John Milton is a former assassin for the British government. He is a ronin, trying to atone for his past sins by offering his services to those people who have no one else to whom they can turn.
Milton is keeping a low profile in London when he meets Eddie Fabian. Fabian confesses that he is considering suicide and that the reason for his depression was the abuse that he suffered as a child. Milton offers to help, but, before he can, Eddie is found dead in circumstances that Milton considers suspicious. And then events take a turn that no one could have anticipated....
Milton's attempted good deed becomes a quest to unveil corruption at the highest levels of government and murder at the dark heart of the criminal underworld. Milton is pulled back into the game, and that's going to have serious consequences for everyone who crosses his path.
Cover design by Stuart Bache.
©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!
I had a decision to make this morning as three books I had pre-ordered were released including this one. Since the Kindle version of The Ninth Step was released several weeks ago and had an average customer rating of 4.8 stars I selected it. I am a huge Mark Dawson fan, but after listening to the first 6 hours I was tempted to return the audiobook without finishing it. It was slow, excessively wordy, and boring. Then things changed and from there on it deserves a solid 5 star rating. I'm down rating the book to 4 stars because of its slow and boring start.
The "ninth step" in the title refers to the 9th step in the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step program; “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” It follows step 8 which states, "Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all." Step 9 is always the most difficult for an alcoholic. After three years of sobriety John Milton was having a very difficult time with it. The Ninth Step is very much about John Milton's struggle with Step 9.
This book, at least the last half, has constant action and suspense. I still prefer Mark Dawson's Beatrix Rose series to the John Milton series, but since Rose died in book 3 of the series there will be no more.
I recommend this book for those who like action and suspense thrillers. There are lots of action and suspense packed into the second half of the book.
I'll be waiting for the next Milton. Each one is a great read. He is a fine endearing broken character. His skills make him invincible to everyone but himself.
Audible fan!...Why didn't I discover audiobooks sooner? I would rather listen than watch.
Dawson's best book of the series so far. The narrative on the sick wife is a little cliché though. Why is it people complain about the cost of medicine in the US yet it is the only place the medicine is obtainable at all?
I would recommend the complete series. The series really grows on
you. From book 1 to the most current book released. I have listened
to all of the books. Different trips the writer (Mark Dawson) takes
John Milton on. The Ninth Step takes him back to London.
The main character helping so many people in this story. I believe the
most of all the series.
Have really enjoyed all of the books that he has done in
this series. Changing character voices always helps keep
everything in place.
No abuse goes unpunished.
Didn't think I would get into this series after the first audio book. But tried the
second audio book and was totally hooked. Just a great series and so glad
I didn't give up on it. Highly recommend this series.
Milton is back in London, and thankfully why he left Australia and Matilda is explained, although I think if he truly loved her he could have found something else to do so as to stay with her. Maybe she wasn't willing to make any changes. Anyway...
Three years on the wagon and John is struggling with AA's Twelve Steps. You see, the ninth step is to make restitution to those you have harmed, and John can't do that because all the people he wronged are dead. Nor can he divulge his wrongs to any of his new friends, or anyone for that matter. The first long part of the book sets up the background for the action and retribution to come next. Even though it does go on a long time, we like Milton and his life is interesting even if he isn't throwing his special forces training around all the time.
There are several things happening in the story and John steps in to help out, all the while arranging that HE be invisible in the end. Some of the stories become cleverly intertwined, and justice gets sorted out.
Two plot points that didn't sit well were first, why the journalist confided in John so fully when they first met, and second, not much was made of the bad cop. The journalist seemed really astute but twice behaved foolishly naively. The bad cop story just quietly ended.
However, in the end Milton did save a number of people, dealt justice for a wrongful death, and seems to have found some compromise and peace in how he will continue to handle the ninth step.
"superb, gotta love JM ☺"
you gotta love John Milton , please more of the same, I don't think we have seen the last of young Hicks.
"Awesome, John Milton is totally Brilliant!"
Awesome, Brilliant, Totally believable!
John of course!
Yes all brilliant!
All Dirty, Filthy Scumbags get their comeuppance! Thankfully!
Just loved it!!
"John Milton is back !!!"
Mark Dawson brings JM to his brilliant and best form in this ninth book of the series, taking on the rich and powerful along with the underbelly of the crime world to right the wrongs in his own initimable style.
Every reviewer says " unputdownable " but I would prefer to say, find a day where you have nothing to do, make yourself comfy with a coffee, a nice treat to eat and listen in one go. I did and it is the best way to kill a day by far.
Can't stop listening to the John Milton series my new distraction from inspector John rebus
loved it work got in the way of listening when's the next book ??? ?
"Great story. Good narration."
I enjoyed this story, easy to follow, good characters and interesting plot. I would recommend.
A story that is quick moving feeling start to finish with lots of action and an interesting story line.
At times unbelievable and the main character is never in any real jeopardy.
The narrator is very good and adds to the story
The most remarkable thing about this book was how utterly unremarkable it was. A colour-by-numbers 'thriller', competently read but without ever being bad enough abandon or good enough to even remember the next day.
"Graphic, enthralling thriller!"
Well written, fast moving thriller with a highly believable interwoven plot. Graphic descriptions of situations and characters so well drawn they rise from the page, enriched by excellent narration. All in all, of it's genre, possibly one of the best for a long time.
"not my usual"
enjoyed this book alot, I liked the main character with all his flaws, the story was pacy and exciting. The reader kept the interest going.
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