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Hot Blood (The 4th Spider Shepherd Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Leather
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Book Description

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

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, thrown into a basement and threatened with execution, Shepherd has to decide whether his loyalties lie with his country, his career, or his friend.

Shepherd and his former SAS colleagues realise that the hostage has been abandoned by the Government and that officially nothing is being done to rescue him. And with the execution deadline only days away, Shepherd knows that the only way to stop his friend being murdered is to put himself in the firing line in the most dangerous city in the world - Baghdad.

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    Authentic Stuff. (Peter Guttridge The Observer)

    A brilliant read that stands out of the morass of so-so military thrillers around nowadays. (News of the World Book Club News of the World)

    Book Description

    The master of the gritty action thriller is back with the fourth book in the bestselling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1019 KB
    • Print Length: 548 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340921692
    • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (18 Sept. 2008)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002V092SS
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,874 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 and you can follow him on Twitter at

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    31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Better then McNab 6 Feb. 2007
    The cover had a sticker on saying 'better then McNab or your money back', and the publishers get to keep their money because this is very good.

    Featuring his character Spider Shepherd, the author takes him away from his usual line of work to help rescue an old friend from a hostage situation in Iraq.

    This is the author's best work in a long time and plays very much in the Andy McNab space. A strong story with a range of interesting characters and it avoids most of the traditional traps these stories fall into, there is no shadowy traitor, the CIA and MI5 are not the bad guys etc etc. That is not to say there is not a considerable edge to this because there is, it is tight and well paced and a number of storylines are skilfully weaved into one.

    Great stuff, this is a top notch thriller.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I got given Hot Blood and Cold Kill at Christmas and have read them both in the last 48 hours. Hot Blood, the 4th in the Spider Shepherd series, sees him battling with his newish boss, a psych evaluation, UK arms dealers and the rescue of an old colleague in Iraq.

    It's superbly plotted, with enough detail about the characters, including the minor ones, to bring them to life on the page. And Leather really can write, as the story moves at a cracking pace and it's very hard to put the book down at all.

    There's the growth of the moral ambiguity that was there in Cold Kill - at what point is it acceptable to break UK laws, overseas laws, use violence, torture and murder to achieve ones ends, whether as a hero or a villain? And although you may or may not agree with the choices the hero makes, its development makes for a more interesting story, and again adds credibility to the characters and plot.

    Leather's depictions of Iraq and Baghdad ring true with what we see on the television documentaries and it sounds like he's been there and researched it thoroughly.

    If I had one complaint, it's that the central American character that facilitates much covert activity and is all to ready to torture or kill is perhaps too cliched as the representation of what one might hate about US foreign policy. But it provides a foil for Shepherd to make physical and ethical choices for or against and as such serves his purpose.

    All in all, thoroughly readable and I'm about to buy the rest of the series on Amazon....
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Masterly... 25 Feb. 2008
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I've read all of the other Dan Sheppard titles, and this one hit's the spot in true Stephen Leather style. I won't give away the plot, but suffice to say, I can't wait for the next to be released. While writing this review, I would also like to recommend another good read, 'The Constantine Legacy' by Andrew Towning.
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    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Spider takes point in Baghdad 31 Mar. 2007
    By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
    In HOT BLOOD, Stephen Leather's fourth book in the Dan "Spider" Shepherd series, Spider, an Ex-SAS trooper now a Detective Constable with a ultra hush-hush undercover unit within London's Metropolitan Police tasked with missions otherwise impossible,leaves the relative safety of the UK on an unauthorized leave of absence from his day job to take the point position on a mission into Baghdad's most anti-Western sector.

    Back in his Army days when Shepherd was chasing the Taliban in Afghanistan, Dan's life was saved by fellow trooper Geordie Mitchell. Now, while working for a private security company in the Iraqi capital, Mitchell is kidnapped by Islamic insurgents. In a video broadcast to the world, Mitchell's captors display their hostage and threaten his execution in two weeks if their demands aren't met. With virtually no leads as to Geordie's exact whereabouts or the identity of his abductors, Spider and three other former Sassmen, led by their old boss SAS Major Allan Gannon, must extricate Mitchell from his dodgy predicament before his throat is literally put to the knife.

    It's only been in the third and fourth installments of the series, i.e. this volume and COLD KILL, that the Spider character has matured in the sense that he's being pitted against the Islamic jihadists that are causing so much grief across international borders in the name of Allah rather than the self-serving criminals of his home country out for just money. With this wider world view, Shepherd is made more interesting and the plots as a whole more relevant to a wider readership. It also means that Spider might get out more in the wake of his wife's death three years previous and perhaps, as here, even get lucky. I hope the author maintains this direction in future books.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting (as usual) 3 Feb. 2007
    The 4th Dan Sheppard mystery and once again, he doesn't fail to disappoint. Exotic locations and plenty of characters and sub-plots to keep our brain in gear, this is classic "Leather" and it should take no more than 3 days to complete the read. The problem with Leather's books are they're read too fast and am left wanting for the next one. Perhaps 2 books a year might be in order (joke!).
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant again 2 April 2013
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is another top notch Dan (Spider) Shepherd thriller which is different from the others as Dan is not in an intelligence operation but on a rescue mission. I for one could not put it down!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Spider Shepherd 4 12 Mar. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Having read reviews, I decided to try a Spider Shepherd book, so started with the first in the series. It was so good that I bought all the others in the series. they are un-put-down-able!
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