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Soft Target (The 2nd Spider Shepherd Thriller)

Soft Target (The 2nd Spider Shepherd Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Leather
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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Stephen Leather is old-fashioned thriller writer, and I mean that as a compliment. His books are strong on plot and have that indefinable quality that keeps you turning the page. (Simon Shaw The Mail on Sunday)

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The second hard-hitting action thriller featuring undercover policeman Dan 'Spider' Shepherd.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1376 KB
  • Print Length: 532 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340834099
  • Publisher: Hodder; Reprint edition (18 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V091F2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,599 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 11 July 2014
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
: I need to start by explaining that I am exactly 11 books and 9 years behind in the Spider Shepherd series so I figured it was high time I started to catch up. As soon as I started I only got as far as 5 chapters in and it was game over, nothing in my house was getting cleaned, no dinner cooked and no TV watched. I realised that I have been seriously depriving myself by not reading these and ploughed on and finished this in just 2 days (well a girl has to work and pay bills after all).

I realised that pretty early on Spider is a bloody fantastic character. He has a somewhat fractured history and with the loss of his wife he is desperately trying to balance his work life with taking care of his son. Having been so long since I read the first book it didn’t matter, as there was plenty of background info on Spider so that anybody can pick this book up and read it without having read book 1.

Spider is former SAS and now working as an undercover copper. There are two main threads to the story, one involving Spider working undercover posing as a contract killer. The second thread involves him infiltrating an elite armed police unit to try and work out who is ripping off the local drug dealers. Both threads of the story had plenty of action and it seems like Spider doesn’t even have time to breathe. It was incredibly fast paced and I found myself absorbing everything and just wishing for the best outcome. In addition to the two cases Spider works on, there is the added sub-plot of a group of terrorists planning to bomb some major places in London.

It’s been such a long time since reading book 1, I was astounded that I waited this long to read the second! Having finished this book in 2 sittings, I’m chomping at the bit to get to book 3. I actually brought books 2, 3 and 4 in one Kindle package for less than £7, which I thought was a great deal. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. This was a truly exciting and utterly compelling read.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb 4 Mar 2006
By Chris
This book is an excellent one to read on a train or a long flight. It is an excellent book, bringing back the character from hard landing "Spider" Shepherd. Without spoiling the plot for those future readers out there, Leather manages to create a scene where the reader feels they are part of the action. Reading this book is just like watching a movie in your mind. It flows easily, the characters are easily understandable, and yet are still in depth and detailed. The book flows from one part of England to another effortlessly and just when you think the book is wrapped up, there is another twist and your theory is thrown out of the window.
If you buy this book i promise you will not put it down until it is finished. For those who are more into the Mary Higgins Clark scene, perhaps this is not for you, but all those into such authors as James Patterson, give this a go!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read!!! 17 Sep 2005
By Matthew
Stephen Leather has done it again with a brilliant story about the undercover ex sas Dan 'Spider' Sheperd. I hoped that the story would continue after reading 'Hard Landing' and Leather managed to write another thrilling story that made me not want to put the book down. After reading these two stories I will definately be purchasing more stories written by Leather as he really knows how to make a story fun and exciting. I would recomend this to everyone I know as I was very impressed that a book managed to pull me away from the TV for long periods of time, which is a first believe me!
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action all the way 4 April 2005
By A Customer
A great follow-up to Hard Landing, Soft Target continues the adventures of SAS trooper turned undercover cop Dan Shepherd. This time he takes on corrupt cops and Muslim terrorists, and it's a fast read from start to finish. I couldn't put it down.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracking read from a brilliant author! 25 Feb 2005
Phew!! Where do you start. This book carries on from where 'Hard Landing' left off with Dan 'Spider' Sheperd still working for the police and trying to come to terms with the death of his wife and how to look after his son while still working undercover. The story begins with Spider posing as a hitman who has 'assassinated' the business partner of Hendrickson and buried him in The New Forrest. The trouble is that Hendrickson goes on to tell a female friend of his at the gym that Spider can sort her problem with her husband out for her too. Unbeknown to Hendrickson and Spider though is that this female friend's husband is a high ranking gangster in Manchester. Along with this story Spider is also working undercover in SO19 in London to try to get evidence on police that have gone rotten, killed drug dealers and sold on the drugs. These two tales AND Al Queda planning to bomb the London Underground! This story is action all the way but it also shows the problems for people doing this kind of work and how they try to cope with them. Read this and you will not be dissapointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another epic Spider book 19 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love me a bit Dan Shepherd great read and would recommend this series of books to anyone who enjoys this genre of books
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SOFT TARGET by Steven Leather 2 Jun 2014
By Yohji
Format:Kindle Edition
An undercover cop is tasked to infiltrate an armed police unit suspected of ripping off drug dealers for cash, which is made more difficult when a crime lord from an old case tracks him down and Islamist terrorists attack London.

This is the second of the "Spider" Shepherd thrillers about an ex-SAS trooper turned undercover cop. As you'd expect, investigating his own isn't much fun -- and it plays havoc with his family life, especially as his wife has recently died.

The research is excellent but lightly worn, showing how British cops are almost hamstrung by the law today. At the same time, this book never forgets it's entertainment first and has a number of exciting action sequences.

The plot is complex and well paced with the numerous threads building the story towards a (literally) explosive climax. The characters aren't bad but they're often a bit generic. Only the bad guy stands out by virtue of his evil.

Overall, this is a superior example of the airport thriller.
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