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From Amazon number-one best-selling author Mark Dawson, this novella is an introduction to John Milton, the most dangerous assassin in the pay of Her Majesty’s government.

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd, but you wouldn't want to be on his list.

But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands, and he wants out. Trouble is this job is not one you can just walk away from. In this dip into his case files, Milton is sent into North Korea. With nothing but a sniper rifle, bad intentions, and a very particular target. Will Milton be able to take on the secret police of the most dangerous failed state on the planet?

Mark Dawson has worked as a lawyer and currently works in the London film industry. His first books, The Art of Falling Apart and Subpoena Colada, have been published in multiple languages.

©2014 Mark Dawson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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  • Cartec
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 08-08-16

Excellent story but too short

I really enjoyed this short story. The writer was able to put me in the center of the story. The characters were realistic and fully developed. The plot was believable and exciting. I was disappointed that it was not longer because the writer had set the reader up for a roller coaster ride and it ended too quickly. I hope to see more material from this writer.

The reader was also excellent. I had no trouble distinguishing who was who. He accelerated the excitement which added a measure of enjoyment.

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Mark Dawson Department Five novels his best work

superb if too short. I have not found a single one of the John Milton Series or Department Five novels by Dawson a disappointment

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Good Story<br />

Very good story, good characters, very entertaining. liking forward to the next book. The main character is very good at his job, gets out of almost impossible situations by knowing how most men will react to situations. Lots of action, and intrigue, very good for a spy type book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 06-03-16

Great start to the John Milton series!

Mark Dawson is a very successful British author who got his start self publishing. 1000 Yards is an Audible Studios produced short story that introduces 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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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New Start

Good start for the series of books about John Milton. Lots of facts and figures that just got in the way of the story.

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  • G.
  • BIRMINGHAM, AL
  • 10-17-16

Disappointing

Really didn't have much going on as far as I could tell. I've read another"Cleaner" book but it was most entertaining.

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  • James T
  • Lindon, UT, United States
  • 07-25-16

Finally a story that is worthy of his skills.

Wading through the John Milton series has been enjoyable but not as good as it can be. This story and 'Tarantula' - both novellas - are better than all the other novels combined. I wish he would give us a few more of the pre-'reformed,' when he was number one novels.

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A real adventure!

Couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed the details in the story, and the way it all played out.

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What a shot!

This is a very nice little (short story) prequel to The Cleaner. There's not a lot of character development as there is in the longer book, but the operation (kill some major military players in North Korea) is interesting, and his plan to accomplish it clever. No wonder Kim Jong-un is not happy with America! The Korean rebels who help him get around and procure arms are pretty well-rounded characters. This is an enjoyable read if you already like John Milton and just have to have a little more!

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Zzzzzzzzzzzz

Glad this was a short story or I would not have been able to finish it. All talk; little action and even the action was slow and wordy. It was hard to feel anything for the lead character. I am okay with a protagonist having a few flaws, but this guy had no redeeming features to make you care about him.

Also, I thought a "cleaner" was someone who cleaned up bodies and forensic evidence after an assassin did his stuff. Here, Milton is the assassin but described as a cleaner. Not a big deal by itself, but just added to a muddled story.

The narration made it worse. Thorp is a decent reader, does different voices, etc. and admittedly, the author did not give him much to work with. However, he seems overly dramatic on trivial or routine lines and has nowhere to go from there. One caveat: To my ear, the reader's "sing-songy" British accent took a slow plodding story and softened the already round edges. But, maybe that is just me and British folks don't like American narration.

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  • J. Woolf-wood
  • 02-26-17

1000 yards

A short story making you want more when it ends. Milton is deadly as ever, an insight into this regime.
Recommended.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 10-27-15

Just About Piques the Interest

This novella is billed as an introduction to John Milton, a character I've seen referred to as "Britain's Jack Reacher". I would have to say that for me it probably just about succeeded in that I have added the first full-size novel to my wish list to read "one day". It was a borderline thing for me though, the author didn't sell his lead man to me enough to make me really want to find out more. If would have worked better as an introduction had he focused more on Milton's thought processes and behaviour than his enemy's.

As a short story overall though it's fine. David Thorpe is a good narrator and the plot hums along nicely. My personal feeling is that it would probably be better to dive in with a full-length book and treat this as part of the John Milton odds and ends if you find yourself needing to be a complete collector for the character.

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  • Salter
  • 01-04-18

Very enjoyable...

The John Milton Series are very good, action packed books.
This short story is centred on giving the North Koreans a bloody nose, and once again Milton gets the job.
Definitely worth a listen if you're interested in the spy/espionage/action genre.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-28-17

suspenseful

great listen and a fantastic performance as usual. nice and intriguing take on possible possibilities.

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  • hazanne
  • 03-26-16

good taster

Exciting start to the series. A very likeable lead character. Look forward to more from this author.

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  • Amazon Customer ljg
  • 02-07-16

1000 yards

Really good short story ideal if you got a short attention span like me could not stop listening

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  • Benny
  • 05-06-18

Excellent story.

A really enjoyed this short story, but feel it could have been the start of a whole novel.

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  • Mr J Griffiths
  • 01-23-18

Boys' Own for Adults

Not bad. A fast-paced easy-to-follow yarn, with an impossibly efficient hero. The author revels in minute descriptions of blood and guts and the technical details of weapons at the expense of character and depth. Enjoyable nonetheless.

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  • Churchill1940
  • 12-25-17

The hit man always gets his marks!

A short but exciting story as usual read with excellence, clear & decisive. Excellent narrative .

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  • Matt
  • 11-27-17

Prequel Milton

Good short, set before the 1st John Milton book, where hes still working for the government and is sent into North Korea posing as an illegal car dealer.

Short, and relatively to the point. Not as good as some of the actual Milton books ive read, but still good. Very well narrated as always

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 10-02-18

I have enjoyed this book repeatedly

This is an interesting book for the content and storyline. Having read the book, I purchased the companion audio content, and enjoyed the couple of hours that the audio rendition provided.
I applaud the narrator for the voice characteristics displayed, thus giving another dimension to the author's work.