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Lock & Load: A Ryan Lock Story [Kindle Edition]

Sean Black , Rebecca Cantrell
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fresh from a stint undercover in Pelican Bay Supermax prison in Northern California, close protection operative Ryan Lock and his business partner, Ty Johnson, are in Los Angeles, tasked with protecting a young Hollywood actress from an abusive movie star boyfriend who refuses to accept that their relationship is over. But as Lock knows only too well, and Ty is about to learn, keeping someone safe from harm can be harder than it looks, and damage can come in unexpected forms.

Editorial Reviews


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"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." - Geoffrey Wansell, The Daily Mail
"Black's style is supremely slick." - Jeremy Jehu, The Daily Telegraph
"The pace of Lee Child, and the heart of Harlan Coben." - Joseph Finder, New York Times Bestseller (Paranoia, Buried Secrets)

From the Author

This Lock story, of roughly 15,000 words, can be read separately from the rest of the Ryan Lock series, as can each full-length novel. For readers following the books in order, the events described here take place between the second book in the series, Deadlock, and the third, Gridlock.

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  • File Size: 1622 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481087894
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sean, you're a tease! December 14, 2012
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People who have read my previous reviews will know that I have a bit of a character crush with Ryan Lock the man featured in the series of books written by Sean Black. I discovered his books from the first release and have not been let down once since then. His series of books featuring Ryan Lock and his partner Ty are absolutely brilliant. Sean Black has managed to integrate himself with the other major Crime players out there such as Coben, Lee Child etc. When I realised that he had released a short story in the Lock series I immediately downloaded it onto my Kindle.

Yesterday lunchtime I settled with my lunch and began to read. It took me less than a chapter to be thrown back with Lock and Ty. This short story features them protecting a young Hollywood actress from her rather violent and abusive Movie star boyfriend. As usual Lock and Ty fall into their usual banter and it was like seeing old friends again. This book does however (I am almost positive) go back in time a little bit to just before Gridlock. People who have been reading the series will probably have noticed this too. Don't get me wrong it didn't make the story any less enjoyable, it just threw me slightly!

The only problem I had with this, and it's a major problem for me, is that it was finished by the time my lunch break came to an end! For this reason alone I was not a happy bunny. I do believe Sean that you are a bit of a tease! How dare you flaunt my favourite lead male character and then whip him away again!?!? All I can do is console myself with the fact that a new book in the series should be due next year. For all those Lock fans this is a little teaser, and people that haven't read the series, a cheaper way to try before you buy if you like. I don't think you will be disappointed! <sighs heavily> I guess I will wait with baited breath until the next release before I get too excited again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading September 2, 2013
By Joy
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This is my second Sean Black novel and I am enjoying his writing. I look forward to reading his other novels. Ryan Lock is an entertaining character without all the violence and swearing in many other novels.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Pam
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Sean Black is my favorite new author, even though he's been on the publishing radar for a couple of years with his Ryan Lock Series about close protection operatives and "A Million Shades of Green", his sly look at the fan fiction genre that turned publishing on it's ear.

I digress. "Lock & Load" is Black's latest installment of the Lock Series, a short story nestled between books two and three and I suspect, a little teaser for Ryan and Ty fans while the author completes another book. It is a tasty little morsel and whet my appetite for another big book of Ryan and Ty. The operatives find themselves in the employ of an up and coming movie actress who is being abused by her has-been boyfriend. Black has said previously that he wanted to touch on a topical subject when we next meet Lock and he certainly has with the subject of relationship violence. In one scene, the young woman is being strangled by her drunk boyfriend, and it was so realistic that I saw the same stars that the character did. Black's empathy for his victim is evidenced by understanding of the emotional impact violence has on a victim. Further, the victim in this case has an additional issue with the monster boyfriend, unique to her profession and it is Ryan and Ty's resolution of this issue that is extremely satisfying. I wish they had done more.

Perhaps it is Black's extensive research on his topics (who can forget that he went to Pelican Bay, the Supermax prison in California) or his unique understanding of the human condition but whatever it is, his characters are well rounded, and interesting, whether they be the good or the bad guys. I wish someone would option this series and give us some visual entertainment, too, because "Lock & Load", short story that it might be, certainly deserves to be told. I am anxiously awaiting the next feast prepared by Sean Black with his Ryan Lock series. Well done and Bravo!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lock and load by sean black March 20, 2013
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well written action.not a top pick but I enjoyed reading it.A good yarn to read that is not loaded with a plethera of corpses
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5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Ryan Lock February 4, 2015
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This is the second time I’ve read this story, which is a rather long short story starring Ryan Lock. Ryan is also the protagonist in some full length novels which are now on my list. It was a nice taste for what is in store as I read more of Black’s thrillers. In this one he’s protecting a young female Hollywood star from her action/adventure movie star ex-boyfriend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A locked and loaded crime adventure. July 8, 2014
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Keeps you locked and loaded. I couldn't put it down. Great crime adventure. I really enjoy this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once again a good read May 27, 2014
By Cheri
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Good writer. Stories are good. Would recommend. I haven't read a book of his that I didn't like. Waiting for his next book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not into the Hollywood scene April 30, 2014
By Ising
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Ok for a short story. I'm looking forward to reading a full length novel of his. This book was about a totally different subject but since I had it I read it. The next book will be the real test
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars it keeps you waiting for more!
any story on hollywood usually interests me and these characters within this story are on the edge and compelling,with listeners waiting to hear in anticipation of what will happen... Read more
Published 5 months ago by robert a. falls
1.0 out of 5 stars Read at your own peril
Sorry I purchased several of his books. Stories are his political agenda using American heroes as despicable criminals to portray actions not even believable or accurate. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul W. Stern
1.0 out of 5 stars Asinine
I found this one of the most asinine 'action thrillers' or whatever genre it is supposed to be! I felt cheated. This has got to be one of the most boring ripoffs I have ever read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jacob C. Kallivayalil
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be listed as "2B" in the series
I read this after book 3 in order & realized the error with the beginning of the Malibu beach house experience. I enjoyed it even though it was short... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Deidre A. Connell
2.0 out of 5 stars It seemed like the author did not know how to end the ...
Decent story line, about what you would expect from the rest of the series. I gave it a two stars only because it was so short. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent for an Afternoon Read
A very well written short. Fills a gap or two in between novels. However, I just wanted a little more into the mind of Ryan. Not much to conplain about, just wanted more.
Published 7 months ago by Steven Launsby
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the characters but it was hard to get a ...
I enjoyed the characters but it was hard to get a feel for them in a short story if this is your initial exposure to them.
Published 8 months ago by james n benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great story
Published 9 months ago by Debra Ault
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Decent storyline &; kept me involved until the end.
Published 10 months ago by pjayem
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