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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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.

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Despite being free, not worth the time…

So completely bereft of any semblance of plot, character development, etc. Realize that it’s only 2 hours, but not even the most rudimentary effort on this one.

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Not bad

This was a quick listen but had me guessing until the end what was going to happen. I don't care much for cliffhangers. This book "technically" isn't a cliffhanger. The mission was complete but I was left wondering if he makes it back home safely. Other than that, it was ok.

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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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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.

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  • JM
  • 03-22-21

Great Listening

Mark Dawson's 1000 yards is a strong start to the John Milton series, I look forward to getting into this series. David Thorpe does a nice job narrating. Recommended

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Great short story

This story was easy to listen to. The plot is plausible and believable.

A great way to spend an hour or two.

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • Matthew Johnson (Matt Saxx)
  • 01-11-19

Good spy novel, excellent delivery.

Broadly speaking, I enjoyed listening to 1000 Yards.

An excellent performance by David Thorpe - beautiful tempo to his delivery and his characters were so believeable.

As this is the first John Milton book of the series, albeit a short story, I would have liked to have learned a little more about his character and mindset. With the exception of a recurring dream signifying a slightly troubled past and references to time spent with the American military I know very little about John other than that he is an efficient British MI6 operative.You do not develop a natural affinity to his character as you do in Sherlock Holmes Study in Scarlet for example. However, perhaps the first full novel succeeds where this lacks. I will listen chronologically to ‘Tarantula’, another novella, and then give ‘The Cleaner’, the first full length novel, a chance.

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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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  • jambomatt
  • 09-15-16

Don't bother

Narrator good, story not so ,need to give 20 words on this story well that may be hard to do. Story only required 20 words.

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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-25-21

short & sweet.

Its great to read short stories of Milton's early expeditions. Having read all the books to date these background tales clarify his breakdown and need to reconcile his past.

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  • Mr G R STAFFORD
  • 09-14-21

Excellent

Love these Milton books, especially this short version. Narrator is always good and can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Nessiebee
  • 08-24-19

Fantastic author

Although it’s fiction this author lets you live in the moment as a newly discovered action hero to me Milton is so relatable, love the narrator overall suspenseful and honest

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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.