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The Long Shot (Mike Cramer) by [Leather, Stephen]
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Book 2 of 3 in Mike Cramer (3 Book Series)
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'In the top rank of thriller writers' -- Jack Higgins 'Leather can dispense high-adrenaline plotting but never at the expense of remembering that his characters are humans rather than Action Man dolls. In such books as THE LONG SHOT, the plot never pulls along wafer-thin characters in its trail, Dan Brown-style ... It's Shepherd's pungently drawn personality that makes him such a memorable hero ... The various storylines are orchetrated with precision and the steadily accelarating tension is maintained with assurance ...' -- Barry Forshaw, Sunday Express

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1558 KB
  • Print Length: 580 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340632372
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (July 23, 2009)
  • Publication Date: July 23, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V0929M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,953 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was surprised that this is to be the first of the reviews of this book. This is a really good thriller gentle reader, and very hard to put down.
The plot is basically this- the FBI stumble across what appears to be a training area for three snipers in the Arizona Desert. At the same time, a retired SAS Seargent is sent to the USA to track down a major IRA leader that he has a personal score to settle with. Needless to say the two plots rapidly intertwine.
For a thriller the characters are remarkably well sketched and lifelike. There is not the needless romance with the feisty partner/ lab technician/ victim that has become a cliche, and in fact the central character is happilly married, and has a fight with his wife. Both central characters have alcohol problems, but not in cliched way either- both are thoughtfully sketched out. Leathers style of writing is excellent. Although he jumps from character to character at no time does the plot lag. His writting is crisp, and reflects the pace in which the reader will enjoy the book.
The plot is nail biting, and realistic. Twists and turns abound, and frequently quite unexpected twists occur. The final few chapters are gripping, and almost impossible to put down.
Interestingly, with some knowledge of firearms, this is a technically correct book. A .50 Cal rifle can do a 2000 yard shot, with a good rifle and a great shooter,
Like I said, I am surprised that this has not been reviewed before, this is an excellent novel and most higly reccomended.
Grade: A+
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I recently reviewed a Stephen Leather book admittdley a short story and was quite critical of it. However having just read the long shot it is back to the thrilling pace of the majority of his novels in which there are at least two segments which come together seamlessly and this is one such story. However both segments are easy to follow to their conclusion. With this book he does leave an open for a continuance of one of the characters as he does in many of his books. For a man who is not ex special forces he certainly does his homework re weapons and setting the scenes for hjis action.
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This is a great read. The main character is a former soldier "gone to seed". It's based on a premise that a person can get out of shape, drink too much, and still retain skills learned in the service and be a valuable asset to society.
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Goodyear can thank the gods of serendipity that its airship wasn't involved in this caper in which super terrorist Carlos the Jackal, the IRA, and two renegade ex-SEAL snipers team-up to cause international havoc at a Baltimore Orioles baseball game while being chased by the FBI, Secret Service, MI5, and an out-of-shape, former SAS non-com.

THE LONG SHOT has two main protagonists, Special Agent Howard Cole of the FBI and former SAS Sergeant Mike "Joker" Cramer. The reader's primary allegiance may perhaps become divided, though what the latter endures at the hands of the diabolical IRA torturer, Mary Hennessy, makes him #1 on my list of Tough Guys. Cole, like many American males, only has an insufferable father-in-law, a drinking problem, a less-than-supportive wife, and a backstabbing, ambitious subordinate. And speaking of Hennessy, her eventual end is way too easy and unsatisfying. (Mary's persona makes me wonder whom author Stephen Leather subliminally used as her character model. An ex-wife or old girlfriend, perhaps?)

Despite the relative implausibility of the plot and an improbable ending, involving a blimp and one of the Good Guys dangling from a helicopter, that was better suited to a Hollywood Big Screen SFX orgasm, THE LONG SHOT does provide suspenseful moments of above-average entertainment. However, Leather here, to my mind, departs from his usual forte, which is to place his chief protagonist in a smaller arena of conflict that has repercussions that are more personal than global. It's this departure, and an overabundance of players, which makes this potboiler more standard fare than other Leather thrillers I've read. Stephen, I'm sorry, but three stars are the best I can manage. (But I'll keep buying and reading your books!)
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This is a thriller with a twist, most enjoyable and a disappointment when the story is finished.
The most enjoyable Stephen Leather book I have read till now.
And once again the SAS made it happen.
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