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Lock & Load

(Ryan Lock & Ty Johnson #2.5)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  326 ratings  ·  24 reviews
A short story featuring private security specialist, Ryan Lock.
Fresh from a stint undercover in Pelican Bay Supermax prison in Northern California, Ryan Lock, and his business partner, former US Marine 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.
Paperback, 68 pages
Published December 16th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published December 9th 2012)
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Jim A
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Quick read. Listed at 70 pages, but it reads like is less than that. Ryan Lock fans might be interested, but those who are not familiar with the character might want to try one of the full length novels first.

Lock Down is the first of the series.

Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: electronic
brief synopsis:
sean black fills in the blanks on how ryan and carrie acquired their malibu home.


named personalities:
summer clements - ryan's principal; a hollywood actress
jason durham - the threat; summer's highly unpredictable movie star boyfriend
ryan lock - a bullet catcher; a former british royal military police
tyrone 'ty' johnson - ryan's black business partner; a former marine
carrie - ryan's reporter fiancee
angel - ryan and carrie's yellow labrador
frank bernstein - head of sum
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Very short story and a deviation from the usual Lock plot.
The feeling that it could have developed into a full blown novel takes at least a half star away from the verdict. The starting point is good and I had the feeling a lot in the plot could have been described more accurately, a lot could have used as a launchpad to develop the story.
A bit of a missed opportunity.
Gail Mchugh
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love the story but extremely disappointed with Goodreads. This book should be 3.5 not 4.5 in the series. I will admit I have a bit of OCD. But we went backward in the timeline about this one.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What's not like Lock is great ty is funny short but smart great read. ...more
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Like Ryan lock, but this was a short story but still good.
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Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
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 ...more
Michael Jones
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I received this short novel in the mail I thought this is going to be an empty attempt to fill a gap in a series. A series I had not previously read. However, I started reading and found that it was more or less a stand alone volume.

Sean Black immediately draws you into Lock and Ty's world. The little bit of back story worked nicely to bring in new readers, such as myself, and gave just enough character build to hold readers. The main plot of the story being the need to protect a starlet
Sean Randall
Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Divided as to whether or not I'd read a full length novel about these guys. A short story was a great way to get into them, though.

Disclosure: I won this book as the result of an astounding giveaway by Graham Storrs publisher, because of my review of his then newly-published novel True Path. True Path is a sequel, but please check out the rest of my reviews of Graham's books and other works published by Momentum, his publisher.
Keith Nixon
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable book. Ryan Lock is bodyguard to Hollywood actress Summer Clements. Her just ex boyfriend and actor Jason Durham has attacked her. He threatens to make her life difficult unless she takes him back. Lock is employed to get rid of Jason.

This novella was a fast read, I went through it I one sitting. It's a decent page turned and a good introduction to Lock. I'll be looking out for more by Black.
James Groenestein
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, action
I think I've just found another favourite author!!

This short book is a great read.

The author has created great characters, a brilliant plot that explores abusive relationships, and mixed it all up with Hollywood.

What's great about this piece, is that it's a stand alone book but can be integrated in to the surrounding series too.

Will definitely be checking out the rest of the series!!
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a short story this was rather predictable, and provided no surprises. It does serve as a taster to this writer's style, and to full length books in the series. Due to the length of the read I couldn't really get any affinity with any of the characters. I am undecided as to whether to seek out any of the other books from the series. ...more
Christine bonner
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
this is a quick read about Ryan Lock

he and ty have to look after a movie star who is having trouble with a ex

it all fun and games but there is a twist to it as you will find out

i love reading Sean Blacks books an this is a book that i am sure you will all like
Hayden Skilling
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I love the concept of having Ryan Lock short stories but this first one fell a little flat for me. It may just have been that it being a short story led to greater predictability relative to Black's other books. Still a good read nonetheless. ...more
Michelle Douglas
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not the first book in the series but as it is such a short book I don't think it mattered that I had not read any of the others. It was a decent story about the work of Ty and Lock doing their job to protect a young Hollywood actress ...more
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Eh. Wasn't my kind of book. But it's just a short story, maybe the full novels are better. ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this short story, it was enough to hold me until the next book comes out.
Vicki - I Love Reading
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
quick easy enjoyable read.
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent short story but was a bit predictable. I would not mind reading one of the novels in this series though as then there is more time to build anticipation and suspense.
Very good! I'll be reading all of the Ryan Lock Series. I rated this one 4.8 stars. Jim read this one 5-10-14 and gave it 4 stars. ...more
Cameron Geddes
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
OK - just. Too much like a promo for the other books (which are far better) than a story itself.
My first Ryan Lock book! Was okay, but perhaps a bit too short to get an idea of whether I would really enjoy any more.
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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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Other books in the series

Ryan Lock & Ty Johnson (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Lockdown (Ryan Lock, #1)
  • Deadlock (Ryan Lock, #2)
  • Gridlock (Ryan Lock, #3)
  • The Devil's Bounty (Ryan Lock, #4)
  • The Innocent (Ryan Lock #5)
  • Fire Point (Ryan Lock, #6)
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  • Second Chance (Ryan Lock #8)
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