End Game

End Game

by Rachel Dylan


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When elite members of the military are murdered on the streets of Washington, DC, FBI Special Agent Bailey Ryan and NCIS Special Agent Marco Agostini must work together to bring the perpetrator to justice. Unfortunately, all evidence points to a Navy SEAL sniper whom Bailey refuses to believe is guilty.

When Bailey and Marco start to connect the dots between the victims, including a link to a powerful defense contractor, they wonder if there's a deeper cover-up at play. Then Bailey is targeted, and it becomes clear that someone is willing to kill to keep their dark secrets.

With the stakes getting higher by the moment in a twisted conspiracy, there's a rush against the clock to determine whom they can really trust. As allies turn to enemies, the biggest secret yet to be uncovered could be the end of all of them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764234309
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Series: Capital Intrigue Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 125,103
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rachel Dylan was a litigator in one of the nation's most elite law firms for over eight years and now works as an attorney at one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers. She is the author of the Atlanta Justice series and a number of Love Inspired Suspense novels and lives in Michigan with her husband. She is active on social media, and you can visit her website at www.racheldylan.com.

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End Game 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Kelly-T 13 days ago
Rachel Dylan has done it again. She has written a book that combines suspense, action and romance masterfully. I felt completely engaged in the book, I loved the characters and was anxiously waiting to see it all tie together in the end, and it did just that. End Game is a book where the person that appears to be guilty, is not guilty and the person that is supposed to be upholding the law is breaking it. It is also a book where two people who have put their career first find themselves falling for the other. I loved Dylan's Atlanta Justice series and this new series has me completely anticipating the next book. I cannot recommend this book enough. It is a book that will appeal to those that love a good drama and those that love a developing romance. I received an ARC of this book and I am delighted to share my feedback.
Nicole_C 16 days ago
End Game, Rachel Dylan’s first installment of her highly anticipated Capital Intrigue series, is a thrilling action-packed romantic suspense novel that keeps readers highly invested in the storyline until the very last page. As a huge fan of Rachel Dylan’s Atlanta Justice series, I was ecstatic to learn that her Capital Intrigue series takes place in Washington, DC and focuses on three women who became friends at Georgetown Law and found careers in different government agencies. FBI Special Agent Bailey Ryan and NCIS Special Agent Marco Agostini team up to solve the murders of several military men in Washington, DC. When another military member is accused of the crime, suddenly their entire case take a deadly turn and Bailey and Marco must discover the truth before it is too late. In End Game, Rachel Dylan creates another fantastic romantic suspense novel that I could not put down. I personally prefer plenty of romance intertwined with the suspense, and Rachel Dylan balances both elements of the storyline perfectly. She shares the inspirational message of hope for the future and God giving us strength even in our darkest times. I can’t wait to read book 2 in the Capital Intrigue series when Bailey’s friend CIA analyst Layla gets her own story. End Game is highly recommended for readers of romantic suspense, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Lynette Eason, Lynn H. Blackburn, Irene Hannon, and Dani Pettrey. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. “She no longer lived in fear of loss but in hope of what was to come.”
Melmanro 11 hours ago
End Game is Rachel Dylan’s first novel in the Capital Intrigue series set in the Washington, DC area. This series seems to be a departure from Dylan’s earlier legal thrillers, but is a worthwhile read nonetheless. The main characters Bailey Ryan and Marco Agostini are not lawyers, but special agents – one with the FBI and one with NCIS. When a Navy SEAL is found murdered with ties to an earlier murder, the two are called in to solve the case. As in Dylan’s other books, everyone is a suspect! I was kept guessing to the very end of the book. In addition, the action was intense and fast-moving. The romance takes a second seat to the action, but is satisfying. I will point out that there are numerous characters introduced in this novel, some of which will appear in later books, I presume. If you have a problem reading stories with a large number of characters, this may not be for you. Other than that, I would highly recommend this novel to readers of Rachel Dylan’s other books or readers who enjoy a good romantic suspense read. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to leave a positive review.
LLangley 3 days ago
Rachel Dylan’s novel End Game promises Dylan’s fans yet another exciting plot with relatable characters. It’s one of those novels you just can’t put down because you’ve got to know what happens next. After finding some elite members of the military murdered in D.C., FBI Special Agent Bailey Ryan finds herself working with NCIS Special Agent Marco Agostini to get to the truth. They don’t always see eye to eye on how to go about the investigation, and inter-agency cooperation isn’t always easy. As the team digs further and further and personal attacks get close adn closer, will the team be able to get to the truth in time? Those who love FBI/CIA/NCIS type novels will find a good read in Dylan’s End Game, which sounds like the first of a new series for readers to enjoy. And, while there is a love story, it’s not over the top, and it’s a good, clean book without any untoward scenes or bad language. Fans of suspense novels will certainly find what they’re looking for in this one. Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for this honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
MI_Reader 3 days ago
End Game is a great start to Rachel Dylan's new Capital Intrigue series. A page turner that leaves the reader guessing until the end. I loved the interaction between the FBI, NCIS and JAG. And then throw in other branches of the military, the Pentagon and the CIA, wow! Most of the book featured Bailey (FBI) and Marco (NCIS). They had to learn to be partners even though they represent different agencies. It was quite interesting to see how they worked together and learned to trust each other. I also enjoyed the side story of a young rookie NCIS agent as she grappled with self-confidence amid past pain she endured. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series, and am curious who it will focus on. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own.
train_lady 4 days ago
Bolero. Ravel's music classic is a fitting analogy for this book. It starts out slow and steady, beginning with two murder investigations. It isn't until the 8th chapter that the first bit of excitement really occurs. From that point on, the tempo increases until it reaches the crescendo at the end. This is a well plotted, well written book. The slow start may discourage some from reading the whole book. But, keep going. I don't believe you will be disappointed. The reality is most crime investigations are slow, steady periods of collecting evidence. Yes, we usually read suspense novels in the hopes of lots of excitement. But here, Ms Dylan has brought us back to earth, and given us a great story with some really interesting plot twists. Try as I did, I could not predict how this was going to end. And, I think that is reflected in the title. What was the end game? What in the world was going on? Good work, Ms Dylan! I thought the character development was good. A number of main characters were introduced, which I think are going to play major roles in future books in this series. That required spending time developing the back story for each to some extent. I didn't see this as a negative, rather just an effect of bringing in many important characters. I also liked the cooperation between the agencies involved. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Tessaboo 9 days ago
This is my first Rachel Dylan book. I have been wanting to read her for awhile now, so I was excited to see that End Game is the beginning of a new series. I really wanted to love this story, but sadly, I had a lot of issues with it. I never really felt immersed in this story. I felt more like a spectator. There is a lot of telling instead of showing- especially when it came to Marco and Bailey’s growing feelings for each other, which made it harder to be invested in their relationship. I also felt like some things that should’ve been obvious to those investigating the crimes weren’t. The secondary story about Izzy felt unneeded and was kind of distracting and the negative way she talked about Marco - her superior- made me kind of dislike both of them. Finally, I felt like the ending a was bit anticlimactic. All that being said, I do seem to be in the minority about how people are liking this story! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
More_Than_A_Review 9 days ago
End Game by Rachel Dylan had me on the edge of my seat. I think I scared my husband a couple times as I was reacting to the action in the book. I highly recommend this book. And clear your calendar when you start it. I read it in less than 48 hours. Bailey and Marco end up working together on what looks like a serial killer case. The other members of the team were excellent addition to the story. Rookie, Izzy and Jim created a great secondary storyline that added depth to the entire story. I enjoyed how the author emphasizes the female friendships and them welcoming in new friends. The story kept getting more and more intriguing. I had no idea how the people were related, who was the killer, and why they were killed. The author did an amazing job of continuing to reveal more and more information that surprised me. End Game kept me intrigued with complex characters and plenty of plot twists. I highly recommend this story. I am thrilled it is part of a new series. Sexual content - kissing Violence - possible serial killer, kidnapping, several killings, nothing that I found disturbing.
Mandy Elliott 9 days ago
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts below are my own. If you’re looking for a great crime mystery, then you’ll love End Game, the newest novel from author Rachel Dylan. When elite members of the military are found murdered, a team of investigators join forces to uncover a sinister and twisted plot. As an avid reader of romantic suspense, the premise to the story was not only creative, but genius! I loved how the clues uncovered lead to the ultimate exposure of a deadly plan. I enjoyed the aspect that this novel read like a favorite crime based television show with a cast of unique professionals from various areas of expertise including the NCIS, FBI, CIA, CID and even a defense attorney. I was excited to see how the case would be solved as Dylan kept me guessing with each turn of events, right up to the very end. The suspense of the story continues to build as clues are uncovered with a couple of very brief points of action and drama. Dylan’s writing style is very forthcoming and simple, making this an easy-to-read novel. She’s clearly quite knowledgeable and that shows well in her stories. As a romantic suspense novel, I personally expected a little bit more from this story. The characters, their emotions and the romance, unfortunately, felt only surface deep to me. Being a reader who craves depth and dimensions of well rounded characters, their struggles and faith, I wasn’t able to connect on a personal level with the main characters, Bailey and Marco, or their budding romance. I was hoping for some tension, deep discussions and connecting dialogue between them to make their personas and romance more believable. In addition, I struggled with some portions of the story that felt repetitive, especially when it came to Bailey and her connection with her friends, Viv and Layla. However, I did enjoy Izzy and her story. I do hope she will be a main character of another book in this series! What was revealed about her character was heartbreaking, and deep. Her friendship with Jay as he steps in as a father figure/mentor is a strong bond and one that is important. I also think Lexi was a strong, powerful character and I enjoyed her immensely. Lastly, since there were a lot of people being introduced in the story, it was necessary for me to slow down and process each person’s position as the dialogue moved quickly and was sometimes brief, especially towards the end. Overall, I recommend this book! I liked it for it’s plot, it’s intrigue and the mystery itself. Also, the faith elements in the book are solid and while not overly discussed, they provide a source of inner peace for the characters. I believe End Game is a novel that other readers should take a chance on to judge for themselves as it has many 5 star reviews on Goodreads. I recommend it to mature teens and those who enjoy romantic suspense, mysteries and Christian fiction. *I do believe it is worth noting that there are two triggers in the book for some readers - one is suicide (while the character does not commit suicide, it appears he does at first) and the second being an assault between a female and male officer. These are not discussed in detail, and are simply touched on, but I felt it was worth noting as some readers may have their own experiences that these mentions could be triggers for.
Melissa Andres 10 days ago
The first book in the Capital Intrigue series, End Game starts it off well. There is a ton of action going on in this book. Multiple federal agencies along with several military agencies lends itself to be full of suspense and intrigue. I enjoyed learning a bit more of that world and their terminology. The story is fast-paced and well thought out. I was pulled along, anxious to know what was going to happen. I also enjoyed the relationship between the hero and heroine. They have instant chemistry, but because they work together they're slow to allow anything to actual begin. I hope there's more to their story in the next book. All in all, I enjoyed the book and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series! I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
Floyd Johnson 10 days ago
Short Summary: He saved her life; she saved his life; they had fallen in love. The story was more involved than that simple summary. This faith-based romantic thriller was an alphabet soup of police agencies working to solve multiple murders in the Washington DC area: NCIS, JAG, Army CID, Seal Team 8, FBI, CIA, the Arlington Police Department, and the Arlington DA’s Office. Each had a role in bringing a group of criminals to justice - and they wanted to do it before any other innocent person was killed. As expected, Rachel Dylan has created an exciting and complex story worthy of the genre. The author has indicated that there will be future stories in this series; this reader hopes that the series brings back many of the same characters from the various federal agencies in future volumes, they worked well together as a team and some friendships were just beginning. The book would be a welcome addition to a church or public library. It would be enjoyed by those familiar with the author or genre. ______________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
PaulaShreckhise 10 days ago
End Game is the first book in a new series by Rachel Dylan entitled Capital Intrigue. It centers around our nations Capital. With the alphabet agencies teaming up to solve multiple murders, the clues get more and more confounding. The deeper the agents dig, the more complex and dangerous things become. I have read several of Ms Dylan’s books and this one is my favorite. It is full of confounding clues and many players but they are not hard to keep straight because each one is unique. I like that there are more than one blossoming romances to peek in on. The characters seem to realize that they need to take things slowly because the circumstances are fraught with danger. It is great that FBI agent Bailey Ryan and NCIS agent Marco Agostini have a faith to base their decisions on and they voice their prayers in difficult situations. This was a page-turner with a great plot. The dialogue and action scenes were very realistic. Just the kind of Romantic Suspense I enjoy. Excellent beginning to a new series. Bring on the next one. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
BrittanyMc 11 days ago
Nice start to an intriguing series set in the nation’s capital! The author had me guessing throughout the entire book regarding who was behind the murders and what appeared to be a cover up conspiracy. I enjoyed meeting new characters and watching as the team worked to uncover clues in their investigation. There was a light romantic thread between the main characters, Bailey and Marco, plus a couple of the side characters had potential relationships that added interest to the overall story. I enjoyed learning about Izzy’s background especially. I really enjoyed reading End Game and look forward to the next book in the series. (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Tama_Fortner 12 days ago
Three dead—a civilian, a Navy Seal, and an Army Ranger—and it’s another Navy Seal who is accused of their murder. This tightly written thriller will have you chasing leads alongside FBI Special Agent Bailey Ryan and NCIS Special Agent Marco Agostini, as the deadly trail stretches all the way to the highest levels of government. As the first in a new series, End Game suffers slightly from an abundance of characters, which can be distracting. But overall, it’s a chilling ride that makes me eager for the series to continue. *I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
RachsRamblings 13 days ago
This book is quite a ride so hang on to your seat! It’s got a great plot that keeps the reader engaged to the last page. There are a lot of characters in this book, but the author did a great job of giving just enough suspense to be engaged...but not so much that you end up totally lost at the end. Yes, that has happened before. The never ending twists and turns are fascinating, and they also make sense. The plot seems a plausible one. The characters are relatable and well developed. They don’t get lost in the suspense and drama of the read. I really loved that about this book. The romance was there, but well done not overdone. I really enjoyed this book by Rachel Dylan. She has become an author I want to follow and must read. If you love mystery and suspense grab a copy of End Game...grab the book and take the ride! I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
FHlady 13 days ago
Filled with fast-paced action that kept me riveted from start to finish, I found this debut book in Dylan's Capital Intrigue series fascinating. Set in Washington DC and vicinity, this book brings you into the heart of both military and civilian justice and spy agencies. Bailey Ryan is an FBI agent; and when a series of murders take place that appear to have a connection and two of the murder victims are specially trained military personnel, she finds herself working with Marco Agostini from the NCIS. The connection between Bailey and her 2 law school friends as well as the budding friendship with Izzy from NCIS was wonderful. Their support for one another was always foremost in their minds. The developing romances between some of the characters and others as they worked together was nice. Yet Dylan continually kept the suspense front and center, and it was never overpowered by the touches of romance. Dylan also did an excellent job of winding the faith thread throughout while making it appropriate to its placement in the story line. I also appreciated Dylan's research into the various agencies that became involved in this intrigue. I look forward to reading the next books in this series. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
Ian_Acheson 15 days ago
This is the first in a new series and like a number of authors Dylan introduces us to three girlfriends: Bailey, Layla and Viv who are all involved in the legal/homeland security business in some capacity. This is Bailey's story and I suspect Layla and Viv may well have their own stories later in the series. Dylan weaves an intricate plot involving the FBI, NCIS, Department of Defence and the CIA to create a suspenseful thriller that keeps the reader on their toes. Primarily because we never feel comfortable that Bailey is safe. It's clever writing. The story unfolds slowly and like her two main stars: Bailey and Marco we're never sure who dunnit and who's the ultimate bad guy. The relationships develop well through the story: will Bailey and Marco become more than just co-leads on the case, can Bailey and Layla's friendship survive the risks involved, can Izzy trust father-figure Jay sufficiently to share a secret that she's never disclosed and how will this team of Bailey, Marco, Izzy, Jay and Lexi work together to solve this complex web of combatants? I really appreciated the way Dylan highlighted the power of strong friendships and Jay's role as mentor to Izzy, allowing her to feel safe while encouraging her to grow in her experience and confidence as a rookie NCIS agent. But this is mostly about the intriguing plot. Dylan draws it out clearly having an understanding of how the various organisations function and work together. Sometimes I questioned whether it was realistic to present certain personal interactions occurring in very stressful moments but I guess this is fiction. And Dylan does a good job weaving the faith of Bailey, Marco, and Jay into the story. The last 100 or so pages are great. I couldn't put the book down needing to know who the bad guys are and how Dylan wraps it all up. If you enjoy suspenseful stories with some romance and a complex plot line, you'll enjoy this story. I'm especially looking forward to the second in the series and hope we see some of these characters again. I was fortunate to receive an early e-book version of the book from the publisher via NetGalley, however, this has had no bearing on my review.
72BRUIN 15 days ago
Great new series with a variety of intelligence.characters. When special ops soldiers are killed, NCIS and FBI join forces to find the cause. The more they look, the more tangled the web becomes. Add romance and faith to the mix, and you have something for every reader.
AndreaBy 15 days ago
Bailey is called to the morgue, along with her partner, where they are shortly thereafter introduced to NCIS agent Marco. Bailey is put on the joint effort of the NCIS and FBI in trying to find clues to the homicide and whether it ties in with another homicide, or a stand alone attack. We meet Izzy, Vivian (Viv) and Layla, along with Lexi, Derek, Tobias and Jay. As is typical with this author, I take each person introduced and try to figure out if they are as trustworthy as they seem. The puzzle pieces in this story come together with a lot of interaction between them. Set primarily in the DC area and southward, this is a book that won’t be put down until you reach the satisfying conclusion. A complimentary copy was provided by Bethany House. A review was not required and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
2074800 15 days ago
In End Game, FBI Special Agent Bailey Ryan teams up with NCIS Special Agent Marco Agostini to solve the murders of several victims. While the first is a civilian, the others are elite military. Are the murders connected? Will they find the perpetrator before others fall victim? Although evidence points to a Navy SEAL sniper, Bailey doesn’t believe it. When it becomes clear that there is a coverup, she becomes a target. Now who can they trust? The more they uncover, the more the truth is unclear and the more danger they find themselves in. Readers will be engaged from the first chapter when Bailey and Marco meet in the morgue, following the murder of a Navy SEAL who was off-duty. Dylan creates strong characters who are willing to dig for the answers and fight for justice. The relationship between Marco and Bailey is a clean romance but not the focal point of the story. Dylan pens a tightly-written suspense filled with well-developed characters, a faith element that is clearly evident but not pushy, and plenty of plot twists. Dylan introduces an ensemble of characters that will most likely appear in future books. Look for the second book in this series coming in the fall of 2020. Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.
DixieJudy 15 days ago
This is a great book filled with suspense and intrigue from beginning to end.  The characters were nice, decent, honest people who sought the truth, no matter where their case led. I liked the lead characters Bailey Ryan, FBI agent, and Marco Agostini of NCIS  who are working together along with others to try to find the guilty party.  There were three murders committed within days of each other, it seems there is a pattern. Possibly a serial killer?  But the people are unknown to one another. Is it just coincidence?  As Bailey and Marco begin to delve into these mysteries much unfolds. Nothing is as it seems. Many unanswered questions as they search  into the little they have to go on. If you like intrigue and suspense, mixed with believable characters, an interesting story plot and a little romance, be sure to read End Game by Rachel Dylan.......I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for providing a complimentary copy of End Game to read and review.
Virginiaw 15 days ago
This book was the perfect way to start a new series. The name of the series,Capital Intrigue, is perfect. This had so many twists and turns. I was left guessing until near the end of the book as to who was the bad guy in the story. All of the characters are wonderful. It will be so much fun to see how each character comes to life during the next books in the series. I did not want to stop reading this story. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Coolblue 15 days ago
Legal drama/suspense at it's best! End Game, which is set in Washington, DC, uses all the government and military agencies that we have heard about in the news - FBI, CIA, DoD, NCIS - and gives us an almost "behind the scenes" look at how they operate to solve a crime. In this first book of the Capital Intrigue series, a NCIS agent Marco Agostini and an FBI agent Bailey Ryan work together to try and decide if a murder was committed by a Navy SEAL. As the case progresses, they end up with more questions than answers and attempts on their lives show that they must be getting close to solving this case. Can they figure it out before someone else dies? And can they figure out what their relationship is going to be going forward - if they survive?! This story shows how the different agencies work together and how it take a team effort to solve a case since more people than just Marco and Bailey work on this. Suspense, a little romance, faith and lots of action - everything you need for a great page-turning mystery. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this is my honest opinion.
Christianfictionandmore 16 days ago
How am I just now discovering this amazing author!!! I have read so many mystery, suspense stories that I am always pleased when I am surprised that my suspect did not commit the crime, but in End Game I could never pin down a suspect. Rachel Dylan does an outstanding job of keeping the suspense alive and intense. Her plot is truly plausible, which is always appreciated. Her own legal background is likely a large contributor to that attribute. I am most definitely going to be on the lookout for book two in the Capital Intrigue series as well as her past releases. I am thankful to have received a copy of this book from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.
bsnksmom 16 days ago
When a book gets my heart pumping, I know the suspense is off-the-charts! End Game by Rachel Dylan had that effect often throughout, and added in a hefty dose of breath-holding. FBI Special Agent Bailey Ryan gets called in when a Navy SEAL is found murdered. As she arrives on scene, so does take charge NCIS agent, Marco Agostini, who informs her that NCIS will be taking over the case. Since the SEAL's murder was actually the second with very similar MOs, Bailey informs Marco that she is there to stay. All evidence in the case points to another SEAL, but Bailey is unconvinced of his guilt. Working together, they uncover a conspiracy that seems to reach into the Department of Defense and the CIA. As the body count mounts, and attempts on their lives grow increasingly desperate, can Bailey and Marco stay out of the crosshairs long enough for their team to solve the puzzle? If you are looking for a great suspense book with a side note of romance and faith in the God who sees, pick up End Game. Rachel Dylan's knowledge of the workings of the law brings a strong background to the story.