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Summary

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.…

©2004 Stephen Leather (P)2004 Isis Publishing Ltd

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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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Excellent 'page turner' as it were

Excellently read and gripping tale combined to make this a real hit for me - the character voices were superb and I look forward to listening to the next in the series.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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But slow in places.

Good book but the narrative of the families could be slow and irritating. Otherwise well written and engaging.
Thumbs up.

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Another Stephen leather masterpiece

Would you consider the audio edition of Hard Landing to be better than the print version?

The character setting and relationships are much better in the audio version

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Landing?

Showing how shepherd is torn between his often violent job and his family

What does Martyn Read bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He brings each character to life in a very believable way

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really emotional I was however gripped and finished the book very quickly

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  • Trevor
  • SALTBURN BY THE SEA, United Kingdom
  • 22-01-15

A must read

This is another one of Stephen Leather's great books can't wait to listen to book 2 in this series. I have to say also that I like the narrator Martyn Read, he really does put you on the scene, hope he narrates book 2.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Really enjoyed

Would you listen to Hard Landing again? Why?

Although long, i'd listen again, good pacing and interesting story.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were well developed and I felt it was a good introduction to the series.

What about Martyn Read’s performance did you like?

The narrator made it clear which characters were speaking.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very intense at times, I was never sure what the outcome would be.

Any additional comments?

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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  • Mikey
  • poole, United Kingdom
  • 03-10-14

Fantastic first book. I love Shepherd!

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I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. Dan shepherd as a character is entertaining, gritty, intelligent and humble. I loved the storyline, and found it to be exciting and quite gripping at some points.

Being an undercover cop working in a prison under the guise of a convicted armed robber to me sounded like a must listen, and boy how right I was. This book exceeded all my expectations of an action packed thriller and I would even rank it up there in my top 20 listens category. I was a little unsure before I listened about the narrator, as I am a firm Paul Thornley fan and was certain he was unmatched in narrating as an ex SAS soldier. How wrong wasI! Martyn Reed is a brilliant narrator and I really enjoyed listening to his telling of this story.

A good all rounder, this book pulls no punches. Buy it, listen to it, then 5 star rate it. Guaranteed to be a great listen. 10/10.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great story

Excellent story and great plot gripping to the end only spoilt by the narrator and his inability to do decent accents for the characters without them all sounding the same.

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Just couldn't cope with the narration!!!

I have enjoyed several of the more recent Stephen Leather books recently, narrated by Paul Thornley. I thought I would try earlier books in the series, starting with the first Dan Shepherd one. My goodness - what a difference in narration.
I'm afraid I agree with other reviewers. This narrator is not great at accents and his interpretation of Dan Shepherd sounds like Peter Salis in Wallace and Gromit. For me, Paul Thornley is and always will be Spider Shepherd! His interpretation and his reading style are more edgy and much more appropriate to an action novel. So monotonous did I find the narrator of this book that I stopped listening and bought the book to read on my kindle.
The story itself is (as all Leather novels), well crafted and engrossing. The only criticism I'd have is that there were a LOT of different characters and names, which sometimes became confusing. I think Leather's ability to structure novels and use good pace and to add plot complexity and twists has developed and improved over the years. Therefore I enjoy his recent works more. However this was a good story and I enjoyed going back to Spider Shepherd's origins

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Hard Landing is Easy Listening

The beginning of the famous Dan Shepherd is a very decent thriller from Stephen Leather. I personally enjoyed the additional length which was largely used to build the atmosphere of the prison within which so much of the book is set. The juxtaposition of the modern luxuries prisoners enjoy with the genuine misery of a caged existence was built carefully and that background served the characters well.

I thought that the narration was decent though the recording is a bit odd with scene and chapter changes for example rolling instantly without a pause at times.

Largely this is a gritty prison / crime drama and is very well done. Towards the end I thought the author stretched credibility a little and the SAS characters were jettisoned in very quickly compared to the rest with just a hint of caricature about them. So, not perfect and at times not fast-moving but still hugely listenable and I will definitely be returning to this series in the future.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful