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Hot Blood (The 4th Spider Shepherd Thriller) by [Leather, Stephen]
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"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 was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shovelled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full-time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series. You can find out more from his website, www.stephenleather.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1378 KB
  • Print Length: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (September 18, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 18, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V092SS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Mr. Joe TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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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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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 creating of making his books un-put-downable!
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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. Great realistic plots and characters (even the criminals) that have well-rounded personalities.
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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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By Michael G on December 29, 2013
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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 stride.Thoroughly enjoyable book.
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Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is back and this time things take a slightly different turn, to what the readers are used to. Although Dan works for the Serious Organised Crime Agency, one of his old SAS colleagues gets kidnapped in Iraq. Spider, along with other of his old comrades gets together in a risky move to extract their old colleague from Baghdad. Along with the main storyline we see Spider going through many changes. The last book saw him lose his long time boss and mentor, and along cane the new on in the form of Charlotte Button. In addition to his new boss, he is moving further north to be closer to his sons Grandparents. We seem to be witnessing some big changes in Spider’s life, which makes it (as always) that little bit more fraught!

With a brilliant and fast paced plot the story held my interest from the very beginning; I knew I was going to enjoy this latest instalment. Spider has his work cut out and we see him work with Razor (who by the way I LOVE) on one assignment, whilst getting calls from Major Gannon. It seems that one of Spider’s old friends has been kidnapped whilst working in Iraq. It’s down to Spider and his other former SAS colleagues to get their friend Geordie back.

I really liked the fact that we see Spider go into unchartered territory. It makes for a much more exciting read, and as usual Dan gets himself in hot water. We also see the appearance of Richard Yokely who is an extremely shady American who is former CIA. Both he, Charlotte Button and Gannon are fabulous characters who add to the book vastly in my opinion. I cannot wait to read the next instalment and am trying to hold back as my list of books to read list is ridiculous. A brilliant series that I would highly recommend!
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