I am delighted to be sharing m thoughts today on End Game by Matt Johnson. My thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for my copy of this wonderful book and also for my spot on the tour. This is the final book of the trilogy and you can purchase all the books from Amazon UK in either eBook or paperback. BUYING LINK
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.
This is the final instalment in the Robert Finlay series. I do have a little confession here, and please don’t tell anyone, but I have not read any of the other books (hangs head in shame) but I have ordered them (raises head a little higher). When an email from the wonderful Anne Cater dropped in I was not going to say no, reviews from other bloggers about the two previous books were wonderful and glowing, after reading End Game I can absolutely see why.
So to my thoughts, surely the fact that I immediately bought the other two books after finishing this one is testimony as to what I thought. But in case you are not convinced by that…. With any book in a series, characters are important. You follow them as they evolve and grow, you know their back stories, problems and history as well as their interaction with others (whether they play nicely in a group or not). But as I have not had this experience (yes I know!) I found that the dynamics of the characters very evident, they have strong personalities and traits and have a great established believable feel about them. It didn’t take long for me to remember them or to identify them within the story.
Right then to the plot, where to start, well there is an underlying plot from the previous stories, again something you would expect from a trilogy. Matt has included great references to this and there is enough for this, late to the party reader, to get enough of an idea to understand. It has also given plenty of intrigue and left me wanting to know more about the back stories, hence me the first two books. For End Game, you are plunged into a world of British Secret Service and Police Investigations at an intense and breathtaking pace . There are real life events that have been mentioned and incorporated into the story, I love this as it gives the reader a great reference point for the setting of a story. These real events and also the authors own experiences give a real edgy feel to this story, the author knows his stuff. It’s the lit details that add that extra element, these seemingly trivial little facts that are added are there because of the authors experience within the military and police force. This “insider” knowledge is what makes the story stand out and adds that important authentic and believable factor.
This was an absolute pleasure to read, it was intense and intricate in its plot and in the details but not at all confusing, fast paced and addictive. The espionage aspect is devilish with a real edge of the seat feel. A brilliantly woven tale and one that I Highly Recommend. Don’t just take my word for it, buy all three books and see for yourself.
About the Author:
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.
The Robert Finlay Trilogy by Matt Johnson
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Since writing this post I am happy to say, my copies of the first two books are now here, now I have the full set 🙂
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