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- Print Length: 400 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (January 24, 2019)
- Publication Date: January 24, 2019
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CWQL5DP
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The sheer impetus of his story-telling is damned hard to resist―Sunday Express
Stephen Leather, author of the excellent 'Spider' Shepherd military series, delivers a thriller-a-minute tale―Irish Independent
Leather's writing is a finely-honed combination of both show and tell―Crime Review
Explores complex contemporary issues while keeping the action fast and bloody―Economist
As tough as British thrillers get . . . gripping―Irish Independent
An aggressively topical novel but a genuinely thrilling one, too―Daily Telegraph --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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 titles have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages and he has also written for television.
You can learn more from Stephen's website, www.stephenleather.com, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather.
Stephen also has a website for his Spider Shepherd series, www.danspidershepherd.com, and for his Jack Nightingale series, www.jacknightingale.com.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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This makes other flaws even less forgivable and slight annoyances become big ones. The name "Standing", for example, does not work too well. I had trouble grasping sentences that started with the name Standing, because I always thought that Matt was standing somewhere. Obviously, the author was aware of this, as he tried to capitalise on it at some point, when Standing answers to the question on the telephone, "Standing?" with "No, sitting, actually". Admittedly it did make for a chuckle, but it was the only chuckle I made when reading this book. Then there are the story holes, like: Matt uses the Polo to push an SUV off the road (yeah, I know, a car weighing probably less than 600kg pushes a 2t car off the road... ) and then returns a separately rented (!) car to the rental shop, of which he explains away the "scratches" from pushing the SUV off the road. Totally unnecessary blunder. Or: he doesn't want to leave 2 dead people in their current state, with flies buzzing around, etc., and then he just leaves the house where they have been slaughtered. WTH? This picture of sloppiness is rounded off by the disappointment that the love story isn't one, at least not in this instalment.
In defence of the author, I had just finished "I am Pilgrim", which is miles and miles more thrilling, entertaining, thought-provoking, and better researched. Unless you have 10 hours of your life to throw away - stay away.
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However, don't let this deter you from purchasing what is an action packed novel, well written as usual, and introducing a new strong character by way of Matt Standing. I admit that some of the action would probably be regarded as being OTT, but isn't this true of many (or all ) of the novels in this genre?
Frankly, I enjoyed the story line, the manner in which the characters were portrayed and Spider's cameo appearances, though I hope this isn't an indication that he is being semi retired to a desk job.
I feel that five stars are justified and would certainly recommend this book.
The story is fast-paced and full of action, brilliant! I hope there's more Standing to come!
I hope this is the first of many outings for Standing.
p.s. nice to get a little camio appearance from 'Spider' to keep us going until the next book comes out in July. :)
Look forward to the next one whether it be Standing or Spider.
A must read welcome Matt Standing I’m sure this won’t be the only time we come across this soldier
Stephen Leather tells another great story. Fast paced and well written.