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End Game

Published Date: 6th November 2017

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9781912374106
£5.99
6 February 2018
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9781912374090
£8.99
31 March 2018
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Description

Robert Finlay seems to have finally left his SAS past behind him and is settle 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 Ton Fellowes to find out who’s behind the conspiracy. Their quest soon reveals 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.

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 Finaly series, once again draws on Matt’s experiences and drips with the same raw authenticity of its predecessor.

Online Reviews

Matt Johnson talks to Anita Loughrey abut the thorough research that went into the writing of his Wicked Game trilogy. Writers’ Forum

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End Game starts with a bang and this sets the tone for the rest of the book. As the tension increases with each page turn, End Game immediately grabs your attention and doesn’t let it go until the end. You will find yourself thinking about it during the time you have to spend away from reading it. Johnson has written a trilogy of books that are intelligent and thoughtful and yet nothing is taken from the thrills and terror that End Game provides … It delivered on everything I expected from Matt Johnson in terms of great characters and plot and once again I was totally hooked from the outset. Another great read’ Bloomin Brilliant Books

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‘I have read all of the books in this series and I can honestly say that they have got better and better. Matt Johnson has made this series so readable and understandable anybody could read and enjoy them. There are plenty of characters. As always, some are good, some evil and there are a few who walk a fine line. I had doubts about some of them, but they were unfounded. I believe this is the last in the series which saddens me, certainly there are a lot of threads that have been resolved. I will be interested in what we will see next from the author’

Steph’s Book Blog

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‘Once more Matt taps into his own experiences in the military, the police force and his battles with PTSD to craft yet another well written cracking thriller with an authentic realistic feel … There are mysterious forces and unexpected happenings. Life threatening, nerve rattling scenarios. Thrills, spills, twists and turns. Writing the trilogy Matt Johnson has now produced a fine body of work. I’m proud of him! I’ll look forward to whatever he comes up with next’ Mrs Bloggs Books

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‘As the final book in this trilogy, End Game does a superb job. Not only is it as tense and brilliantly plotted as its predecessor, it rings true throughout. I found it impossible to second guess this story right up to the end … As you read the book, you are all too aware that Matt is writing about a world he knew in his previous working life. Although I know it is a work of fiction, it means that the way the situations pan out feel authentic and not over researched or hypothetical. It is certainly a page turner and a fitting finale to the series. A fast-paced thriller which reels you in and keeps you enthralled to the end’ Books, Life and Everything

 

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‘Written with great precision and attention to detail, the Finlay books draw on the author’s own knowledge of serving in the military and Metropolitan police force … End Game is an extremely readable, action-packed turn-pager of a thriller and a fitting conclusion to Finlay’s story. While fans will no doubt be disappointed that the trilogy has come to an end, we can only wait with baited breath to see just what Johnson does next’

The Literary Shed

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Deadly Game follows the journey of once such girl. End Game concludes the story. I’m aware that books are fiction, and will be read for entertainment, but I also hope that, by telling the story, I may be able to raise awareness in people’s minds that slavery hasn’t gone away, and the chains on the victims, although less easily seen, are still very much in use.” Matt writes a guest post as part of the blog tour.

The Book Review Café

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‘Johnson gives his stories a flair of mystery, and combines it with the action and knowledge of a military action adventure. It’s what sets it apart from that genre, because he caters to the crime and thriller readers at the same time. I can’t wait to see what comes after this trilogy’ Cheryll MM Book Blog

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‘This book was so enjoyable – I cannot recommend it highly enough!! The writing style was brilliant and I am genuinely gutted that this is the final book in the series, it has definitely been a thrilling one and one I had been looking forward too – it is a fitting end for a fantastic series and I will miss Robert Finlay! The characters in the book are great and they work so well within the storyline that the author has woven through the series, this one is ok as a standalone but  you will get so much more from it if you read the books in order (and they are worth it!) – compelling, full of intrigue, twists and turns galore – everything I want from this type of book! Five stars from me – grab a copy of the book when you can – it is so worth it!!’ Donnas Book Blog

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Matt shares books that are special to him in ‘My Life in Books’ as part of the blog tour. Portable Magic 

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‘It is just as exciting and fast-paced as the previous two books … This book has so much going on that it is a really quick read, as once the action kicks off it doesn’t stop until the very end. The whole trilogy are all really well written with great, thoughtful story lines and they are all full of action. It is always sad when a series ends but this is a stunning and worthy conclusion to the series and the end of the book was a very fitting end to this brilliant trilogy’ Black Books

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‘In finding an outlet for his own PTSD, he has given us a brilliant set of action thrillers, highly regarded and quite rightly so. If you love a good action thriller, with thoroughly likeable characters, then I highly recommend you read this series from start to finish. I am very sad to see this end but I cannot wait to see what Matt Johnson brings us next as I am confident it will be a stonkingly brilliant thrill ride. Good stuff Mr Johnson’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews

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‘Thrillers aren’t my normal choice but the ones I have read in the past I’ve enjoyed. End Game is no exception. Although the final instalment of a trilogy it is easily read as a stand alone novel.  From the moment I began this, the whole story pulled me in. It’s well written, and the pace never slacks, delivering an exciting read which keeps you on course, not wanting to put it down until that final page has been read.  A great plot with twists and turns aplenty. Intense and nail biting, having to set it aside for more domestic aspects of life at times left me quite frustrated.  A great book which left me thinking  I really ought to check up on Matt Johnson’s previous two novels –  WICKED GAME and DEADLY GAME’  Jo Lambert Writer

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‘This is the type of book I really enjoy reading. A lot of action but also some great investigation work. I really enjoyed learning a bit more about the techy side of investigations so I like hearing from Nell and Stuart and they work they carried out behind the scenes. I can understand why people are sad about this series ending, the characters are well written and you genuinely almost feel the tension that they are feeling as you are reading along … The tension is built up so well as you eagerly turn each page to discover who and what is behind everything. The author also served in the military and police so he really writes with authenticity and clearly knows what he is talking about. He doesn’t sugar coat anything and tells you as it is which was a refreshing change. Absolutely brilliant! Such an enjoyable’

Broad Beans Books

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End Game is fast. It will leave you breathless and almost traumatised. This stuff happens, that’s the scariest bit. Whilst this series is fiction, the author is real and his thoughts and memories are very very real. I will be recommending to my OH to get Book 1 and start this series from the beginning. I know it’s a series he will thoroughly enjoy, although it may be awhile before he gets through it!! Is it a man’s series? I think not. It’s the perfect read for all lovers of John Le Carré, for all lovers of secrecy and spy thrillers, for anyone looking for a heart-pounding, fast-paced, page-turning series. Matt Johnson, I hope, has something new coming down the tracks and this time I intend to start his next books in the right order’ Swirl and Thread

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End game is a fast paced thriller that just keeps on giving, there is always something going on to keep the story alive. I enjoyed reading this story. You will not expect what will hit you towards the end of this story, what a big grande finale to the series. This story will have you hooked! You wont want to put it down. This has definately got me intrigued and wanting to read the previous books in the series! Rob Finley is the main character in this series and is a brilliant character with a history in the military service that was and still is a big part of his life … I would highly recommend End Game to you all. But please read the series in order! Dont spoil it for yourself’ Gemma’s Book Reviews

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‘I need a minute to catch my breath and comprehend what I have just read. Knowing that this was going to be the final instalment of the Robert Finlay series – I was expecting big things to happen and Matt did not disappoint. He gave me everything I needed and then some. At times, this book reads like an episode of a TV drama. Trust me. It’s THAT good! The pacing of this story is enough to keep the action flowing at a steady pace, whilst not missing any key events that are integral to the plot. There are a few twists and turns to this story which are not just thrown in there for shock value. Every change has earned it’s place and makes for a more believable read … I am truly excited to see where Matts writing takes him and what he has to offer readers next’ The P Turners Book Blog

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Matt writes a guest post on ‘buying a readership’ as part of the blog tour. Live and Deadly

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‘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 … 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 … 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!’ Books from Dusk Till Dawn

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‘Once again Matt Johnson has produced a stunning story that makes an absolutely compelling read. You just can’t put it down.  Words and phrases like fast-paced, authentic, gripping, tense, comradely loyalty and action-packed all spring to mind, and deservedly so … Simply excellent’ Promoting Crime

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