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The Sandpit

Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Series: Dan Shepherd, Book 0
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
4 out of 5 stars (170 ratings)

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Summary

Who was Dan "Spider" Shepherd before he signed up as an undercover cop and began working for MI5? The Sandpit rewinds with an action-packed rollercoaster to his days in the SAS....

Dan Shepherd and his SAS team are sent into the badlands of Afghanistan to train the rebels who are battling Taliban fanatics. But what starts as a training mission in The Sandpit rapidly turns into a life or death struggle with Shepherd and his team very much in the firing line. Soon they are caught up in an international intrigue that threatens the stability of the whole Middle East.

©2016 Stephen Leather (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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dan Shepherd

a bit pointless and wery slow for a dan Shepherd story the latter books are a lot better

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Too bland, may have gotten tired of this series

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Have read/listened to all the Dan Sheperd stories so far and found this one a bit too bland to capture me.
May have gotten a bit tired with the series, seemed to be too much of the same.

Would you recommend The Sandpit to your friends? Why or why not?

Have read/listened to all the Dan Sheperd stories so far and found this one a bit too bland to capture me.
May have gotten a bit tired with the series, seemed to be too much of the same.

Have you listened to any of Paul Thornley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

On the mark as always.

Was The Sandpit worth the listening time?

Have read/listened to all the Dan Sheperd stories so far and found this one a bit too bland to capture me.
May have gotten a bit tired with the series, seemed to be too much of the same.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Leathered!

Excellent prequel to the Spider Shepherd stories. Really enjoyed this story of Spider in the SAS and his three mates complimented the main character perfectly.Doesn't matter if you are just starting out on the Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series or you are a veteran, this book can be enjoyed by either, highly recommended.
Paul Thornley is by far the best narrator used by Stephen Leather

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Enjoyed it very much

Thought I would try the earlier books and was not disappointed at all. On to the next.

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  • Mikey
  • poole, United Kingdom
  • 06-02-19

5 stars every time

Considering Leather is not an actual sas soldier, for me his stories are as raw and emtertaining as Mcnab’s. The accuracy is excellent and the storytelling is the same, I defy anybody not to revel in leathers tales.

Afghanistan is the backdrop for this story, Shepherd is as gritty and tough as he is in his later Leather novels. He’s also solidified a spot amongst my top and most enjoyable characters to listen to, he’s up there’s with Mcnab’s Stone for sure.

Shepherd’s days in the sas have not been a disappointment, they are as entertaining as his days after he left the regiment.

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A bit dull tbh. Cheap but not really worth it. <br />

Not the best. Would advise avoiding. My opinion. I'm sure others would enjoy it but not in same league as mcnab or ryan

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Great storyline

Another brilliant story , author and narrator have a understanding , and work well together to produce a gripping listen .

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Gotta Love Spider

My favourite action hero, I'd love to know where Stephen Leather gets his info from as Spider and his pals are so much more believable than other characters in similar books.

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short but we'll worth it..

an excellent listen, I was that hooked in that I was late for work twice.

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Back to the beginning

Before he joined the Metropolitan Police undercover unit, before he joined MI5 Dan Shepherd and his SAS team are sent into the badlands of Afghanistan to train the rebels who but nothing is ever that simple.

Rather an abrupt end hence 4 *