• Fast Track

  • The 18th Spider Shepherd Thriller
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The new edge-of-your-seat novel in the thrilling Spider Shepherd series

Who can you trust if you can't trust the people tasked with protecting the nation?

Murderous jihadists have been crossing the English Channel, passing themselves off as asylum seekers. MI5 have been keeping them under surveillance, but what starts as a simple terrorist takedown goes badly wrong, and dozens of innocent civilians are killed in the heart of London.

And the screw is tightened when a bomb takes out senior members of the Secret Intelligence Service.

Someone within the security services has been working to their own agenda, and only Dan 'Spider' Shepherd can identify the bad apple. His search for the rogue agent takes him to Turkey and then to Dubai, where his masters order him to carry out a breathtaking act of revenge.

©2021 Stephen Leather (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Spiders latest thriller a little less thrilling

Excellent narration by Paul Thornley, but this latest installment of Spiders antics just didn't carry the usual spark. Some twists, but fell flat in the end. I actually had to check to make sure I didn't somehow end the book early. For the first time in the Dan Shepherd series I felt as if I was waiting for the real story to begin, only to find it over.

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  • ian staff
  • 07-25-21

Bloody brilliant

Absolutely loved it.
Finally spider gets to play a real SAS role.
Definitely recommend this title.
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  • John Marsden
  • 08-07-21

A superb listen

Another brilliant read from the master himself. Stephen Leather once again excels in this the 18th Spider Shepherd book. Fast paced and edge of the seat stuff from start to finish. Having read all the Spider books it's hard to choose a favourite but this one would be in my top 3 definitely. Great to see Charlotte Button and Lex Harper still around to assist too. Another master Mr Paul Thornley is once again brilliant in his narration of the book, if anything deserves 10 stars this is a case in point in my opinion. Highly recommended read.☺

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  • Sheldon
  • 07-27-21

excellent

awesome, the wait was worth the wait , need more Lex Harper novels great aggressiveness
with Lex no messing about.

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  • Rob E
  • 08-12-21

A thrilling Spider book

Fantastic book full of twists and turns. I couldn't stop listening to it. Narrated well. Highly recommend it.

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  • Sylv Sheehan
  • 07-18-22

Worth the credit, definitely!

Really good book, exciting, moved at a good pace, great storyline, a little different. I recommend

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  • Andrea Edan
  • 07-16-22

Not the best of this series.

Have enjoyed the Spider Shepherd series, especially when read by Paul Thornley but this one was somewhat disappointing. Not sure whether the Spider series has simply run it's course or that this is just a one-off disappointment. The plot was very convoluted and not very coherent as in previous books. Will get the next one should there be a next but if it too disappoints, will give up on the series.

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  • Mr D Davies
  • 06-14-22

Gripping but

The narration wasn’t great. Characters were fine, it was base narration that was wooden and kind of put me off. Sadly the same narrator does all the Leather audiobooks and so I’ll have to suck it up

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-23-22

Write more, quickly!!!!!

I’ve sped through all of these and absolutely love them, even with the sometimes sanctimonious and hypocritical spider. Please write more Mr Leather.

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  • Gary Quinton67
  • 04-14-22

Excellent

Loved the story, just wish the author wouldn't change facts from previous books. Lex Harper started out as a Scotsman yet in this book he is a scouser. Also the twins had protected Spiders family before yet in this book he didn't know them.

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  • Bettylou
  • 04-06-22

Another great listen...

I love the Spider shepherd books, just wish I had listened to them in the order they came out, I spend a lot of time on the road and some days I don't want to attend my appoints as I need to hear the next paragraph, enjoy Paul's narration he has a good voice for audio.