A Year of Orenda – End Game by Matt Johnson

Today it is back over to Mandie with her final Year of Orenda challenge review in the Robert Finlay series, End Game by Matt Johnson. I was very sad to see the series end and to say goodbye to Finlay, but I think this was a more than fitting way to bow out, full of action and thrills, just the way I like it. If you want to find what I thought of the book then you can find my review here. Here’s what the book is all about:

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About the Book

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 author of a book about secret operations goes missing, along with his agent and an explosive new manuscript, it’s clear that Finlay’s troubles are far from over..

With his friend and former colleague, Kevin Jones, in trouble, and police complaints branch gunning for them both, Robert teams up with MI5 agent Toni Fellowes to find out who’s behind the growing 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 intricate and terrifyingly fast-paced race to uncover the truth and escape those who’d sooner have him dead than be exposed.

Mandie’s Thoughts

This is the final instalment in the Robert Finlay series, and I have to admit that I have enjoyed reading it far more than I thought I would as it is not my usual type of read. I have really enjoyed following Finlay’s career in the police force and how his former career in the Army has played a large part in what has happened to him during this time. I was therefore intrigued to see how this final book would play out and if at last he would be able to achieve some sort of a quiet life with no further threats to either his or his family’s lives.

Once again Finlay has to work out who he can trust as he fights for his life and career whilst trying to help his friend Kev Jones who has been framed for the murder of his girlfriend. In the middle of all of this he is also trying to help another police officer who has found himself on the wrong side of the law and under the scrutiny of the police complaints department due to some hazing gone wrong that triggered flashbacks. This is not helped by the fact the lead investigator has a grudge against Finlay so is out to put as many obstacles in his way as possible and if he manages to discredit him in the process that’s all to the good in his eyes.

The pace of this book certainly matches that of the previous ones and you will find yourself on one hell of a rollercoaster ride as people manipulate Finlay and Jones, treating them like puppets in their own private game that only they know the rules to. Thankfully, he does still have some people on his side who are working to keep him alive and out of prison and it is this fact along with the unwavering support of his wife Jenny that often keeps him pushing for the truth. The bond between Finlay and Jones is a strong one and you just know no matter what the outcome they will always have each others back. Whilst I will miss the characters the book really does give them and the reader closure on the thread that has weaved its way through all the books so there are no questions left unanswered and you don’t walk away feeling that you have been robbed of something.

Whilst you could potentially read each book on its own, having read the whole series I would recommend that you start from the beginning to ensure that some of the events truly make sense. All I am left wondering now is what to expect next from Matt Johnson, but whatever it is I am sure it will be a gripping read.

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.

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