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John Milton has been off the grid for six months. He surfaces in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and immediately finds himself drawn into a vicious battle with the narco-gangs that control the borderlands. He saves the life of an idealistic young journalist who has been targeted for execution. The only way to keep her safe is to smuggle her into Texas.

Working with the only untouchable cops in the city and a bounty hunter whose motives are unclear, Milton must keep her safe until the crossing can be made. But when the man looking for her is the legendary assassin Santa Muerta - Saint Death - that's a lot easier said than done.

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.

©2013 Mark Dawson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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good series: bad guy trying to do good

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 again 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.

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 05-29-17

Victor The Assassin Meets James Bond

I liked it in spite of...

1. David Thorpe's startling bad American accents
2. The improbably stupid decisions support characters are given to advance the plot


With the exception of 'The Darkest Day', the first six books of Tom Woods' 'Victor-The-Assassin' series turn paranoia into an enticing super power. Here Mark Dawson gifts his dark killing-machine-with-a-conscience, John Milton, with its cloak. And he does it with so much blood-stained grit that I've already downloaded next in the series 'The Driver'.

Okay, the story's got holes, so does Swiss cheese, but I still like the stuff. Mark Dawson's been a favorite reader of mine before... Not so much here. No one in America speaks diphthongs with the alien tongue Dawson gives his characters. What? They've all got distracting speech defects?

Small spoiler alert... This is a self-contained story but it's also a bridge to the next book in this series. All is NOT wrapped up in the ending's frenzy to swirl together so much so quickly. Meaning? There're teasers here which make this a step in an epic.

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  • David
  • Pittston, Pa, United States
  • 06-09-15

I was a fan after book 1

What did you love best about Saint Death?

When saint death is called to account

What was one of the most memorable moments of Saint Death?

Continued development of the hero

Which character – as performed by David Thorpe – was your favorite?

The fixer

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The sheer brutality of st. Death and his family

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  • LT
  • 06-15-15

Character stupidity as a plot propellant

Relying on character stupidity of supposedly smart main characters to move the plot forward is not acceptable. This is the second book in the series. This book is just like the first. The main character does stupid predictable stuff and relies on fortuitous events to get out of a bind he put himself in. I will not give the rest of the series my time. I read about enough stupid human tricks on Facebook; I don't need to buy them too.

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Needs more Character Development and Detail

The book feels abridged. There are gaps in the time line, there could and should be more character development, and more detail. And if John Milton is the UK's top agent the UK is in trouble. Missing is all the spy and assassin craft that are in other novels (John Rein, Victor, John Wells, Quinn). There is so much potential and the writing is pretty good, but just not good enough to be a 4 star and a long way to go to get 5 stars. I want to get lost in this book and series but it just isn't complete.

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Story weak, narrator good!

Need more action in the story line for a highly skilled agent like John Milton. All the supporting cast in this story are very weak. I will read one more JM, Book 3 and if the same weak story line with weak supporting cast the it will be the last one.

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My kind of book

Loved this and plan to read them all. downloading now. thanks for a new series.

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Incredible story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. The story was extremely well written, the audio was extremely well spoken.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Saint Death?

Each time Saint Death performed one of his terrible feats of terror, the descriptions made you shiver in horror. This was a terrible, terrible villain who justly deserved what he got in the story.

What about David Thorpe’s performance did you like?

The dialogue of each character was interpreted in a different way. You felt like there were different performers telling the story. Excellent!!! Made the story.

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

Make sure you have John Milton's contact information before you challenge the authority of the Mexican cartels.

Any additional comments?

Definitely well worth getting into this series. Each story is individual, but you want to know how it all began and how it fits into the continuing story of John Milton.

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Dawson is my new favorite author.

I've read the first 2 books in the John Milton series. 1st was good, 2nd was great. Nothing like a hero with flaws and a checkered past.

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  • James T
  • Lindon, UT, United States
  • 07-11-16

Achieving the impossible

This second volume of the John Milton series is a little more like the typical action hero book. He is able to escape impossible odds and all the bad guys are caught monologing. This was another entertaining addition and if you liked the first in the series you will probably like this one as well. The author does tend to stereotype his characters. The narrator does a fine job in his narration.

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  • Karl Gjertsen
  • 12-01-15

The story continues

Would you listen to Saint Death again? Why?

This is the second part of the John Milton series and it builds on the groundwork of the first book.

What other book might you compare Saint Death to, and why?

This series is reminiscent of Lee Childs Jack Reacher series.

What does David Thorpe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Once again, the accents bring the story to life.

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

Yes. I started and wanted to keep listening.

Any additional comments?

A great second book in the series. Now I can't wait to start listening to book 3.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-17-16

second book in series

It is possible to read this book as a stand alone book but it would make more sense if read after The Cleaner. book 1.

John Milton, latter day Robin Hood? Fast fairly involved story, Great for listening to while on the go.

I will be reading /listen to the next book as the main character is intriguing and I want to see what he willpower next.

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  • Linda
  • 12-17-15

Loving this

Everyone keeps saying that John Milton is the English Jack Reacher and in many respects he is. However I see shades of Le Carre in him as well.
This is the 3rd one in a row I have read which is unusual for me.
I was not convinced about the narrator to begin with but I stuck with it and now he feels like an old friend.Can not recommend this Author highly enough
I also love the fact that Mark has his own FB page and answers all comments as well as the live chats

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  • JJ
  • 06-02-15

Excellent Sophomore Story

There's always the concern about sequels not being as good as the original story, but this 'continued adventures of John Milton' is a good match for The Cleaner. I was very engaged with the story, again with very timely themes, and the accent work is great. David Thorpe does wonderful narration. The settings and characters are very vivid, and I can still feel the heat!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Hanrattyblack
  • 11-21-17

A good light read

I like the John Milton series, but I do get fed-up with the chirpy narration, which would do better in children’s literature.

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  • Kevin Gerada
  • 09-21-17

Great book.

Good story but lacks some thrill, action and suspense. Still giving a try to the third book.

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  • Jules
  • 09-05-17

A disappointing follow up

Whilst the narration was again excellent I found this book rather disappointing after the first in the series.
It didn't seem to have as much of a story and in honesty, I almost gave up after the first few chapters. I did however, persevere and it was bearable but not especially impressive and it did not grip me like first one did. I think had I read this one first I would not have bothered with any more by this author.

I will probably try the third in the series, as I do like the characters and narration and hopefully it will return to the promise shown in book 1.

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  • Lou
  • 08-13-17

It's a cracker!

whilst I did notice a few faults with the narrative, as opposed to the printed copy, this was still a great book, I enjoyed it very much!

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  • Jose
  • 08-05-17

Great story, but really bad mexican accent voices

What did you like most about Saint Death?

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The narrator accent on Mexican characters is really bad and annoying.

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  • David Hall
  • 07-22-17

Another cracker!

Love these books, completely hooked! The characters are rich and realistic and although the action can sometimes be far fetched - a la James Bond - that just adds to the story. Brilliantly narrated, accents are superb, this just tops the first one. Roll on The Driver!