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Publisher's Summary

Assassins have eliminated a Chechen scientist who's been working as a double agent for the U.S. government. The feds know who to call: Jonathan Grave and his elite rescue team. Their mission: Find the dead man's teenage son, who's on the run - and off the grid - with crucial information that must not fall into the wrong hands. There's one problem: The boy's bodyguard is a security specialist with unusual talents, and she's not giving up without a fight. Only by bringing them both back alive can Grave expose the traitor in the highest levels of power - and prevent an all-out nuclear war.

©2013 John Gilstrap, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Critic Reviews

"If you like Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, you'll love John Gilstrap." (Gayle Lynds)
"My favorite tough guy hero is back." (Jeffery Deaver)
"One of the finest thriller writers on the planet." (Tess Gerritsen)

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End Game - Best In the Graves series

Where does End Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This one would be in my top half. With about 500 books in my library so far it is hard to place any single book.

What does Basil Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really like Basil Sands reading the Jonathan Graves books, much better then the narrator who reads the first two of the series. His cadence when reading is perfect for the character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I listened to it in One Day!

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I think John Gilstrap did a Great job with this book. His writing style has really evolved since his first book and he has brought so much more personality to his characters. In this book Boxer has become more vocal, he reminds me now of Dox from the John Rain series by Eisler. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone but if you're on the fence about this book, get off the fence and get the book! I personally think it is the best one in the series.

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End Game

For me, this would have been a 5 star read, but for the profanity sprinkled throughout. I give the author credit that he managed to avoid the F_____ word. Other than that it was a great book. The characters were interesting and the plot moving to the very end.

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Not really part of the series

I've read all of the Jonathan Graves books so I was excited when I found there was a new one in the series. While it was an OK story, with a couple of interesting characters, Jonathan Graves played just a minor part of the plot for most of the story. He really only took part in the last hour or so and that definitely wasn't up to Gilstrap's previous standards. The weak ending was disappointing. Still waiting for the next Jonathan Graves mission.

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Needs a rewrite..

What would have made End Game better?

A total rewrite of the story, with conversations flowing between characters that depicted them as professionals. There were so many sections that i had to skip over to avoid being inundated with a plethora of useless dialogue.

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I would love to get my wasted credit back

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Gilstrap can write great thrillers but...

...seldom delivers. The Jonathan Grave series by John Gilstrap is good "fill in listening" when I do not have a really good suspense thriller to listen to. I listened to this book two years ago and did not write a review. I'm currently listening to Book 2 in the series (Hostage Zero). End Game is yet another Gilstrap suspense thriller that is excellent but fails to deliver fully on its potential. The antagonist in this novel is especially interesting.

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It felt like an 11 hour episode of Burn Notice. The story had some great build up, but the random tactical info seemed hollywoodized and generic. The characters did not seem like real people and the ending left much to be desired.

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Meh...

Yeah....not so much. This was a discounted title and now I know why. I do not rec o mend

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love this author

keeps you guessing what happens on every page. get your coffee ready cuz you're going to be reading all night

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this story is very good and suspenseful.

I loved it. I was involved. I kept wanting to know more. i loved how it ended and the fact that i could laugh along the way. I'm still a Johnathan and Big Guy fan. oh and mother hen love her.

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Not the best story

I recently finished listening to End Game by John Gilstrap and narrated by Basil Sands. This seems to be book six of the Jonathan Grave series. I didn't initially realize this was part of a series, however, since it does appear to be I must remind readers that is often hard to review books later in a series without having some spoilers. If you want to avoid spoilers I suggest skipping to the conclusion. This book starts off with the hired servant, a young woman who is secretly the bodyguard of a young boy, stumbling upon the boys parents letting a dying man into the house. Within a minute or two a full firefight has broken out. Maryann, the bodyguard, saves Graham and his mother Sarah. She is not really aware of why this happening, which seems strange for a bodyguard. At Sarah's instruction she takes his mother to a secret hospital. Shortly before they must leave her there Graham's mother makes him read a code which she then destroys. He cannot help but remember as he has a perfect memory. The story evolves from there with a manhunt going on for the boy and his bodyguard and the hostage rescue team headed by Scorpion out to save them from their many enemies. It is unclear why the mother would want to put her son in this kind of danger. A couple of uncomfortable scenes worth noting are when the bodyguard and the boy stay in a hotel and are harrased by the police, supposedly seeking sexual misconduct. The scene is doubled down on when in a later scene the bodyguard broaches the subject of the boy fantasizing about her and he assures her he is young and has stamina. These scenes seemed unnecessary and creepy, even if nothing more came of them within the story. The narrator, Basil Sands, is a bit of a mixed bag. When not doing voices he sounds like a bored clerk in a dead end government job. When doing voices, however, he delivers tons of emotion and nice enunciation. Conclusion: This is a decent political thriller if you are willing to overlook the creepy scenes as well as a number of weaknesses in the story. It isn't a great political thriller though. I would only suggest listening to this one if it's on sale.