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In Cold Blood Audiobook

In Cold Blood: Beatrix Rose, Book 1

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The new book from acclaimed writer Mark Dawson (author of the number one best-selling John Milton series), In Cold Blood is an action-packed thriller about ruthless betrayal and bloodthirsty vengeance.

Beatrix Rose was the most dangerous assassin in an off-the-books government kill squad until her former boss betrayed her. A decade later, she emerges from the Hong Kong underworld with payback on her mind. They gunned down her husband and kidnapped her daughter, and now the debt needs to be repaid. It's a blood feud she didn't start but is going to finish. Beatrix has already crossed one name off her Kill List. Her second target is a mercenary being held hostage by Somali terrorists. Can she infiltrate the most dangerous failed state on the planet and scrub him off the List, too?

Packed with explosive action and pause-resistant suspense, this is the must-listen first novel in a brand new series that is sure to be as successful as the John Milton series.

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    William H Blott 02-17-15
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    "Tight, surgical, climactic. Great series kickoff!"
    Would you listen to In Cold Blood again? Why?

    Definitely! The first installment in the Beatrix Rose series opens swiftly with a great standalone story as well as introducing many characters who you anticipate will span several of the books. Like the John Milton books before, author Mark Dawson does a great job at writing gritty, believable, main characters with checkered pasts transplanted into the present where the world is a series of shades of grey, rather than simplistic black and white. Unlike some books which can get bogged down in backstory, In Cold Blood does a great job of fleshing out the characters whilst keeping the action moving and expanding on the world first introduced in the John MIlton series.


    What other book might you compare In Cold Blood to and why?

    Jason Bourne series, special forces (Chris Ryan, Andy McNab), tv dramas like "Strike Back".Tight, surgical, action packed and paced like it's lead character. If you find the clandestine world of special operatives fascinating, In Cold Blood won't disappoint!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The build up to the hostage rescue attempt. The motivations of the main character are different to what one might normally expect, and so the scene develops in a way that is far from cliched and set-ups nicely for what is to come..


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The clock is ticking for everyone...


    Any additional comments?

    Prior to Beatrix Rose: In Cold Blood, I finished author Mark Dawson's first John Milton novel. Like mark's previous books he does a great job in "In Cold Blood" of writing believable, highly engaging characters with a good balance of backstory and present-day action to keep the story swift and placing the reader at the centre of the action as the characters practice their tradecraft. Well written, highly believable, looking forward to the next in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-20-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Must read espionage series!"

    I listened to all three of Mark Dawson's incredibly suspenseful Beatrix Rose novels almost a years ago. In Cold Blood is Book 1 but reading the entire series is a must. I have never read a more powerful espionage series. Each of the three audiobooks is available at Amazon to Kindle Unlimited members for $1.99 each. Or you will pay $3.99 for each Kindle book and $1.99 for each Audible audiobook. Either option is less expensive than buying at Audible.

    In Cold Blood is not quite as powerful as Blood Moon Rising or Blood and Roses. There will be no more Beatrix Rose deries books (other than the earlier The Hong Kong Stories) because the protagonist has terminal cancer and dies at the end of Blood & Roses. I have previously reviewed Blood and Roses and The Hong Kong Stories.

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    Andrew.quada 12-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent side story!!"

    I love this side step to the John Milton legacy...I just hope that it has more life in it than she does!

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    robert hamilton 06-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but too short."

    it served it purpose and wet my appetite even mountain. Mark Dawson is an awesome author.

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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 03-15-16
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 03-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "unlikable main character with tremendous skills"

    How can you trust your team members when, at any time, one or more of them may have special orders to take YOU out? These are the same people that you depend on to cover your back, and yet they might just shoot you in the.

    What kind of relationships can someone develop when you can't even trust the ones you work with so closely? It has happened to Milton, and now to Rose. Her own team mates killed her husband, wounded her, and kidnapped her daughter. She had to lie low for 8 years, not daring to search for her daughter. Milton went and found her in a previous John Milton book and brought her back.

    Now Rose is out to avenge the death of her husband, and the kidnapping of her daughter by the others in the very secret agency, when she was Number One and Milton was a new number 16 or so. Sure, they had orders from a rogue Control. But how can they just turn around and do this?

    People capable of this kind of behavior are called sociopaths or psychopaths, unless they work for the government, in which case, they are called heroes.

    John Milton couldn't take it and so tried to bury this distrust of trusted "friends" in alcohol. Now he is on the wagon and trying to only do good. But Rose, Rose has a bucket list of five, the five former team mates responsible for destroying her family. Sure, she has awesome, enviable skills, but she is amoral. What kind of mother trains her newly-reunited daughter these same skills without also warping part of that child's personality and love-ability? Self protection is a good thing, but this is just wrong. And she has terminal cancer, so she will abandon her daughter a second time. This is how to take a normal child and make a Ted Bundy or a Jeffrey Dahmer.

    There is no righteous cause in this story, just her own selfish vengeance. Sure, it is well-written with some terrible, exciting action. There are some folks who are evil and who should die, but she is not out to get them. You finish this story and feel kind of sick, not striving to do better, as you do when you finish a John Milton story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    danithang Newport News, VA United States 08-10-15
    danithang Newport News, VA United States 08-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Kinda boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know


    Has In Cold Blood turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Just books in this series


    Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In Cold Blood?

    Some of the ship scenes


    Any additional comments?

    This story is a combination of Kill Bill and Captain Phillips. I enjoyed both of those movies, but just couldn't get into this book. It was boring to me, and the protagonist Beatrix Rose was someone I was not really rooting for. Instead of spending her final days, weeks or whatever due to cancer with her daughter she chooses to get revenge. On top of that she has to teach her daughter to become an assassin essentially because of her revenge plot. If it was Beatrix alone getting revenge with no one she cared about in the line of fire that would be ok, but she is willingly putting her child in danger. The whole killing of Beatrix's main target in this book was anti-climatic, I was expecting much more considering the build up. Overall, I will not be continuing this series unless it's a free deal.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Hayes Salmon, Idaho 06-29-15
    Larry Hayes Salmon, Idaho 06-29-15
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    "Beatrix needs a new narrated"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not likely if I were going to talk about the story I would tell them to buy the book


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I understand her wanting to get back at everyone, it's just that it's been done to death and with a boring Narrator the short story becomes way too long....


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Deakins’s performances?

    I looked over Mark Dawson books and as long as Mark Deakins isn't narrating I might try another.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Done Done Done to death most likely not


    Any additional comments?

    Give Mark Deakins a personality check list. way to boring of a reader

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    Regina Huricks-Trapp 06-26-15
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    "Good character too much detail"

    Author added too much unneeded details to the story. But main character was strong female

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    shawn 06-21-15
    shawn 06-21-15 Listener Since 2004
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    "Exactly what you might expect"

    The dialogue was a bit predictable. It reminded me of every spy movie I've seen. A decent listen, though.

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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 06-13-15
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 06-13-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Good Read. Fast paced & well written"

    First note - I am miserly when it comes to using my credits. It is a rare occasion I will spend a credit it for anything less than 8 hours. Generally I look for books 10 hours or better. I bought this one in a two for one and would normally not spend even a half a credit on less than 8 hours worth of read and didn't realize what I did until I downloaded the book and double check to see if there was a download problem. Accepting that I blew it, I decided I would listen to the book since I had some tasks to perform that would last the length of the book. I'm glad I made a mistake on how I used my credits because this was a good, entertaining and well narrated story. Considering the length of the story, not much depth is given to any of the characters. All we know is Beatrix is a bad ass killer and gets the job done. She has a handler who we know little about asides from having the ability to get her info and the necessary means for her to pull off her solo attacks. Not that the lack of info on the characters seemed to matter. The story in itself was engaging. In any case, I have gone beyond my miserly tendencies of not parting from my credits for such short stories and bought the other two books in the series. I based these purchases on the others reviews and the fact that I really enjoyed this book. Maybe the characters will unfold throughout the series. Hoping I didn't shoot myself in the foot, I am getting ready to begin listening to the second in the series, Blood Moon Rising.

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  • Susan D
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    11/24/14
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    "Well worth a read!"
    If you could sum up In Cold Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Exciting, Thinking


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The scene where she slits the throat of the next on the list.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I didn't think the subject matter was something I would enjoy. How wrong I was. The book is well written and pulls you into the story. The emotion and characters are believable and you just want to hear what happens next. I can't wait to get the next in the series just to see what happens. Will she make it? Will she finish her wish list?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reido
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    11/21/14
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    "Fast pace gripping novel from Mark Dawson"
    If you could sum up In Cold Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Great 'read' / listen. Starts well, gripping, engaging with great detail and suspense from start to finish. Fantastic character, driven by different motivations. Great spin off from the John Milton series. Well done Mark Dawson and more please.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    3/3/15
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    "Beatrix book 1 review"

    Great action and attention to detail throughout. A high octane seat of your pants action thriller. Ticks all the boxes. Believable protagonist with lots of backstory, helping to fuel subplot as Beatrix dispatches her brand of justice on those that have wronged her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Norma Miles
    12/31/14
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    "Wild rose in a violent garden"
    Would you consider the audio edition of In Cold Blood to be better than the print version?

    I listened to the audio edition in it's entirety before starting the print version so, yes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In Cold Blood?

    Beatrix Rose's gift to her daughter


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All of the descritive scenes of habitations - they are alive and vibrant., very visual.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not moved, no, but the description of the hostage taking and holding by the pirates/terrorists was chilling.


    Any additional comments?

    After a very brief initial dismay at the reader's accent, and unlike some earlier reviewers, I found the narration matched perfectly with the fast paced story and the dialogue was skilfully done, each character being identifiable - not an easy task.
    I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to Beatrix Rose's next assignment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S. Seabridge
    Stone,Staffordshire.
    11/28/14
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    "Super Thriller"
    If you could sum up In Cold Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Accurate, Fast.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Beatrix. She was strong yet vulnerable.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    My first time


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Agent B the revenge.


    Any additional comments?

    A thriller that you wanted to listen to until the end.
    The plot is good and the descriptions of the places and experiences accurate as far as I can tell.
    The characters are very realistic and you soon get to feel their situations.
    The narration is clear and well read.
    This is the first book that I have listened to from Mark Dawson which has me already looking forward to purchasing book 2 in this series and also looking back to his earlier novels.
    I really recommend this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Godiva 2000
    11/7/14
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    "Cracking story rather let down by narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of In Cold Blood to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version of this story, but having read other books by the same author which I have thoroughly enjoyed, I suspect that both would be equally enjoyable. The audio edition could be better than the print version with a better narration


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The heroine Beatrix Rose is my favourite character, she is very well developed in the story, and the 'back story' to why she is on the vendetta is very well explained.I also like the light and dark of this character, she is a loving and caring mother (albeit with some rather strange ideas on what makes a good education!) but is also a ruthless and skilfull killer.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Deakins?

    The narrator had a rather droning voice, and I found it difficult to concentrate on the story for more than about 45 mins. at a time, so anyone with a more involving voice and who could do a more convincing english accent would be preferable.


    Any additional comments?

    The story, particularly towards the end is very exciting, but the narrator's voice didn't really convey this, and didn't carry any particular emotion, which I believe detracted from the overall impression.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shah Wharton
    U.K
    9/4/14
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    "A Cold Blooded Heroine"
    Would you consider the audio edition of In Cold Blood to be better than the print version?

    Not seen the print version, so cannot compare. Although, as the narrators voice lacked character or interest, perhaps reading this might have been preferable?


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a true thrill-ride. And this features a woman at its heart, without much of a heart. This was both am interesting twist, and at times, disturbing.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first. His voice became a bland drawl by midpoint.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, as Mr Deakins's voice grated on me so I needed regular breaks.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was good, if you like a cold hearted heroine who kicks butt without smudging her lipgloss and never much cares for the outcome. Certain scenes I found overly described, others were more fluid and fun, others dark and moody. The narrative unfolds well, and I'm reading something else by this author, and he is talented. Overall I'd recommend you give this a go if you enjoy thrillers.**I was lucky enough to received a free copy of this book for an honest review.**

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    8/29/14
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    "Betray your top assassin and expect trouble!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Beatrix's story grabs you from the very start and you fully back every piece of violent retribution she dishes out


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action scenes, of which there are plenty and how the author builds the character of Beatrix. She's cold, ruthless, relentless yet vulnerable. You would definitely want her on your side


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Not wanting to give anything away - too many to mention but the series is set up very well for the next instalment


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it made for a very enjoyable long haul flight. The hours flew by


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    8/28/14
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    "Some people will enjoy it I guess"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I had known the kind of book it was!


    What will your next listen be?

    Gerald Seymour or similar


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not too bad. Ponderous at times, and a decidedly mixed British accent, but otherwise ok.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In Cold Blood?

    All the ones where the heroine kills numerous enemies with numerous weapons in numerous unlikely situations and remains almost entirely unscathed herself. And all without remorse or reflection.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book by accident but was determined to finish it. People who can suspend disbelief almost from beginning to end will probably thoroughly enjoy it, and I accept that it is a perfectly legitimate literary genre. But if you want real thrills from a real world look elsewhere. Like Gerald Seymour.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    HULL, United Kingdom
    9/22/17
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    "Good as ever"

    For some of the background to this series there check out the Hong Kong Stories (White Devil, Nine Dragons and Dragons Head) all three in audio as ‘Beatrix Rose’. Also the John Milton novel Ghosts.
    ‘In Cold Blood’ is a solid revenge thriller will be enhanced by a familiarity with the world of John Milton, but could stand alone. Somewhat short but very enjoyable. I initially missed Jane Slavin’s narration (Hong Kong Stories) but Mark Deakin is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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