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Last Man Standing

Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)
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Summary

The next explosive stand-alone thriller from Sunday Times best-selling author Stephen Leather, featuring appearances from Dan 'Spider' Shepherd.

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. But who wanted him dead? And if Bobby-Ray wasn't the killer, who carried out the assassination, and why is Bobby-Ray being framed? Standing is the only man who can answer those questions - providing he can stay alive long enough.

©2019 Stephen Leather (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"The sheer impetus of his story-telling is damned hard to resist." (Sunday Express)  

"A master of the thriller genre." (Irish Times)

"As tough as British thriller writers get." (Irish Independent)

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Like My Old Leather Jacket!

I loved that old thing, wore it everywhere no matter what, it fitted like a glove. I always felt like I knew where and who I was somehow. And you know Stephen Leather reminds me of that especially combined with Paul Thornley. You know you're going to get quality and you know you're going to enjoy it and can just relax into it even if at times it does creak a little.

This time Leather promotes Matt Standing to the fore with "old man" Shepherd cast amusingly as the disapproving older man. It is another great action movie tale where the bad guys don't take prisoners and the good guys are fabulously polished operators. Paul Thornley, who I think has a uniquely hesitant style is the perfect companion to these stories.

I did say that old jacket creaked a little and if this does a tiny bit it's the ending which has maybe too many Aha! You didn't foresee my cunning plan! moments (I wish these reviews supported quotation marks!). However, it's another fine production from Leather / Thornley and long may they continue!

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As always, excellent

I love Stephen Leather books, and this one is no exception. It kept my attention all the way through, I listened to it whilst I was unwell, and it kept me alert!

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outstanding as always

Paul Thornley reading Stephen Leather, how audio books should be ! Mat Standing a great transition from Spider Shepherd. can't wait for the next one

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Last man standing

Usual Stephen leather, a really good story, also as usual brought to life by Paul Thornley's narration. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story.

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Good story, with it being plausible in real life

Thoroughly enjoyed it and really did not want to stop listening to it. 1st of his books I have listen too and will now try more.

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I hope this is the first book of a new series

Mat Standing first appeared in the Spider Shepherd series. He made an impression on me then, and almost came across as a Terminator type of character. I downloaded this book when it came out, but kept putting off pressing the play button. When I eventually started listening, I was pleasantly surprised. The story is strong and there are no dull spots. The characters are also strong. One of the best audio books I have listened to in a while.

Appearances from Dan Shepherd and Richard Yokely really tie the plot together.

I just hope Stephan Leather decides to do some more Mat Standing books.

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Unbelievable

I've always enjoyed Leather's books. It's a pity that he feels the need to go down the American road with a super hero who can kill 6 armed men with his bare hands before page 29. The baddies always miss and the hero never does. The body count is incredible with no consequences. There is not a main character, just a killing machine.

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Thoroughly good.

Stephen Leather writes a great story and this one is right up there with his best. Paul Thornley really brings it alive. Brilliant.

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Loved it.

Good to see the Matt Standing making another appearance, but as always, it's over too soon.

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Fantastic, action filled and twisty story

It's nice that Matt Standing got a story all to himself. He helps out a friend who has been framed for a Russian Oligarch that he was guarding. A great listen if you have the time.