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Orion, 17 March 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4091-4383-3
The clue, I suppose, was in the title.
I frequently come to a series
part-way through – but it’s not often that my first acquaintance with an author
and character set I haven’t previously encountered begins at the end. It
becomes plain at an early stage of The End Game that FBI agent Sean
O’Reilly’s pursuit of the notorious Corrigan and his cohorts has already gone
through several volumes, and that the chase has become increasingly personal as
it emerges how much Corrigan’s nefarious activities have impacted on Reilly’s
own life and family.
The trend continues here.
It’s not much of a spoiler to reveal that Reilly’s best pal becomes a victim;
and Reilly himself is rapidly in danger of losing everything he holds dear,
including his life, when Corrigan gets him in his sights.
Fortunately Khoury is
sufficiently accomplished at the art of thriller writing for the hints and
reminders about their previous clashes to form an integral and essential part
of the ongoing story, rather than merely teasing. The plot rattles along at a
high old pace, with only an occasional slow-down to fill in some background on
a character or situation. Reilly finds himself battling his colleagues as well
as the villains, and at first it’s hard to know who he can trust. And the
escalation in the last few pages almost made me lose my faith in the world
political system, if I had any left to lose.
Several different viewpoints
enable the reader to see what’s going on even when Reilly isn’t part of the
action. Agent Annie Deutsch and Reilly’s novelist partner Tess pick up some of
the narrative, and would both be worthy of books of their own; they’re feisty,
well drawn and rounded, and do their own share of saving the day. I especially
liked Reilly’s stepdaughter Kim, addicted to social media and as rebellious as
the next fifteen-year-old, but plucky in her own way and not afraid to show it.
My other favourites were
arch-cyber-geeks Kurt and Gigi, whose passion for the world of superhero comic
books gives them a keen sense of right and wrong as well as the skills to
ensure the bad guys don’t get it all their own way on the cyber front.
If you’re a fan of
fast-moving thrillers with plenty of technical stuff and more than a smidgen of
violence, I can recommend this book – and probably the others in the series
too, if they live up to this grand finale.
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
the Sunday Times bestselling author of six thrillers, starting with his debut
novel, The Last Templar.Raymond came
to writing thrillers from a career in screenwriting, which includes the BAFTA
award winning BBC series Spooks (aka
MI:5 in the US) and Waking The Dead.
Raymond's thrillers are based on big themes that interest him such as
international politics and conspiracies, fact vs faith, why we age and die,
what do we really know about reincarnation, about mind control. He explores
these themes in depth, with heavy emphasis on research, and often combines a
historical angle to his stories. The bulk of his stories are set in the present
day, interspersed with chapters that take place in the distant past. As
Booklist puts it, "Khoury's thrillers engage the reader's mind, even as
they move at a breakneck pace. Readers who like their thrillers to have a solid
intellectual component will enjoy Khoury's books very much. Given the high
quality of each of his novels, it seems fair to say that he may be around for a
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.