Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater for inviting me onto the Blog Tour for END GAME by Matt Johnson of Orenda Books
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.
Buy Link: End Game (Robert Finlay)
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is the third and final book in the Robert Finlay series and I am gutted that it has ended. What a truly amazing series this has been and what makes it top of its league is the background of Matt Johnson, the author. No-one tells it as it is, better than someone who knows how it was. It all comes down to years of experience and using that knowledge to create the ultimate conditions for his fictional characters. Absolutely bloody awesome!
Wow, wow, wow, this is book just continues the fast and action packed predecessors in the series that will put any pacer maker under stress to keep a steady beat. Robert Finlay’s past is not prepared to stay there, when an old friend finds himself facing a murder charge. I mean what else can Finlay do? No matter what job title he has now, the SAS is still running through his blood and watching out for comrades would always be high on his list of ‘must do’. But it isn’t long before he finds himself set up to take a fall too. It is game on!
It has characters that make you feel like they have crawled under your skin at times, not only from what they do but how other people in the story talk about them. Robert Finlay was a bloke that wanted the quite life now seeing his time out as a Detective. This wasn’t going to happen. Finlay is a fabulous character whose career has seen to a diminishing list of friends as they have lost their lives and he was determined that this wasn’t going to happen again, especially with MI5 agent Toni Fellowes joining forces with him.
This story is one that puts all of his self-control to the test, where I was literally waiting with bated breath to see if he still had enough humanity left to make the right choices. Such a gripping perfect end.
To get the full impact of this book do read the whole series. I believe it is one of the most visual that you will come across. I just want it all to hit the big screen because it has all the ingredients to be a block buster series there too. Perfection!
HERE IS A LITTLE 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 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.
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OTHER BOOKS IN THE ROBERT FINLAY SERIES