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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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Justice by John

My all time favorite character. Story line and plots are tight. Milton never missed a beat.

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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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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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If you’re not reading, or listening, to Mark Dawson yet - start.

The Alamo has been my favorite John Milton tale to date, and I look forward to more. You will not be disappointed in your choice to read, or listen, to this book. Instead, I believe you will find yourself looking into previous books in the series.

The Thriller genre is full of super heroes with unrealistic abilities, resources, and fantastic situations - Mr. Dawson offers a reader, or listener, much more.

John Milton is a character that is understandable, believable, and, in many ways, relatable. He has a well developed past, as well as an understandable present. He relies on his previous training, and experience, to accomplish his goals; as opposed to the standard issue meat eating, door kicking, bulletproof super assassin miracle abilities readers are normally treated to.

I have heard Milton described as a combination of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and Ian Flemings’ James Bond, and while I won’t disagree, I feel that Dawson’s development of Milton’s past gives him an added dimension of realism that cannot be understated.

I would also recommend the Beatrix Rose series, and the relatively new Isabella Rose series.

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Another masterfully crafted John Milton thriller

Mark Dawson has written another engaging John Milton thriller. The accuracy of information Dawson delivers in his stories proves his skills in research and his ability to weave it all into a beautiful story-fabric design. Unlike others, who write tech or travel or physiological data inserts among their storylines and plots, Dawson’s style keeps his reader’s focus on the story. I've not once stopped mid-Dawson story to check his facts—the story is what matters to me as a reader of a Dawson book, and appears to be what matters most to Dawson. The narrator of the Milton stories, David Thorpe, creates John Milton’s persona wonderfully. He keeps the story in the forefront through skilled truthful performance. I’m looking forward to Mark Dawson’s next Milton story, Redeemer.

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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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  • 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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  • Debbie
  • 03-17-18

Great read!

Loved it!! Engaged me throughout. on a par with the first book in the series, which hooked me into the John Milton series.

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  • C. N. TURNER
  • 05-15-18

Hope this is not John's last adventure

The last n the present series and just as good as the first book. Let's hope John Milton will return soon.

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  • I OFarrell
  • 04-19-18

Innocent lives

No matter where John goes he always runs into trouble and this time is no exception. Wanting to help a family suffering from a bad neighbourhood he begins to root out the evil but pretty soon he’s the one being questioned and he’s not sure who he can trust.

I’m a big fan of the John Milton series but my favourite of the stories are the ones which involved children. John Milton maybe a hard-arsed killer but there’s still a soft centre in there and the innocent bring it out. Milton is a strangely likeable character and I am kind of hoping he gets some romance further down the line – hint, hint Dawson…

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  • E. Osterberg
  • 04-18-18

Narration first class!!

Hadn’t heard of the author and character before and based on this book I will be reading more, a great first book to wet the appetite. Thanks for making this available as a book of the day.

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  • Judy Lovelock
  • 04-04-18

Fantastic

Another winner by Mark Dawson, and David Thorpe gave all the excitement and intrigue, full power to the story, it's a must listen

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  • Andrea Edan
  • 03-31-18

Good book for a journey

Have read a couple in the John Milton series so knew what to expect. He is a bad guy turned (very) good and David Thorpe certainly does him justice. Was an especially enjoyable read as I had just been in New York and Brooklyn. While I wouldn't say that this is good literature, it is well written and good when you can't concentrate too deeply such as travelling or a work out at the gym.

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  • Audrey McGing
  • 03-27-18

Page turner!

Really enjoyed this,my first audio book,full of suprise twists and interesting characters ,will definitely be reading more Mark Dawson books

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  • Christine
  • 03-27-18

Unputdownable

By far this was the best narrator I have ever heard. Flawless accents and never out a do it wrong. Definitely a British Jack Reacher

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  • Gareth Chapman
  • 03-22-18

Average

There was something missing that would have turned average into a good listen. I may try another in this series, just depends on what else is available at the time.

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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.