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Hard Landing (The 1st Spider Shepherd Thriller) by [Leather, Stephen]
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Let Spider draw you into his web, you won't regret it. (Sun)

A taut-page turner, it gives fascinating insight into life behind bars. (Daily Express)

As tough as British thrillers get, Hard Landing is a gripping and enjoyable read. (Irish Independent)

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Stephen Leather's new hard-hitting high-action thriller, set in one of the most notorious, and corrupt British prisons.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1302 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New edition (18 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V09292
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 866 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I initially bought the Kindle book because it was such a bargain at 49p but was not sure I would like it as it is not my usual kind of book. I started to read it and was totally hooked from the start. The story builds up quite slowly but this is not a negative point as the suspense is just right. The characters are very well defined and the you can almost feel the atmosphere of the prison. The 'baddies' are truly bad and you just know they are going to get their come uppance. Spider Shepherd is a tricky lead character as he is not all 'good' and you get the sense of a complicated past which I expect we discover more of in later books.

I am a total convert and can't wait for the rest to be Kindleised (hopefully at a reasonable price too).
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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
HARD LANDING was the first in the Stephen Leather's series of thrillers starring Dan "Spider" Shepherd, an ex-SAS trooper now assigned to an elite Metropolitan police unit tabbed for deep undercover operations when the usual enforcement methods can't nab the bad guys. Dan's nickname came to be while on an SAS survival training mission and he won a bet on who could eat the most disgusting thing. One normally doesn't see "tarantula" on the menu even in the greasiest curry house.

HARD LANDING was followed by SOFT TARGET and COLD KILL, all three of which I've unintentionally read in reverse order. I'd recommend reading the first book first since, if nothing else, the series is a character development exercise for the protagonist.

Here, Spider is tossed into one of Her Majesty's maximum security prisons after establishing his cover as an armed desperado on an airport warehouse hold-up gone bad. Dan's mission is to nail big-time drug trafficker Gerald Carpenter, currently in the same lock-up awaiting trial. Carpenter is somehow communicating with the outside and masterminding the quashing of evidence and killing of witnesses that would otherwise convict him. Fearing Gerald will ultimately go free, Shepherd's job is to identify the leak and thus ensure Carpenter's conviction.

Spider's job prevents him from having a normal home life with his wife Sue and son Liam, a fact that causes the inevitable friction with the former and neglect of the latter and which is exacerbated by a tragedy that occurs while Dan is behind bars.
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It's a great read. I'm reading all the Spider Shepherd stories and waited until now before reviewing. As I've enjoyed them all so far take this review as a series review.
Spider Shepherd (what a good name--just a hint of comic book hero in Spider and Shepherd--a man who guards the flock against the wolves and other predators) is ex-SAS turned undercover cop with an impressive range of helpful contacts on whom to call when things get rough, a wonderfully drawn tough guy in touch with his feminine side, racked often by the internal conflict between duty and morality. Like Chandler's hero Philip Marlowe, he walks the mean streets but is not demeaned. Leather knows his philosophers and frequently gives us the classical conundrums posed by them for the moral man, as did Chandler.
The plotting is deft and reliance on coincidences is minimal, the characters convincing and thoroughly enjoyable. There is a wonderfully drawn and detailed completely amoral American who specialises in information retrieval by any means possible and whose plots make Machiavelli's Prince a naive schoolboy. Charlotte Button is a double-first intellectual on the way to command MI5 is Spider's official boss whom he ignores when it suits him but who is his conscience made flesh--and what flesh. So plenty of unresolved sexual tension there and with the beautiful Slovenian au pair turned permanent house-keeper. Plenty of good supporting parts, too, including a terrific non-PC best mate.
Spider has similarities to Jack Reacher, the American ex-soldier turned roaming detective but Spider is much more rounded, human yet professional and believable.
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This is typical Stephen Leather. Fast, well written, absorbing plot and difficult to put down! Even my wife, who is not a great reader couldn't resist this one! Thoroughly recommended as are all his other novels.
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Reading this on Kindle, I was really confused by the way the chapters ran into one another; this meant that at times there didn't seem to be any connection between sentences~in fact at first I wondered if the book had downloaded correctly. I did get used to this disjointed approach but it spoilt a fairly good story. Can`t really complain as book only cost pennies but still feel it should be formatted correctly.
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Hard Landing: The First Spider Shepherd Thriller (A Dan Shepherd Mystery) I'm very surprised at the number of people that have given this book a 5 star rating. It was mildly entertaining, enough for me to finish reading it, but was very cliched and full of stereotypes. It wasn't especially well written and the characters were one dimensional. The end seemed so rushed, it was almost as if the author had got bored himself. I know it only cost 49p but that shouldn't impact upon the rating. Like I said, I read the book to the end so it was OK but not as great as a 5 star rating would imply.
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