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Last Man Standing

Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (317 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 good as Spider's adventures

Hope there is more to come with Matt Standing, may be working with Dan or Charlie

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good as usual

cracking story.. really liking Matt Standing and the crossover with spider is great ...

good plot and full of action

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One to listen to

One that I found difficult to turn off once it started, probably a predictable ending but with several twists along the way, well written and well supported by an excellent performance by Paul Thornley who is fast becoming one of my favourite readers.

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Great Audio Book.

This was a really good listen with a great story line and really good plot

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  • Alec
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Interesting Yarn

I got the book thinking Spider Shepherd would be the central character. Spider didn't appear until much later. A super story precedes Spider's entry and this ensues a book which weaves and ducks and dives all over. I enjoyed it !

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Excellent story!

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.

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Fantastic

Superb storyline with great characters slowish start but then the action scenes are gripping Stephen Leather at his best
A must read

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good book

loved it great character looking forward to next book. Spider's input great a good team.

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Excellent

Brilliant audible book. Didn’t want it to finish. Stephen Leather and Paul Thornley have done it again and created a a darn good listen.