Takedown by Stephen LeatherWow. Author Stephen Leather chucks us right out of our comfort zone. Set in the world of Spider Shepherd, the man himself makes no appearance, this is about Charlotte Button and Lex Harper. Harper has been seen before but is morally ambiguous. While Shepherd is a bit of a white knight discovering that much of the world is neither black or white, Harper works on the dark side. Loyalty is important to him but his contacts and methods are well off the grid and he is very dangerous indeed. He is also someone that Button call in times of need, and in Takedown she is very much in need.
Three threads here, the main one being Harper being used in an off the books operation to track and kill an ex-SAS guy who has turned to the dark side, at the same time, both Harper and Button have problems of their own which need to be solved in tandem.
Harper is a fantastic counter-balance to the Spider we have come to know so well, we are learning about him whereas we have grown with Spider through his career and adventures. Even Button has changed, still talented and a real tactician, but she has lost much of her support structure and is out there in the cold not knowing who to trust.
Of course it all come together brilliantly and we would expect nothing less. All the story strands are delivered effortlessly and with real pace that forces you to read “just one more chapter”
I think Mr Leather is one of the UK’s top thriller writers, this book seems to be further proof.
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Born in , Stephen Leather is one of the most popular and renowned British thriller authors. With a background in journalism, Leather has the knowledge, expertise and experience to write on subjects of international intrigue such as: espionage, terrorism and international crime. Contrary to many other writers and journalists who studied writing or communication, Leather graduated from Bath University with a BSc in Biochemistry. While employed at ICI, Leather was exposed to chemicals, incidents and stories that became the plot lines for many of his books. In addition to working as a biochemist, Leather has worked in a quarry, been a baker, a barman and employed as a petrol pump attendant. After completing a mishmash of jobs, Leather decided to pursue a writing career as a journalist. His career in the journalism industry exposed Leather to many different countries and international incidents.
Skip to main content. Stephen Leather. Something went wrong. Please try your request again later. 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.
Books by Stephen Leather Sort by. Working undercover is all about trust - getting the target to trust you and then betraying them in order to bring them to justice.
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Shepherd is currently working for MI5 and the book opens with Shepherd and his colleagues on a surveillance operation following some suspected Islamic terrorists. An unarmed Shepherd has to quickly intervene. After that strong opening the book settles down to follow three main plot threads. The main focus for Shepherd is being assigned to an operation where he must impersonate an assassin that is being hired to target Russian president Putin when he arrives on a British visit. Topically the reason that Putin is being targeted is because of the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine in the summer of
From the bestselling author of the Spider Shepherd series comes a heart-pounding new standalone thriller. When a British Special Forces soldier goes rogue, carrying out an attack at a US army base in Syria leading to the death of two men, ex-MI5 controller Charlotte Button is hired to work out what his plan is and to take him down before he can carry it out. Charlotte puts her best man on the case - hitman Lex Harper. It's up to Lex to assemble a crack team and get to the soldier before he carries out what could be a massive terrorist attack. But Charlotte might require Lex's help with a more personal problem too. As ex-MI5, Charlotte holds information on thousands of the agency's dirty operations, and keeps a store of those secrets in three flash drives hidden in separate safety deposit vaults.