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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?

©2012 Stephen Leather (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Not nearly as good as others

What was most disappointing about Stephen Leather’s story?

Way too black and white. Shepard is the only smart guy on the team. His moral opinions are without nuance and contradictory. He is furious with the fact than osama is killed but later berates the Americans for risking soldiers lives by not simply bombing the place.<br/><br/>In other books his treatment of terrorism and the English/Irish conflict is substantially more nuanced. If I'd wanted superman, I'd have bought a comic book.

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  • Lisa
  • 07-20-13

its like he was actually there.

Where does False Friends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this is one of the best listens so far.

What did you like best about this story?

the explanation of muslim faith.

What does Paul Thornley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I love paul thornley;s voice. good accents. they take the listerner to the right place & time.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

false friends betrail at its best

Any additional comments?

great read/listen

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  • Daniela
  • 06-10-13

Eye opening

Loved the story, found the plot intriguing if a little unbelievable. Not sure the back story of Bin Laden added much, but hey what do I now. I enjoyed it and if you like this genre then go for it, I don't think you will be disappointed. Excellent narration.

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  • Nick T
  • 04-08-13

Hypocritical

Many books in this genre seem to have slightly dubious undercurrents and this is no exception. It starts off with noble enough sentiments (the British way is not to gun down unarmed terrorists) but by the end this message has not merely been lost but completely reversed. The two muslim boys are sympathetically treated and well drawn together with their backgrounds. I'm afraid to say that everyone else in this novel is very two dimensional.

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  • seagull
  • 03-31-13

Another great Read In The Spider Shepherd Series

The 9th and (at the time of review) most recent in the Dan "Spider" Shepherd series by Stephen Leather and it's another great read. If you enjoy undercover espionage/crime/terrorist styled thrillers then this series is for you. You don't have to have read any of the previous books to enjoy this but as someone who has it does further my enjoyment as previous characters pop up. Razor Sharp is back in this story as Shepherd's side kick and it's like being reunited with an old friend. This, like the vast majority of Leather's books, is highly recommended.

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  • taluth
  • 04-13-13

GRIPPING READ

A fantastic book in the series,i have read all previous books and i think this is another great read the auther has really bought together modern day terrorist issues into the book gripping at times and great characters and a fantastic narator reading the book definatly a 10 out of 10 book and would highly reccomend it cant wait for the the next read.

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  • Woodster
  • 02-18-17

Great listen 👂🏼

Dan Shepherd is the man 👊🏼💥as Stephen Leather, a great listen and Paul Thornley's narration makes for an even better experience, he truly captures each character with his voices

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  • Keith penaluna
  • 09-29-16

excellent audio book

loved it very good and compelling listening keeps you wanting more from an excellent character

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  • Al
  • 05-26-16

Well read great book

Another great book. One of the best in the series. Keep en coming. On to the next.

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  • Janice
  • 03-08-15

Stephen Leather at his best

This story is along the lines of the other Dan Shepherd books, Spider is working on two cases in tandem. This time he's "minding" two Muslim men who working undercover for MI5 and trying to keep them safe, as well as playing the part of an arms dealer. The book is brought to life brilliantly by Paul Thornley's narration.

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  • C. Logan
  • 09-15-13

Good Story

What made the experience of listening to False Friends the most enjoyable?

Good story, well written and easy to listen to. Well researched.

What does Paul Thornley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Does a good jobs of giving the characters life and feelings.

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  • Justin Jamieson
  • 11-04-16

was good

I did notice a slip by the narrator towards the end, he said 'Nightingale' which is a character from Leathers other series.....but other than that it was great.....surprised they missed it!