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2.0 out of 5 starsNot what the title would lead you to believe
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2019
This book is a ripoff. If you have read all of the author's books, in sequence, as I have, you would have been led to believe this book takes off where Deadline ends. The title would certainly lead you to believe this. You would be wrong. In the author's defense, he does say up front that the storyline fits in between books 4 and 5. And???? Why do that unless you have some old manuscript lying on the shelf that you decide to throw at your readers? I am all for prequels that give depth to characters. But a book that injects itself into the middle of the stream. Give me a break! And the plot isn't all that great to boot. I can only hope there was some method to the madness, i.e., that perhaps this book is really a prequel of sorts before the author gets back to his main storyline where we were all left hanging after Deadline. I don't recall "David" from this book in any other plots (Maybe I missed him.) so maybe the this book was necessary in order to fill that gap for the next one. If not, you can certainly skip this book. You will have missed nothing.
I felt cheated by the author. This is the 12th book of the 12 book series and the title is the end game. So I was expecting to see how Bear would do with his tumor and see what would happen to Jack ... hopefully get reunited with his family and having his name clear. But NO, this book is for something that happened before, long time before Book 11.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading End Game by L.T. Ryan. Jack Noble isn't picky about his jobs now a days and takes on the role of a hitman for a mob boss. Just when he thinks he has it all wrapped up, things fall apart. The hit has disappeared, and instead, Noble crosses paths with an FBI agent who is also looking for the hit - but has different plans for him. Before I knew it, every agency wants to find this man. Noble's old boss in the secret agency rehires him and allows Bear to join him in this manhunt. The hit has something that everybody wants. Yet nobody knows what it is.
Noble and Bear both find themselves on defense as the mob boss issues a hit on Jack Noble. This is an edge of your seat suspense story where the author changes things up just when you think the mystery is solved. Trust plays a big part in this story and Jack has to determine who is his friend and who is his foe. A wrong guess will get him killed.
During the hunt, Noble and Bear are joined by a couple of deadly females...are they going to help them or deliver the hit against Noble? It's a long and wild ride with a lot of bodies left in their wake...don't start this late at night...of course, popcorn is always optional!
John Podlaski, author "Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel" and "When Can I Stop Running?"
I read the first 11 books over the past 2 weeks. On the edge of my seat the whole time. Whew! Need some sleep, too. However, this book was promised to be a continuation of #11 and it is not. Very disappointing. After reading the first 3 chapters, I question whether Ryan wrote it. The writing is off. Doesn’t Read like the others. Hhmmm.
Edit: I did finish the book. It was good. The way it's written is different, but I quickly adjusted. I'd recommend it wholeheartedly. I do hope Ryan comes out with a #13, and that it is a continuation of #12.
2.0 out of 5 starsThia book is the end game... but only for the reader, who's left hanging.
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2020
You're headed for a cliff with this series and you'll be left there with no closure. This Jack Nobel series has been a breath-holding page turner at full speed ahead... up to this point Now, the author is directing you back in history to a totally unrelated thread between books 3 &4 without any explanation how we get off this cliff. Jack's family is safe but brother Sean and his family... now including MIa..... are put on the run into the darkness to save them from various teams of assassins now looking for them. Jack is a marked man from all fronts with killing him being the prime directive for every spook group in the world. On the plus side, Jack is back with Clarissa in a safe house in Italy. Bear and Sasha are back together but Bear has an inoperable Brain Tumor with less than a year to live. Then comes this direct that puts you back to a location between books 3 & 4 where it takes off in a different direction You know all this because that is the end of The End Game... the one you just read to get to this point. On the plus side, Jack finally has enough and kills Frank Skinner. The problem is, there is nothing more, What you read in End Game is all there is. Now, you can either wander back down the trail wondering WTF... or you can just jump off the cliff yelling WTF???????? Either way you might want to go find some other author to read because Ryan has just slammed the door on the story line and left all of us hanging outside. It's too bad Amazon couldn't have warned us this was a defective product before we wasted our money on this endless series. If they had included a few extra pages in the book, we could have written our own ending where Frank would have simply let Jack and Clarissa to retire to a farm in Ohio where, with new identities they raised horses and wintered in the Cayman Islands.
5.0 out of 5 starsNobody said it was going to be easy.
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2017
Jack Noble is an assassin, a fact you probably already know, even if this is the first book you have read in the series. Who he is working for on this one isn't quite clear, but his task is simple. Take out Marcus Thamos. Not so fast. A lot of alphabet soup agencies, including some Russians, want him alive for information he possesses. With Bear vacationing down in the Keys, he is forced to team up with an F.B.I. rogue agent who is trying to clear her name. Don't fret, though, because Bear gets in on plenty of the action, and there is lots of action to get in on! Another great Jack Noble adventure.
5.0 out of 5 starsANOTHER HARD-CHARGING JACK NOBLE SPEC-OPS THRILLER WELL WORTH YOUR TIME
Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2017
Another fast-paced, well-plotted special operations thriller I found difficult to put down. My unreserved and enthusiastic recommendation for anyone who likes tough, cynical ops guys with a heart they try to protect from the world. I have read the entire series and can't wait for the next book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 25, 2020
I've read all the books in the current Jack Noble series. Each one as gripping as the last. I love Jack and Bears characters. The mix of humour, love and brotherhood between them, gives the reader a deep empathy and admiration of them both. Which completely detracts the reader away from the fact that they are both assassin's. Each assignment is riddled with suspense, intrigue, confusion and fear. L. T. Ryan is a master at writing in a way that transports you into their world. Seeing into the minds and hearts of Noble and Bear as they shoot and kill their way through their high octane lives.
I can't wait for more books on Jack Noble and Bear. I hope L. T. Ryan releases loads more of this fantastic series.
When there are only 12 books in a series and you read them all, and you get to number 12 and its called "End Game" you expect it be the end of something, even if it's just the end of Jack and Bear. What you don't expect is a story that takes place somewhere in the the middle of the series. I was really disappointed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 3, 2019
I cannot believe that someone as adept as LT Ryan needs to entitle a book End Game, and then drop into the middle of the series, before lots of major events have happened, thereby making the book pointless in terms of characters that are now dead. I bought the book thinking and believing that END GAME was the 12th book in the series and would carry on from where 11 left off. I don't like being conned and I want my money back.
2.0 out of 5 starsWhat a con, not the endgame at all
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 10, 2019
I have read all previous jack noble books and expected this to be the conclusion. It is not. It is placed between books 3 and 4 and should be numbered 3a, not 12. Stop milking the readers and be honest !!!!!
5.0 out of 5 starsI would give 10 stars if I could
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2017
I absolutely love all the Jack Noble and Bear books and all those which just feature Jack. I have read them all and I am so pleased to see the great adventure series continue. This one just like every one before it is a fantastic story from the first to the last page. I can't read them fast enough then I can't wait for the next one. Keep them coming please.