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Hard Landing (The 1st Spider Shepherd Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Leather
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (745 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The first book in the bestselling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series.



Dan 'Spider' Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line. Working for an elite undercover squad he has lied, cheated and conned in order to bring Britain's most wanted criminals to justice.


But 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.


As Shepherd gambles everything to move in on his quarry, he soon realises that the man he is hunting is even more dangerous than the police realise. And that he is capable of striking outside the prison walls and hitting Shepherd where it hurts most.


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    'As tough as British thrillers get . . . gripping'

    Irish Independent on HARD LANDING

    'As high-tech and as world-class as the thriller genre gets'

    --Express on Sunday on THE BOMBMAKER

    Book Description

    The ebook and paperback international bestseller: Stephen Leather's first hard-hitting, Dan 'Spider' Shepherd thriller, set in one of the most notorious and corrupt of British prisons.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 818 KB
    • Print Length: 480 pages
    • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New edition (18 Sept. 2008)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002V09292
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (745 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan "Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels.

    Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country's most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world.

    Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website www.stephenleather.com and you can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather

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    324 of 341 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A revelation! 14 Dec. 2010
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I initially bought the Kindle book because it was such a bargain at 49p but was not sure I would like it as it is not my usual kind of book. I started to read it and was totally hooked from the start. The story builds up quite slowly but this is not a negative point as the suspense is just right. The characters are very well defined and the you can almost feel the atmosphere of the prison. The 'baddies' are truly bad and you just know they are going to get their come uppance. Spider Shepherd is a tricky lead character as he is not all 'good' and you get the sense of a complicated past which I expect we discover more of in later books.

    I am a total convert and can't wait for the rest to be Kindleised (hopefully at a reasonable price too).
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    208 of 225 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars New literary Tough Guy hits the ground running 14 Feb. 2007
    By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback
    HARD LANDING was the first in the Stephen Leather's series of thrillers starring Dan "Spider" Shepherd, an ex-SAS trooper now assigned to an elite Metropolitan police unit tabbed for deep undercover operations when the usual enforcement methods can't nab the bad guys. Dan's nickname came to be while on an SAS survival training mission and he won a bet on who could eat the most disgusting thing. One normally doesn't see "tarantula" on the menu even in the greasiest curry house.

    HARD LANDING was followed by SOFT TARGET and COLD KILL, all three of which I've unintentionally read in reverse order. I'd recommend reading the first book first since, if nothing else, the series is a character development exercise for the protagonist.

    Here, Spider is tossed into one of Her Majesty's maximum security prisons after establishing his cover as an armed desperado on an airport warehouse hold-up gone bad. Dan's mission is to nail big-time drug trafficker Gerald Carpenter, currently in the same lock-up awaiting trial. Carpenter is somehow communicating with the outside and masterminding the quashing of evidence and killing of witnesses that would otherwise convict him. Fearing Gerald will ultimately go free, Shepherd's job is to identify the leak and thus ensure Carpenter's conviction.

    Spider's job prevents him from having a normal home life with his wife Sue and son Liam, a fact that causes the inevitable friction with the former and neglect of the latter and which is exacerbated by a tragedy that occurs while Dan is behind bars.
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    53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Story O.K. Format Not. 12 Dec. 2010
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Reading this on Kindle, I was really confused by the way the chapters ran into one another; this meant that at times there didn't seem to be any connection between sentences~in fact at first I wondered if the book had downloaded correctly. I did get used to this disjointed approach but it spoilt a fairly good story. Can`t really complain as book only cost pennies but still feel it should be formatted correctly.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Tough guy who walks the mean streets... 27 Jun. 2014
    By pedant
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    It's a great read. I'm reading all the Spider Shepherd stories and waited until now before reviewing. As I've enjoyed them all so far take this review as a series review.
    Spider Shepherd (what a good name--just a hint of comic book hero in Spider and Shepherd--a man who guards the flock against the wolves and other predators) is ex-SAS turned undercover cop with an impressive range of helpful contacts on whom to call when things get rough, a wonderfully drawn tough guy in touch with his feminine side, racked often by the internal conflict between duty and morality. Like Chandler's hero Philip Marlowe, he walks the mean streets but is not demeaned. Leather knows his philosophers and frequently gives us the classical conundrums posed by them for the moral man, as did Chandler.
    The plotting is deft and reliance on coincidences is minimal, the characters convincing and thoroughly enjoyable. There is a wonderfully drawn and detailed completely amoral American who specialises in information retrieval by any means possible and whose plots make Machiavelli's Prince a naive schoolboy. Charlotte Button is a double-first intellectual on the way to command MI5 is Spider's official boss whom he ignores when it suits him but who is his conscience made flesh--and what flesh. So plenty of unresolved sexual tension there and with the beautiful Slovenian au pair turned permanent house-keeper. Plenty of good supporting parts, too, including a terrific non-PC best mate.
    Spider has similarities to Jack Reacher, the American ex-soldier turned roaming detective but Spider is much more rounded, human yet professional and believable.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    International bestselling author Stephen Leather's first `Spider' Shepherd thriller `Hard Landing' is set inside Belmarsh Prison, a category `A' prison used for high-profile cases, including convicted terrorists. In this hardhitting tale, Shepherd, a former SAS trooper, is part of a deep undercover police squad tasked by the Home Office.

    Using the cover of being on remand as a hardened armed robber, Shepherd must get close to his mark, a notorious drug baron who continues to run his illegal operation from behind bars, harassing and killing witnesses to stop any trial. Shepherd must establish who is on the crime-lord's payroll, including inmates and prison officers, in this notorious top-security prison.

    Be warned, this hard-man tale has a tear-jerking parting shot; so keep the hankies handy! WF

    About the author: Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, with more than two million books sold. His bestsellers, with include 10 books and seven short stories in the Spider Shepherd series, have been translated into more than ten languages. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times and the Daily Mail. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series. Two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. [...]

    As reviewed in the December/January 2013 issue of An Cosantóir (The Defender) The Irish Defence Forces Magazine by Sgt Wayne Fitzgerald - dfmagazine.ie - military.ie
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Went back for more
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive story
    First impressions are good. Plenty of action and some background to Spiders former life help to make the story interesting. Clearly not a guy to cross.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read.
    The first Stephen Leather book I have read and it won't be the last, if you like Lee Child's Reacher novels
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    Having read all of the Jack Nightingale series I thought it was time to meet Spider Shepherd and I'm sure we shall be meeting again very soon.
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    This book started off slow, but yet it still brought you along in the story. As it progressed I was able to get more and more into it and enjoy the plot lines, although certain... Read more
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