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Undercover cop Dan "Spider" Shepherd knows there are no easy solutions in the war against terrorism. When a killer starts to target pardoned IRA terrorists, Shepherd must put his life on the line to protect his former enemies. While he is undercover in Belfast, a grief-stricken Saudi whose two sons died under torture in the name of the War on Terror is planning to avenge t Undercover cop Dan "Spider" Shepherd knows there are no easy solutions in the war against terrorism. When a killer starts to target pardoned IRA terrorists, Shepherd must put his life on the line to protect his former enemies. While he is undercover in Belfast, a grief-stricken Saudi whose two sons died under torture in the name of the War on Terror is planning to avenge their deaths by striking out at two people close to Shepherd. As the assassin closes in on his prey, Shepherd realizes that the only way to save lives is to become a killer himself.


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Undercover cop Dan "Spider" Shepherd knows there are no easy solutions in the war against terrorism. When a killer starts to target pardoned IRA terrorists, Shepherd must put his life on the line to protect his former enemies. While he is undercover in Belfast, a grief-stricken Saudi whose two sons died under torture in the name of the War on Terror is planning to avenge t Undercover cop Dan "Spider" Shepherd knows there are no easy solutions in the war against terrorism. When a killer starts to target pardoned IRA terrorists, Shepherd must put his life on the line to protect his former enemies. While he is undercover in Belfast, a grief-stricken Saudi whose two sons died under torture in the name of the War on Terror is planning to avenge their deaths by striking out at two people close to Shepherd. As the assassin closes in on his prey, Shepherd realizes that the only way to save lives is to become a killer himself.

30 review for Dead Men

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shonna Froebel

    This spy thriller centers around Spider Shepherd, an agent with SOCA, previously Special Forces. Shepherd specializes in going undercover, infiltrating himself into people`s lives and discovering the evidence needed to put them away. This case is a bit different. Back in 1994, five masked men forced their way into the home of a RUC Special Branch officer in Belfast, and executed him in front of his wife and young son. Recently, under the Good Friday agreement, those who were in jail for this crim This spy thriller centers around Spider Shepherd, an agent with SOCA, previously Special Forces. Shepherd specializes in going undercover, infiltrating himself into people`s lives and discovering the evidence needed to put them away. This case is a bit different. Back in 1994, five masked men forced their way into the home of a RUC Special Branch officer in Belfast, and executed him in front of his wife and young son. Recently, under the Good Friday agreement, those who were in jail for this crime have been set free, and the one man who escaped overseas is back for his show trial that will have him serve no time for this crime. But one by one, the five men are being hunted down and executed, in exactly the same manner the RUC officer was killed. Suspicion for this crime has fallen on the widow of the police officer, and Shepherd is being sent in to get close to her and learn whether she is the killer. Meanwhile, a powerful man in the Arab world has been given information that says Shepherd`s boss Charlotte Button and an American agent, Yokely are responsible for the death of two of his sons. He has taken out a contract on them, and is willing to pay whatever it takes. Shepherd is brought into the picture on this situation and he finds it becoming personal. But he must find out just how far he is willing to go to protect Charlie and those he cares about. This book is gripping, and has both action and sexual attraction going on. Shepherd is a man with a strong sense of ethics, and a character I liked immediately. A great addition to the spy thriller genre.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    (Contains potential spoilers) I was thoroughly pleased to see that the level of the first Shepherd book in the series has finally been reached if not surpassed! After the last two, which were sub-par for me, this one is faster-paced, has less distractions and has a great focussed plot which keeps you reading and guessing. I must admit that I felt a 'here we go again' moment when the second sub-plot was introduced involving a hit man on Yokely and Button's case, but the two stories worked effortle (Contains potential spoilers) I was thoroughly pleased to see that the level of the first Shepherd book in the series has finally been reached if not surpassed! After the last two, which were sub-par for me, this one is faster-paced, has less distractions and has a great focussed plot which keeps you reading and guessing. I must admit that I felt a 'here we go again' moment when the second sub-plot was introduced involving a hit man on Yokely and Button's case, but the two stories worked effortlessly together this time. There are no 'big' surprises in the story, although towards the end a few slight twists unravel, but the storyline was well laid out and wonderfully written. The characters are explored even further, with Dan getting too close to one of the subjects he is assigned to investigate, and showing real emotions. And also, once again, Leather proves that he's not afraid in killing off characters which will almost certainly have repercussions in the coming books. This has possibly become my favourite book in the series so far, with Hard Landing a close second. Glad I didn't give up on Leather, even though the last three books did not do it for me. A great action/thriller. Highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Phil Altimas

    this time spider is sent to track down a killer in Belfast, he's on the hunt for the person who is tracking down and murdering an IRA hiit sqaud at the same time he learns that some one is tracking both him and his boss a cracking read. fast paced and well written

  4. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    Dead Men is book 5 in the Spider Shepherd series, and the series just keeps getting better. Like many good books a fact is taken and the plot is carefully woven around it. In this case it was the turn of the 'Good Friday Agreement' in which many convicted IRA terrorists were released early from prison. The story starts in the past when a senior RUC detective was murdered in cold blood in front of his wife and child. The team who carried this out are some of the ones released early under the agre Dead Men is book 5 in the Spider Shepherd series, and the series just keeps getting better. Like many good books a fact is taken and the plot is carefully woven around it. In this case it was the turn of the 'Good Friday Agreement' in which many convicted IRA terrorists were released early from prison. The story starts in the past when a senior RUC detective was murdered in cold blood in front of his wife and child. The team who carried this out are some of the ones released early under the agreement, but slowly but surely they are meeting their own untimely ends at the hands of a vigilante. It becomes Spider's latest undercover job to unearth who this vigilante might be. There is another plot running parallel to this, but I don't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment but it is a continuation from a previous book. Everything has been well thought out, and it all follows along quite logically. It certainly kept me turning the pages.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Monnie

    I do enjoy Stephen Leather's Dan Shepherd series, although I admit it's partly because I have a relatively new-found appreciation of British authors. A couple of years ago, our son married a wonderful woman who is England-born; she came to this country from South Africa, bringing with her that beautiful English accent and quite a number of words, phrases and spellings that are much more familiar to me now. Besides that, the books are just doggone good. As always, "Spider" Shepherd must deal with I do enjoy Stephen Leather's Dan Shepherd series, although I admit it's partly because I have a relatively new-found appreciation of British authors. A couple of years ago, our son married a wonderful woman who is England-born; she came to this country from South Africa, bringing with her that beautiful English accent and quite a number of words, phrases and spellings that are much more familiar to me now. Besides that, the books are just doggone good. As always, "Spider" Shepherd must deal with the issue of whether the end justifies the means. For the most part, the ex-SAS trooper, who's now working as an undercover agent for the United Kingdom's Serious Organized Crime Unit, believes it does. He's killed people in the line of duty, yes, but in all cases they were dangerous men who had, and would have continued to murder others had Shepherd not taken them out. Sometimes, though he's asked to get close to someone who most likely isn't guilty of anything; once he's obtained the information he and his superiors need, he must betray that confidence. In this case, it's a beautiful widow who is suspected of killing men who murdered her husband several years earlier - or at the very least arranging for their demise. In part because Shepherd, a widower with a young son, has come close to falling in love with her, he finds the betrayal harder to swallow than usual. As all this is happening, a secondary plot has Shepherd's female SOCU supervisor and a top CIA officer in danger as Muslim terrorists seek to kill them as payback for the murder of one of the terrorists' sons. When they somewhat inadvertently learn of their connection to the unknown-to-them Shepherd, his life, and his son and au pair, are in jeopardy as well. This one kept me turning the pages almost without stopping, continuing the trend of the series getting better as the books go along. Kudos!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    The 5th book of the Dan Shepherd series by Stephen Leather. Another actioned packed story that in my opinion did not reach the same level as the previous four but was very close. The series continues to develop and the characters get stronger and stronger giving the reader extra enjoyment and interest. The main Dan Shepherd was an instant success in the first novel but other characters are becoming more interesting as you get deeper into the series. Now 5 books in there are at least 6 other strong The 5th book of the Dan Shepherd series by Stephen Leather. Another actioned packed story that in my opinion did not reach the same level as the previous four but was very close. The series continues to develop and the characters get stronger and stronger giving the reader extra enjoyment and interest. The main Dan Shepherd was an instant success in the first novel but other characters are becoming more interesting as you get deeper into the series. Now 5 books in there are at least 6 other strong characters that have grown and could easily be used more prominently in the series. The books are well written and excellently paced and keep the reader wanting more. I am again tempted to start reading the next book in the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    John

    Love Stephen Leather and his creation "Spider". Not the best of his books, but good all the same - if you like this sort of thing, of course.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ray

    A great mystery. Will be adding more of Stephen Leather's books to my reading list in the future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Thoroughly enjoyed my first taste of this author, I look forward to reading more of Dan 'Spider' Shepherd in the future!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Geoff Woodland

    Well plotted – enjoyable story that built up to the climax – stayed awake to too long as I wanted to know the ending - Mr Leather never fails to produce the goods

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Excellent Book, Well Written. Great Suspense!

  12. 5 out of 5

    David

    Fast and furious, just as I like a book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Best Dan Shepherd book yet. I enjoyed the moral dilemmas which were core to the book. Would have liked to have seen Spider doing a bit more fighting but that's the only criticism.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ElaineY

    REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; OCTOBER 22, 2018 Narrator: Cornelius Garrett Well-plotted and fast-moving, except for a few parts that contained the characters' political rants which are probably the writer's own. I'm not interested in politics so the premise of this installment revolving around the IRA's shenanigans leave me cold. There is a second threat, as stated in the book's blurb - the Islamic terrorist one. These two threads are nicely woven though separate and we see Spider as he goes about resolvin REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; OCTOBER 22, 2018 Narrator: Cornelius Garrett Well-plotted and fast-moving, except for a few parts that contained the characters' political rants which are probably the writer's own. I'm not interested in politics so the premise of this installment revolving around the IRA's shenanigans leave me cold. There is a second threat, as stated in the book's blurb - the Islamic terrorist one. These two threads are nicely woven though separate and we see Spider as he goes about resolving both, the Islamic one leaving Spider in a position that, I believe, sets him up for the future books as a covert operative for a black ops organization. I enjoyed this installment except for the parts about Irish politics. Narration-wise, I had a hard time distinguishing between Charlie Button and Spider as Garrett does not give any differentiation between his characters. This made it hard to follow the dialogue, at times.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bev Taylor

    when justice fails, revenge is the only option ...... dan shepherd is a former sas trooper now working undercover which means he sees little of his son who is looked after by an au pair he is called to belfast to try and get some answers from the widow of a r u c officer, carter, who was murdered by the ira. the 5 killers r free under the good friday agreement but somebody is taking them out so far 4 have been killed in an identical fashion to carter. is it the widow, is she paying an assassin ? when justice fails, revenge is the only option ...... dan shepherd is a former sas trooper now working undercover which means he sees little of his son who is looked after by an au pair he is called to belfast to try and get some answers from the widow of a r u c officer, carter, who was murdered by the ira. the 5 killers r free under the good friday agreement but somebody is taking them out so far 4 have been killed in an identical fashion to carter. is it the widow, is she paying an assassin ? it seems too much of a co-incidence and dan has to try and find the truth added to this is a contract out on the lives of 2 of his bosses and that gets personal when they target his house. how did they find it ? there r no easy solutions in the war against terrorism once again the author has done his homework and your head will be reeling with facts about n.i. great characterisation and a quick read just one question - he never did any grocery shopping .... ?! bev

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nabarun

    Yet another cracker from Stephen Leather, a straight 5 star this time. I was complaining after reading the last book that Stephen is losing his edge. But what a turnaround in this book. Back in '94, five masked men forced their way into the home of a RUC police officer in Belfast and execute him in front of his wife and kid. Recently, under the Good Friday agreement, those who were in jail for this crime have been set free. But one by one, the five men are being hunted down and executed in exact Yet another cracker from Stephen Leather, a straight 5 star this time. I was complaining after reading the last book that Stephen is losing his edge. But what a turnaround in this book. Back in '94, five masked men forced their way into the home of a RUC police officer in Belfast and execute him in front of his wife and kid. Recently, under the Good Friday agreement, those who were in jail for this crime have been set free. But one by one, the five men are being hunted down and executed in exactly the same manner the RUC officer was killed. Suspicion for this crime falls on the widow of the police officer and Shepherd is sent under cover to get close to her and expose her as the killer, if she is committing those murders. This is a different case for Spider. He is generally sent to bring down criminal gangs or syndicates but this is the first time when he has to work on a woman who can be not guilty of any crime. Meanwhile, a powerful man in the Arab world has been given information that says Shepherd`s boss Charlotte Button and they American CIA spook, Richard Yokely are responsible for the death of two of his sons (as detailed in the last book). The Arab has taken out a contract on them, and is willing to pay whatever it takes. Shepherd is brought into the picture on this situation and he finds it becoming personal. But he must find out just how far he is willing to go to protect Charlie and those he cares about. This book throws in a few new angles of Spider. He enters into sexual relationship with the girl whom he is supposed to potentially catch for all crimes she is committing. At the same time, she has to protect Button against the Arab assassin. This turn personal when the assassin sends another hitman to kill Spider's family but they are saved by Spider's ex-SAS friends. And finally he saves Charlie from the assassin but not before the assassin kills Charlie's husband at their residence. Brilliant book, my faith and excitement installed back again in the Spider franchisee and series and now waiting to start the next (book 6) in the Spider series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sue Morcumb

    Another well written and enjoyable book by Stephen Leather, he must do a lot of research to put so many details into his books to make them realistic and I do enjoy his style of writing, I have just finished Book 5 and it was a great story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat, and it is nice that Dan Shepherd (Spider) gets recognition for his good work and achievements, he is a good all-round man with conscience and morals which I like in a story and as a man dest Another well written and enjoyable book by Stephen Leather, he must do a lot of research to put so many details into his books to make them realistic and I do enjoy his style of writing, I have just finished Book 5 and it was a great story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat, and it is nice that Dan Shepherd (Spider) gets recognition for his good work and achievements, he is a good all-round man with conscience and morals which I like in a story and as a man destined to have to certain deeds, he thinks about it before he acts, great stories and I love them, keep writing your books, I am now starting Book 6

  18. 4 out of 5

    David Morgan

    Brilliant just bloody amazing Brilliant just gets better and better,,, when you read the first book and then you go into second, third you start to think how can they get better but this author never fails to impress me with these types of book/author is just gets better and better,, I can't wait to read more from this author he's in a class of its own....

  19. 4 out of 5

    Danni The Girl

    I love the Dan Shepard books. This one still has a really good story line but there was too much waffle that just wasn't relevant and you could easily skip over. The characters repeated themselves a lot as well which became a little boring. The action parts are really good and well written for those as well. I will keep reading this series but so far this was my least favourite one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pete

    An entertaining novel with some strong subplots and interesting characters. The pacing seemed a bit rushed at the end. There was a philosophical discussion about morality between Dan Shepherd and a psychologist which was particularly good. The Bradford twins provided a nice touch of humor. If your a fan of the political intrigue genre you won't be disappointed with this.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Richard Outram

    Spider is undercover in Northern Ireland this time. The author is really hitting his stride now with this character and had me holding my breath again. Multiple plot lines that all come together to make a terrific read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    J C

    Stephen Leather is one of my favourite writers for a reason, and this is a perfect example of why. Despite having a slightly slow start, this book captivated me, asked hard questions and entertained all in equal measure. Once I picked this up, I didn't put it down. As usual for Leather, a brilliant Four Stars Plot: Four Stars As I said earlier, this book does start off a little bit slow, mainly because he spent too much time setting it all up, with the vengeful saudi and the IRA event at the begi Stephen Leather is one of my favourite writers for a reason, and this is a perfect example of why. Despite having a slightly slow start, this book captivated me, asked hard questions and entertained all in equal measure. Once I picked this up, I didn't put it down. As usual for Leather, a brilliant Four Stars Plot: Four Stars As I said earlier, this book does start off a little bit slow, mainly because he spent too much time setting it all up, with the vengeful saudi and the IRA event at the beginning. Too much time was spent building it up, and there was too little Shepherd for me to enjoy. And admittedly I only carried on because I knew what Shepherd could produce and knew that the great parts were just around the corner, and boy were they. It managed to infuse intrigue and action with human emotions and the usual difficult questions, all of which make for a heady addictive mix. This is what sets these books above all the rest; the questions. This book oozes realism, so real in fact that it drives home the frightening reality of the world we live in. Other books seem fantastical, and you can banish the terrorists and assassins to the back of your mind as part of this world the author has made up. With this book, this series in fact, Leather drives home the fact that while this exact story was fiction, it was very much based in the real world, where there are people capable, and willing, of doing the things within. Not only that, but the whole thing was very informative as well. But not in a stuffy classroom kinda of way, more in a... you are so addicted you just pick things up as you go along. The realism and the information merged with the amazing plot, action and intrigue meant that this book felt gritty, real and exceedingly entertaining. Another great plot by Leather. Characters: Four Stars Once again, this is one of the areas where Leather excels. The realism is not confined only to the plot, but is a part of the character too. These don't feel like characters created for a plot, but more like real people influencing the plot because of who they are, developing because of it and allowing us a real, tangible human connection. Shepherd himself was, as always, a great character. We have gotten to know him well over the last few books, and this book only further developed him. His relationship with Elaine, the morals he faces in going against someone he thinks is morally, if not legally, correct, and how he deal with how his work effects the life of his son are all so tangible, real and moving. He, alone, adds so much depth and humanity to the series. But he isn't the only one. In the past I have found Button to be somewhat... vague. That came with who she is of course, but in this book she was a revelation. We got to know her in great depth, got to know her family, history, ideals and motives. What happens to her is amazingly done, and really helps define and develop her as a character - as well as further bonding her to Dan as his boss. The rest of the back up cast were also brilliantly done. Dan's son, the two men protecting him, Katra, the commander, Elaine, Elaine's copper friend... all of them, so well crafted and done that I wouldn't be that surprised if they were real people, he had drafted into his story. All of them so real. And with character like this, with a plot like this, you become so involved; you become addicted to the action, yes, but you also get emotionally involved with them. At the end of the book, what passes between Elaine and Dan is heart wrenching and really brings home the realism of the world, the hardships it entails and so much more. This is so much more true because of the depth of relationship that lead up to it, their realism made the connections so real, so the ending... without wanting to give anything away... was really..., well, not shocking, but real, harsh and yes, shocking. And this was only one of the relationships... all of them were all equally well developed. [And by relationship, I mean the connection between two characters - it is not solely, as some believe, a romantic term]. Writing: Four Stars Once again, this writing is superb. Bar the rocky beginning, where too much time was spent on building up the context, this was another masterpiece of writing. There were no jarring moments, the plot moved superbly, the dialogue was great and in general, it was entertaining. It took a hold of you, gave you a thrilling but shockingly real ride, and then dumped you at the end wondering what the hell just happened. Amazing writing ability. Overview: Four Stars This is a just the perfect example of why I love this author. He manages to combine blockbuster action, intrigue and human connection with a gritty, stark world which drives home the reality of the world we truly inhabit. Coming out of this book you feel entertained, yes, but also startlingly aware that this wasn't fiction as per se. This book could easily be reality. In many ways that can be scary - you can't just ignore it as fiction - but in others, it is... well, something else. Have Fun Reading.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lysa Nevill

    Great read Another fantastic read. It's a can't put down once you've started book. I will be reading the whole series consecutively

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gordon Davie

    Decent thriller with a good couple of plot lines. Second book I've read by this author. Would read more, very easy to read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Good read!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Great series edge of my seat Nice to see more of Charlotte Button Highly recommend

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Priest

    Another great read 👍

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paul Jones

    Brilliant read

  29. 4 out of 5

    mark andrews

    Great story with a number of twists and turns. The main character is likeable and fills out with background details. Look forward to catching up on the other books in the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gwen Samson

    Fantastic adventure This book is well worth it's 5 stars. Fast reading several plots at the same time. Love it but hate it Mr Leather. I lost sleep because I could not put it down. As for Spider what will he be up to next.

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