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2.0 out of 5 stars Well written up to a point, but you get what you pay for., 29 July 2011
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This review is from: Hard Landing (The 1st Spider Shepherd Thriller) (Kindle Edition)
SPOILER WARNING - don't read this if you're going to buy it anyway (although you ought to see this twist in the plot coming)...
I've learned that you get what you pay for in Kindle books, and there's a reason that this one's only [] quid. The book starts well, with our hardboiled ex-SAS undercover Metropolitan copper involved in an armed robbery and then inside on remand, when the plot really takes off. He's tasked by his boss to catch the drugs kingpin who's also on remand, who has a nasty at-any-cost habit of removing the prosecution witnessess before his case comes to court. As a police procedural thriller it's unusual and well written. Our Spider gets rumbled by the villain, who arranges for Spider's son to be kidnapped and then applies pressure to him. Spider breaks out, and doesn't tell his gaffer that his son has been kidnapped, because if the boss knew he'd obviously and rightly be taken off the case because of the conflict of interest, which is convincingly how the organisation works. So far, so good... Later on, Spider joins in on an SAS jaunt as part of the team that parachutes in to the villain's foating hideaway... So you're expected to believe that the Army would bounce an existing member of the SAS team off this operation in favour of a long-out-of-parachute-and-weapons-training ex-member of the Regiment, which is entirely contrary to how the organisation works. If your training isn't current, they won't send you on operations. For me, this inconsistency gave the story the credibility of a Dan Brown novel and ensured that I wouldn't be buying any more Spider Shepherd novels; it wasn't advertised as fantasy.
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