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Moving Targets

Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Series: Dan Shepherd, Book 0.5
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (221 ratings)

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Summary

Not all terrorists are driven by religion or politics. 

Dan "Spider" Shepherd and his SAS team are on the trail of a terrorist whose motives are much more personal. Sabit Kusen wants revenge and doesn’t care how many innocents he kills along the way. Shepherd and his team hunt their quarry around the world - from Athens to Paris to Zurich to Singapore and on to Sydney - but the elusive Kusen is always one step ahead of them. 

Can Shepherd catch Sabit Kusen before he carries out his most audacious attack? And does he have what it takes to pull the trigger to end the fanatic’s reign of terror?

©2018 Stephen Leather (P)2018 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Conicidentally

From my first Stephen Leather read of Black ops, to the sheer joy of realising that was no13 in the Spider Shepherd series and there was lots of catching up to do. His first Spider book Hard landing was mind-blowingly good, and totally gripping. I read all the series and the SAS early days stories too.

This was still entertaining and I love Spider Shepherds character, but it wasn't nail-biting for me. the succession of coincidental lucky events hopping all around the globe. On par with James bond escapades, but just not up to the usual well thought out and gripping stories. Maybe it wasn't long enough tom develop elements in the story as it seemed a tad short.

I admire dealing with the career scheming 'Rupert' , the puppet Tony Blair and his two-faced personality, and too the Political human cogs, in fact I thought Stephen Leather wanted to really highlight the bullshit that many armed forces men and the SAS have to deal with, while trying their level best and placing their lives on the line. Quite like many politicians and all this Brexit positioning and bullshit. Spider Shepherd has always cared and tried to do the right thing, and it seems like Stephen Leather wanted to do the same. I'm about to start the Nightingale series by Stephen Leather and can't wait!

Having said that, Spider shepherd books are my absolute favourite series by far, and I would thoroughly recommend to any thriller readers. This was just a notch of it's premier predecessors.


Oh yes, lol...…...too many gaps in the narration which I'm guessing was down to editing?

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Disjointed and a little disappointing

Am a fan of Stephen Leather and the Spider Shepherded series but this one felt rushed. The story was a little disjointed and read like one of those terrible 80s movies Holywood use to love to churn out to extol the apparent greatness of the US special forces/FBI etc, in other words a sort of propaganda piece for SAS. The story is littered with poorly inserted opportunities to show how great the SAS compared to other forces in the world - in this book Australia, Greece and France. In some cases this is done to the detriment of the story line. All and all a sub par book/story compared the ones that came before.

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Absolutely TERRIBLE!

Resembled an A-Team episode from the 80’s but a lot worse. I’m an avid ‘Spider Shepherd’ fan and this stands out from the rest of the series like the proverbial ‘turd in the punch bowl’. Paul Thorny was excellent as usual, 10/10.

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Dreadful

"As if" I kept shouting at my device whilst listening to this.

It is a ridiculous and implausible story. I was so disappointed as I love all of the other Spider Shepherd books. It feels as if Stephen rushed this book out in between writing others.

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Sadly, this has nothing whatsoever to recommend it

The single factor that kept me reading was the narrator - great job - and usually in other circumstances I love Spider Shepherd, but on this occasion the double tap has missed it’s mark in my view.
There re no particularly well-identified bad guys to dislike, so it’s hard to cheer on the good‘ S when there’s nothing to base that on - pity ... but nothing here to recommend the book.

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by far the worse Stephen leather book ever !!

The book storyline feel like a rush job to just get it out
no plot or story to follow .

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Did no work for me,very poor

Disappointing, after enjoying the rest of the series,this book lacked a depth of belief; sad to say the story is all now repeated cliches with some very odd pauses in the story telling. First book I did not enjoy - a very odd listen!

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Reasonable story, ruined by the narration!

Numerous mispronunciations, overly long and unnecessary pauses spoil the flow of this story.
Hard to see it through to the end.

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Another winner

A well written story as you would expect from Stephen Leather which is well performed by Paul Thornley whose characters are believable.

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best yet!

Great pace throughout. Believable , gripping and a real 'page turner' ( ok keep switched on'er but it doesn't sound the same!)

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