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Natural Selection (A Free Spider Shepherd Short Story)
     

Natural Selection (A Free Spider Shepherd Short Story)

2.8 5
by Stephen Leather
 

An action-packed short story featuring Dan “Spider” Shepherd during his days on the SAS selection course. Shepherd is tested to his limits and gets his nickname.

Natural Selection is about 14,000 words, about thirty pages, perfect if you have half an hour to spare.

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers. He was a

Overview

An action-packed short story featuring Dan “Spider” Shepherd during his days on the SAS selection course. Shepherd is tested to his limits and gets his nickname.

Natural Selection is about 14,000 words, about thirty pages, perfect if you have half an hour to spare.

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers. He 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. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shovelled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series. Two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were made into movies.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045354967
Publisher:
Stephen Leather
Publication date:
10/13/2013
Series:
Spider Shepherd Short Stories , #2
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
88,759
File size:
135 KB

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Meet 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 eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. He has sold more than a million eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London’s Burning, The Knock and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website www.stephenleather.com and you can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather

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Natural Selection (A Spider Shepherd Short Story) 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, while the story drops references to SAS training and jungle warfare, withou character development or action the reader is too bored to bother reading more. This could have opened with an action sequence, offered some insight into each character, set up a dramatic conflict, showed some character development, and then offered some resolution. At half way through the 35 pages the reader still doesn't know any more about the characters than at the beginning. At the point the story should be building to a climax, there's been NO action or dramatic suspense. The author seems to have knowledge of authentic details, but without pacing, plot, or character development it doesn't generate enough interest. Too bored to finish this and definitely not saving.
Haziegaze More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Stephen Leather fan and particularly love his character Dan “Spider” Shepherd. This short story introduces “Spider” and, for those of us who are already familiar with him, provides a little insight into his early years during selection for the SAS and the origins of his nickname. For those who aren’t, this short read provides an introduction to a great character and series of books that you will quickly become addicted to. Even though this is a short story, it provides a good indication of the excellent writing style and skills of Stephen as an author and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good action story with great characters. I downloaded this story free and as of today, 31st January 2016, it remains free so give it a go, you have nothing to lose.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't even finish it