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

Stephen Leather
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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'Stephen Leather should be nestling in your bookshelves alongside Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins' --Daily Mail

Book Description

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1524 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • 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 (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,826 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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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb 4 Mar 2006
By Chris
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good! 27 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback
OK I've read it before a long time ago....but I've decided to read the series in order. I thing this is slightly better than the first Spider novel, Hard Landing. It's a bit more complicated in that it interweaves several plots keeping Spider jumping from one undercover role to another whilst trying to improve his private life with his son too....difficult!
I do tend to prefer Spider stories about his previous SAS life....excellent stories....but I like the fact that he still has contact and help from his ex comrades in his new role....very unlikely I know but as I've said before....it's only a novel....suspend belief and enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Soft target 18 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Similar to the first book by the author Stephen Leather, but a reasonable plot, good characters and an easy and quick book to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 1 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of those books that you just have to keep on reading. Read many of this author's earlier works and now hooked on this series. Already looking forward to numbers 2 and 3 in the series, then I'll purchase some more. Characters are hignly believable and pace is non stop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Read 29 Nov 2013
By Tommy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was another good read and I will get the next Stephen Leather book in the series and hopefully they are equally good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Ex-SAS trooper turned undercover cop `Spider' Shepherd returns in Stephen Leather's the second book of his bestselling series. In `Soft Target' Spider is playing the role of killer-for-hire to two unsuspecting friends; one who wants to do away with his business partner and a gangster's wife who wants rid of her violent spouse.

The many subplots will keep you entertained as Spider swaps his identities and interweaves between them; infiltrating an elite armed police unit turned rogue who started a private war against the `Yardies', taking them out, stealing their profits and selling off their drugs in Dublin.

In another sub-plot we learn of a group of Muslim fundamentalists who are planning to attack London. In the final pages Spider and our rogue cops come face-to-face with terrible danger as they race against time to track down the terrorists in London's tube stations.

Spider Shepherd is a truly likeable character, who juggles parenthood and the role of a special undercover policeman with tremendous skill and devotion. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars First time with this author.....possibly the last?
Initially picked this book because I was looking for a character series similar to Jack Reacher from Lee Child. Unfortunately Spider Shepherd does not fill the role. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Philip felton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Author
Stephen Leather is an outstanding author. His Spider shepherd series is simply brilliant, insightful and addictive. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris, Nottingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving
Another great book in the Dan Shepherd series. Couldn't put this book down. Stephen Leather's style of writing draws you into the story and doesn't let you go. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Oracle
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better...
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I love Stephen Leather's work, and above all his Dan Shepherd series, but this one didn't do it for me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars good
an exciting book from start to finish ,most enjoyable read,i will look forward to many more of these books as ever
Published 5 months ago by shopaholic
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, well written.
This was my 1st Stephen Leather book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was well researched, with the prison scenes ans routines believeable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Duncan Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Stephen Leather is just fantastic as a thriller writer. These books just get better and better, riveting plots and believable characters. Read more
Published 6 months ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Soft Target - Spider Shepherd
Very good plots. Credible characters. This truly is an excellent series. Can't wait to read more. Spider goes on to his next investigation. Quality.
Published 6 months ago by Ceirion Parry
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