2001. Age is catching up with Robert Finlay, a police officer on the Royalty Protection team based in London. He’s looking forward to returning to uniform policing and a less stressful life with his new family. But fate has other plans. A policeman is killed by a bomb blast, and a second is gunned down in his own driveway. Both of the murdered men were former Army colleagues from Finlay’s SAS regiment, and a series of explosive events makes it clear that he is not the ordinary man that his colleagues and new family think he is. And so begins a game of cat and mouse in which Finlay is forced to test his long-buried skills in a fight against a determined, unidentified enemy.




Well don’t you just.love it when you start reading a book like this and you know, you just know that this author has seen more than his fair share of action! It is on another level not just the technical stuff but that raw gut feeling, the adrenaline rush of how it would make you feel in that situation. Well this is it. Matt Johnson delivers characters that feel pain, emotion and fear.
Robert Finlay is a pretty cool character. Married with a child his family know nothing about his secret past, that is until the past comes searching for him as old S.A.S. colleagues begin to meet untimely ends. There is a lot story and plenty of action as Finlay has to decide if he waits for his past to catch up with him or does he hunt it down himself. He needs answers but who do you trust when the numbers are diminishing?
There are some pretty sit on the edge of your seat moments because you know certain events are unstoppable and you can’t avoid what will happen. A cracking book right to the end. Jenny was mint!




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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. Matt is currently working on a sequel Deadly Game.






When a failed attempt is made on his life and the life of his family, Finlay finds that a routine working life has become impossible.

In ‘Deadly Game’, Finlay is recruited to join a team investigating the sex-slave trade.

Soon, he is drawn into a world where life is cheap and ruthless criminals have exploited the opportunity to make vast amounts of cash.

Then the team Finlay has joined get a break. A victim willing to testify against her abductors. The chance to take on the traffickers has arrived.

But the gangsters have plans of their own. Plans that will stop at nothing as they eliminate those that oppose them.

And in the background, MI5 officer Tina Fellowes is determined to uncover the full story behind the attacks on Finlay’s family and former Army colleagues.

It is a story that threatens to expose embarrassing links between terrorists and the Security Services.

Spring 2012 saw the launch of a self-published thriller called ‘Wicked Game’ that was described by Peter James as terse, tense and vivid writing.

Peter describes Matt Johnson as a brilliant new name in the world of thrillers.




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