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The Hunting

By: Stephen Leather
Narrated by: Paul Thornley
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Publisher's Summary

Money can't buy everything.

But it can buy revenge.

Can a doctor take lives instead of saving them?

British Doctor Raj Patel puts his own life on the line to treat the injured in war-torn Syria. His medical skills help casualties survive against all the odds. But Raj needs to rely on a completely different set of skills when he is taken hostage in a treacherous case of mistaken identity.

Billionaire big-game hunter Jon van der Sandt is driven by revenge - his family have been killed by jihadist terrorists, and he wants his vengeance up close and personal. He has hired ex-Special Forces hard men to snatch the ISIS killers from the desert and transport them halfway across the world to the vast wilderness of his American estate.

But they grab Raj by mistake, and once the killing begins, it's too late to plead mistaken identity. To survive, he'll have to become as ruthless a killer as the man who is hunting him.

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

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  • Sharon
  • 02-13-21

Shocked how awful it was

I am a massive Stephen Leather fan and always devour his books- all of them - Jack Nightingale- Dan Spider Shepherd etc. I am also a huge fan of the brilliant Paul Thornley who I always compliment for bringing any title to life, with his genius narration. That being said I just don’t know where to start with this title - 2 words for me “ utter garbage “ I appreciate everyone has their own opinions, but the positive reviews have left me astounded!!!! The story line completely and utterly to stupid for words ( SPOILERS) as though you would help ISIS fighters that have kidnapped you - and also “Raj” was a trained marine ... on what planet was he trained !!! No excitement no adrenaline not a single pulsating moment . I think that Paul Thornley must have really struggled with this title as story was that bad - every isis character called each other “ Bruv” and got confusing. Also lots of hunting animals which was very upsetting and there is an incident with a bear that “ Raj” should have / would have being this top doctor in the marines would have told the stupid idiots it was there fault all along etc . I’m shaking my head in disbelief whilst writing this remembering all the silly / boring twaddle that I have subjected myself to. FIRST TIME EVER THAT A REFUND FOR A STEPHEN LEATHER BOOK is going to be requested. If I could have given zero stars I would have.

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  • Allman68
  • 02-04-21

Classic Stephen Leather

The first two chapters were hard going as the narration was slow. As the story flowed, so did the narration. Glad I stuck with it.

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  • Gary
  • 02-06-21

Absolutely Fantastic! One of his best!

Fantastic book! Started by setting out the fascinating characters then had you hooked I couldn’t put it turn it off but dreaded coming to the end! I’m a big Spider Shepherd fan and was hoping for something of a similar pace here! I was not disappointed! One Stephen’s best books yet! Great narration as always!

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  • John Marsden
  • 02-05-21

Stephen Leather at his very best!

This must be one of the best Stephen Leather books I have read and that from someone who has listened them all! It is fast paced and suspenseful from the very start. I cannot condone animal hunting in any form so immediately fell out with The Hunter himself but the way the book developed I must admit I ended up liking and feeling sorry for him. All the characters are well developed and Raj is one of the best, a guy who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time drawn into a life or death situation. I must disagree with the previous reviewer about Paul Thornley's narration, I thought that he was at his very best in this book. If I could give this book 10 stars then I certainly would! **********!

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  • michael gledhill
  • 06-09-21

Something different

It was good although a little predictable but the story wasn't bad overall, something different though

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  • VPN
  • 02-13-21

Enthralling

Being a Stephen Leather/Paul Thornley fan, I was pleased to see this book available. It didn’t disappoint, I had trouble putting it down! Plenty of action and a great story.

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  • Sheldon
  • 02-09-21

Great Read

Great story, narration excellent excellent enjoyment.
Great details on all aspects of guns and forest environment. Plus all background of characters good, was John a South African accent sounded like he was.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-26-22

Fantastic read

It’s great to see such an interesting premise deliver on it’s promise! Paul Thornley incroyable as always too

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  • T SOTHCOTT
  • 12-19-21

Saved by the ending

Strangest plot. Stick it out though. Narrated wonderfully. Some will find this an engaging book but compared to SLs other offerings this disappointed

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  • Mrs B Leonard
  • 09-20-21

Excellent

Rather different from his usual storyline but very interesting and fast paced . Stephen Leather must spend hours on his research he’s my favourite author I recommend all his books

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  • Jean
  • 02-17-21

Disappointed

So far as the story goes, it was the usual Stephen Leather action packed, fast paced novel. But, I don't like the hunting, killing animal scenes. The ending surprised me, don't want to spoil it for other readers/listeners, I just can't believe it.