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Lockdown (Ryan Lock #1)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  471 ratings  ·  58 reviews
A high concept conspiracy thriller that delivers every step of the way.

It may be Christmas in New York, but for ex-soldier turned élite bodyguard Ryan Lock it's business as usual: his mission is to protect one of America's most ruthless businessmen. Suddenly gunshots ring out. People run for cover. Innocent people are mown down. Amid the chaos, Lock's hunt for the killers...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published August 2nd 2010 by Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group) (first published July 30th 2009)
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Started off fantastic!
I love to get lost in a book, whether it is a mystery, a thriller, SciFi, Fantasy, History, Biography…it doesn’t matter, as long as the writing is good, the mistakes kept to a minimum, and the characters engaging with a good and believable plot. Lockdown started off with all of these. I had no trouble getting into Ryan Lock, the main character, and the plot seemed to be moving along at a nice pace, with no big holes; in fact, I was so involved I read half the book the first...more
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Well I am a fan of this type of book anyway and wondered whether this would be up to scratch. There is so much competition out there that it is hard to grab the readers attention but can honestly say that Sean Black certainly grabbed mine. This is the first novel with the lead character of Ryan Lock. Lock is an ex-soldier who now works for a Pharmaceuticals company. He runs the operations team there as an elite bodyguard. Things turn sour when an animal protest march goes wrong and Lock is worki...more
Book Addict Shaun
After reading so many books of this genre I was becoming quite bored with it. Nothing shocks or surprises you anymore when you've read so many similar books. That said I loved this book (and read it in 24 hours). I liked the main character immediately and the story was good too and kept you guessing for most of the book, and even after certain characters are revealed for what they are the twists still keep coming resulting in one of my favourite endings of a book (in this genre anyway, similar s...more
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Blood Rose Books
In his debut novel, Sean Black looks to what extend a man will go to discover the truth, even it cost him everything.

Christmas eve in New York and still the city is not sleeping and that includes the protesters outside one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the United States and it is Ryan Lock's job to keep the CEO of the company safe. When an assassination goes wrong, and there are innocent bodies littering the street Lock believes this was something more than an assassination attempt....more
LOCKDOWN is the first book in Sean Black's Ryan Lock series and I'm very excited that I don't have to wait a year for the next book - one of the benefits of discovering a series late. This is a fun action-adventure novel with a little bit of everything in it. You can't argue that Lock's a real character when he's knocked out in the first 20 pages. And the shaved head with stitches isn't going to win him People's Sexist Man contest. But he's smart and funny and determined; I think I'm smitten. Lo...more
Jenifer Mohammed
Really enjoyed it!

This as a great story. It starts off with Ryan Lock providing close protection services for a corporation when an animal rights protestor is murdered, then a young boy is kidnapped and the story explodes. There are layers of complexity and it's hard at first to figure out who the bad guys really are. When you finally realize what is going on, it will stun you. Great first entry in the series!
I Love Reading
I really struggled at the start of this book. I just couldn't get into it and my concentration was everywhere but the book.
Reading when poorly is not always a good idea.
Luckily i'd seen some good reviews on the book by a couple of trusted book bloggers, so i put it down for a few days and started it again when i felt a little better.

Right from the start then, I liked Ryan Lock, the main character. (only liked.. so my reading blogger friend Kat, doesn't have to rip my eyes out thinking i want hi...more
Jim A
Nothing really special here. First book of a series that unfortunately I have read out of order.

On the plus side it is a fast paced thriller covering kidnapping, assassination, terrorists and corporate misdeeds.

On the negative side, it's very predictable.

But, as it was a Free For Kindle offering, it was very inexpensive entertainment.

Connie Becerra
Another good series to read.
Elizabeth Maddrey
Enjoyed this quite a bit - nearly 5 stars, honestly. Definitely in the realm of Brad Thor (not quite up to Vince Flynn), a solid, page-turning ride.
The alternative to Jack Reacher, but without all the action and the kick-ass attitude. Ryan Lock is as smart but still human!
Rishika S.
I'd been meaning to read Lock Down for a while now. It's blurb had me hooked and I expected to read an absolute blockbuster of a book that would keep me at the edge of my seat. But while Lock Down has many good things that are going for it, it also has its downfalls that pull its rating lower. I would have expected this book to gain a 4 star or more but, for me, it's settled at 3.5 stars out of 5.

The good aspects of the book include Sean Black's writing style. His style reminds me a lot of Lee C...more
Stephen Henning
This book (and the whole Ryan Lock series) is often compared with Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels. Rightly so, as it sits in the same "gritty thriller with a tough uncompromising hero" space.

I've only read Lockdown so far. Lock is a good character. More vulnerable than the unstoppable, superman Reacher. He's equally tough and shrewd, with a similarly strong sense of justice, which he's not afraid to mete out himself.

I enjoyed the book, but personally I thought there were a few flaws, mainly plot...more
Kathleen Wild
No Jack Reacher

While the storyline moves along, propelled by action, and some of the characters have good bones, Black's novel did not leave me wanting more adventures by the protagonist. For what it's worth, I felt this plot was thick on violence and shock value more than substance and promise of a good series.
Bev Taylor
do we have a new hero here!

sean lock, security guard, with people in high places who r not what they seem

joseph finder describes the author as - writes with the pace of lee child and the heart of harlan coben

would make an excellent film - very topical

cannot wait to read more of his novels

open up and sit tight!


p.s. the title of the book will become clear - though it could be one of two. tell me what u think!
High Wycombe Library
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Tyson Adams
Sometime last year Matt Hilton recommended a few authors to me, one of them being Sean Black. I dutifully downloaded a sample of Lockdown onto my Kindle, just letting it sit there, doing the electronic equivilent of gathering dust. Actually, in the digital age, I wonder if we will develop so many little phrases like "gathering dust" since the electronic medium has a lack of physical presence to have relatable descriptions assigned.

Over a year later I finally started Sean's first novel, bought th...more
Sharon Michael
Somewhat predictable plague/weapons of mass destruction plot with government and corporate involvement. Entertaining read with a fast pace throughout and pretty well maintained tension. The characters were not as individual as I'd prefer, though that may come with later books in the series. Generally speaking, an entertaining A/A read that held my interest.

My biggest criticism would be the romance interest, which seemed to have been added for just two reasons. One, a media link was needed for th...more
Gail Frisbie
I have found a new author.

I was looking for a new author, and I found one. This book was easily read and kept my attention. I like Ryan, Ty and Angel. I am purchasing the next one right now!
Lindsay Schmid
Great read

Great read

four stars most definitively earned !! action packed. ending unexpected. well written easy read. excited to read more by Sean black.
This was my fourth and final choice from the Transworld Summer Reading Challenge. Whilst chick lit is a favourite genre of mine I also love bloke lit so I thought it'd be good to include a new bloke lit author in my selection. Within a few chapters of this book I was very glad I'd picked it.

Lockdown is the story of Ryan Lock, a security expert employed by a company that is involved in testing products on animals. Within the early chapters everything blows up, the pace picks up and I found myself...more
Stacey Wright Aumock
I had a terrible time getting into this book. Yes, there was a lot of action from the get-go, but it just didn't resonate well with me. It seemed too much, too soon - and not terribly realistic. I decided to keep with it and accept the book for what it is. I thriller with a hero. Once I made it through the first half, I couldn't put it down! It is action packed and the lead character, Lock, grew on did the other characters. I am planning to read the next in this series. Overall, this is...more
Ryan Lock is a fascinating character. He is almost completely fearless, and attractive to women. He can be tender, when it comes to a small boy like Josh, or a rehabilitated dog like Angel. He protects his clients, but is not afraid to get into a fight. This story touches on the subject of testing on animals--very briefly--thank heavens. There is some talk of viruses, and their antidotes. Probably the other unforgettable character is Mareta, a tough refugee woman who is resourceful in bombmaking...more
Sean Black's main character, the Lock of the title, is the best bodyguard/security specialist to appear in crime fiction since Greg Rucka introduced Atticus Kodiak to crime readers. Black writes smoothly, adds some nice humorous touches, and has oroduced a serviceable plot. Lock even has a sidekick, Tyrone, who is worthy of attention. I suspect that Lock is not the center of the next book, but I'd like to see him in action again. (I received this book as a free copy via Goodreads, but would buy...more
Ralph Halse
An excellent read full of action following a great plot. Readers will not be disappointed with this twisting, turning read of intrigue.
Hayden Skilling
I read this book having first read Gridlock, which I thoroughly enjoyed. First of all, I love the fact that although these books are in a series, they can be read as stand alone books. Regarding this book specifically, I love the ease with which it can be read, particularly its small chapters and it's overall size. Character development is great and I can't fault the pace of the plot. Will certainly be reading deadlock very soon!
Same old, same old. At least Lock wasn't a super hero. Brand acts and sounds like some PMC's contractors do, but I doubt if anyone would get away with running over a citizen in NY -- only in Baghdad. Lock has been compared to Lee Child's Jack Reacher. Maybe that's why I'm no enamored with this book--I don't like the Reacher books.
Ryan Lock is hired to guard one of the top business men in New York and, suddenly, shots ring out. The collateral damage barely slows Ryan Lock down as he chases through New York, hot on the heels of whoever is responsible for the carnage ...

A delight to read, well-plotted, fast-paced and easy to get hooked in by both Ryan and Ty
It's always great to find a new author that writes a good story. I enjoyed Lockdown and do recommend it if you like the genre.

My main quibble is that I read the ebook version on my Kindle and there were formatting issues throughout the entire book. Kind of annoying.
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I write the Ryan Lock series of thrillers, which feature ex-military bodyguard Ryan Lock and his partner, former Marine, Ty Johnson. The first two books in the series, Lockdown and Deadlock, hit the Official UK Top 50 Bestseller Chart, and the third, Gridlock, has just been released in hardback. They have have also been translated into Dutch, German, and Russian.

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