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  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (20 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340921692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340921692
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliant read. (News of the World)

The sheer impetus of his storytelling is damned hard to resist. (Daily Express)

Authentic stuff. (The Observer)

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

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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
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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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Mar. 2007
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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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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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So this is the 4th book in the series and the 5th one I have read. each book I read (even if not in the correct order to start woth) just seems to get me more and more hooked. I hate that there an no chapters because I just find myself lost for hours engrossed in the world of Spider Shepherd.

it really is a brilliantly written set of books so far, and I can't wait to start the 5th one.

highly recommended to anyone that enjoys a good cop based thriller ... or anyone who hasn't read something of this type before.
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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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Got to say that Stephen Leather has got himself a goldmine in spider shepherd. Due to the many roles that the character is endowed with the plots are hopefully endless as spider flirts from his undercover work to his old mates in the special forces on rescue missions and the like. Loved this book and can't wait to start the next. Not going to spoil the plot but will just say buy it, read it and enjoy it
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