by Stephen Leather
Reviewed by David Savage
True Colours by Stephen Leather is a gripping, thrilling British thriller in the Spider Shepherd series.
Russian billionaires, or oligarchs, are being targeted and killed. One man, a friend of the British Prime Minister, is afraid and brings in MI5 to help him. Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is giving the undercover task of protecting the Russian. The motive for the killings seems more personal than political and the fight is one to save the life of the billionaire as the assassin is sure to strike again, the question is when and how.
Meanwhile, a man from his SAS days is photographed by accident in a newspaper and brings back memories of how he was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2002. Shepherd and his old unit decide that there should be payback for what this man did and start the hunt to find him and give him the punishment he deserves.
Overall, True Colours is an excellent fast-paced thriller that grips you from the start. It is also very relevant to today’s political environment and extremely well-written. The book covers 2 storylines – one of personal protection of one of the world’s richest men and one of revenge after 10 years. But is everything as it seems? You will just have to read the book to find out!
I enjoyed this book immensely and could not put it down, it took me just over a day to read the 472 pages.
A great, thrilling and enjoyable read that is well-written with some great characters.
True Colours is available to buy from 18 July 2013 from Hodder & Stoughton here,