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.
Okay; weed away the PC offenses of James Bond and swirl him into John LeCarre's world of ominous bureaucratic dread. Then charge the whole thing with ..Show More »seasoning from Tom Wood's 'Victor The Assassin' - add a big chunk of Ludlum's 'Jason Bourne' and finally swizzle-stick it into throb-mode with Mark Dawson's dystopian imagination. Finally, have David Thorpe create this ensemble at a talent level set on high-craft. And that's how much "The Cleaner" entertained me.
Warning... this is the first part of a 'John Milton' epic. I'm off to download "Saint Death" the second in this series. Usually I hate adventures that are not entirely stand-alone. But this one is so close to a single story, and it is so damned exciting... that I've transcended my normal crankiness.
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.
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 ..Show More »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.