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Tango One Hardcover – 7 Feb 2002

4.5 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (7 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340770341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340770344
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 24.1 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,290,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stephen Leather should be nestling in your bookshelves alongside Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins... Exciting stuff with plenty of heart-palpitating action...Leather is an intelligent thriller writer' Daily Mail on THE TUNNEL RATS 2 'As high-tech and as world-class as the thriller genre gets' Sunday Express on THE BOMBMAKER 3 'A top-notch thriller which whips the reader along at breakneck speed' Yorkshire Post on THE LONG SHOT 4 'A gripping story sped along by admirable, uncluttered prose' Daily Telegraph on THE CHINAMAN

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An electrifying thriller from the bestselling author of HARD LANDING. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on 21 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
This is by far the best book yet from Stephen Leather, and I have read them all!!
This book races along from the very first page with very little 'descriptive' padding.
It is about three new police recruits in London who find that their first day at the Hendon training centre is cancelled and they are 'recruited' as undercover police officers with a long term aim of capturing the biggest drug baron - Den Donovan.
I found all of the characters believable and interesting. In fact, this is the best book I've read for ages and I read a lot of books!
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The book centers on a bigshot in the drugs world who imports the stuff in massive quantities which ruins the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Because it is difficult to get undercover cops into the murky world of drugs smuggling, an idea was hatched that 3 new recruits to the police service would be persuaded to go undercover with no training whatsoever because they had difficulties in their past lives and would not be so noticeable as an undercover cop. Unfortunately, one of the recruiters had a grudge against the drugs dealer and his police bosses for what he saw as a travesty of justice and decided to do a bit of double dealing using the new recruits as pawns in a bigger plan. The characters were great, the storylines good, and it was very difficult to put down as each chapter seemed to leave the situation on a knife edge. The final chapter was interesting, and quite edgy but probably left it open for a possible follow-up. That could be interesting.
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This is the first book that I have read of Stephen Leather's and I am sure to be reading more! The action and intrigue grips right from the start of the book - I couldn't put it down.
Leather had me feeling sorry for the bad guy and at the same wondering what the good guys were really up to and if they were going to surface. Which were which again?
Three new police recruits are taken out of the routine training programme and put into undercover work. Their aim: to infiltrate (and hopefully take down) one of the world's biggest drugs barron, Den Donovan.
But Donovan has problems of his own to worry about.
A brilliant novel with plenty of detail, but not too much to get bogged down in. I highly recommend to anyone who loves the thrill of a great page turner!
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As usual the plot was excellent, gripping and compelling reading. The story line was well constructed and the main players very believable.
High tension at the end as the last consignment did not arrive and Sacha watched the cock fight waiting to carry out his task.
I could read Stephen Leather novels all day.
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The lead character is a villain. We know that from the start and yet I am certainly not alone in finding that I was rooting for him throughout the book. An excellent work. I have read all the Spider Shepherd series, but for me this was much better, despite sharing so many aspects of the 'formula' that seems to underlie Stephen Leather's books.
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For those of you that have read all the Dan 'Spider' Sheperd books and wondered what next.?
Look no further, 'Tango One' ticked all the boxes. I am now starting Mr Leathers Jack Nightingale character, half way through book one and hooked!!
Stephen Leather comes highly recommended.
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You have to suspend your reality check. The storyline is every bit as gripping as other of his stand alone thrillers and espionage novels. I thoroughly enjoyed the twist at the end but I had guessed the ending because the story became predictable as soon as Louise appeared on the scene. Nonetheless it was a good read and now I have read about 10 of his books. He writes well; obviously well researched as a good reporter would do but the characterisation is superficial. The plot is good if somewhat unreal but that doesn't detract from the literary techniques he uses to capture your imagination and keep you reading and then feeling bereft when the book ends. So - just buy another one!!
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Excellent book. Very well paced, with good guys that I ended up disliking and a bad guy that I ended up liking, even admiring!

I enjoyed this far more that Mr. Leather's recent books so would recommend this to anyone new to this author.
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