Hello and welcome along to another post to Celebrate Indie Publishing, today I am delighted to share a book from the wonderful Orenda Books, the driving force behind this amazing outfit being one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the opportunity to “meet”. Today’s fantastic book featured is ” Deadly Game” by Matt Johnson and I’m delighted to say that this post is also part of the blog tour for the book.
Published: 15 March 2017
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 Thoughts & Review:
“Deadly Game” is actually the follow up book to Johnson’s “Wicked Game”, and although it’s is not essential to have read the books in order I would highly recommend it. This book does read well as a stand alone, Johnson writes incredibly well and ensures that the readers are aware of what happened previously to Inspector Robert Finlay.
The plot in this book is absolutely 5 shining gold stars of brilliant, it really is. There is so much tension and suspense curled around the plot that the reader almost needs to reminders to keep breathing. The complexities of the plot make this such a thrilling read, and quite terrifyingly realistic (in a good way!). Characterisation is superb in this, very well developed characters bring the plot alive and it is refreshing to see a protagonist who battles so very much. Finlay is a man that makes mistakes, he’s not what you would expect from a “hero”, but all the same he is a character that many readers will feel a connection to and the way in which his PTSD is explored makes for hauntingly brilliant reading.
The emphasis on detail in this shows just how skilled a storyteller Matt Johnson is, the background that he has enables him to give detailed information on tactical procedures, weapons etc and this really does add credibility to it all and makes it all the more thrilling to read.
The subject matter in places can be quite gritty but nonetheless is it is very real. The sex-slave trade is a subject that is perhaps not given the full spotlight in the media that it might, and here Johnson realistically portrays people trafficking in such a way that it shows how easily victims can become trapped by the traffickers and their devious ways.
There are so many things I could say about this book but I daren’t for fear of giving anything away! An absolutely exceptional series that I cannot wait to continue!
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 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.
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