The new book from acclaimed writer Mark Dawson (author of the number one best-selling John Milton series), In Cold Blood is an action-packed thriller about ruthless betrayal and bloodthirsty vengeance.
Beatrix Rose was the most dangerous assassin in an off-the-books government kill squad until her former boss betrayed her. A decade later, she emerges from the Hong Kong underworld with payback on her mind. They gunned down her husband and kidnapped her daughter, and now the debt needs to be repaid. It's a blood feud she didn't start but is going to finish. Beatrix has already crossed one name off her Kill List. Her second target is a mercenary being held hostage by Somali terrorists. Can she infiltrate the most dangerous failed state on the planet and scrub him off the List, too?
Packed with explosive action and pause-resistant suspense, this is the must-listen first novel in a brand new series that is sure to be as successful as the John Milton series.
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In some ways, better.
Beatrix Rose- Dynamic and just doesn't quit
Neither. Got the adrenalin pumping
This is the first audiobook that I have had but I was very impressed with the ease of use and it was also a great story to start me off wanting more.
There was plenty of action throughout the story but the escape from the town after the attack was very well put.
again it's my first audiobook.
Revenge is best served HOT.
Overall a great experiance.
I have already recommending this book and the author, Mark Dawson, to friends. The story is richly textured and well written. The characters are well drawn and sympathetic, with a depth rarely found in thrillers. Mark Dawson draws portraits of his characters descriptively with crisp and clean writing.
When Beatrix brought the hostages out of the house when the Seals could not, and got the hostages on the boat to safety. It gave me the feeling that Beatrix could do whatever she wanted to do, and complete it successfully and well
I enjoyed the time Beatrix spent at the riad and the description of the house. It gave me the feeling of security for Bella and Beatrix, almost like wrapping them in safety.
When Beatrix talked of her motivation to go after the team who turned on her. She had no choice. The best defense is a good offense.
The whole Beatrix Rose series, as well as the John Milton series, is well worth the read. Complex characters with heart and guts. It doesn't get any better.
A well written and well interpreted action packed thriller. If you like fast paced, explosive storytelling 'In Cold Blood' ticks all the boxes. A great listen from start to finish.
Fast paced but not spoon fed. Interesting and varied wording, leaves the reader to fill in some gaps instead of just making things too obvious.
This was my first revenge oriented book and its style is fairly unique. I've read a variety of series (Lee Child, Steve Berry, Harlan Coben, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, Michael Harvey, Daniel Judson, Robert B. Parker, and Stuart Woods) and the most informative thing I can say is that is really isn't like any of them. It's shorter like Connelly's books, descriptively violent and cold-blooded like Jack Reacher series, but you're drawn to find out more about Beatrix by reading other, related books. I don't know if this is good or bad but kudos to Mr. Dawson for creating the interest.
Various voicing was unforced and pretty natural.
Sassy bitch revenge
It's a quick listen that you won't want to turn off
They picked the wrong woman.
Mark Dawson's style is easy yet exciting . He doesn't overthink his story lines, choosing instead to stick to the plot, the action and the character development. I'm hooked - they're quick reads and guilty action pleasures.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I listened to all three of Mark Dawson's incredibly suspenseful Beatrix Rose novels almost a years ago. In Cold Blood is Book 1 but reading the entire series is a must. I have never read a more powerful espionage series. Each of the three audiobooks is available at Amazon to Kindle Unlimited members for $1.99 each. Or you will pay $3.99 for each Kindle book and $1.99 for each Audible audiobook. Either option is less expensive than buying at Audible.
In Cold Blood is not quite as powerful as Blood Moon Rising or Blood and Roses. There will be no more Beatrix Rose deries books (other than the earlier The Hong Kong Stories) because the protagonist has terminal cancer and dies at the end of Blood & Roses. I have previously reviewed Blood and Roses and The Hong Kong Stories.
I deliberately listened to the Audible version before reading the book. I enjoyed it so much, as soon as I finished the Audible, I purchased the first 3 books in the series. I have not read the print version of book one yet. I expect pro's and con's for both methods and hopefully will be able to update this review later.
The twists and turns of the story caused Rose to react in ways that fit, yet not knowing what was happening next or how she would react definitely kept me awake and listening long after I should have been in bed.
Mark's ability to represent each of the characters gave them shape and texture that I might not have conceived in reading the book, broadening the story beyond my personal experience and knowledge.
Paybacks are a Mother!
I had not listened to an "audio book" since using them for business books, 15 years ago. Those business books were typically dry, boring lecture format.
In contrast, I was delighted by Mark Deakin's ability to draw me into the world and story that Mark Dawson created and shared with us.
having the characters brought to life through hearing it read.
Beatrix Rose. The detail of her having a deadline due to her illness. Pushes the story and the character along.
The ability to readily tell the difference between characters.
Definitely! The first installment in the Beatrix Rose series opens swiftly with a great standalone story as well as introducing many characters who you anticipate will span several of the books. Like the John Milton books before, author Mark Dawson does a great job at writing gritty, believable, main characters with checkered pasts transplanted into the present where the world is a series of shades of grey, rather than simplistic black and white. Unlike some books which can get bogged down in backstory, In Cold Blood does a great job of fleshing out the characters whilst keeping the action moving and expanding on the world first introduced in the John MIlton series.
Jason Bourne series, special forces (Chris Ryan, Andy McNab), tv dramas like "Strike Back".Tight, surgical, action packed and paced like it's lead character. If you find the clandestine world of special operatives fascinating, In Cold Blood won't disappoint!
The build up to the hostage rescue attempt. The motivations of the main character are different to what one might normally expect, and so the scene develops in a way that is far from cliched and set-ups nicely for what is to come..
The clock is ticking for everyone...
Prior to Beatrix Rose: In Cold Blood, I finished author Mark Dawson's first John Milton novel. Like mark's previous books he does a great job in "In Cold Blood" of writing believable, highly engaging characters with a good balance of backstory and present-day action to keep the story swift and placing the reader at the centre of the action as the characters practice their tradecraft. Well written, highly believable, looking forward to the next in the series!
"Well worth a read!"
Interesting, Exciting, Thinking
The scene where she slits the throat of the next on the list.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I didn't think the subject matter was something I would enjoy. How wrong I was. The book is well written and pulls you into the story. The emotion and characters are believable and you just want to hear what happens next. I can't wait to get the next in the series just to see what happens. Will she make it? Will she finish her wish list?
"Fast pace gripping novel from Mark Dawson"
Great 'read' / listen. Starts well, gripping, engaging with great detail and suspense from start to finish. Fantastic character, driven by different motivations. Great spin off from the John Milton series. Well done Mark Dawson and more please.
"Beatrix book 1 review"
Great action and attention to detail throughout. A high octane seat of your pants action thriller. Ticks all the boxes. Believable protagonist with lots of backstory, helping to fuel subplot as Beatrix dispatches her brand of justice on those that have wronged her.
"Wild rose in a violent garden"
I listened to the audio edition in it's entirety before starting the print version so, yes.
Beatrix Rose's gift to her daughter
All of the descritive scenes of habitations - they are alive and vibrant., very visual.
Not moved, no, but the description of the hostage taking and holding by the pirates/terrorists was chilling.
After a very brief initial dismay at the reader's accent, and unlike some earlier reviewers, I found the narration matched perfectly with the fast paced story and the dialogue was skilfully done, each character being identifiable - not an easy task.
I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to Beatrix Rose's next assignment.
Exciting, Accurate, Fast.
Beatrix. She was strong yet vulnerable.
My first time
Agent B the revenge.
A thriller that you wanted to listen to until the end.
The plot is good and the descriptions of the places and experiences accurate as far as I can tell.
The characters are very realistic and you soon get to feel their situations.
The narration is clear and well read.
This is the first book that I have listened to from Mark Dawson which has me already looking forward to purchasing book 2 in this series and also looking back to his earlier novels.
I really recommend this audiobook.
"Cracking story rather let down by narration"
I haven't read the print version of this story, but having read other books by the same author which I have thoroughly enjoyed, I suspect that both would be equally enjoyable. The audio edition could be better than the print version with a better narration
The heroine Beatrix Rose is my favourite character, she is very well developed in the story, and the 'back story' to why she is on the vendetta is very well explained.I also like the light and dark of this character, she is a loving and caring mother (albeit with some rather strange ideas on what makes a good education!) but is also a ruthless and skilfull killer.
The narrator had a rather droning voice, and I found it difficult to concentrate on the story for more than about 45 mins. at a time, so anyone with a more involving voice and who could do a more convincing english accent would be preferable.
The story, particularly towards the end is very exciting, but the narrator's voice didn't really convey this, and didn't carry any particular emotion, which I believe detracted from the overall impression.
"A Cold Blooded Heroine"
Not seen the print version, so cannot compare. Although, as the narrators voice lacked character or interest, perhaps reading this might have been preferable?
It was a true thrill-ride. And this features a woman at its heart, without much of a heart. This was both am interesting twist, and at times, disturbing.
No, this is my first. His voice became a bland drawl by midpoint.
Not really, as Mr Deakins's voice grated on me so I needed regular breaks.
The story was good, if you like a cold hearted heroine who kicks butt without smudging her lipgloss and never much cares for the outcome. Certain scenes I found overly described, others were more fluid and fun, others dark and moody. The narrative unfolds well, and I'm reading something else by this author, and he is talented. Overall I'd recommend you give this a go if you enjoy thrillers.**I was lucky enough to received a free copy of this book for an honest review.**
"Betray your top assassin and expect trouble!"
Beatrix's story grabs you from the very start and you fully back every piece of violent retribution she dishes out
The action scenes, of which there are plenty and how the author builds the character of Beatrix. She's cold, ruthless, relentless yet vulnerable. You would definitely want her on your side
Not wanting to give anything away - too many to mention but the series is set up very well for the next instalment
Yes, it made for a very enjoyable long haul flight. The hours flew by
"Some people will enjoy it I guess"
If I had known the kind of book it was!
Gerald Seymour or similar
Not too bad. Ponderous at times, and a decidedly mixed British accent, but otherwise ok.
All the ones where the heroine kills numerous enemies with numerous weapons in numerous unlikely situations and remains almost entirely unscathed herself. And all without remorse or reflection.
I bought this book by accident but was determined to finish it. People who can suspend disbelief almost from beginning to end will probably thoroughly enjoy it, and I accept that it is a perfectly legitimate literary genre. But if you want real thrills from a real world look elsewhere. Like Gerald Seymour.
"Interesting spin off from the John Milton series. "
Well written as should now be expected from this author, but puzzled by the choice of narrator. An American male reading a story in which the principal character is a British woman
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