The ninth book in the bestselling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series.
The most wanted man in the world is dead. Now those loyal to him seek revenge.
When Navy Seals track down and kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, it's obvious there was a traitor on the inside. After the false friends are revealed to be two British students, Malik and Chaudhry - former Islamic fundamentalists recruited by MI5 - they become targets themselves.
Dan 'Spider' Shepherd must teach the pair how to survive undercover with al-Qaeda closing in. But Spider is not used to playing the handler. And with the line between mentor and friend beginning to blur, and a terrorist plot putting thousands of lives at stake, can he protect everyone before it's too late?
About the Author
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. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country's most successful ebook authors and his titles have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages and he has also written for television.
You can learn more from Stephen's website, www.stephenleather.com, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather.
Stephen also has a website for his Spider Shepherd series, www.danspidershepherd.com, and for his Jack Nightingale series, www.jacknightingale.com.
What People are Saying About This
"The story builds to a boil . . . It’s a grand finale that’ll have readers on edge. Nicely, and seemingly effortlessly, done." —Kirkus Reviews on Cold Kill
"Leather has a gift for making pages fly by as bodies pile up, tension builds, and clues drop; effective, economical characterizations . . . captivate readers without hampering the rapid-fire narrative." —Publishers Weekly on The Tunnel Rats
"The story moves along at a decent pace; the plot line is engaging; and the characters are well drawn." — Blogcritics.org
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
False Friends by Stephen Leather is a fic­tional book in the Dan Shep­herd series. This is the 9th book in the series, but can be read as a stand­alone book. Two Eng­lish cit­i­zens of Pak­istani descent, Malik and Chaudhry, are both­ered with the ter­ror­ism activ­i­ties done in the name of their reli­gion. Dream­ing of careers in med­i­cine and hos­pi­tal­ity they help MI5 with infor­ma­tion which leads to the assas­si­na­tion of Bin-laden. Al-Qaeda real­ize that there is a trai­tor in their mist and, while try­ing to plan a mas­sive ter­ror plot in the UK the orga­ni­za­tion involves the infor­mants. Shep­herd is the han­dler of Malik and Chaun­dhry, he must help them keep their cool until the plot is foiled. False Friends by Stephen Leather was my first Dan Shep­herd book and it was a pleas­ant sur­prise. Even though I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, it did not inter­fere with this story. The author, through his char­ac­ters, really doesn't like the US, espe­cially its pol­i­tics and actions as a coun­try. Those parts are not com­fort­able to read, but as a fol­lower of cur­rent events I am well aware how the US is viewed in many parts of the world so it was no sur­prise to see so in print (again). The author also gives voice to sev­eral mod­er­ate Mus­lims, many which exist, to counter the extreme Mus­lim voices we hear on a reg­u­lar base. The story moves along at a descent pace and the plot line is engag­ing and the char­ac­ters are well drawn. I’m sure Shepherd’s char­ac­ter has evolved over the series, but I did not feel that I missed out on any­thing. The char­ac­ters of the Pak­istani inform­ers are espe­cially well thought out, both are from good fam­i­lies and faith­ful to their Mus­lim beliefs, but can­not jus­tify the acts com­mit­ted in their names. One of the strengths of this book, I found, is that the char­ac­ters felt real. The way they talked and acted seemed nat­ural to their fic­tional iden­ti­ties, Leather goes into details about under­cover assign­ments, not the daily drudge, but the psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age done to a per­son and his/hers fam­i­lies when liv­ing a lie day after day. There has been a bit of con­tro­versy in the book­ish world with this book. It seems that Mr. Leather set up false accounts on book­ish web­sites to give him­self good reviews and cre­ate a buzz. I can assure you that this review is not one of them. False Friends is not a bad book by any means, there are other ways to cre­ate buzz (blog tours, etc.) which are both afford­able and cre­ate legit­i­mate buzz around a book from trust­wor­thy sources. This is a descent book which can stand alone on its own mer­its, there was no need to go to such lengths.