This case is a bit different. Now 5 books in there are at least 6 other strong characters that have grown and could easily be used more prominently in the series. I was complaining after reading the last book that Stephen is losing his edge. However, what I did get was that sense of impending doom that almost made me not want to read on because I was worried about what was going to happen next. The dead client was a Russian oligarch with connections to the Kremlin. But when the rescue plan goes horribly wrong, Shepherd ends up in the hands of al-Qaeda terrorists. But never in his wildest dreams did he expect to next come across the shooter in a grimy East London flat.
With this book, this series in fact, Leather drives home the fact that while this exact story was fiction, it was very much based in the real world, where there are people capable, and willing, of doing the things within. It took a hold of you, gave you a thrilling but shockingly real ride, and then dumped you at the end wondering what the hell just happened. This time Spider is not happy with his assignment to get close to a woman so he can spy on this suspected murderess. He is also juggling security for Charlotte Button and his own home as he gets wind of an assassin after Charlotte and Richard Yokely an American spook who has featured in earlier books. He has to go undercover in a top-security prison - a world where one wrong move will mean certain death.
All Reacher knows is that he didn't kill anybody. As the Muslim assassin closes in on his prey, Shepherd realises that the only way to save lives is to become a killer himself. He considers himself an artisan. When a powerful drugs baron starts to kill off witnesses to his crimes, Shepherd is given his most dangerous assignment yet. But time is running out.
Not a chance in hell. Stephen also has a website for his Spider Shepherd series, www. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive. In many ways that can be scary - you can't just ignore it as fiction - but in others, it is. I was complaining after reading the last book that Stephen is losing his edge. Spider falls for widow who turns out innocent killer is her husband's ex colleague.
Who was your favorite character and why? I was lucky to be able to pick the brains of a former Northern Irish police officer, Mark McKay, who was a mine of information. There is a second threat, as stated in the book's blurb - the Islamic terrorist one. And possibly using his gun. Storylines provide enough complexity and personnel for Leather to drive the plot onwards. Their mission: to force the government to release jihadist prisoners from Belmarsh Prison. I must admit that I felt a 'here we go again' moment when the second sub-plot was introduced involving a hit man on Yokely and Button's case, but the two stories worked effortle Contains potential spoilers I was thoroughly pleased to see that the level of the first Shepherd book in the series has finally been reached if not surpassed! 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.
Suspicion for this crime has fallen on the widow of the police officer, and Shepherd is being sent in to get close to her and learn whether she is the killer. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd, but you wouldn't want to be on his list. Shepherd is a man with a strong sense of ethics, and a character I liked immediately. A Saudi terrorist has died in the Ukraine, eitherthrough suicide or while under torture. It managed to infuse intrigue and action with human emotions and the usual difficult questions, all of which make for a heady addictive mix. Too quick and the book starts to read jumpily and confusion arises.
The rest of the back up cast were also brilliantly done. Stephen Leather was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. When they somewhat inadvertently learn of their connection to the unknown-to-them Shepherd, his life, and his son and au pair, are in jeopardy as well. When Navy Seals track down and kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, it's obvious there was a traitor on the inside. I do enjoy Stephen Leather's Dan Shepherd series, although I admit it's partly because I have a relatively new-found appreciation of British authors. And that's not the only score Spider must settle. I have to admit that there I was influenced by the great movie Sea Of Love, where Al Pacino plays a detective who goes undercover to find out whether or not Ellen Barkin is a serial killer! I often flew between Dublin and London and as a white, middle-aged male travelling alone I was stopped several times by Special Branch and questioned at Heathrow.
It mentioned that some killers had never been caught, but if they ever did stand trial they could end up never serving a day behind bars. But of course I read straight on! The Bradford twins provided a nice touch of humor. I will keep reading this series but so far this was my least favourite one. Despite having a slightly slow start, this book captivated me, asked hard questions and entertained all in equal measure. Shepherd is brought into the picture on this situation and he finds it becoming personal. Boss's husband gets killed but Spider saves C. The armed struggle is over.
Meanwhile Spider's 16-year-old son is caught with drugs. And he always hits his target. Nine men in suicide vests primed to explode hold hostages in nine different locations around the city. He thinks, What's one extra day? On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. And I came to the conclusion that I would want revenge, at any cost.
Characters: Four Stars Once again, this is one of the areas where Leather excels. But he doesn't stand a chance of convincing anyone. The 5th book of the Dan Shepherd series by Stephen Leather. The characters repeated themselves a lot as well which became a little boring. Apart from that, which only happens for some of the female characters, another great listen. Another actioned packed story that in my opinion did not reach the same level as the previous four but was very close. After losing his hand whilst on a covert operation in Afghanistan, Gardner is forced to stand down from active duty.