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False Friends (Spider Shepherd) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Leather
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The ninth all-action thriller in the bestselling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series. The most wanted man in the world is dead. Now those loyal to him seek revenge. When Navy Seals track down and kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, it's obvious there was a traitor on the inside. After the false friends are revealed to be two British students, Malik and Chaudhry - former Islamic fundamentalists recruited by MI5 - they become targets themselves. Dan 'Spider' Shepherd must teach the pair how to survive undercover with al-Qaeda closing in. But Spider is not used to playing the handler. And with the line between mentor and friend beginning to blur, and a terrorist plot putting thousands of lives at stake, can he protect everyone before it's too late?

Editorial Reviews


"The story builds to a boil . . . It’s a grand finale that’ll have readers on edge. Nicely, and seemingly effortlessly, done."  —Kirkus Reviews on Cold Kill

"Leather has a gift for making pages fly by as bodies pile up, tension builds, and clues drop; effective, economical characterizations . . . captivate readers without hampering the rapid-fire narrative."  —Publishers Weekly on The Tunnel Rats

"The story moves along at a decent pace; the plot line is engaging; and the characters are well drawn." —

About the Author

Stephen Leather is a former journalist for the Times. His other books include The Chinaman, Cold Kill, Fair GameHard Landing, The Long Shot, Pay Off, Private DancerRough JusticeSoft Target, and Tango One.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1861 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (August 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340924993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340924990
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars False Friends October 21, 2012
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The story was a good one and kept my interest, however, I was more than a little offended by his blatant anti-americanism. He couldn't seem to stop at just dissing the US government , he was particularly scornful of all the US military,and singled out our special forces people for his most virulent disdain. I'm not sure when we became such a pariah in the eyes of the British people but I, for one would wish that it would stop. I thought we were all in this fight together. Unfortunately, his is not the only voice I've heard from the various British media ringing out with virulent anti-americanism, just the latest. Too bad....spoiled what would otherwise have been a good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friends and fiends August 4, 2013
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Overall very good read, another good installment of the series. After the rather savage 8th book where Dan took on sea pirates, this installment is more spy-oriented with a good mix of counter-terrorism thrown in: again you can only appreciate the fact that SL takes again some efforts in trying to bring something new in this book, and went to the efforts of doing good research (you learn a great deal of spy stuff in this one). One point which may cause a bit of debate (though you can bet this is what SL is hoping for) is the involvement of Dan into actual real event like the Seal's intervention to seize former #1 terrorist at the start of the book (I don't want to disclose too much), and Dan ends up criticising how the intervention went, which of course can create quite a stir for US readers. However, isn't MI5 and SAS doing just about the same towards end of the book? (look out for Gannon's intervention at the end of the book). On this point I don't think SL is anti-American as his characters also takes usual stabs at British institutions (or other countries): his books are again good entertainment, not to be used for political debate, so the no-hold barrels views of some of the characters are a given in such books, which is I find actually good fun to read. I was not immediatly drawn in the book as it takes a while to figure out exactly which is going to be the real key story of the book, and also due to the fact that Dan takes a seemingly withdrawn role, as he is acting as a MI5 handler. Notes for those familiar with the series: though this book deals extensively with terrorism threat and the taken of a major terrorist (where Seals are involved), it is surprising not to see a return of the character Yokely (hopefully he will reappear in a later installment). Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome June 17, 2013
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Can't get enough of Spider, what a great read,
everything a good book should be and more.
Can't wait for the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars False friends April 17, 2013
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Stephen leather is really one of the best of thriller writers from England. He really should have all of his books printed in bookstores throughout America. Clancy, Griffin, Grisham, Baldacci, great writers, but Learher should be right up there with them. Thank you Amazon and associates for having Mr. Learher's books available.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly simplistic. January 14, 2013
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I don't think I will bother with Stephen Leather again. Obviously writes to a formula. Not in the same league as Le Carre or Seymour in writing about the Secret Service and terrorism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spider Shepard Fan June 7, 2014
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I always enjoy Stephen Leathers novel, brought as a gift for one of my sons' who also enjoys a good read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read May 31, 2014
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A thrilling, well-written book. As usual Leather weaves intrigue and suspense in a gripping fashion which leaves the reader wanting more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine but not the best in the series July 22, 2013
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I like the book but I like all the books so I'm probably not the best for being objective, but if you like the series I think you'll probably like this as well. If you haven't read the series, start at the beginning!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent as always
I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole spider shepherd series including this one. I'm ready for the next, in the series.
Published 24 days ago by Paul S
5.0 out of 5 stars yet another one!
You simply can't ever figure out what will happen me red in the Spider series. I am always eager to read the next one.
Published 2 months ago by Austin Black
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best............
Weak, almost that his publishers need him to finish quickly..Plot so so , not his best, can't recommend at all.Waste of good reading time and money.........
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars What Have They Done With The Real Spider Shepherd?
I love Spider Shepard. He is the epitome of the hard-boiled action hero.

So, what happened to him and who is this conflicted, on-again, off-again "human rights" weenie... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Another great read from the mind of a great author. Stepehn Shepherd at his gritty best, describing real world problems with a vicariously satisfying, violent end!
Published 19 months ago by Steve Hirst
5.0 out of 5 stars False Friends
The ninth Spider Shepherd thriller by Stephen Leather. Brilliantly written, as ever, and who would have thought that Dan Shepherd would have been an observer at the assassination... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Shirl the Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars An Engaging Book
False Friends by Stephen Leather is a fic­tional book in the Dan Shep­herd series. This is the 9th book in the series, but can be read as a stand­alone book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Man of La Book
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More About the Author

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan "Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.

He is one of the country's most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world. Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992.

His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website and you can follow him on Twitter at


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