Book Title: Deadly Game
Author: Matt Johnson
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: March 15th 2017
Genre(s): Crime, Mystery & Thrillers, Action & Adventure, General Fiction (Adult)
Format Received: ARC (Paperback)
Goodreads: 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.
My Review: I would like to thank Matt Johnson (author) and Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books (publisher) for allowing me the opportunity to read Deadly Game as well as taking part in the blog tour. I can confirm that all opinions in this review are my own and are completely unbiased.
Arrrrrggggghhhhh … 5 stars is not enough!!!!!
Starting with an interim report surrounding the events that occurred throughout Wicked Game as well as those during its almighty explosive ending, Deadly Game begins where Wicked Game left off.
With having the blog tour booked, I couldn’t jump straight in with Deadly Game (it’s the second in the series and that would be wrong), therefore I read Wicked Game (the first in the series) first then carried straight on with this. Honestly, I feel like I’ve been watching an all out action film series. It was just bang, bang, bang!! Chapter 88 blew my mind … I was not expecting what it threw at me. It hit me square in the chest!
Throughout Deadly Game, Matt Johnson’s authentic writing continues on from Wicked Game and with his ‘been there and done that’ attitude it sucked me in and grabbed me AGAIN, refusing to let me go until I’d finished the last page. Every single chapter is full of energy with a vice on every page, and with the overall cat and mouse chase, I was finding myself forgetting to breathe at times.
For anybody wanting an action packed, fuel filled, explosive read … Deadly Game should definitely be on their shopping list. In fact, it should be moved to the No.1 spot as that’s where it deserves to be and like me throughout the novel they’ll be sitting reading whilst all the more thinking ‘Good God’!!!
I just hope there’s more of Robert Finlay to come.
About the Author: Matt Johnson served as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer for 25 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 once again draws on Matt’s experiences and drips with the same raw authenticity of its predecessor.