Review of “The Sandpit”


“The Sandpit” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Stephen Leather ( Mr. Leather has nearly 50 publications.

I received a galley of this novel for review through I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set mostly in the Middle East. The primary character is Dan “Spider” Shepherd.

This story does a flashback to when Shepherd is a member of a British SAS team sent into Afghanistan to train rebel fighters to battle the Taliban. The team must infiltrate as quietly as they can then follow a local fighter and his colleagues to their mountain village.

Shepherd and his team train the fighters and are involved in more than one confrontation with the Taliban or their supporters.

I enjoyed the just shy of 5 hours I spent reading this 246 page Thriller novel (novella?). I liked the view into the Middle East from the perspective of the SAS, and I liked the character of Spider Shepherd. While this is not the first Spider Shepherd story, it read well as a stand-alone book. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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