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Matt Johnson - Author

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.

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Click here to read a Q&A with the author about his new book, Deadly Game.

Featured books by Matt Johnson

End Game

End Game

Author: Matt Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2018

A fiery, fast-paced, bullet of a read, and the last in the Robert Finlay trilogy. Continuing on from ‘Deadly Game’, Robert Finlay and Kevin Jones find themselves in the middle of a whole heap of trouble. A Superintendent from the Complaints Investigation Branch is on the warpath, and then quite separately, a document from the past puts the two men directly in the firing line, and things turn very, very personal. Matt Johnson has the most credible and authentic voice, he blends his knowledge as a soldier and police officer into an absolutely cracking storyline. Finlay’s post traumatic stress disorder can clearly be felt in the small but biting descriptions of PTSD, it is a part of him, but not the whole of him, and he is an incredibly engaging character. A suitably dramatic end ensured I was kept on the edge of my seat. The Robert Finlay trilogy has been a thunderingly good read, and End Game is a wonderfully thrilling, gripping, and fitting conclusion.

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Deadly Game

Deadly Game

Author: Matt Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2017

One of Our Books of the Year 2017 |  An enthralling and credible police thriller, this is the second in the ‘Robert Finlay’ series, and another humdinger of a read. Finlay is on a new team investigating the sex-slave industry, a series of events link together in a chain-mail coil of aggressive hostility and danger. The author’s background history ensured I was in reliable hands and from the intriguing prologue my interest was piqued and then narrowed into unflinching focus as I was consumed by the plot. If you've not yet read the first in the series, 'Deadly Game' can be read as a standalone novel as there is an excellent introduction, however you'll be missing out if you don't go back and start from the beginning with ‘Wicked Game'. Matt Johnson has the ability to give a lot of information, including army and police ‘speak’ in a easy to understand, readable format without losing the power of the story. ‘Deadly Game’, vibrating with dramatic intensity, allows access to a treacherous world; this series is fast becoming a favourite and long may it continue. ~ Liz Robinson A 'Piece of Passion' from the Publisher... 'Matt Johnson’s Wicked Game was an extraordinary debut thriller – both raw and emotional and, of course, an unputdownable page-turner. I wondered what he would deliver next and if he could match it! Not only did he match it, but we were absolutely blown away by Deadly Game, which sees the return of protagonist Robert Finlay, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, like Matt himself. Not only has he tackled the emotive and deeply troubling subject of sex-trafficking, humanising the victims in an unforgettable way, but he has written an exceptional, high-octane, incredible roller-coaster-ride of a thriller that sees Finlay fighting to protect his family and a colleague from unseen enemies. What I love most about Matt’s books are their rich authenticity … their utter believability. The dialogue, the banter, the descriptions of police procedure, the strategies and operations are spot on, and the spine-tingling detail he includes draws us straight into the heart of his plots. Matt has raised the bar even higher with Deadly Game, with a complex, skilfully orchestrated plot, some simply beautiful writing, and a character who we are thrilled to meet again. I honestly cannot wait to see what he does next.' ~ Karen Sullivan, Publisher, Orenda Books Click here to read a Q&A with the author about his new book, Deadly Game.

eBooks of the Month
Wicked Game

Wicked Game

Author: Matt Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2016

A breathless and perfectly-paced thriller of a particularly explosive nature, introducing Royalty Protection Team cop Robert Finlay whose own SAS past returns to the surface after a series of colleagues are murdered. The author's own previous real-life experience in the military and then the police provides the book with a thick veneer of realism which it wears lightly but keeps the plot on the right side of credibility, unlike so many SAS action adventure-type thrillers publishers have been deluging the market with. Finlay is a fascinating character with a deceptively normal home life and quickly attracts the reader's sympathy. Anchored in the uncertainties of the present and recent past (terrorism, political turmoil, Ireland, Iran) but with a strong moral compass, this could be the beginning of a great series and a likeable British action character. Maxim Jakobowski One of our Books of the Year 2016. Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016.   The LoveReading view... Fall headlong into a gripping and absolutely cracking story, featuring an ex-SAS, turned Met Police Officer, battling for his life. This is the first in the ‘Robert Finlay series’ and the debut novel by Matt Johnson, who has experienced one hell of a career himself. In fact, when you read the information about the author at the beginning of the book, it immediately puts a whole new spin on what you're about to read. The whammy of a prologue sets the story in 2001, you are then introduced to Bob Finlay, who is settling down into family life and a new role within the police when events take an unexpected and horrifying turn. Johnson turns his knowledge into the most fabulous and readable story that just zings along with authenticity and exhilarating attitude. I’m excited to be in at the start of what promises to be a fabulous new series, and honestly can’t wait for the next! ~ Liz Robinson April 2016 Debut of the Month. A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'Wicked Game was written by ex-Met Police Officer Matt Johnson as therapy for the PTSD he suffered after witnessing several horrific London bombings, and being present at the murder of his colleague Yvonne Fletcher. He subsequently self-published this book, and achieved extraordinary sales and reviews. We’ve worked with Matt to rewrite and polish this thriller for the trade, and the results are staggering. Not only is this a compelling, revealing and action-packed thriller, but the authentic dialogue and the inside knowledge that Matt invests in the highly orchestrated plot and well-drawn characters are simply spine-tingling. Telling the story of an ex-SAS man whose carefully concealed past comes back to haunt him, putting his family, his colleagues and his new life in jeopardy, this is a vividly written novel that has bestseller written all over it.' ~ Karen Sullivan, Publisher, Orenda Books Books in the Robert Finlay Trilogy: 1. Wicked Game 2. Deadly Game 3. End Game Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Matt Johnson

Taking the Cure a Simple Guide to Detoxifying Your Mind Body and Spirit

Taking the Cure a Simple Guide to Detoxifying Your Mind Body and Spirit

Author: Matt Johnson Format: Ebook Release Date: 31/07/2018

Vegan athlete Matt Johnson brings you his first published writing of how to align with your higher self by detoxifying the mind, body, & spirit. Not only will this book explain to you how to consciously clear your mind and spirit, but also how to step by step rid the body of toxins and heavy metals. Matt, who also is the Founder of Hawaii based company Elite Vegan Fitness is certified in Holistic Nutrition with a concentration in Herbs & Supplements and has been studying these subjects for many years. From qigong to transcendental meditation, Matt 's background certainly qualifies him to soon be known as an expert in this field.

Getting Jesus Wrong

Getting Jesus Wrong

Author: Matt Johnson Format: Ebook Release Date: 20/02/2017

If you met Jesus today, and he asked, ';What do you want from me?' what would you say? When Jesus asked that question long ago, he got a variety of answers. Some wanted a miracle, some a theological debate, some a sign that he was the Messiah, some wanted power, some wanted just to see him, and others wanted to get rid of him. We are much the same aren't we? We all want something from Jesus. We are just hoping for a little help to get through lifea new direction, a purpose that will get us up in the morning, an exercise plan, a way to get organized. But that approach to Jesus doesn't result in real faith or love.The real Jesus doesn't give us just a little help. He turns our world upside down. Getting Jesus right means a whole new way of thinking (the way up is down) and a whole new way of life (daily dependence on the one who knows the beginning from the end). Instead of a blueprint for living or a new workout plan, we get a rich life where the simple truths of the gospel inform our everyday life with each other. Where we daily remember our deep need for forgiveness, the joy of being forgiven, and gradually become those who receive grace and share grace with those around us.Aimed at a young adult audience who has drifted from the church, by unpacking the ways the author got Jesus wrong, with a strong call to meet the biblical Christ.An easytoread introduction to the living God for those who say they have tried Christianity and it doesn't work.A call to a radical, robust discipleship based on a biblical view of who Christ is and who he calls his people to be.