Saturday, August 21, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Just got this - Mats/Matz needs my help!

Hello I guess you did receive my short note i did some little traveling that got me into mess to the extent that i misplace all my belongings;my passport,my money and my traveling documents,i came here to Africa Nigeria for a program i need to attend urgently and on my way back to the airport i was robbed and i got all my valuables am seeking your sincere help as soon as possible as i need to return back home with the next available flight which happens to leave in few hours,Am now in the Nigerian state embassy where a consular is trying to help me solve my problems but i need some money to do this,please i will need you to borrow me some amount of money till i return back home?The money i need is abit much but i can easily refund back with interest first thing when i get back home but if you cant come up with all the fund needed please let me know the initial amount you can help me with(The money i need is 2500 usd to foot all this bills,according to
the consular i will be getting a new passport,few documents and a return ticket back home),if you are willing to assist me please help me locate a western union money transfer or a good bank that operate western union and wire the fund to my stated information below.

Receivers Name:Mats Lindberg
Address: NO 24,ago palace road,adekunle close
City: Isolo Lagos
Zip Code: 23401
Country: Nigeria

After the fund is been sent,please provide me with details to receive the fund,mtcn number,the stated amount been sent,senders first name and second name,text question and answers,the stated address where the fund is been sent.Please email me back to let me know if your receive my urgent message am under a serious pressure now as everything is kind of complicating,i will be waiting to hear back from you.

You may have a wonderful day...I will have one...Matz

Great Reviews On Amazon!

Just had some great reviews go up on Amazon, which has cheered me up. I'm 37,000 words into the new Spider Shepherd book and feeling the pressure! I join my cargo boat in Malaysia on Saturday and hope to be writing at full speed while I'm at sea!

I'm also writing a travel piece for the Daily Mail about people who holiday on cargo ships!

Stephen Leather - Rough Justice, 18 Aug 2010
By Mr. Gordon Mclaren - See all my reviews

This review is from: Rough Justice (Dan Shepherd Mystery) (Paperback)
Delivered on launch day and wasn't disappointed. Have read all Stephen Leather's books and this like the others gets your attention from the first page and keeps you highly engaged to the very last. One of the best thriller writers in the business, though feel his earlier works such as The Chinaman and The Double Tap were his finest to date.

Excellent Contemporary Novel, 17 Aug 2010
By merlin57 - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rough Justice (Dan Shepherd Mystery) (Paperback)
I have read everything Stephen Leather has written. I very much enjoyed his earlier novels which were mostly set in the Far East and obviously benefited from his knowledge of the countries in question.
The Dan Shepherd series has occasionally struck me as being rather generic, though generally superior to other authors working in this area. What sets them apart for me is the character of Shepherd, who is far more developed than is normal in this type of book. His family situation continually causes him to question whether he is making the right decisions, and he frequently finds himself in a quandary as to who exactly the "Bad Guys" are. This is particularly evident here, where Shepherd's sympathies (and, one senses, Leather's)are often with the people he is trying to hunt down.
This is a powerful and well-crafted book, for me the best of the series,which gives quite a chilling portrayal of contemporary Britain and the ease with which the country has surrendered to those whose values would threaten it. As one who left the UK in 2004, Leather's books provide me with an often frightening update on what has happened since.

My copy of the book includes the first 2 chapters of "Nightfall" which marks another departure for the author and the introduction of an impressive new character opeating in a different world entirely.....I suggest you buy that one too!

rough justice, 16 Aug 2010
By namnori116 - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rough Justice (Dan Shepherd Mystery) (Paperback)
Great read, typical Leather, just when you wonder where he can take Spider, he produces another blinder. A must for for all Leather/Spider fans.

Monday, August 9, 2010

New Rough Justice Review

Got a great review for Rough Justice in the Lancashire Evening Post, a newspaper I very nearly worked for years ago!

By Pam Norfolk
Published on Mon Aug 09 08:00:00 BST 2010

When you feel the justice system has failed, what do you do?

Shrug your shoulders and accept it ... or take arms and deal out your own version of ‘rough justice.’

Former journalist Stephen Leather is never afraid to tackle the big issues of the day and if his fast-paced, hard-nosed Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd novels enter controversial waters, he is always prepared to go against the flow.

Vigilantism comes under Leather’s discerning eye in Spider’s latest undercover outing with London’s Serious Organised Crime Agency and, as usual, trouble and rebellion are never far away.

Because Spider is not happy about being asked to spy on other cops, even if technically they are villains, and when Spider is not happy, anything can happen...

Over the past year, a dozen or so Yardie gangsters have returned to Jamaica after being tortured and beaten to a pulp but, mysteriously, they never made a word of complaint to the police.

A convicted paedophile has been found strangled under a railways arch, a drug dealer has been set up for murder and some ruthless housebreakers have suffered horrific hand injuries.

All the clues point to Paddington Green’s Territorial Support Group, a special police unit whose remit is to react to violent situations and help reduce crime by supporting local bobbies.

Spider’s boss, Charlotte Button, is convinced that a vigilante group of disillusioned cops is responsible for the attacks and wants Spider to weed them out.

It’s a tough call for Spider because he too is becoming increasingly angry with a criminal justice system that puts pensioners in prison for not paying their council tax while ‘letting murderers and rapists roam the streets.’

Meanwhile, in Northern Ireland, five British soldiers are mown down in a Chinese restaurant by two Real IRA assassins and one of the victims is the nephew of Spider’s old boss from his days as an SAS trooper.

Major Gannon thinks he knows the identity of the killers and he needs Spider to help him track them down and dispense another round of lethal rough justice.

It’s a dangerous, illegal mission that will threaten Spider’s family and could spell the end of his career...

Rough Justice is a top drawer thriller with blood-soaked action, terrifyingly real villains, spine-tingling menace and a pulsating plot with serious ethical issues at its heart.

Another class act from Mr Leather...

(Hodder & Stoughton, hardback, £19.99)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Two New Nightfall Reviews On Amazon

Two new reviews have just gone up on Amazon, a four star (from Kenny G) and a five star (from Simon Hartley)!

Interesting Change!, 4 Aug 2010
By Kenny G (Worcestershire, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Nightfall: v. 1 (Paperback)
As someone who has read more or less everything Stephen Leather has published to date, reading this book was quite a strange experience. There is no doubt that it is a brave move to write something so removed from his usual themes, and in all fairness I think he's done a pretty good job. I certainly enjoyed the book and read it in a couple of days.

I don't see why it is necessary to criticize this book just on the grounds that it's different from the SAS/Hong Kong/Spider Shepherd stuff. If you don't like this sort of book then don't buy it.

In summary, not my favourite Stephen Leather book, but entertaining and well worth a read nonetheless.

And -

Nightfall - fantastic read!, 1 Aug 2010
By Simon Hartley - See all my reviews
This review is from: Nightfall (Paperback)
Nightfall ............ Stephen Leather does it again, fantastic read just couldn't put it down ... more please Stephen!

I'm pleased that Kenny and Simon enjoyed the book, and agree with Kenny that it doesn't make sense to criticise Nightfall because it is different from my regular thrillers.

I really don't understand the reviewers on Amazon who have given Nightfall one-star because they don't like books on the occult! That's like a restaurant reviewer giving a French restaurant a bad review just because they don't like French food!

Anyway, for these readers who only want Spider Shepherd, Rough Justice is on sale now and I think it's the best Spider Shepherd book so far!