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eBook Hard Landing ePub

by Stephen Leather

  • ISBN: 0340734108
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Stephen Leather
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (January 31, 2004)
  • Pages: 384
  • ePub book: 1933 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1207 kb
  • Other: rtf lrf mobi mbr
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 399

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line as a detective in an elite undercover squad.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. But when a powerful drugs baron starts to kill off witnesses to his crimes.

Hard Landing is a 2004 thriller novel by British author Stephen Leather. Published in 2004 by Hodder & Stoughton, it is the first book in the Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd series.

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. See if your friends have read any of Stephen Leather's books. Stephen Leather’s Followers (1,021).

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In Leather’s novel Hard Landing his readers are introduced to the protagonist Dan Spider Shepherd.

In Leather’s novel Hard Landing his readers are introduced to the protagonist Dan Spider Shepherd. In the novel, we learn that Shepherd was a British Special Forces soldier deployed to Afghanistan who had to leave the battlefield after being shot. After recovering Shepherd goes to work as a London police officer before being recruited to an undercover unit. Since leaving his career as a successful journalist, Stephen Leather has become one of the most popular thriller writers in the UK. As each new novel is published, Leather’s readers spread across the world as his books are receiving increasing international fame.

Former SAS trooper Dan Shepherd, now a detective in an elite undercover squad, is at the center of these hard-hitting, high-action thrillers from Stephen Leather.

Author: Stephen Leather. Former SAS trooper Dan Shepherd, now a detective in an elite undercover squad, is at the center of these hard-hitting, high-action thrillers from Stephen Leather. Scalpel-sharp suspense and as gritty as the genre gets. Dan Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line.

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The first book in the bestselling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series

The first book in the bestselling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series  .

It was a pleasure to work with Carolyn Mays at Hodder and Stoughton again and Hard Landing is a better book for her creative input and unwavering support.

I am indebted to Ian West and John Newman who helped me to understand what it's like to work in the prison system and I am grateful for their help and advice. It was a pleasure to work with Carolyn Mays at Hodder and Stoughton again and Hard Landing is a better book for her creative input and unwavering support. Trish Elliott ran her hand across her stomach for the hundredth time since she'd left the doctor's surgery. It didn't feel as if there was a new life growing inside her - it was far too early for any movement or kicks, for the baby to make its presence felt.

Hard Landing [hardcover] Leather, Stephen [Feb 16, 2004]

Comments

Qane Qane
Lucky me - I never been jailed and never had any problems with the law anywhere, so at first I was mildly curious about life of inmates in the UK high-security prison.
The idea in Hard Landing of Stephen Leather is not that bad - the undercover cop is placed in jail to collect incriminating evidence against the drug lord who is locked up in the same jail waiting for his trial and ordering execution of all witnesses on the outside.

Unfortunately, with the exception of a few interesting moments - I am not counting the funny storming of that high-security jail,of course! -the book is very much the diary of inmates everyday boring activities, including the detailed menu of their breakfast,lunch and dinner.

Not much action in the book, the main hero Shepherd makes some clumsy and unsuccessful attempts to approach and befriend the drug dealer, however he fails wasting his time in that miserable jail as I wasted my time reading that book.
Qusicam Qusicam
SPOILER ALERT - REVIEW FOR THOSE WHO HAVE READ THE BOOK.

Too many unbelievable plot premises. Why bother to hold on to prosecuting Carpenter the imprisoned drug king for smuggling and money laundering when there is already clear evidence that he is ordering from prison witnesses to his crimes to be killed, tampering with state evidence, and threatening the key witness Roper against him? These alone would guarantee a life sentence, yet the book pretends that the only way to nail him is to have undercover Spider Shepard (Bob Macdonald) plod along to get him to confess to his original drug crimes.

If it is already known that Carpenter is killing off witnesses through getting messages out of the prison to his underlings, why wouldn't he be immediately isolated and held in solitary confinement in some secure place where he couldn't order witness' deaths? Yet he's unbelievably allowed to carry on going to the prison gym, receiving mail, etc. etc. and keeping other privileges as though there are no consequences to his killing off the state's witnesses, etc. to destroy the case against him. Well, guess what? His doing so would lead to consequences in any believable story, including being prosecuted for subverting justice. But apparently not in Hard Landing.

And why would Shepard's police handlers believe his cochamany story about the IRA busting into this maximum security prison to free both him and Carpenter? Why would Carpenter want to free him??? Or the IRA??? This is beyond unbelievable and makes absolutely no sense. Reading the book any further after this crazy explanation given by Shepard to his handler Hargrove after he escapes the prison is asking the reader to abandon any and all common sense.
Androwyn Androwyn
But the action is very well described but with less detail than is devoted on how prisoners move from their cells to the exercise yard. There is also some real tension but it is based on whether the bad guys will hurt some family members, a plot device I really detest. There is an imbalance in the narrative weight, inconsequential scenes are long and detailed and action scenes are rushed with many of the details glossed. But Spider is an interesting protagonist and I have enjoyed other of Leather's works so I will give the next book in this series a go.
Qucid Qucid
I didn't understand half of the colloquialisms, had to stop an figure them out. At times it Brooke up my reading pace. That being said, was fairly decent book. Premise was difficult , but on the whole believeable. I suspect the next one will be a bit easier to read for me, so yes - I'm going to to read another one. On the whole, it was entertaining just not engrossing.
Cia Cia
Decided to give an author I’m not familiar with a try. I wasn’t disappointed. The characters were believable and the plot drew me in after just a few pages. I enjoyed this book enough to order the second one in the series.
Simple fellow Simple fellow
This novel was my introduction to the works of Stephen Leather and I'll definitely be reading more. Going undercover in prison is no walk in the park but Spider Shepherd does it well and realistically, all while juggling a family tragedy. Superb writing, gritty and real. If you haven't read Stephen Leather yet do yourself a favor and get this book. You can thank me later.

I've already purchased more Spider Shepherd thrillers.
net rider net rider
After reading The Chinaman which I liked for its fast pace and good dialogue, I had to put this down after about half the book. Too slow, very bad dialogue. Stopped buying his books.
then about two thirds through there's a twist and the author steps up the tension. this would work great except he then tries to draw it out with depth of side events that fights against the tension, and I found myself skimming for highlights the last 25% of the book.

still a good read. the early chapters are reminiscent of the nightingale books alot, down to turns of phrase swapping between characters. part of leather's charm.