Monday, October 12, 2020

BLOG TOUR - Final Second


Sometimes it takes a stranger to find a killer…

In a small farming town in rural Wisconsin—where generations of families have lived in peace for decades—no one expects trouble to come calling.

But then a farmer’s beautiful young wife is found brutally murdered, with a chilling calling card that suggests she’s just the first victim of a serial killer. And the FBI elect not to send one of their own. Instead they send a stranger to town—former Royal Marine turned mercenary, Grant Fletcher. And they’re giving him no choice. Find the killer. Because we know what you’ve done.

With the threat of the executioner’s chair hanging over him, Fletcher finds himself in an impossible situation—and a race against time. Catch a murderer whose killings are escalating with every day that passes. Or face certain death…

Fans of Lee Child's Jack Reacher, Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne and David Baldacci’s Amos Decker will love the Grant Fletcher series.



:   Final Second
Author:  John Ryder
Series:  Grant Fletcher #2
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Mystery/Thriller
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   341
Date of Publication:   October 5, 2020
My Rating:   5 Stars

Grant Fletcher is working for the FBI again, with Special Agent Zoey Quadrago as his handler. This isn't a job he wants, but Zoey has something hanging over his head. Either take the job or go to jail. That simple. Murders are taking place on a small farm in Wisconsin and the killer left a calling card of sorts, and this indicates that this might be a serial killer in the making. Fletcher is a former Royal Marine turned mercenary and Quadrego insists he steps in to find out what is going on.

Quadrego has Fletcher in a pinch, because she could as easily have him arrested. So, he has very little time to catch the killer, especially before more bodies begin to drop. As I read the first book in this series a few months ago, First Shot, so I had some familiarity with the intensity in which John Ryder writes. Fletcher is a straight-shooter, focused on his task, and doesn't take crap from anyone. I was already impressed with the first book, but this one was even better, especially considering the extra layers this book contained.

While the main focus is on catching the murderer, there are snippets into Fletcher's character, and a bit about his past. These blended in seamlessly with the case at hand, never once allowing me to forget how serious things are for Fletcher. Again, for two reasons, one to stop a brutal killer, but also to save his own hide.

While this story is self-contained and could read as a standalone, I think readers would benefit from reading the first book in this series prior to reading this one. What caught my attention to this book is the clues the killer was leaving, and watching Fletcher race to try and get one step ahead. We also see Quadrago in her element in this book.

For heart-stopping tension, danger and incredible action in this compelling book, as well as a thrilling conclusion, look no further, Final Second fits the bill. I cannot wait for the third book in this series to be released.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review.  This is my honest opinion.


John Ryder is a former farmworker and joiner. He’s turned his hand to many skills to put food on the table and clothes on his back. A life-long bibliophile, he eventually summoned the courage to try writing himself, and his Grant Fletcher novels have drawn inspiration from authors such as Lee Child, Tom Cain, Zoe Sharp and Matt Hilton. When it comes to future novels, he says he has more ideas than time to write them.

When not writing, John enjoys spending time with his son, reading and socialising with friends. A fanatic supporter of his local football team, he can often be found shouting encouragement to men much younger and fitter than he is.

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