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Hot Blood (The 4th Spider Shepherd Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Leather
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Book Description

The fourth book in the bestselling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series.

Dan 'Spider' Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line. It goes with the turf when you're an undercover cop.

Now working for the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Shepherd is pitting his wits against the toughest criminals in the country. But when the man who once saved his life is kidnapped in the badlands of Iraq, thrown into a basement and threatened with execution, Shepherd has to decide whether his loyalties lie with his country, his career, or his friend.

Shepherd and his former SAS colleagues realise that the hostage has been abandoned by the Government and that officially nothing is being done to rescue him. And with the execution deadline only days away, Shepherd knows that the only way to stop his friend being murdered is to put himself in the firing line in the most dangerous city in the world - Baghdad.

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  • Editorial Reviews


    "Spider Shepherd is my new hero . . . terrifically professional, from the plotting to characterization to the technical and military background. [Leather] takes the reader through . . . with total ease and command."  —Meg Gardiner, author, Kill Chain

    "Leather is in the top rank of thriller writers."  Jack Higgins, author, A Fine Night for Dying

    "Authentic stuff."  —Observer

    "Stephen Leather's strong point has always been his ability to pitch his
    novels at a bang-up-to-the-minute level. Hot Blood is no exception. It will provide everything that lovers of contemporary action fiction could ask
    for."  —Yorkshire Post

    About the Author

    Stephen Leather's other titles include The Chinaman, Cold Kill, Hard Landing, The Long Shot, Pay Off, Private Dancer, Soft Target, and Tango One.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1019 KB
    • Print Length: 548 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340921692
    • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (September 18, 2008)
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002V092SS
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Spider takes point in Baghdad March 31, 2007
    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 (Dan Shepherd Mysteries), 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.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Mott's Hot Blood March 7, 2008
    Hot Blood
    Hot Blood (ISBN 978-0-340-92169-2 Hodder and Stoughton 2007) is a new release from the prolific writer Stephen Leather and the fourth in his Dan (Spider) Shepherd series. Leather also spends much time in Thailand, and has been seen writing chapters of his books while sitting quietly in the corner of Jameson's Irish Pub. Perhaps this is the reason that Dan Shepherd's favorite drink is Jameson's and soda.
    Shepherd is an undercover British policeman who works for a shady section of the constabulary known as SOCA, the Serious Organized Crime Agency, and this book revolves around his attempt to release a hostage taken in Iraq. A hostage who had previously saved Shepherd's life.
    This particular captive was being held by a totally bloodthirsty group of Islamic extremists, who had killed their previous captive, graphically described by page 12. By then, you know you are in for a no holds barred and hard hitting thriller.
    There are three intermingled plots as Dan Shepherd traces local British terrorists, and at the same time is attempting to rescue his friend who is the hostage in Iraq, while an Iraqi sniper is very systematically killing any white face that he can.
    The detail in the book is meticulous, and brought me up to date with various weapons and such terrorist offensives as IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices).
    The hero, Dan Shepherd, is portrayed as a very human character and the book delves into the principle of `do the ends justify the means?' This is a concept that Dan Shepherd struggles with throughout the entire book. After physically interrogating a suspect, Shepherd "wasn't proud of what he'd done, but he wasn't ashamed either. The man he'd assaulted was a terrorist.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Fast Paced, Interesting Read September 22, 2008
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Unfortunately I haven't had the enjoyment of reading the Dan Shepherd series in order but am currently on my third book. The main character is ex SAS and now working as a policeman for a specialist undercover police division that investigates terrorist activity and the like.

    In this book, Dan is pulled away from his day job, working with other ex SAS to free Geordie Mitchell, another former SAS guy who had saved Shepherd's life. Geordie, like many ex soldiers, was working in private security in Iraq and has become the latest kidnap victim. His fate, unless saved, is set; he will be beheaded by his captors unless he can be freed before the deadline arrives.

    In attempting to find the fundamentalists holding Geordie, Shepherd is forced to consider how far he is willing to go in order to help his friend. Is it right to adopt the "ends justify the means" approach or should he be led by his conscience?

    The book is, at times, brutal in its description of events and thoroughly riveting. The reader is definitely provoked into thinking, "Do I agree with this or do I think we are as bad as the enemy we loathe?"

    I am thoroughly enjoying the Dan Shepherd books and recommend them for anyone who likes this genre and wants a good escapist read.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Undercover Chaos May 18, 2013
    By Premier
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This is the second book by Stephen Leather that I couldn't put down! Fiction embroidered by fact? I'm amazed at my niavety, and wonder just what we don't know of the world! Thank you Stephen.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT / Shepherd goes to Irak May 6, 2013
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    Another excellent installment of the Shepherd series: this one deals with themes of kidnapping/retaliation & revenge, and there is a lot of moral ambiguities in it (thalion law is there, one eye for one eye, etc). It is very fast pace, violent, and actually thought provoking. In an analogy to Star Wars, Shepherd is here drawn to the very dark side, and this is here one of his most dangerous (or should I say suicidal) mission. Without disclosing too much, the character of Yokely gains greater importance.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars With a brilliant and fast paced plot the story held my interest ...
    Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is back and this time things take a slightly different turn, to what the readers are used to. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Best Crime Books
    5.0 out of 5 stars Read this series in order -- a treat from Britian!
    Read the "Spider" series in order --- it will help you understand Shepherd more fully. Leather has written for British TV and you can imagine this series on PBS. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Hey, Teach
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
    Another great Shepard Book. I love the character and the way it brings his family into it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers, really a top class writer.
    Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable action
    Lots of intense action and a good story. Stephen leather still need to get a better proof reader to find all the spelling mistakes.
    Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good yarn
    My Dad recommended these books to me. I started with the first in the series and it was decent. By this, the fourth in the Spider Shepherd series, Leather seems to have hit his... Read more
    Published 14 months ago by Michael G
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Blood
    Stephen Leather's fourth Spider Sheperd thriller and, as always, a joy to read. I loved this book and look forward to lots more from this author, who definitely has the knack of... Read more
    Published 23 months ago by Shirl the Girl
    1.0 out of 5 stars Leather's Anti-Americanism cripples his stories.
    Once again Stephen Leather has allowed his virulent Anti-Americanism to ruin what otherwise would be a good read. He seems to save his harshest comments for US Special Forces.
    Published on October 30, 2012 by GG
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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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