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New York isn't ready for Britain's most dangerous ex-assassin....

John Milton has finally found a place to escape the bloodshed: off-season Coney Island. No tourists. No special ops. Just peace and quiet. But when a local boy witnesses a grisly murder, Milton can't resist investigating.

Milton uncovers a vicious drug kingpin and a group of crooked cops from a notorious precinct known as The Alamo. Against such dangerous foes, Milton's quest for redemption could come to an end.

The 11th book in the USA Today best-selling John Milton series delivers thrills, action and twists you just won't see coming.

©2017 Mark Dawson (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"It's impossible not to think of Lee Child's super-selling Jack Reacher." (The Times)
"The literary sensation you've never heard of." (The Telegraph)

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 08-25-17

May be Dawson's best John Milton novel!

I enjoyed this suspense thriller. The setting is New Your City rather than San Antono as the title seems to suggest. Milton is working as a cook at a restaurant and going faithfully to his AA meetings while using his John Smith alias. He is living in Coney Island in the winter. First he saves a young woman who is drowning due to a rip current at the beach. He also befriends a man at AA who has a 13 year old son. On the way home from a Giants-Cowboys game at the Meadowlands stadium the boy witnesses a murder. Milton cannot resist trying to help solve the murder. The girl's and the boy's families play a major part in this fascinating, complex, and suspenseful novel. There are some nice plot twists along the way.

What I like most about The Alamo is that Milton solves the case by following the leads and without any superman-like heroic tactics. The Alamo is Book 11 in author Mark Dawson's John Milton series. Milton continues to deal with his daemons of alcoholism and his long past killings with a British espionage agency. Author Dawson shows maturity as a writer as he writes about a more multi faceted/complex John Milton than in his earlier novels. The Alamo is a great story well told. I'm still not a fan of narrator David Thorpe, but he does an excellent job with this novel.

The Alamo has my unqualified highest possible recommendation.

Finally, do not use an Audible credit for this book. Purchased at Amazon using Whispersync for Voice the total cost of the Kindle and Audible versions combined is $6.98 which is between $2.58 and $7.97 less than an Audible credit depending upon which Audible membership you have.

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Drug lords, Mafia, crooked cops, and Balkan bada$$

This is The Witness, John Milton style. Even though the plot is nearly identical, the story is still great, full of quietly lethal John Milton justice.

There is no parallel to the Texas Alamo; it is merely the unexplained nickname for the toughest NY precinct. Through some coincidences, Milton decides to becomes involved with the kid who witnessed the bad cops murder someone who could have fingered them. As usual, Milton is mild-mannered and reasonable until violence is all that's left. It is bittersweet as Milton's introspection concludes that he can never have a family, never have friends, and must always keep moving. All he can do is attempt to complete The Ninth Step.

As usual, David Thorpe is great, although he makes some pronunciation errors trying to sound like a New York cop. We can forgive him for that.

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Each book is a delight to listen to

I really don’t know how David Thorpe does all the accents he does, but the story, and the performance of Mr Thorpe is amazing. I really can’t wait for the next book, yet I’m sad to have the one I’m listening to end. 😏

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Don't even think about listening to this book

That's my recommendation: don't get this book.

Once you start you'll listen to the end, because Mark Dawson writes his stories thinking that we do not have anything else to do. You'll be dragged into the story and won't quit until you're done with it.

And, like a drug addict, you'll want more. You'll have withdrawals until he publishes the next one.

Thank you Mark for another great and well written story.

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  • JC
  • 10-08-17

Pretty Good Story

I chose such a high rating because anything that involves John Milton never fails to deliver. I’d recommend this book to the fans who continue to follow along in the John Milton series. It’s good to read even if you are not familiar, except the problem will be that you will fail to understand the complexity of John Milton. I found one error in this book (very, very, very unimportant). It was the pronunciation of the word “privacy”: it was read the British way while imitating an American accent. Again, minor point. The reading by David Thorpe continues to be what draws me to the John Milton series...he is just so doggone great at what he does! David Thorpe is so good that I now find it difficult to listen to other narrators. So, this story was good. It could have been more complex though and could have benefited from more violence on the part of Milton. All in all, an interesting and solid book.

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Another good read by Dawson

This further adventure of Robin Hood Milton, was as much fun as usual. He cant write them fast enough for me. Mark, you write 'em I'll read 'em.

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Rip off of the movie Witness

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Original story. Watch the movie Witness with Harrison Ford. Young boy see cops kill an informant in the men's room. Love John Milton even if story is not new.

What do you think your next listen will be?

John Sanford's next release.

What about David Thorpe’s performance did you like?

He is great!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Always interesting characters but not original story.

Any additional comments?

Still love Milton.

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  • Chris Hill
  • 10-09-17

Milton is hard as nails, flawed, a cracking read.

John Milton is a highly skilled, tough mofo with a flawed but likeable personality.. for a trained assassin. He is in the same camp as Jack Reacher, Spider Shepard and Jo Pike.

Dawson really knows his subject and John Milton feels edgy, capable and dangerous and you still find yourself completely routing for him.

Start from Book 1.. Then when you have finished them, move onto the Beatrix Rose books because you will then be in for another most excellent treat.

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  • K KLINE
  • 11-17-17

A Superb Series! Utterly un-turn-off-able!

From book one 1 was in! John Milton, a complex, trained killer with a guilty conscious battling his demons; Redemption and salvation his life quest and WOW! A rip-roaring, fantastical adventure spun with every book. A kind-hearted killing machine you can't help but love and is it wrong to wish I had some of his skills?! (not the killing ones though, of course!).

Mark Dawson's writing ebbs and flows so beautifully - sweeping the imagination along wonderfully. Every character painted with the perfect amount of detail to make them believable and inspire an emotion. Mark wields his pen like a porthole controller to another dimension. Bravo!!

David Thorpe's AMAZING narration brings every scene in every book to life! His concerto of wonderful voices reaching into my mind's eye fusing sonic vision! He truly is the Hollywood director to this amazing series and perfectly complements the amazing author. Bravo!!

So thank you, Mark and thank you, David, for a wonderful few months of entertainment in - what really now seems - my rather mundane life..!
I sincerely hope you guys can find the heart and soul to work together on another eleven John Milton books..or at least one more book - after all, there are 12 steps :0)

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  • Pusateri
  • 11-13-17

Excellent read

There are comparisons to be made between John Milton and Jack Reacher, however, I found this book had more depth and Milton more character than the latest Reacher books. Excellent narration and as this is the first book in the series I have had I am looking forward to many more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-17

plots are starting to become overly descriptive

becoming overly descriptive of detail not essential or relevant to the plot at the expense of the more intriguing or exciting elements of the John Milton character. I've thoroughly enjoyed previous books in the series but this one felt too slow to progress with relatively little action.

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  • Mike Harrison
  • 11-06-17

easy going

suitable for people who like a simple plot and might leave a gap between sessions as it is easy to remember where you were

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  • Alexa
  • 10-21-17

Not up to the usual standard

David Thorpe's narration was as engaging as he could make it with such thin material to work with. This book had none of the usual interest and involvement; Milton ran through this like a shadow.

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  • nic1977
  • 10-19-17

Dawson’s John Milton series is outstanding

Well written thriller with a captivating lead character. John Milton is like the bad ass big brother you want to have looking out for you.
David Thorpe’s voice over is perfect and makes the book jump to life, you won’t want to stop listening...a fantastic binge series of books, thoroughly recommend!!

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  • Bob Mckinlay
  • 10-16-17

best one yet

each book has got better can wait for number 12writer and narrator brilliant keep it up

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  • Carôle
  • 09-26-17

John Milton - the English Jack Reacher

Many people may have seen the likeness before, but I'll admit to this being very first time that I have noticed such a marked resemblance between the two characters. This specific story, maybe because it's in New York, or just because of the actual tale, reminds me strongly of a Jack Reacher novel.

So, for those fans of Jack Reacher who have not discovered John Milton story, perhaps you should start with this one? However I would strongly recommend that you start from the very beginning, his story is a story that needs to be enjoyed and relished from the very beginning. But this particular novel is a great, great read. Enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-24-17

The Alamo

another fantastic Milton book. some great twists and turns in this one. one of those books you can't put down. roll on the next one Mark.

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  • Grahame
  • 10-20-17

Good guy John Smith

Great story with an underlying emotional pull. Action aplenty as JS takes on the drug king pin and the local corrupt cops. Who would have thought cops could be corrupt! JS of course focussed and resourceful. He is the hero many of us would like to be.