I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for End Game today, the third and sadly, final book in the Robert Finlay series by Matt Johnson.
Source: Review Copy
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.
End Game is the third and final book in the brilliant Robert Finlay series by Matt Johnson and it is a series which I highly recommend to any thriller seekers. I’m sad to see this series come to an end as I will definitely miss these characters. Matt also writes really well and so I am sure that I’ll be picking up what he writes next as I really like his style. Before you pick up End Game I would recommend that you read the first two books in the series, which began with Wicked Game, although they can all be read as standalones, I feel you would get more enjoyment out of them if you read all three.
It seems that Robert Finlay will never quite be granted his wish of enjoying a quiet life with his wife and two children. He has put his military days behind him; however he has since joined the Metropolitan police as an Inspector. But when his friend’s girlfriend is murdered he is thrown into a chaotic mess as he tries to prove his friend’s innocence. He can’t believe that his friend had any involvement in this woman’s murder. But his friend only makes matters worse when he escapes from jail. And as Robert struggles to clear his name, he learns that someone is plotting to kill them both. Will they both manage to survive?
What I really like about these books is their authenticity. Matt Johnson is a former soldier and police officer, and his own, personal experiences feeds into the Robert Finlay novels. He offers us a fascinating insight into the worlds of policing and spies at the very highest level of security. Although the Robert Finlay novels are works of fiction, Matt does refer to real, historical events which only occurred in this country a few decades ago and this is another part of the plot which I found really interesting and it compelled me to research them.
One of my favourite characters from this series, I would say, would have to be Toni Fellows. She is a force to be reckoned with and I really liked the working relationship that she has with Finlay. If you are on her side, she is a friend who will do anything for you.
End Game is a fitting end to a fantastic series. If you haven’t yet discovered these books and if you’re a fan of action packed, spy thrillers, then you definitely need to add them to your TBR pile. Thank you to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for sending me a copy of the book to review and to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
Publication date: 6th February 2018
Print length: 340 pages
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