Dark Forces: The 13th Spider Shepherd Thriller by Stephen Leather


Book Description:

When you’re caught between two evils, only the most decisive will survive. The thirteenth book in action supremo Stephen Leather’s Spider Shepherd series is his most pulse-pounding yet . . .

A violent South London gang will be destroyed if Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd can gather enough evidence against them while posing as a ruthless hitman. What he doesn’t know is that his work as an undercover agent for MI5 is about to intersect with the biggest terrorist operation ever carried out on British soil.

Only weeks before Shepherd witnessed a highly skilled IS sniper escape from a targeted missile strike in Syria. But never in his wildest dreams did he expect to next come across the shooter in a grimy East London flat.

Spider’s going to have to proceed with extreme caution if he is to prevent the death of hundreds of people, but at the same time, when the crucial moment comes he will have to act decisively. The clock is ticking and only he stands between us and Armageddon….

‘Let Spider draw you into his web, you won’t regret it’ Sun

My Thoughts:

Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is back and for fans of this series it is certainly worth the wait.

Even though this is the thirteenth book in the series, the author manages to still create a gripping story line that thrills as well as also chills it’s readers. With some of the horrific terrorist attacks I have seen in the news alone this year, the cases that Dan finds himself working on, sadly all seem very realistic which adds to some heart stopping moments.

I have to say I very much missed the strong female presence of Charlotte Button and Dan’s psychologist in this book. I loved Ms Button’s role especially as we see a female in such a powerful position was great to read and having got used to her over the series she was very much missed. For me this was the only thing that let this book down as there was no strong female roles and after having some serious kick ass ones, it just felt like something was missing.

Dan’s new boss Willoughby-Brown is someone who has yet to grow on me. Even his new psychologist was quite strange and I think overall the reader needs to adjust to these new characters like Dan himself needs to.

Dark Forces sees Dan having to juggle his work as well as some arising issues with his growing son, Liam. The terrorist operation that Dan finds himself working on is probably one of the most hard hitting of the story lines I think I’ve read in the series. Some parts literally had me horrified whilst other parts had my heart in my mouth wondering if Dan and his team could stop them before it was to late. Totally gripping stuff.

For a realistic and highly entertaining read, the spider series is one highly addictive series and one I highly recommend reading.

My thanks to Karen at Hodder & Stoughton for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Dark Forces is available to purchase from Amazon.


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