Dan Shepherd

26 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 6,003 ratings

Hard Landing Summary

As a detective working for an elite undercover squad, Dan "Spider" Shepherd has lied, cheated, and conned in order to bring Britain's most wanted criminals to justice. When a powerful drugs baron starts to kill off witnesses to his crimes, Shepherd is given his most dangerous assignment yet. He has to go undercover in a top-security prison - a world where one wrong move will mean certain death.

Playing his role to perfection, Shepherd gambles everything to move in on his quarry - only to realise that the man he is set to trap is even more dangerous than the police anticipated.…

©2004 Stephen Leather (P)2004 Isis Publishing Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Hard Landing

    • Dan Shepherd, Book 1
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Martyn Read
    • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 566
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 527
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 525

    As a detective working for an elite undercover squad, Dan "Spider" Shepherd has lied, cheated, and conned in order to bring Britain's most wanted criminals to justice. When a powerful drugs baron starts to kill off witnesses to his crimes, Shepherd is given his most dangerous assignment yet. He has to go undercover in a top-security prison - a world where one wrong move will mean certain death. Playing his role to perfection, Shepherd gambles everything to move in on his quarry - only to realise that the man he is set to trap is even more dangerous than the police anticipated.…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • First class entertainment

    • By G. Myers on 26-03-15

    Regular price: £15.79

  • Book 2

    • Soft Target

    • Dan Shepherd, Book 2
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Martyn Read
    • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 326
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 323

    When a group of armed police in an elite unit turn maverick and start to rip off drug dealers at gunpoint, undercover cop Dan "Spider" Shepherd is given his most dangerous mission so far. Shepherd is ordered to infiltrate the tight-knit team, to gain their confidence and, ultimately, to betray them. Facing men with guns is nothing new for the former SAS trooper, but it's the first time he's had to investigate his own. And the job couldn't have come at a worse time for him. As Shepherd finds himself in the firing line, he has to decide exactly where his loyalties lie.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just great!

    • By Trevor on 22-01-15

    Regular price: £15.79

  • Book 3

    • Cold Kill

    • Dan Shepherd, Book 3
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Martyn Read
    • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 319
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 301

    People smuggling, counterfeit currency, and attempted murder: It’s all in a day’s work for undercover cop Dan "Spider" Shepherd. But what starts as a run-of-the-mill investigation quickly turns into a matter of life and death when he uncovers a terrorist cell on a mission of death and destruction. With the clock ticking, Shepherd and his colleagues realise that to avoid catastrophe, they have to be even more merciless than the terrorists.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great book!!

    • By Trevor on 02-02-15

    Regular price: £15.79

  • Book 4

    • Hot Blood

    • Dan Shepherd, Book 4
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Martyn Read
    • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 347
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 275
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274

    Dan "Spider" Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line. It goes with the turf when you're an undercover cop. Now working for the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Shepherd is pitting his wits against the toughest criminals in the country. But when the man who once saved his life is kidnapped in the badlands of Iraq, Shepherd has to decide whether his loyalties lie with his country, his career, or his friend.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • best one yet

    • By Andrew Earnshaw on 16-05-16

    Regular price: £25.09

  • Book 5

    • Dead Men

    • Dan Shepherd, Book 5
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 242
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240

    Former SAS trooper turned undercover cop Dan "Spider" Shepherd knows that there are no easy solutions in the war against terrorism. But when a killer starts to target pardoned IRA terrorists, Shepherd has to put his life on the line to protect his former enemies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • another top 'spider' Shepheard novel

    • By Steven on 19-01-09

    Regular price: £28.59

  • Book 6

    • Live Fire

    • Dan Shepherd, Book 6
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 313
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 265
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 264

    Mickey and Mark Moore are hard men who live by their own code and leaders of a gang that has made millions at gunpoint. But when Dan "Spider" Shepherd is sent to infiltrate the tightly-knit team of bank robbers, he discovers that he has more in common with them then he first thought.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Give it a go!

    • By Janice on 19-08-10

    Regular price: £17.29

  • Book 7

    • Rough Justice

    • Dan Shepherd, Book 7
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 432
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 291
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 291

    Villains across London are being beaten and killed by vigilante cops. Crime rates are falling, but the powers that be want Dan “Spider” Shepherd to bring the wave of rough justice to an end. Shepherd is never comfortable investigating cops, but working for the Serious Organised Crime Agency means he has no choice. He goes undercover with an elite group of officers at the sharp end of policing, risking their lives daily on the worst streets in the Capital.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Rough Justice

    • By Matt on 22-02-11

    Regular price: £15.39

  • Book 8

    • Fair Game

    • Dan Shepherd, Book 8
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 343
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 295
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 293

    Spider Shepherd is up against the most violent enemies he's ever encountered. Somali pirates have kidnapped the crew of a yacht in a brutal attack, and are demanding a huge ransom in return for the hostages. The pirates have chilling terrorist ambitions in the UK, and are making terrible plans to change the London skyline forever. Thousands of lives are on the line. Spider is sent to sea on an undercover mission to stop the pirates. But time is running out.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Consistent Stephen Leather

    • By Nick Moore on 25-10-12

    Regular price: £17.89

  • Book 9

    • False Friends

    • Dan Shepherd, Book 9
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 289
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292

    The most wanted man in the world is dead. Now those loyal to him seek revenge. When Navy Seals track down and kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, it's obvious there was a traitor on the inside. After the false friends are revealed to be two British students, Malik and Chaudhry - former Islamic fundamentalists recruited by MI5 - they become targets themselves. Dan 'Spider' Shepherd must teach the pair how to survive undercover with al-Qaeda closing in. But Spider is not used to playing the handler.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • its like he was actually there.

    • By Lisa on 20-07-13

    Regular price: £15.79

  • Book 10

    • True Colours

    • Dan Shepherd, Book 10
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 296
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 296

    When a set of Russian oligarchs are assassinated in London, the Russian expat community become anxious. One man appeals to the British government for protection and MI5 assigns Spider Shepherd to the case. But he soon discovers that the killings aren't political - they're personal, and the assassin is much nearer than anyone could conceive. And that's not the only score Spider must settle. Asked by a group of ex-colleagues to hunt down a former Taliban tyrant who has claimed UK asylum by assisting the British government, Spider is forced to decide between his sense of justice and his job.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Russians Guns and Bristish heroes...

    • By Mr. M. Curtis on 17-03-14

    Regular price: £24.49

  • Book 11

    • White Lies

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 365
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 343
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 341

    Dan "Spider" Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line - for his friends and for his job with MI5. So when one of his former apprentices is kidnapped in Pakistan, Shepherd doesn’t hesitate to join a rescue mission. But when the rescue plan goes horribly wrong, Shepherd ends up in the hands of al-Qaeda terrorists. His SAS training is of little help as his captors torture him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Action all the way

    • By B. Lawrenson on 24-03-15

    Regular price: £21.39

  • Book 12

    • Black Ops

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 686
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 644
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 637

    Spider Shepherd's MI5 controller, Charlie Button, has gone rogue, using government resources to get revenge on the men who killed her husband. Spider is told to betray her. Worse, he's asked to cooperate with his nemesis at MI6, Jeremy Willoughby Brown, in taking Charlie down. Meanwhile Spider's 16-year-old son is caught with drugs. But the drug police offer Spider a deal: go undercover, unmask a local dealer and his son will go free. Spider has no option but to cooperate.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spider Shepherd back on form!

    • By Anne Leguen de Lacroix on 04-08-15

    Regular price: £22.09

  • Book 13

    • Dark Forces

    • The 13th Spider Shepherd Thriller
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 496
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 466
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 465

    A violent South London gang will be destroyed if Dan 'Spider' Shepherd can gather enough evidence against them while posing as a ruthless hit man. What he doesn't know is that his work as an undercover agent for MI5 is about to intersect with the biggest terrorist operation ever carried out on British soil. Only weeks before, Shepherd witnessed a highly skilled IS sniper escape from a targeted missile strike in Syria. But never in his wildest dreams did he expect to next come across the shooter in a grimy East London flat.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By pete boatman on 16-08-16

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 14

    • Light Touch

    • The 14th Spider Shepherd Thriller
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 387
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 363
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 362

    The 14th thriller in the Spider Shepherd series promises even more gripping action from The Sunday Times best seller Stephen Leather. Working undercover is all about trust - getting the target to trust you and then betraying them in order to bring them to justice. But what do you do when you believe an undercover cop has crossed the line and aligned herself with the international drugs smuggler she was supposed to be targeting?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great read, Excellent Author and Narrator!

    • By BigMattOz on 03-08-17

    Regular price: £21.99

  • Book 15

    • Tall Order

    • The 15th Spider Shepherd Thriller
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Length: Not Yet Known
    • Unabridged
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    The 15th thriller in the Spider Shepherd series promises even more enthralling action from the Sunday Times best seller Stephen Leather. He is one of the world's most ruthless terrorists, codenamed Saladin. He plans and executes devastating attacks and then, ghostlike, he disappears. Ten years ago he blew a plane out of the sky above New York - and now he's struck again, killing dozens in a London strike. But one of the latest victims is related to the acting head of MI5, who knows exactly who she wants on the case: Spider Shepherd.

    • The 15th Spider Shepherd Thriller
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Length: Not Yet Known
    • Release date: 12-07-18
    • Not rated yet

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Kill Zone

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    "Spider Shepherd squatted on his heels outside his tent, drinking his first brew of the day from a battered mug as he watch the wind stirring dust devils from the dirt floor of the compound." When an inexperienced officer sends out innocent paratroopers to be betrayed by a surrendered Taliban sniper, Spider Shepherd is the man chosen to clean up the mess. With his old friends Jock and Geordie to help, along with SAS hopeful Lex, can they take their revenge? Or are they just putting themselves in the kill zone?

    Regular price: £2.99

    • Rough Diamonds

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    "We’re professional soldiers,” said Shepherd. “We fight for queen and country. There’s a hell of a difference between us and mercenaries.” Spider Shepherd and the rest of his men are called upon to stop a bunch of South African mercenaries who have disobeyed orders and plundered diamond fields in Sierra Leone from reaching the Liberian border.

    Regular price: £2.99

    • Personal Protection

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    "So the men you will train as my bodyguards will be selected not on the basis of their physical fitness but purely on their loyalty to me. The men outside are all Bedu, of my own tribe. Their loyalty to me is absolute and unquestioning.” Spider Shepherd and his team are sent to the Middle East to train tribesmen as bodyguards for the ruling sheikh. He is slowly trying to modernise, but his rule is being threatened by his cousin, whose father was deposed in a bloodless coup.

    Regular price: £2.99

    • Narrow Escape

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    "The bosun explained that E & E was so important to the regiment that every badged soldier and officer must do an E & E every couple of years.... It was the ultimate test: You were good, or you were caught." The final hurdle in the SAS selection process - the E & E exercise. The aim is to evade capture and to resist interrogation when finally caught. So when Spider Shepherd is captured, he doesn’t immediately think anything is wrong.

    Regular price: £2.99

    • Dead Drop

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    "Dan 'Spider' Shepherd shifted position slightly, trying to ease the pressure from the rocks beneath him and the ammo belt pressing into his chest. He lay prone, scanning the terrain through his sniper scope." After the Taliban unleash an attack on a military checkpoint, Spider Shepherd suspects foul play. He was too late to stop the attack, but he’s determined to find out how they knew where to strike. With the help of a local boy named Karim, he decides to investigate.

    Regular price: £2.99

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