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The Tunnel Rats (Coronet books) Kindle Edition

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In Leather's latest American release, British Transport Police Sergeant Nick Wright gets territorial when the mutilated body of an American news photographer turns up in an abandoned railroad tunnel. He's resentful toward the Metropolitan police for getting involved, and likes it even less when the FBI joins the manhunt, but he hangs tenaciously to the case, despite being saddled with an alcoholic partner and a hatful of personal problems. When another body with identical mutilations is discovered in Bangkok, he begs permission to investigate that murder as well. By the time he discovers the connection between them, Wright is in over his head and too far in to back out. His only choice is to move deeper into danger, courting the vengeance of a spook from his past. Leather has a gift for making pages fly by as bodies pile up, tension builds and clues drop parsimoniously; effective, economical characterizations give the plot just enough depth to captivate readers without hampering the rapid-fire narrative.
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Stephen Leather should be nestling in your bookshelves alongside Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins. -- Daily Mail

Product Details

  • File Size: 653 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340689544
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (July 23, 2009)
  • Publication Date: July 23, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VD6NL4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 www.stephenleather.com and you can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ch0pper on September 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Leather's style and prose get better and better.Already in paperback in the UK, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this latest book by this author.
His description of tunnel warfare in Viet-Nam is "SO" realisitic that it made me, a former Royal Marine special forces operative fear for my life, and relive moments of terror that I have personally endured.
This, for me is the mark of a good book. Thoroughly researched, well-plotted, good prose, hot text that drives you from page to page.
This is one book by Stephen Leather that you should NOT miss!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 26, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I thought that I was current in my reading of Stephen Leather thrillers until I ran across THE TUNNEL RATS originally published way back in 1997. Sorry, Stephen, I guess I just lost focus somewhere between then and now.

As the book opens in an unspecified "then", eight Americans emerge from a network of underground tunnels beneath the jungle shortly before B-52s start to carpet bomb. One man is dead, one seriously injured, and all seven of the living seriously spooked.

Fast forward to now. The body of a man viciously tortured to death, with an ace of spades impaled onto his chest with a knife, is discovered nailed to the wall of an abandoned railway tunnel in London. It's British Transport Police jurisdiction, and BTP officers Nick Wright and Tommy Reid are put on the case.

In Washington, D.C., Senator Dean Burrow, soon to be nominated to replace an ailing Vice-President, gets a UPS package containing a photograph of the London murder victim. Subsequently, Dean gets a second picture, this one of another man identically killed in Bangkok. The Senator, with a lot to lose if closeted skeletons are discovered, dispatches a trusted aide to tidy things up. The latter employs an ex-Special Forces killer who's scary-good at his skills.

The paths of Nick, the murderer, the hired killer, four-foot snakes, 6-inch centipedes, half-inch ants, and shiny black scorpions eventually cross in the abandoned Viet Cong tunnel network northwest of Saigon. Oh, and did I mention that Wright is severely claustrophobic?

I'm awarding four stars to an otherwise riveting read because the potential for a too-good-to-pass-up "gotcha" ending is completely ignored.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. S. Wedekind VINE VOICE on August 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm a diehard fan of Stephen Leather's "Dan 'Spider' Shepherd" novels, and am currently reading the fourth book in the series (HOT BLOOD). This particular novel is interesting in the pictures Mr. Leather paints of Bangkok and Saigon. The first, a gridlocked and exhaust choked city with an incompetent and corrupt police force. The second, a capitalist/communist city that thrives on western industry, yet maintains its cultural heritage. The hunt for a serial killer from London to the abndoned VC tunnels of the Vietnam War era is exciting and informative. Unfortunately, the ending is disappointing after the real reason behind the killings is revealed. As another reviewer has written, the last page would lead you to believe that there is a sequel waiting to be written. I hope not. Stick with Dan Shepherd, Mr. Leather, he's a hero to believe. I still like the author's writing style and give it 4 stars instead of 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Max Power on September 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read a Leather book a couple years ago and wasn't hooked. I thought I'd give him another go recently and started to get into it. Having just finished a couple Sheppard books and really enjoying them I thought I'd give this one a try. It didn't hook me like the Spider Sheppard books but as I stuck with it the story started to draw me in. As others have said, you'll have a pretty good idea who the 'killer' is before it is announced and it is announced by the middle of the story - if its mystery you're after this my not be for you. But if you're after an interesting and engaging muder/action tale then you'll probably enjoy it. I almost gave it four stars but gave it three because it took a little while to get into it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Although many storylines went nowhere, the books main story tended to keep you intrigued. The concept of short chapters tends to make you want to keep reading.
I was impressed by the overall story and the concept of the tunnels made it fairly exciting, expecially with the connections. The end seems to suggest another book, but we will have to wait and see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Jones on March 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is another vintage Stephen Leather thriller. I really enjoyed it. It takes the reader from London to Bangkok to Saigon and the Vietnam War-era Cuchi tunnels, where the books reaches its unexpected climax.

Murders, mystery and adventure. Very good read.

By the way, did you know that the Vietnamese call it the American War?
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By Don Packett on January 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book really hit home for me as the core of it is based around a team of `Nam-vets who were stationed in and around the tunnels during the Vietnam war. I'm very fortunate enough to have visited a section of the tunnels in Cu Chi, even crawled through one, so having that as a base (I imagine) really helped me fully understand the extent of what they were going through.

The story follows a series of murders around the world, investigated by British Transport Police initially and followed by FBI, fake-FBI, Thai authorities and more, ending up with a BTP sergeant, a hired assassin, the `Nam vets and the killer navigating their way through the tunnels in search of the truth. An awesome book for anyone who loves a good crime thriller.
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