Sleepers

John Milton, Book 13
Narrated by: David Thorpe
Series: John Milton, Book 13
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
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When a Russian defector is assassinated in a sleepy English seaside town, Group Fifteen agents John Milton and Michael Pope find themselves in a rush to uncover the culprits and bring them to justice.  

Their investigation leads them to Moscow and a confrontation with Directorate S, the agency responsible for seeding Russian sleeper agents around the world. When lies and double crossing mean that no-one is what they seem, the two agents - alone and without backup - struggle to achieve their goals under the most dangerous of circumstances.  

Set one week before the opening of The Cleaner, this compulsive thriller turns back the clock to Milton as a barely functioning alcoholic, still tormented by the ghosts of the men and women he has killed in the service of his country. Milton must fight his own demons as well as the Russian assassin sent to eliminate him. Will he be able to complete his mission and escape with his life?

©2018 Mark Dawson (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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A younger John Milton

Those who follow this excellent espionage series will quickly realize that Sleepers goes back into a period of a younger John Milton's life before he left the Group 15 espionage agency. Up until this novel the Milton series was in chronological order of John Milton's life. The author explains why if a short afterward. I wish he had brought back Beatrix Rose also, Although now long dead she remains my favorite Mark Dawson character.

I seemed to me that the last several novels in the John Milton series while quite good were not up to Dawson's prior standards. This one definitely is. Narrator David Thorpe was excellent as usual.

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Quite well done

Perhaps the best of the series thus far...If you like any of the previous then I think you will find this to be of your liking. One thing, ok two things, that I appreciate this author doing is making Milton human and also making the story near to reality.

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Big fan of the series

If you hadn't started this series this may be a good place to start. it is a prequel that filled in a few blanks. It takes place a very short time before the first book in the series. It is, also, a very good book on it's own. The action is great but I really enjoy being in the head of people who are elite at what they do. I could not reccomend this series more.

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This book should have been book 1.

Melton Left group 15 in Book 1! So I’m really confused. Why did you do this?

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Another great book but...

I did enjoy this book but I felt that there was an element missing. The story seemed to go much faster than the previous novels. I would like to read more stories about John Milton’s past such as training and other missions. The narrator is amazing.

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Taunt Thriller

Hugs John Milton fan!!! It was interesting to go back into his past, but felt that had been covered in the series. Seems more like Thorpe used this book as a personal platform. However, this does not in anyway take away from the plot and characters. Edge of your seat suspense and plenty of gritty action. Hoping this is not the end of number one!!!

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Well written

This book is well written and engaging. I enjoyed it as I have many of the others in this series.

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storyline not as good as the others

while I enjoyed this book, it did not have as much action and suspense as the other John Milton novels. I don't know if this is just my imagination, but it also seemed a bit shorter than the others. but all in all it was still good

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This is a long awaited prequel.

Dawson can go back as far as he likes in John Milton's life I'll read every one. This one is prime Milton, fast, clever and full of twists to keep you turning pages. Loved it.

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Great Story!

I love to read and listen to Mark Dawson’s series about John Milton. He is a complicated person which gives him the humanness of all of us. We may not be special agents, but we all as humans have our faults to bear. I have read all of this series and it’s great to see how John begins his defection from the group. Keep it going can’t wait to read the next one.

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  • Salter
  • 01-19-19

Superb Milton backstory...

Sleepers takes us back to when Milton was Number 1 at Group 15. At this point he is harbouring a desire to get out of his line of work, and finally admits to himself that he needs help for his alcoholism.
The main plot line focuses on a retired former Russian spy-turned-defector, who received plans for a secret Russian plane. He wants help in getting his daughter into the UK, and offers the plans in return. The Russians soon find out what has occurred, and quickly despatch a couple of sleeper agents to silence those involved. Milton and Pope are soon on the hunt of the agents,and those who sent them, and a pursuit across Russia results.
A great story, and really interesting to see Milton in full flight in his Group 15 role.
Superbly narrated by David Thorpe.

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  • Sally
  • 10-10-19

rubbish

I feel compiletely cheated. I thought that this was a follow on from book 12....

WRONG.
This book just went back to the point where Milton decides he's had enough and why. we already knew that!!!
complete waste of a credit. .
don't waste your credit

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  • Photomadsue
  • 01-29-19

Not what I was expecting

After listening to the first 12 books over the past 12 months and being quite sold on the character and storylines I must admit to disappointment with this book. I like the way he has tied the story in to give the origins of his need to escape from the life that he led but by the end of the first 2 hours I was wondering if I was listening to a John Milton book.

It is always nice to start with background information but I was ready to delete the book and return it in exchange for one of the short stories because I was bored to tears before the story got any substance relevant to Milton.

This could have been a seven hour book and still have been too long.

I will wait for the next book with a little more doubt than I have in the past and wait for a few reviews before purchase I think. I had been really looking forward to this book beforehand.

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  • Andrea Edan
  • 12-13-18

Rather disappointing and uneven story

Despite the topical story, I found this latest in the John Milton series rather disappointing. I was looking forward to my favourite vigilante doing his thing but this one went back to when he was still in his previous "job" and tried to explain why he decided to quit. The bad (mainly Russian) characters were 2 dimensional stereotypes and much of the story didn't make sense and had to be "explained" at the end. I could see why the Skripal affair would pique the interest of writers like Mark Dawson but I would have been happier if he had spent a bit more time working the plot out. Sadly, not his best.

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  • Tony Foxon
  • 11-24-18

Confused

Mark Dawson is a great author. I've listened to all of the books in this series but only managed to get part way through this one. I listen to audio books mainly on short car journeys and when I go to bed. These listening periods might only be for 15 maybe 30 minutes at a time so I need a plot and characters that can be easily remembered. This book with the umpteen Russian character's completely confused me and thus I gave it up as a bad job. Come on Mark get back on track!!

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  • Mrs H
  • 10-28-18

Another great “John Milton” classic

Great story. If you are a fan and have read all the books, this is just perfect to read. Loved it - thank you

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  • Tony Swinton
  • 10-18-18

Classic Milton

It was nice to get some back story of million before the cleaner
I wanted to listen in one sitting but listened in two days
The narration is excellent and no Spoilers it's a good story with plenty of action and could be listened to before the cleaner and deserves to be a best seller

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  • Dropshort2000
  • 01-30-19

Topical storyline

A good storyline which was very topical. We obviously know Milton Survives this mission which takes away sone of thr mystique.

Good book.

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  • James
  • 11-20-18

Great book, John Milton never surprises us!

Another Book from the John Milton series exceptionally well narrated by David Thorpe.. just when we think John can’t do another story Mark Dawson finds one which is topical, well researched & believable, keep them coming loads of life in John still.!

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  • Andy
  • 11-13-18

Excellent as usual

Great story, surprises and theatre, Milton at the beginning, can’t wait for the next one

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