Welcome to my stop on the blog tour! I’m thrilled to share my review today of End Game by Matt Johnson!
Robert Finlay seems to have finally left his SAS past behind him and is settled into his new career as a detective. But when the girlfriend of his former SAS colleague and close friend Kevin Jones is murdered, it’s clear that Finlay’s troubles are far from over. Jones is arrested for the killing, but soon escapes from jail, and Finlay is held responsible for the breakout. Suspended from duty and sure he’s being framed too, our hero teams up with MI5 agent Toni Fellowes to find out who’s behind the conspiracy. Their quest soon reveals a plot that goes to the very heart of the UK’s security services. End Game, the final part in the critically acclaimed Robert Finlay trilogy, sees our hero in an intricately plotted and terrifyingly fast-paced race to uncover the truth and escape those who’d sooner have him dead than be exposed.
It’s with some sadness that I write this review because End Game is the conclusion to what has been a fantastic series. I love this series for introducing me to a memorable new character in Robert Finley and for providing me with hours of entertainment. End Game can be read as a standalone but if you’re only just discovering the works of Matt Johnson, I urge you to start at the beginning because then you’ll be treated to the full force of this unforgettable series!
End Game is as fast-paced as they come. Continuously I found myself reading for what felt like mere moments, only to look up and find that hours had passed me by.
Something I love about Matt’s books is how important the emotional core is. His books aren’t just about the action, the guns and the investigation, they’re about characters – who feel as if they are about to leap from the page – about their lives, their families, their hopes and fears. And the dangers that threaten them. Robert has just welcomed a little girl into the world and you can really feel his love for his family ripple across the page. It’s astounding, the way Matt Johnson seamlessly blends these two elements!
Another factor I have to mention in this review is how real End Game feels to the reader. It’s author is an ex-soldier and Metropolitan Police Officer and all of his experience is harboured in these pages. It lends the book a real authenticity! It almost feel as if you are walking in Robert’s footsteps. Every danger is not only a risk to him but to you also, every worry and fear and piece of the puzzle affects you as well as him. it’s shocking and thrilling and so, so emotional.
End Game is the conclusion to what has been a wonderful series. I couldn’t have enjoyed these books more than I did. And I hope we’ll have another series from Matt Johnson very soon.
Thrilling. Absorbing. Emotional.
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About Matt Johnson:
Matt Johnson served as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer for twenty-five years. Blown off his feet at the London Baltic Exchange bombing in 1993, and one of the first police officers on the scene of the 1982 Regent’s Park bombing, Matt was also at the Libyan People’s Bureau shooting in 1984 where he escorted his mortally wounded friend and colleague, Yvonne Fletcher, to hospital. Hidden wounds took their toll. In 1999, Matt was discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism. One evening, Matt sat at his computer and started to weave these notes into a work of fiction that he described as having a tremendously cathartic effect on his own condition. His bestselling thriller, Wicked Game, which was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, was the result. Deadly Game and now End Game, the final book in the Robert Finlay series, once again draw on Matt’s experiences and drips with the same raw authenticity of its predecessor.
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Huge thanks to Karen and Anne for my review copy and for including me on the blog tour!