Mark Dawson is a very successful British author who got his start self publishing. 1000 Yards is an Audible Studios produced short story that introdu..Show More »ces John Milton to the audiobook audience. It is a great espionage story set mostly in North Korea. There are now a total of 2 short stories and 8 novels in the Milton series. From my perspective the quality has dropped in some of the more recent novels from 5 stars to 4 stars. It is still a wonderful series.
John Milton is an assassin with British intelligence Group 15. He has worked there for 10 years and wants to leave. He is not allowed to leave. In ..Show More »this novella Milton is forced to go to Italy to investigate the death of another agent. This is an excellent espionage story. I highly recommend this novella and the 8 novels that follow it.
I hoped for a British Jonathan Quinn or maybe a little Victor the assassin. What I got was a lot of London teens from "the wrong side of the track..Show More »s" getting involved in crime with a little bit of "spy" on the DL thrown in for flavor. Very disappointing. **Note: I didn't care for the narrator. I normally just deal with what I consider "intrusive narration," but I found Mr. Thorpe's performance too distracting. This is my first book of his, but in this case I didn't care his work. I might sample another in the future** Overall I really wanted to like this book, but there is just too much "operative with a heart of gold" sitting on the side lines and not enough suspense / substance.
I am enjoying this character and the stories. It does seem that in each book, the super killer, Number One, does something really stupid. He did it ag..Show More »ain in this book, not dally with a vulnerable woman this time, but let himself get jumped by the bad guys.
Nevertheless, the characters are realistic, the fights are believable and exciting, and our hero struggles to stay true to his tea-totaling, restitution-making goals since he doesn't want to kill for hire or politics anymore. Now his own government wants him "retired" and the Russians want him hired, so he has to keep running from everyone. At least he has made 2 new friends, and an old colleague has remained a true friend.
This one is not as good as the first one-- I am extremely glad the one good guy on the brink did not die, and there weren't any moments I cried or mourned, but it's okay and I will read another.
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 ..Show More »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.
I am a huge fan of Mark Dawson's books, both the John Milton Series and the Beatrix Rose series. Sword of God is quite good, but not as good as the f..Show More »our prior books in the John Milton series or any of the books in the Beatrix Rose series.
The John Milton series consists of 2 novellas and 6 novels. Every on of the 8 books deserves a five star rating. John Milton is a British espionage ..Show More »agent who is trying to leave the agency after years against the wishes of the agency. I wish that Mark Dawson would write more John Milton novels, but that seems unlikely.
In Mark Dawson's just released John Milton Book 7, an Aussie lass named Matilda plays a major part. The fight between Milton and rogue ex-Mossad supe..Show More »r agent Avi Backman that began in Book 5 finally comes to a conclusion. I love Dawson's John Milton series, his Beatrix Rose series, and the recently begun Isabella Rose series. Headhunters does not disappoint. The one criticism I have of the audiobook is that it is too wordy; it should have been 8 hours rather than 11.5 hours. Mark Dawson writes great thrillers!
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! But listen to the earlier books first.
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 w..Show More »as 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.
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 ..Show More »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.