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Publisher's Summary

On their first day of training with the Metropolitan Police, new recruits Jamie, Bunny, and Tina are asked to join a team of undercover detectives, a secret unit involved in the long-term penetration of criminal gangs. Their target? One of the world’s biggest drug dealers: Den Donovan, alias "Tango One".

To close in on their quarry, the three must go back into the outside world and become criminals themselves. But someone within the Met is pursuing an alternative agenda. Someone who has deliberately put their lives on the line.…

©2002 Stephen Leather (P)2002 Isis Publishing Ltd

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How the wealthy beneficiaries of crime behave!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Some of the dialogue between charactgers is irritating, with Tango One in particular often ending his statements with yeah?

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Leather again?

Yes> I am a Stephen Leather fan, having read all of the Dan Shepherd series so far released and several other titles.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I might have enjoyed this book more if it had been read by Paul thornely, who is the master of the Stephen Leather novels and short stories.

Any additional comments?

The book offered so much, and although the story line is acceptable, I don't regard this as Stephen Leather's best offering. I might have enjoyed this more if the dialogue was more natural, and the audio publishers had chosen a better narrator.

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Another great read from Stephen Leather

Would you consider the audio edition of Tango One to be better than the print version?

For me yes, my eyesights getting worse and its was great to sit back on my sofa and soak it up. The narrator was very good and I got a real sense of the characters and the atmosphere of the action.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well Den Donavan the protagonist of course the lovable villain, who wouldn't want to be him?

Have you listened to any of Stephen Greif’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes the tension between Den and his son, Leather describes it very well very realistic and any single father will feel that lump in his throat

Any additional comments?

Read my first Stephen Leather book over 20 years ago, after I met him in Thailand, read most of his novels, in fact read the paper back version of this years ago, I just heard they're making Tango One into a movie, so wanted to read it again before the movie comes out.

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  • Janice
  • 01-26-14

Compulsive listening

Stephen Leather at his best. Three would-be police recruits, instead of going off on their first day of training at Hendon college, are persuaded to live a different life and act as undercover agents to pin down a wanted drug dealer, otherwise known as Tango One. Although the story may be far-fetched, it's compelling and so compulsive that I couldn't switch off for the last two and a half hours as I had to know how it ended! The narrator really helped it along and handled the various accents professionally.Great entertainment!

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  • Mr.
  • 09-08-17

Love it. Heard this twice great story and twists

Would definitely recommend this. Best of his books by far. Couldn't turn it off. Well done!

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  • Ms. M. S. O'neill
  • 03-13-18

Done it again Leather smashed it😁

Great story with a different twist. Another book I didn't want to end. Love the characters and the reader gave them personalities. Could really see a second book at least in this series.....

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  • shaun simon
  • 03-08-18

Never heard of Stephen Leather. Wish I had before!

After steaming though all the novels of my favourite crime authors I had to try a series of an author i had no knowledge of for ky commute.

After deciding to give this book a try initially it was hard to get into purely by virtue of me waiting eagerly for my pre-released books to come out and sometimes it takes a while to adjust to a new author as i block read books by author.

So glad i stuck it out. Book was fantastic. Never did it get too frantic. Every minute of the story my interest was kept. The pace of the storywas just incredible. Much enjoyed, good characters, loved Donovan. Good narration. Going to put other my pre-orders on the backburner and enjoy the books written by Leather. One happy listener.

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  • Paul
  • 11-18-17

wow!!!!

awsome book great story narrated perfectly. by far the best audible book I have purchased.

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  • Chris P
  • 11-01-17

compulsive listen

Really enjoyed this, looked forwards to my commute to get the next instalment. Highly recommended.

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  • mitchell
  • 07-16-17

fantastic

super story. great narration. Good guys are bad guys. bad guys are gòod guys. superb

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  • Mr Rose
  • 01-28-17

Tango One

I found it took a while to get into this book but when I did I was worth the purchase. A strong story a bit slow at times but very enjoyable

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  • Jholmes
  • 01-06-17

Engrossing

Without doubt one of his best
I have enjoyed most of his books for different reasons, but this has it all. The main delight was never being quite sure where the plot was leading, or what the outcome would be.
Imaginative narrative, and characters that all contributed to a well crafted plot that continues to build the tension right to the end.

Difficult to beat this one for entertainment

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  • charlie
  • 08-17-16

Good book no wonder they're making a movie

Where does Tango One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up there

Any additional comments?

Gripping Leather is so good at taking you along at a fast pace through several channels at a time with very believable characters