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White Lies: The 11th Spider Shepherd Thriller (Dan Shepherd series) by [Leather, Stephen]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 423 customer reviews
Book 11 of 13 in Dan Shepherd Series (13 Book Series)
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As tough as British thrillers get . . . gripping. (Irish Independent)

Let Spider draw you into his web, you won't regret it. (Sun)

A writer at the top of his game. (Sunday Express)

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The eleventh heart-pounding thriller in Stephen Leather's bestselling Spider Shepherd series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2722 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (14 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J379GTC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 423 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Clive on 28 Aug. 2014
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This is a fair outing for Dan Shepherd but far from his best. Leather normally gives us a couple of parallel plots that are intriguing and come together for a good finale. In White Lies, we only get a straightforward adventure which is OK but lacks any suspense or twists. Spider is also marginalised somewhat due to his predicament and the action happens around him, which is not the strength of the Spider series. Overall, an average read.
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Ugh, Why did I buy this?
I've poured a few hundred quid into Stephen Leather in the last few years but the last few books have made me question why. If I want a political lecture then I'll sign up for a class.
The precursor to this book had our hero teach a couple of hopeless and hapless plonkers how to become spies. That book had "Spider" just talk at them for chapters on end. Didn't work - one of them is dead and another is in jail.
Does he get out? Does he kill his captors? Does he... yawn... no clue,.. I lost all interest in these protagonists in the last book.

In crime thrillers there is genre called "procedural thrillers" where the attention is in the detail. In this book we have an entire chapter devoted to the turgid back and forth between the hero and his psychiatrist - who cares? We get he's troubled... a better writer could have conveyed that in a few pages without having to go into excruciating detail about how well he's coping with his many traumas.

I've never worked for the police in any form or fashion, but Mr. Leather has a serious grudge against SOCA. It seems that every book he's written in the last five years is populated by people who have been wronged by SOCA and want to rabbit on about it for pages at a time.

I've read some good books by Stephen Leather but his most recent novels are too scarred by his own opinions and political views. We're not here to be educated or realigned - we're here to be entertained and enthralled - Stephen Leather is no longer capable of either and this is the last of his books that I will be spending money on.
Turgid, boring and too close to the author's heart.
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I am still reading the spider books in order.....and this is more like it for me! As the character developed in previous novels his family ties, a whining son and in-laws etc, became a bit of a pain for me. However there's none of that here and it's basically a tale of hostage rescue involving Special Forces in an inhospitable land.....which is what Spider is best at of course.....except he becomes the hostage. I've always preferred the short stories re Spider when he was in the SAS and the descriptions of equipment and techniques used. It always seems well researched and close to the truth. And this is what this tale is all about....also putting the American Seals in a better light than earlier novels!
Also the MI5 boss Button comes into her own in this novel in her efforts to rescue Spider and the risks and lengths she is prepared to do so. Espionage is a murky world and it's interesting to see each side taking similar torture techniques to get information.....unsavoury for some maybe but no doubt true. A novel with a topical theme and an exciting finale.....
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I found the book hard to put down. Another great Spider Shepherd story.
In all honesty there have been many very similar stories but despite that ,Stephen Leather writes in a way that keeps you engaged in the hero's plight and enthralled till the end.
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The 11th spider shepherd book can be read both as a standalone or part of series. For those who have read the series this volume brings back some of the characters of previous novels both old and recent and is the better for it. My overall sense is this book finished two thirds of way through the story. The ending leaves some interesting points open and has me looking forward to the next one. A spoiler alert is that on the whole there are no major casualties in this book and it follows the formula that side characters take the brunt of the pain. The smoke and mirrors of operations between MI5 and MI6 give an interesting sub plot and one I hope is further explored in future. A good page turner and easy holiday read but could be a bit less comic strip and a tad darker.
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As ever spider sherperd adventures do not get any less exciting no matter how many I read. Stephen leather has in my opinion never written a bad book. I enjoyed this tremendously, and all the better for not having to wade through the usual back story about his kid and his boarding school antics! I do agree with other reviewers about the ending though, it is rather abrupt. I would have liked to know how spider stood up to the torture and what if any his injuries were. Maybe Stephen could tell us in the next installment?
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Mr Leather's writing never has let me down. This adventure number eleven in the series is no exception. It is gripping from start to finish and I wouldn't be so nasty as to tell you any of the story and spoil your enjoyment of a brilliantly written adventure into the life of Dan Spider Shepard. Whatever the price you pay, you will not be wasting your money.

Steve.
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Aug. 2014
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I was lucky and received an advance copy of this, the 11th Spider Shepherd thriller.

Stephen Leather once again provides an intelligent thriller that cranks up the tension while exploring some uncomfortable themes. As an author he allows his characters to grow and evolve and tries not to just repeat the same types of storyline.

For me White Lies is about loyalty and how far you are prepared to go to achieve your aims. When an intelligence agent is identified and interrogated by terrorists on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border, Spider joins a local assault team to rescue him and things go horribly wrong…

Sufficient scene setting is in place that we understand and care about the variety of characters here and as readers we are conflicted by both ‘sides’ doing what they have to in order to get answers, one side we will cheer and obviously be outraged by the other – it’s quite a subtle way to get you to not look at things in terms of black and white. Stephen Leather’s books are all about shades of grey.

This is also a book where Spider’s boss, Charlie Button really comes into her own. Along with Spider she had moved into the intelligence services a couple of books back, but now we see her in her element, confident, tough, and willing to cross the line for her people. She has become a force to be reckoned with. Great to also see more of characters from previous books including the mysterious Richard Yokely.

I am an obvious fan of the series but this is another great entry.
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