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A man called Milton walks into town....

On the run from his own demons, John Milton treks through the Michigan wilderness into the town of Truth. He's not looking for trouble, but trouble's looking for him. He finds himself up against a small-town cop who has no idea with whom he is dealing and no idea how dangerous he is.

But Milton is double crossed and badly injured. Unarmed and alone, he flees into the remote Porcupine Mountains with a posse on his tail. His enemies thought they could hunt him down. That was a mistake, and, where Milton is concerned, one mistake is all you get.

From best-selling author Mark Dawson (the John Milton and Beatrix Rose series), The Sword of God is the fifth in the acclaimed series of thrillers that listeners love. 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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Not as exciting as the first 4 John Milton books.

I am a huge fan of Mark Dawson's books, both the John Milton Series and the Beatrix Rose series. Sword of God is quite good, but not as good as the four prior books in the John Milton series or any of the books in the Beatrix Rose series.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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UGH - Dawson's Writing Boring Polemics.


March of the monotonous! 3 STARS!!?? Why?

This Brit author knows how to spot the world's real terrorists. You thought maybe in the midst of AL-Qeada, ISIS, or perhaps, Taliban? Uh, nope. So how about Boko Haram, Al Shabab, or the North Korean Government? Again... nope, nope and nope. Dawson's 'hero' John Milton can spot them if they work for small American town sheriffs and quote the Old Testament. In fact, the slightest whiff of Republican scent's enough to tighten Milton's trigger finger.

Yep, Dawson knows that fat, stupid, and stereotypically evil white supremacists fill squad cars and offices in every rural US community. all tensed to wield their 'Sword of God'. You're safer to sleep unarmed in the Congo bush, the streets of Mosul, or San Pedro Sula, Honduras than to bristle with weapons into any South-Western U.S. town with a population less than say, 10,000.

Advice: There's no need to even hear the noisy first chapter of 'Sword of God' if you've listened to the last chapter of "Saint Death" or the first chapter of "The Driver". Absent minor differences, 'Sword of Death' simply (and I mean SIMPLY) reprises each of them.

And absent the existential threat of "The Group" dangling over Miltion's head like another legendary sword... Well this entire book's like a bottle of seltzer whose lid's been popped for a couple of months.

And then there's David Thorpe's increasingly BAD American accents.

It's one thing for Dawson-through-Thorpe's lips to endlessly bash Britain, after all his dialect allows some cred. But I'd rather get my American bashing from CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, the NYT or the Washington Post. NPR may be passing the same anti Western-Civ gas as the BBC, but it gets its mouth-music right - y'know?

Perhaps in future books Mr. Dawson will leave my USA to find some other culture to despise. After listening to five of his John Milton polemics... I'll probably never know. Goodby John Milton and God speed. Ooops... I hope that's not an Old Testament line. Honest I'm not in any white NAZI hate militias.

Honest... I mean... Honest!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Cartoonish, Clichéd, Poorly Written Rehashed Plot

I, in some sort of attempt to allow Dawson to mature as a writer, lumbered through 5 of his 'books'. Along with hearing the repeated use of hackneyed cliches ('chicken lips!), these books have the sound and feel of cartoon plots. There is no flow to the stories as if the parts were taken off a shelf in an elementary writing class.
They are flatter than 'chicken lips' and any tension is nonexistent.
Save your credits.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Same - old - story line as many before

Predictable story and events, after saying that...the book was well written, well read, but very predictable... I liked the story line, and the characters were well developed

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Are ALL paramilitarists really crazy Christians?

The story was just fine until the paramilitary wackos proclaimed their mission was from God (hence the title). I know there are crazy end-of-the-world Christ-sent-me-to-blow-you-up people out there, but aren't there some paramilitary groups who AREN'T spouting Bible verses and their errand from God? Can't Christians believe both in God and the second amendment without being wackos? I would rather have had that story. This one would not have suffered from eliminating that whole aspect. It seemed it was just easier to get the plot's raison d'être from this tired trope.

Nevertheless, I love John Milton and his attempts to atone for his past while helping right some of the ills of the world. I love this special forces, black-ops, CIA (and others) assassins genre, have great respect and admiration for the training and experience these people have, but have always grieved for what it means for the soul of each of them. You cannot get to that level of competence without experiencing a lot of horror, and that has to affect you. Milton is trying to absolve and evade his past, but it keeps coming up as the only way to help.

The ending is very sad, and perfectly exemplifies how wrong our perceptions of what we witness can be. Milton makes this mistake and thereby, perhaps leaves behind something that could have helped him in his quest for peace.

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Now This is Good

I have listened to the first 4 in the series, I almost stopped after the first but thought the story line had promise to tried the second which was an improvement but still the series and author were struggling. I was seeing improvement so went on and used a credit for the third book, again more improvement. The forth was well done and brought new light and space to the story line. And then this book - it completely hit the mark. Good characters and good character development. Lots of action (even if it is unreal). Yes it is a bit Jack Reacherish but there are significant differences to the character and writing. Well worth the credit and my perseverance. I look forward to more stories of John Milton's adventures.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Rambo?

It start off like first blood . Sheriff drives Milton out of town. He walks back. Then it end with Milton in the woods with a bow. The story line follow the first blood motive.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A failure of imagination, and terrible characters

What disappointed you about The Sword of God?

Having read many of other series similar to the John Milton series, I unfortunately do not believe Dawson's writing meet the mark. This book in particular is exactly how i feel a leftist recovering alchoholic from outside of America would see some nuts far right group in the US. The narration lacks realism, with ever character sounding like a complete idiot, and a storyline that is so absurd that it can not begin to be believed. No charter development still in book 5 of the series that lets is better understand the main character, and overall, boring, and unbelievable.I so wanted a great series to love, this just isn't it.

Has The Sword of God turned you off from other books in this genre?

it has turned me away from more Mark Dawson books.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Thorpe’s performances?

no, his voices are bad, and his American accents make the characters sound like they all have a 3rd grade education.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sword of God?

no scenes would be cut, the story would have changed. maybe he should come live in the states for a while to gain a better insight to who we are.... and I would have had someone else narrate this

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  • JC
  • 07-22-17

Ridiculously Good!

Okay, Sword of God...fantastic! This is on par with the first novel, "The Cleaner," which is my favorite in the John Milton series. This book seriously reminded me of Rambo. There are a few parallels, but definitely different. It has audio that repeated while Milton was in the woods, but that was minor. I recommend this book to loyal David Thorpe and/or Mark Dawson fans. I gave it a stellar rating because it is a pure adrenaline rush. Wow!!!

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great fun! my favorite yet!

ah, this one has real romance, mix that will the outdoor trekking, tracking, camping factoid s and lore and you have an awesome book! reader is perfect Milton but hire somene else to do female voices, please!

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  • Lareine
  • 10-28-16

Good storyline

I found this book enjoyable and well read. It's scary to think that these kinds of fanatical people do exist. Good characters and an interesting storyline. I like Milton and am keen to read more Mark Dawson books, despite some bad reviews I read that nearly put me off listening to any of his books!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Beryl Argles
  • 01-30-16

Excellent story


Excellent didn't want to stop listening, most enjoyable and very exciting a brilliant story.

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  • Kelly
  • 01-09-18

amazing

I'm finding these books addictive. Milton is such a great character and this book was well structured and read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-18

Good

A good read a surprise not what i was expecting a twist great you get a taster if the next book

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  • Stephen
  • 12-22-17

Excellent

Another quality Milton adventure, I’m working my way through the series, and it’s a great journey ;)

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  • Judy Lovelock
  • 11-03-17

Brilliant

Very exciting, couldn't wait get back to the story each time I had to eat or sleep ☺

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  • joanne
  • 10-04-17

OK but not great.

The storyline drew a few similarities with a famous action movie from the 80's. Definitely not the best Milton story.

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  • Sally
  • 09-11-17

another good listen

Would you listen to The Sword of God again? Why?

I never mind listening to books again because things drop into place the 2nd time round that you missed the significance of at the first listening

Who was your favorite character and why?

well John Milton of course... even though you wouldn't want to cross him...

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

I think he is one of the best narrators for this genre. He sounds like an ex squaddie, and I can visualise all the characters he does. You never get them mixed up.

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

John Milton returns

Any additional comments?

I know these books are somewhat formulaic, but I still enjoy them.

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  • Mr. D. W. Silk
  • 08-29-17

Saint John rides again

as always very entertaining, the plot twists and turns but and leaves you in suspense until the end.

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  • Mrs Archdeacon
  • 08-15-17

007 Meets Die Hard

Excellent, gripping story well read by David Thorpe. A day of housework and ironing slipped by!!!

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  • Lorenzo
  • 01-12-18

Thrilling

Very addictive. Knocked it out in 2 days! The John Milton series is a gripping and entertaining listen