I would of course, as every #BlogTour like to thank the team at Orenda Books for gifting me an early copy of DEADLY GAME. I am forever grateful and and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
Reeling from the attempts on his life and that of his family, Police Inspector Robert Finlay returns to work to discover that any hope of a peaceful existence has been dashed. Assigned to investigate the Eastern European sex-slave industry just as a key witness is murdered.
Finlay, along with his new partner Nina Brasov, finds himself facing a ruthless criminal gang, determined to keep control of the traffic of people into the UK. On the home front, Finlay’s efforts to protect his wife and child may have been in vain, as an MI5 protection officer uncovers a covert secret service operation that threatens them all…
Picking up where the bestselling Wicked Game left off, Deadly Game sees Matt Johnson’s damaged hero fighting on two fronts. Aided by new allies, he must not only protect his family but save a colleague from an unseen enemy … and a shocking fate.
So, you want to know what I think?
When writing this review, I couldn’t help but wonder whether I enjoyed this book more because I understand how and why it was written. After understanding the story of the author – I wonder whether Finlay is an extension of Matt Johnson. After meeting Matt at the Orenda Roadshow in Leeds (March 2017) and hearing him speak. You understand where the words have come from and how much of him and his experiences went into writing Finlay and this book.
As the blurb suggests – we pick up directly after events in WICKED GAME and Finlay is ready to get back to work. My only regret is that I was unable to finish WICKED GAME before I delved into DEADLY GAME – so the twist that takes place at the end of WG is no longer a surprise. I don’t mind this though. I am still keen to go back and read the events leading up to this.
As well as being a crime fiction novel, I thoroughly enjoyed the added element of the military and how they play their parts. It made for me a really thrilling read! The pace for me was perfect. Not slow – but then not too fast that we lose the
What Johnson has been able to create so beautifully are characters that make you sit and wonder how they are doing in the real world – as if they were real people in your life. You really do care for these characters and want nothing by good for them.
I for one am keen to read more about Robert Finlay and wait with baited breath to see where Johnson takes Finlay next!
About MATT JOHNSON;
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. H
idden 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 once again draws on Matt’s experiences and drips with the same raw authenticity of its predecessor.
DEADLY GAME is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;
Amazon (UK); http://amzn.to/2nyOT4i
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