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The Devil's Bounty (Ryan Lock Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Sean Black
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Book Description

Convicted of a series of horrific crimes against young college students in upscale Santa Barbara, wealthy playboy Charlie Mendez has fled across the US border into Mexico.

As one bounty hunter after another meets a grisly end at the hands of the murderous drug cartel his family have hired to keep him safe, it seems that Mendez is one fugitive destined to remain beyond the reach of the law. Or at least that's how it looks until one determined victim persuades high-end security specialist Ryan Lock and his partner, retired Marine Ty Johnson, to go after him.

Plunged into a nightmare world where no one can be trusted, least of all the local authorities, the two men discover a city more deadly than any war zone. Worse still, when an American tourist is snatched from the streets, it appears that Mendez has returned to his old ways. The race is on to save her. But will Lock and Ty live long enough to claim The Devil's Bounty?

Editorial Reviews


"This is real man-hunt stuff, with tension and action galore . . . Readers who like their thrills and spills coming at them at a hectic pace will revel in this tale of life and death" - Shotsmag
"This series is ace. There are deservedly strong Lee Child comparisons as the author is also a Brit, his novels US-based, his character appealing, and his publisher the same." - Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller
"This is a writer, and a hero, to watch." - The Daily Mail
"Sean Black writes with the pace of Lee Child, and the heart of Harlan Coben." - New York Times Bestseller, Joseph Finder
"Like Lee Child's Jack Reacher, Lock is an ex-military policeman. Unlike Reacher, he has a job (as an elite bodyguard), a home, friends and a sense of humour. Lock's likeability contrasts with Reacher's pomposity and Black's style is supremely slick" - The Daily Telegraph

From the Author

EXCERPT - All Rights Reserved
Santa Barbara, California
It was eight o'clock on Friday evening and the bars and clubs that ran the length of State Street were already filling up. Three frat boys wove an unsteady path out of the James Joyce Irish bar, before collapsing in a good-natured heap on the sidewalk where one of them grabbed his two buddies in a fraternal headlock. Outside the Velvet Jones nightclub, a bouncer carded two young co-eds, making a big show of examining their no doubt fake IDs before unclipping the red rope and letting them inside. He watched as they wiggled past him and into the club.
   Up and down the town's main party drag, the same scenes of mostly good-natured youthful debauchery played themselves out, as they had done every year for about as long as anyone in the wealthy California beach community could remember.
   Charlie Mendez stood on the corner of State and West Haley and surveyed the scene. He plucked a fresh cigarette from the pack of Marlboro Reds tucked into the rolled-up sleeve of his T-shirt, dug out a Cartier lighter from the front pocket of his jeans and lit up. He pulled the smoke deep into his lungs as he continued to scan the street. A crowd of girls passed, one, a long- legged brunette, turning to smile at him. Charlie gave her his best California-surf-bum smile in return and ran a hand through his thick mop of blond curls. She giggled and looked as if she was about to say something to him, but her friend grabbed her elbow and pulled her back along the street.
   Charlie took out the small digital camera he always carried with him for just such opportunities and called after her, 'Hey, beautiful! Smile!'
   The cheesy line and the picture-taking would have earned most men of Charlie's age a raised middle finger or a look of disgust, but Charlie wasn't most men. In his late teens and twenties, he had been good enough to work for a time as a model in New York, and despite his lifestyle, his looks were still merely faded rather than entirely departed. His hair and teeth were perfect, and his face, beaten by sun, sand and surf, was rugged.
   The girl blushed, whispering something to her friend, then walked on with the rest of her group.
   He gazed at the image on the screen. She must have been startled by the tiny flash because her eyes were closed. It gave him a shiver of anticipation for what might come later.
   These were the nights he lived for. There were many things he loved about the town where he had grown up, but perhaps none was greater than the opportunities it afforded a man like him. Every year the seniors left, and every year the freshmen arrived. The town was in a state of constant transfusion and replenish- ment. But Charlie remained constant. Watching. Waiting. Choosing his moment. Always ready to add to his collection.
   He glanced at his wristwatch, a very un-surferlike, five- thousand-dollar Rolex Oyster Submariner. The night was young. He would go home and get things ready. Then, around eleven, he would return to see what the rest of the evening held for him. Tomorrow the students would begin to drift away, and over the following few days Santa Barbara would shift from college town to tourist town. The people who lived in LA or San Francisco but kept summer homes in the area would arrive. Couples. Families. None of them any use to him. They would crowd the beach he surfed every morning and generally make his life miserable.
   That meant he had to make tonight count. He had to make it special. Tonight would have to sustain him through the long, lonely months of summer before fall semester when fresh meat arrived.
He turned and walked back to his car, a low-slung red Aston Martin convertible. He jumped into the driver's seat, gunned the engine and took off, heading northwards up the coast, eager to set the scene for what lay ahead.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have a little bit of a crush on Mr Lock! August 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Okay Ladies and Gents, meet Mr Sean Black. His first book was released in 2009 and featured Ryan Lock an ex-soldier turned Bodyguard and his partner Tyrone Johnson. I picked the first one up and if I'm being 100% honest didn't expect all that much. Just how many more characters like this could my mind take? As it turns out, my mind was very open to Ryan and Ty and now let me introduce you to my latest character crush!

I have read each of Sean Black's 3 books in the series so far and was really looking forward to this book which is the fourth instalment in the Lock series. Ryan Lock and Ty make a brilliant team and have been through the mill with various assignments going wrong. Ryan and Ty are currently doing the security for a rap group when trouble comes to find them for a change. A young girl approaches Lock and tells him that he is the only one that can help track down the wealthy playboy Charlie Mendez who has been convicted on a number of crimes but has fled the US over the border into Mexico.

The story takes less than two chapters to get going with a pretty fast paced scene kicking all the action off. It seems that a few Bounty Hunters that have tried to hunt Charlie Mendez down have ended up dead, so Ryan and Ty make it their mission to bring him back to the United States. There is a sense of real authenticity in Black's books and you realise when you are reading that he has certainly done his homework. Knowing that Sean does things like a 24 day Intensive Body guarding Course makes you realise he takes his research seriously. Even more so when you find he spent time in Supermax Prison Pelican Bay also in the name of research!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So addictive August 3, 2012
By Shoegal
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I'm a fan since the first time I met Ryan Lock and his buddy Ty! The storyline is (yet again) very intense and you can tell that Sean Black takes a lot of time to look into research and makes sure he has the details down right. Great story that got me hooked right away, great twists, great cars, great guns and I'm in love with the characters. Since this is an all nighter, I just can't wait for the next book!!! Terrific!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great... August 19, 2012
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Fairly well written book with an original plot. Those are getting hard to find.
Somewhat wordy for my taste, as if the author was trying for a certain goal in
page numbers. The last third of the book I literally speed read, and I am reasonably
sure I didn't miss anything important.

If I am reading a book, I may put it down for 1-3 days to take care of other matters;
a key element of any book, to me, is if I can remember what was going on when I next
touch the book. In this case, I could. It is not a good sign if I can't, and I will usually
give up on the book at that point. Books I give up on do not get listed, just the authors
on my "Don't Bother" list.

So overall, a good book which will keep you occupied for a day or two, and which has solid
action, albeit wordy. Well developed characters, decent action, ending a little contrived
and sudden, but essentially OK. I grade all my reading, and this is a solid B.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but adheres to many of the Mexico myths December 24, 2013
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I live in Mazatlan, Mexico and travel widely throughout the country. I'm a Canadian journalist who semi-retired to the country 15 years ago. This is, after all, a work of fiction and, of course, Mr. Black is not going to offer readers a complex analysis of the Mexican reality. I understand that. I just wish American writers, of fiction and non-fiction, would offer more than one side to the story.
Having written that, the author has crafted an action-filled, rich novel. It's not an exaggeration to compare his writing to Lee Child and some of the finest contemporary murder-mystery authors. Those who read novels of the genre will enjoy Sean Black's writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK August 26, 2013
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Bad things happen. Hero arrives on the scene and makes a promise to a dying character. The second half of the book, the hero strives to keep his promise, which he does...of course. Need to stretch to believe the ending. Read it many times before, but handled better by other authors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read September 8, 2012
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Excellent Lock thriller! Full of twists and unexpectant turns which keeps you reading about this bounty hunter. Using Mexico is a plus with all the interest in that country right now. Great Read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Bounty: A Ryan Lock Novel September 7, 2012
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The book kept my interest all the way through. Good read. New author for me so pleasant surprise. I will definitly look for more books by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE DEVILS BOUNTY September 6, 2012
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An interesting read.Portrays the modern day corruption of mexico very well, and what can happen when you travel.An interesting read from start to finish
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ryan Lock novel yet
Believable plot, good characters, great action. I do wish Black would drop the improbable death of Lock's fiancé in the previous book.
Published 2 months ago by D. Rothwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and engaging
I enjoyed this one the most out of this series, so far. The story was coherent and relevant, at times almost feeling like a true crime account. Read more
Published 6 months ago by AndyChrist
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoy the Ryan lock books.
Published 6 months ago by pjayem
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Was worth the time. Not my favorite, but 7/10 on my scale. I would recommend this book to any fans
Published 6 months ago by L. O'Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better
Sean Black has hit a home run with this story. Fast paced, developed characters, lots of action, this is a really good read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stephen Tate Minnick
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready for the next book
Can't say enough about his writing. I had to read all of the books. He keeps you interested and you want to read the next book in the series.
Published 8 months ago by Cheri
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Justice!
The very best story by Black with a good ending by stopping the bad guy and finding justice for the victims!
Published 9 months ago by michael C
5.0 out of 5 stars great book.
The first three Ryan Lock books were action-packed and did not disappoint. This one did not either. Great read just like the others.
Published 9 months ago by Warren Netherland
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved "The Devil's Bounty"
Well written, believable characters and exciting action! I really liked the interaction between the main characters. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Published 10 months ago by KELVIN M LECOMPTE
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll want to read them ALL
I was looking for an author like Lee Childs, or Vince Flynn. I found Sean Black. He introduced me to Ryan Lock. I read the first 4 books of this series and can't wait for the next. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Debbie Bonde
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More About the Author

Fire Point (Ryan Lock 6) is available for pre-order now at Amazon.
To research the Ryan Lock series of thrillers, Sean Black has trained as a bodyguard in the UK and Eastern Europe, spent time inside America's most dangerous Supermax prison, Pelican Bay in California, undergone desert survival training in Arizona, and ventured into the tunnels under Las Vegas.

The Ryan Lock books have been translated into Dutch, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.

Sean is represented by Scott Miller at Trident Media in New York and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Los Angeles.

For more information and to find out how to contact Sean, please visit his website -

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