The eighth book in the bestselling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series.
Kidnapping is one of the cruellest crimes - lives are put at risk for cold, hard cash. But when Somali pirates seize the crew of a yacht off the coast of Africa, they bite off more than they can chew.
One of the hostages has friends in high places and Spider Shepherd is put on the case. He goes deep undercover in an audacious plan to bring an end to the pirate gang's reign of terror.
But as Shepherd closes in on his quarry he realises that there's much more at stake than the lives of the hostages and that the pirates are involved in a terrorist plot that will strike at the heart of London.
When intelligence agencies get their wires crossed in Leather's middling eighth action thriller featuring superhuman British spook Spider Shepherd (after 2010's Rough Justice), Shepherd is forced to blow his cover inside a radical Irish terrorist cell to save another agent's life. But the shadowy operative, who's troubled by the limited time his job allows him with his teenage son, doesn't have much time to brood. Concerns that an insider may be feeding information to Somali pirates linked to terrorists lead to an undercover assignment inside a British shipping company. When pirates in the Persian Gulf seize Katie Cranham, a goddaughter of the British prime minister, and hold her for ransom, Shepherd finds himself playing a key role in a daredevil rescue mission. Predictable twists, a psychologically thin lead, and a plot in which only bad guys die make for a disappointing read.