-11-12

Great fun

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.