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The Tunnel Rats

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  272 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Two gruesome murders have occurred, and both victims have an ace of spades impaled on their chests.It is detective Nick Wright who, hunting for a motive, must return to Vietnam to unearth the secrets of the past. ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published November 1st 2004)
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Stephen Leather is up there with one of my favourite authors, if not THE favourite. As much as I love his Dan Shepherd novels, there's something about his earlier work with his stories based in Asia that really excite me, and this one was no different. A great read!
I like a good stand-alone book, and this was worthy of a 3 1/2 rating, voting 4 to give the benefit of the doubt. I enjoyed the story and liked Stephen's knowledge or research in order to make the music scenes very detailed.

The problems lie in the charcterisation, mainly with the main investigating officer. Not only was he too naive and inexperienced to have been sent on an international investigation, without back up or reporting his whereabouts, but also in the fact that, maybe due to the nar
Nick Longley
Pretty poor example of Stephen Leather's writing. The main protagonist, Nick Wright, is pretty dull and boring and the storyline is not great
May 02, 2011 Mumma added it
a story that you will keep you wanting to keep turning the pages, set in Vietnam. a good read.
Amanda Patterson
Vietnam as you wish it wasn't. Taut, terrifying.Well written.
The most brilliant book and I rate him the best author
The Cats Mother
One of his earlier standalone thrillers featuring English transport policeman Nick Wright (and his alcoholic partner Tommy Reid, yes really) investigating the gruesome murder of an American in an abandoned railway tunnel in London. A second murder in Bangkok links the deaths to a group of Vietnam veterans who worked as Tunnel Rats, one of whom is about to become Vice-President of the USA and cannot have their secret revealed, so he sends a mercenary to take care of any revelations. The first thi ...more
This was the first book I read on my new Kindle, and it was probably because it was a cheap, or free book. The storyline initially was good, and the premise was promising, but... (you knew one was coming, right?) it was just annoying how the main character just didn't seem to act like a police officer should. I simply couldn't buy in to the storyline as a consequence. That said, I did find the descriptive parts of the book good, I could imagine in my mind's eye the various surroundings, so that ...more
Pankaj Verma
interesting and pacy but boring in parts
main protagonist is always reflecting on his divorce.
though the concept of and achieving revenge is interesting
Jim McGowan
This is the first book I've read by this author, and it was an OK read. The story was interesting and the plot had a few twists that kept it engaging. However, I found the characters to be a little flat; and I never really had much empathy for the main protagonist. Worth a read if you are into crimey thrillers, but don't believe the marketing: it is not as good as McNab!
There are two problem with this. One is that the the reason for the "rats" to return to the scene of the crime is far too weak to stand up. It wouldn't even have been considered. The other is Wright's "problem" which is badly developed and unbelievable as it stands.
This is not Leather's best work. An editor should have taken him to task.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it has well developed and believable characters and the some good unpredictable plot twists. The descriptions of the Viet Cong tunnels was very well done and puts you right there in the midst of the action. A very good read
Marize De Klerk
Actually found it very interesting.......good insight of the way things happenend - enjoyed this one
Janey Rosen
Another excellent read. Once I start Mr Leather's books I simply cannot put them down.
Good Book; suspenseful & Gripping
Thoroughly enjoyable read.
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Stephen Leather was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series. For much of 2011 his self-published eBooks - including The Bestsell ...more
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