‘End Game’ is the 5th novel in the Will Robie series by Davis Baldacci.
At the end of the previous novel ‘The Guilty’, there was a burgeoning relationship between the two master assassins Will Robie and Jessica Reel. But Reel has gone cold and Robie doesn’t know why. They haven’t seen each other for six months and have thrown themselves into their separate assignments. Robie has just taken down a terrorist cell planning a huge explosion in London’s underground and Reel has been Iraq. But now they have been brought back together for an urgent mission.
Their boss and friend Roger Walton, known as Blue Man, has gone missing while on holiday in his childhood hometown of Grand in Colorado.
The pair quickly determine that Blue Man has been abducted. They also discover that he is not the only person who has gone missing. They face an uphill battle. The police department is staffed by a sheriff and one deputy with occasional reluctant assistance from the state police. And the remote nature of the area attracts fringe groups who set up compounds – there are at least 3 groups who play a part in the story.
As the investigation progresses, every time that Robie and Reel have a lead, the person in a position to help them goes missing or is murdered. Adding to their problems, there is constant tension between Robie and Reel and Robie is unable to resist the attractions of the beautiful Sheriff Malloy. In a town so small that everyone knows everyone else’s business, everyone seems to have at least one closely guarded secret.
When Reel and Robie finally get the lead they need to track Blue Man down, it looks as though none of them will make it out alive.
This novel was action packed from beginning to end. There were a number of sections that were a bit repetitive, but mostly the story was completely gripping. The death toll was huge – one day I’ll try to keep count in a Baldacci book.
The big question now is – is this the end of the series and the end of our super-human assassins Will Robie and Jessica Reel. I hope not because I would enjoy another instalment with this pair of trained killers.