Thrilled to bits to welcome you all to my stop on the blog tour for End Game by Matt Johnson! My thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda and Anne Cater for the invitation to join and my review copy!
Author : Matt Johnson
Title : End Game
Series : Robert Finlay #3
Pages : 340
Publisher : Orenda Books
Publication date : February 6, 2018 [ebook]
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 is the third, and sadly also final, instalment in the brilliant Robert Finlay series and what an amazing ride it’s been! Personally, I don’t feel this reads well as a stand-alone as there’s a storyline arc that flows throughout the three books in the series and you’d be missing out on a whole lot of intricacies and details. Besides, these books are so good, you’d be doing yourself a favour by starting at the beginning. Promise!
Robert Finlay’s dreams of a quiet life are once again shattered when his close friend, Kevin Jones, is accused of murder. Someone is obviously out to silence anyone who’s come in contact with a certain document and they will stop at nothing to reach their objective. As the body count rises, will Robert make it out of this end game alive?
Talk about nail-biting suspense! This thriller had me on the edge of my seat throughout. With such a highly complex plot, you’d think you might end up confused at some point but it’s a huge credit to Matt Johnson’s writing that I never once felt lost. End Game is intensely gripping, superbly intelligent and just oozes authenticity. There is no way of knowing who to trust in this murky world of the secret services and I had no idea what the outcome would be.
This fast-paced thriller is a fantastic conclusion to an absolutely brilliant series. Like the previous books, it’s a multi-layered and compelling story of corruption, deceit and the games those in power play. Of course I’m sad to see Robert Finlay’s journey come to an end and I’m going to miss him fiercely. But it has been an absolute privilege to have been a part of it and Matt Johnson has wrapped things up perfectly. So like I said at the start, do yourself a favour, grab yourself a copy and lose yourself in the world of spies. You won’t regret it! And I do so hope there will be more from Matt Johnson in future.
End Game is available in ebook format. The UK Paperback release is set for March 30th.
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 1992, 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. Whilst 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. He has used his detailed knowledge and memory to create what has been described by many readers as a fast paced, exciting and authentic tale of modern day policing.
Matt Johnson is living proof that PTSD is a condition that can be controlled and overcome with the right help and support. He has been described by many fans as an inspiration to fellow sufferers.
A keen biker, Matt rides a ’99 Harley Davidson Fatboy and is patron to the UK based ‘Armed Forces Bikers’ charity.
In his spare time Matt keeps honey bees and produces his own honey. He scuba dives, collects unusual hats and enjoys hill-walking with his three dogs at his home in Wales near the Brecon Beacons.