EXCLUSIVE: LETHAL RANGE, the Next Matthew Redd Thriller from The Real Book Spy’s Ryan Steck Announced

On August 15th, 2023, Matthew Redd returns for more action in Lethal Range, the next thriller from Amazon bestselling author Ryan Steck (The Real Book Spy).

New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor says Redd, who was first introduced in Fields of Fire (2022), the debut novel from The Real Book Spy, “has cemented himself as the go-to man in a bad situation.” That line will soon be put to the test in Lethal Range, a direct sequel to Fields of Fire, which picks up with Redd hot on the heels of one of the most wanted fugitives in the world.

Set mainly in Montana, readers can expect plenty of action to go with another dangerous conspiracy lurking in the shadows, one that Redd must confront head-on . . . before he loses those closest to him.

“I had a lot of fun writing this book,” Steck told his own outlet, “because there were a number of themes that I wanted to touch but couldn’t for one reason or another in Fields of Fire. Also, I wrote my real-life best friend into the story as a major character, so keep an eye out for Mikey Derhammer—who is also Redd’s closet friend. People who follow me on Twitch and in Discord have already gotten to know the real Mikey, and I’m excited to introduce him on the page next August.

“As for Matty, well, he is up against it in a big way in this book. Whereas Fields of Fire had a lot of mystery elements to it, Lethal Range is pretty heavy on the action, including one sequence I’m particularly proud of that I hope blows readers away.”

Check out the official plot details below.


From the Real Book Spy, Ryan Steck, comes another riveting Matthew Redd thriller.

On an island off the coast of Spain, Matthew Redd and his FBI fly team surveil a luxury villa in hopes of catching a high-value fugitive. But when Redd leads an unauthorized raid on the villa, he discovers they’ve been set up, and he is sent home to face the consequences of defying orders.

Meanwhile, Redd’s wife, Emily, is on a remote stretch of Montana road driving their sick baby to the doctor when she finds her SUV surrounded by a biker gang intent on harassing her. As the bikers pound her fenders and her infant son screams, Emily fights to keep the SUV on the road . . . and then suddenly the bikers back off, leaving her safe but shaken.

Redd returns home, suspended from his team and certain that he is to blame for Emily’s harassment after his run-in with the local biker gang the year before. Fearing that there is more to come, he prepares to defend his family. But Redd soon learns the gang is stronger in numbers than he could’ve imagined, and there is more behind their vendetta than he could’ve guessed. As his son’s condition worsens and his beloved ranch faces financial ruin, he finds himself fighting a war on multiple fronts―one he can’t win on his own


Ryan Steck is a freelance editor, an author, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Real Book Spy. Ryan has been named an “Online Influencer” by Amazon and is a regular columnist at CrimeReads. His debut novel, Fields of Fire, was an Amazon bestseller and received praise from #1 New York Times bestselling authors C.J. Box, Jack Carr, Kyle Mills, Brad Meltzer, and Mark Greaney.

Readers excited to check out Lethal Range can pre-order the next Matthew Redd thriller here or anywhere else books are sold. For more information, including behind-the-scenes details and exclusive giveaways, make sure to follow Steck on Twitch and on The Real Book Spy’s Discord server.


Brynn “SlayBae” Steck, 23, is a full-time Twitch streamer and part-time assistant editor at The Real Book Spy.com. The oldest of six kids, Brynn shares a passion for books with her father, Ryan, who founded The Real Book Spy in 2014, and began contributing non-review content in the fall of 2022.

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