John Milton is a ghost. He was Number One. The most dangerous assassin in Group Fifteen, the black-ops organisation that solves problems when diplomacy has failed. Now Milton is Her Majesty's most wanted fugitive - an anonymous loner with a deadly set of skills.
So when he is arrested following a brawl in a Texas bar, the last person he expects to bail him out is a glamorous operative from the Russian Secret Service.
Milton is blackmailed into finding his predecessor as Number One. But she's a ghost, too, and just as dangerous as him. He finds himself in deep trouble, playing the Russians against the British in a desperate attempt to save the life of his oldest friend. Some ghosts are better left alone. But these two have been disturbed, and now there's going to be hell to pay.
Mark Dawson has worked as a lawyer and currently works in the London film industry. His first books, The Art of Falling Apart and Subpoena Colada have been published in multiple languages.
©2014 Mark Dawson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The John Milton series by Mark Dawson is excellent, but that not why I'm writing this review. The summer releases of new thriller novels by the best authors has already begun with Brad Thor's release this week. Since I always preorder those that most interest me (and a few other flyers), I'm going to list what I consider to be the best upcoming thrillers by date and author. I have all of these on preorder now.
June 21 The Traitor's Story by Kevin Wignall (stand alone)
June 21 The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg with
Scott Brick narrating (Fox & O'Hare series)
June 28 First Strike by Ben Coes (Dewey Andras series)
June 28 Ghosts of War by Brad Taylor (Pike Logan & Jennifer Cahill)
July 12 The Black Widow by Daniel Silva (Gabriel Allon series)
July 12 Ghost Sniper by Scott McEwen (Sniper Elite series)
August 1 The Jungle by Mark Dawson (John Milton series)
August 16 Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta (stand alone)
August 30 A Great Reckoning by Louise Perry (Gamache series)
I'll add that on October 11 the next Mitch Rapp series book Order to Kill by Kyle Mills will be released. I miss Vince Flynn, but Mills did a fine with the last book. It is available for preorder.
For those, including me, who cannot wait for the next Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child it is not yet available for preorder at Audible but the title is Night School and will be released on November 7.
If you are looking for a good author to try late in July Australian Liane Moriarty releases Truly Madly Guilty. It is available for preorder at Audible. Release is July 26. Expect fun, not intense suspense.
Finally, it's not yet available for preorder at Audible but Mark Greaney will release Tom Clancy: True Faith and Allegiance (Ryan Jr. series) on December 6.
Found this on Facebook. I'm a huge Jack Reacher fan and a long time Mitch Rapp fan. This is the best book yet! Great read!
Audible fan!...Why didn't I discover audiobooks sooner? I would rather listen than watch.
If you enjoyed the first three books of the series, this addition ties off many of the loose ends. It is a nice wrap up. I could quit listening to the series at the point because I feel like it is a good ending point but I am sure I will continue to listen to the rest of the series because they are fun. David once again does a good job of narrating the story. I have a few problems with it but if I mentioned it I would be spoiling some details and I hate it when people do that to me. John Milton is a little more like the person we expected him to be as Number One in this novel and that is probably why I liked it a little better than the other three.
I'm on an iPod so this is gonna be short. I started reading Mark D several years go with Milton. I've read em all and liked them all except one. That's a pretty high % for a new guy from an old one. As usual Highly Recommended.
Since I commute to work, easier to get through audio vs. print version
What happened to "Control", Beatrix's revenge, "One at a time"
This is by far THE best of the series so far. Book 1 was great with a few little glitches, but this one was realistic, believable, and exciting throughout. Dealing with old enemies turned friends(?), double crossing the double-crossers so all the bad guys lose, action and retribution and salvation, and a fine, fine ending. If the series ends here, it's a good one. But, wait, there's more! Let's just hope 5 can keep up with 4!
David Thorpe is amazing in his narration--any country, any dialect, any social level, any size person. So much better than those much-touted dramatizations (I couldn't tell anyone apart and you could see the studio mikes in front of them; in these books you are there in the midst of the action)!
No more needs saying-- if you like black ops and governmental assassins, especially one trying to do good, this is the series for you.
loved it couldn't put it down, fast action from start to finish, looking forward to the next book in the series
"Best in the John Milton series to date"
Punchy, great story ljne, straight into the action and much more of it than the first three John Milton books. Loved it.
"Milton really finds his stride"
I have really grown to love this series.. This is a gripping story with all the features you would expect from a great crime/thriller novel. Espionage, betrayal, various locations, and a great rolling story that carries you along. It's punchy, engaging and full of energy. Well worth a read. My only thoughts are that as good as David Thorpe is, some times his narration/character voices are more caricature than they need to be.. But over all this is an excellent novel and story and highly recommended.
"Best of the John Milton Books so Far"
I have enjoyed all the John Milton books but this one was particularly good resting well on the back history. Great Narration as well. Listen and enjoy.
"Russia, the US, Hong Kong and the UK - fun!!!"
John is following the many steps in the Alcoholic Anonymous programme. He is trying to make amends for the things he did while in service of he country.
This story involves him revisiting past failure and colleagues.
Lots of twists and turns.
"Edge of my seat reading!"
My favourite so far in the series. Similar to the Jack Reacher character but with more edge. Recently discovered this author and I think this book is the 4th in the series. I can't wait to read the next one.
"4th time lucky"
Now that's better
This is the 4th book in this series I've listened to and at last we had characters, a plot and action.
That's very difficult to answer as I'm not sure you can compare listening to reading. David's performance was first rate and excellent as normal. He brings characters to life in his own way. This can't be compared to reading yourself as although David's portrayal of the characters is excellent when reading yourself you make your own very real characters how you really see them.
No, but I did make the odd ooh noise.
Lets hope they continue to improve.
"John Milton's finest!"
This has to be John Milton and Mark Dawson's finest work yet. I was absolutely entertained to the maximum with these audiobook. Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed it and I Would recommend this book to anyone and everyone I know.
David Thorpe does such a good job playing John Milton I find myself craving his voice throughout my day at work! Relaxing enough to gently drift off to sleep to of an evening but exciting enough to keep you interested throughout the entire book.
Please buy this. You will love it.
"One of the Best"
This book ranks at the top of the audiobooks that I have listened to. It keeps you gripped for the next twist. The book is full is twists and turns that is unexpected, so I rate this series highly.
You should listen to the first of the series as they flow into each other but also stand along.
When control was taken down.
Very good. One of the best.
I don't have time for one sitting but can't wait to pick up where I left off.
I listened to all of the series so please continue with the John Milton books.
"Milton gets payback"
I thoroughly enjoyed my first audio book which was very well read. The description in the book is excellent which is more important when listening rather than reading.
It was good after three books and a short story to get the background on how Milton started and seeing him get some payback was especially satisfying. The introduction of new characters, one particularly important, was well handled and there were enough familiar faces for continuity. I can't wait to read the next chapter in Milton's story.
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