An assassin haunted by his past. Two young refugees out of their depth and in need of his special talents.
John Milton is no stranger to the world's seedy underbelly. But when the former British secret service agent comes up against a ruthless human trafficking ring, he'll have to fight harder than ever to conquer the evil in his path.
After Milton meets a refugee who lost a sister to people smugglers, he travels through war-torn Libya and the murkiest parts of Italy and France to get the girl back. As enemies watch his every move, Milton confronts a group of Albanian pimps and smugglers so dangerous, they could easily make this mission his last.
©2016 Mark Dawson (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
This novel is #9 in the John Milton series by British novelist Mark Dawson. In The Jungle the former British covert agent continues to deal with his twin demons of past unnecessary killings and addiction to alcohol. He deals with the demons by helping others in need and striving to live the AA steps. All of Mark Dawson's books in the John Milton series, the Beatrix Rose series, and the the new Isabella rose series are in my Audible library.
The Jungle was released in Kindle and print editions three months prior to the release in Audible format, so I had already read the book prior to the Audible release this week. Still listening to the novel was very worthwhile.
This book is about human trafficking as Milton helps reunite a man with his sister who was sold to members of an Albanian crime mob to become a prostitute in London. Of course Milton's intent is not only to recover the young woman but also to take down the mob by killing its leaders. As with all of Mark Dawson's books The Jungle includes intense suspense. I recommend this book, this series, and all of Mark Dawson's books to those who like espionage thrillers and suspense thrillers. I am not a big fan of narrator David Thorpe but he is better than adequate. Mark Deakins and Napoleon Ryan narrate others of Mark Dawson's novels and they do a superb job.
I have listened to all the John Milton books. Narration is superb. Some of the books are too (Sward of God and Salvation Row for example) others are just ok (The Cleaner, St. Death, Ghosts). This is one that is just ok. There isn't much time spent on developing Milton, he doesn't gain any depth and we don't learn anything new about him. The supporting characters are weak or shallow. The plot is ridiculousness. I don't want to give away the story but Milton doesn't need to traipses around the globe to find the thugs. There isn't much action either. Milton comes across as not very bright which I found to be the case in some of the other novels. There is so much potential with the story line and character but it is squandered. Even as a Milton fan, I would skip this one.
I rarely give myself the time required to sit down and do nothing else except read a book. Thank goodness for Audible!!
I've read several books by this author and this is by far one of his best. The tension grabs the reader at the beginning and doesn't let go. The narrator is great at delivering believable accents.
The story of human trafficking is all too real - the author's knowledge of the pain it causes come through on every page.
I will be listening to this one again!
These John Milton books are fantastic! Not sure which has been my favorite, but this one may be the best (I have listened to several). The narration is excellent as well. I highly recommend any one of this series and I don't even think it matters which one you listen to first. Love them all!!!
Overall fun read but some glaring plot holes. Writer expects a LOT of flexibilty on the reader's part to suspend disbelief during key character decision points. Little short for a full credit. Author calls magazines 'clips' once or twice in the earlier books (which is hard to swallow in this kind of series), but for the most part the situations are believable and Milton is very human. All in all though a good placeholder while we wait for Rapp & Reacher next books.
This was a half hearted attempt at a John Milton story. I guess everyone has an off day. I love Mark Dawson and I remain a fan. I hope there are more "real" Milton stories to come. 😋
"Another fab Milton book"
Love the narrator, so it's a close call.
Milton obviously, makes Reacher look like an amateur
He makes Milton sound the way you would want him to sound
the plot was slightly slower than others in the series but still a winner. brilliant end. I've read the whole series and they all excel. can't wait for the next.
I so loved the Ninth step but was disappointed with the storyline in this latest book. Whilst the subject matter was very topical and I had high hopes, I still have no idea why Milton went all the way to Libya, got on a refugee boat to find some men who were in the UK...he's found people far harder to find...
"Real topical in this present climate"
Narration of Milton gets better and better. Exciting and pacey. Couldn't stop listening to it.
"Great story as normal"
Another great John Milton story. Not as good as some of the previous novels. Overall not to bad
"As always could not wait to listen."
I listened to it all in one day immersed in the story.
Listened to all of the books in the series and can't wait for the next.
This has to be my favourite John Milton story so far. I couldn't put it down.
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