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The Tunnel Rats

Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (133 ratings)
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Summary

Two murders, thousands of miles apart: one in London, one in Bangkok. The bodies brutally mutilated: an ace of spades impaled upon their chests.

In Washington, a US senator receives photographs of the corpses. And realises that his past has come back to haunt him.

Nick Wright is the detective trying to solve the mystery of the double killing. His hunt for a motive takes him to the tunnels in Vietnam, where the American tunnel rats fought the dirtiest battle of the war against the Viet Cong. But there is a killer protecting the secrets of the tunnels. At whatever cost...

©1997 Stephen Leather (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

Critic reviews

"Authentic...exciting stuff with plenty of heart palpitating action." ( Daily Mail)

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  • Steven
  • cardiffUnited Kingdom
  • 25-01-10

another great leather novel

I've read all but 2 of Stephen Leathers novels and, there isn't a bad book amongst them. as usual this book is full of great action with a gripping plot. One of Leathers strong points is his ability to draw multiple plot lines together to produce great books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Stephen Leather tunne rats

Bit confusing at first but enjoying now. Excellent narator great for walkng the dog

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Gripping

well thought out story lots of twists .1st book of author and now hook to listern to more.

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Excellent. You won't be dissapointed

Advisable to read The Vets first. Vets isn't a particularly engrossing story by Leathers usual standards, but there are aspects of that story that make this one awe inspiring. I would suggest that this story was planned when The Vets was being written.
Engaging and absorbing story, full of the usual subplots and fallible people. Just like life!
Having researched the VC tunnels in Cu Chi, and appreciated their extraordinary contribution to the North Vietnamese success against both the French & Americans, this story resonates with the incredible tension that is endured by conflict underground and in the dark. The real Tunnel Rats were an extraordinary breed, but ultimately no match for Vietnamese forbearance and persistence.

You won't be disappointed by this story. Even though I can now see Stephens Leathers plot twists unfolding in advance, it was still engrossing.

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  • Alec
  • Hampshire
  • 13-06-16

Good Story

I have to say it took a while to get into this book. Glad I stuck with it as the end was tense and exciting.

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Superb

Yet another Stephen leather book that failed to disappoint , superb characters and story that kept me listening. 5 stars

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S low start but got thereinthe end

Narrator did well, lots of. Characters, with totally different story lines. That came together well.

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Great

Enjoyed the story although I got lost a couple of times. I am a huge fan of Stephen Leather's books.

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Great book 👍🏼📕

Great listen and great writing from Stephen Leather and made all the better by the fantastic narrator Paul Thornley.
A must book...😉

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Poor story, dreadful narrator

This really isn't very good. The book is riddled with cliches, stuffed with cardboard cutout stereotypical characters, the police procedural aspects are an insult to the intelligence, and the 'twist' can be seen a mile off. To make matters worse, the narrator is truly awful - gutteral Cockney with a range of accents seemingly inspired by Little Britian or bad 70's British sitcoms. Avoid.

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  • Ray
  • 26-09-13

Confusing....

What disappointed you about The Tunnel Rats?

The narration is all over the place,hard to follow the storyline as in its description.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Didn't make it there yet.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Thornley’s performances?

No.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Tunnel Rats?

Quite a lot.

Any additional comments?

no.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful