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Tarantula

A John Milton Short Story
Narrated by: David Thorpe
Series: John Milton, Book 0.6
Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (187 ratings)

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Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list.

In this second dip into his case files (see 1000 Yards for a further novella), Milton is sent to Italy to investigate the death of a colleague from Group 15, the secret assassination squad that liquidates those considered to be impediments to the furtherance of British interests. Milton discovers that the agent was involved with the Camorra, the powerful Mafia clan that controls the territory from Naples to the tip of the Italian boot. He identifies the assassin as a man nicknamed Tarantula. Now Tarantula, and his boss, are entries in Milton's ledger. And all debts need to be paid.

©2014 Mark Dawson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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John Milton tries to exit British intelligence

John Milton is an assassin with British intelligence Group 15. He has worked there for 10 years and wants to leave. He is not allowed to leave. In this novella Milton is forced to go to Italy to investigate the death of another agent. This is an excellent espionage story. I highly recommend this novella and the 8 novels that follow it.

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too easy?

The British secret special operations office decides that the killer of one of their agents must be eliminated. So John Milton is sent to find out who the killer is and dispose of him. He does so brilliantly, while actually accomplishing far more than that one simple operation. That part is interesting. I liked the setup even though I had no idea why he was doing what he was doing until it was done.

It all seemed too easy. I guess when you are him, you know how things work and where to go and whom to speak with. But it's like he was looking for a specific movie, so he read the paper, located the theater, and bought a ticket. I guess when you are an expert killer sent to kill an expert killer, you either do it or you don't, and your story is over. Well he prevailed this time, and went home. A bit pat.

I really enjoyed The Cleaner, and its other prequel, 1000 yards. This is a short story, so it has to wrap up quickly, just not my favorite.

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What are you doing?

The rifling only goes part way. Really? The speed of the rifling has to do with the weight of the bullet. If the bullet is light, a fast rifling will make the bullet explode, before impact. If the bullet is heavy, a too slow riffling will not make the bullet stabilize. Just ONE shot, come on, always at least two! He's number 8? In book one he was number one. In book one, after he killed the man and women, he didn't kill the child. That's why he decided to leave Group 15. Your next book is less than 6 hours? Come on fellow, give us our moneys worth. I think you need some one that knows firearms and reads your books, before the next one. BTW, I really enjoy the John Milton series.

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One more to Die

Good short book. Plenty of action, just ended too soon. Makes you want the next book.

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  • JC
  • 08-03-18

Good Short Story

This was a pretty good story! I wish it were longer though. The Dawson and Thorpe wonder team succeeds yet again. I highly recommend to all.

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Great read and listen..


So, another short story about The Cleaner John Milton. This time he was sent to Italy to find out what happen to Agent Three and take care of business once he did find out, which he did.

I did start reading the book The Cleaner but I felt a little lost so after 6 chapters I quit and went on to other books BUT now think I understand John better and why he wanted to quit The Group. And I get why he feels the need to help people in need instead of just killing people because he was told to. He already had 50 kills so he wanted something more out of his life.

As to the narration: He was great. When the book called for a laugh by Ernesto David Thorpe let loose a nasty, evil laugh. His reading skills are simply wonderful.

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It was okay

This book was okay but not my favorite to listen to. It was violent (the series is about an assassin after all) but there was so much narrative rather than conversations between characters that it made it a little boring.

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love the series

I enjoy the series love John Milton complexity with blood on his ledger,Part James Bond,part Jason Bourne,Equalizer

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Great enticing story

As always the Milton stories and very involved and exciting. Look forward to listening to mote

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Terrible

I have read his other books about John Milton and enjoyed most but this book felt like a boring formula.

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  • Anthony Shapero
  • 05-15-17

Too expensive !!

The story was fine and the performance was great but just cost too much for a couple of hour listening....

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  • MR
  • 03-08-19

More like a story for a magazine

The book was too short with very little plot.
Not up to the usual standard of this writer.

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  • Paul
  • 01-07-20

Bit short and generic, good for a flight or drive

I'm not exactly sure of the purpose of the 0.5 and 0.6 novels in the series? They are more novela length really.

If you're looking for depth, characterisation, etc. look elsewhere (The Slough House series is good). But if you like a spy/action thriller then these are well put together. and well narrated.

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  • Alec
  • 12-24-19

Good but Short

Mark Dawson is really a master of this area of covert operations. I enjoyed the story but it was rather short and rather expensive for what it was.

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  • Matthew Johnson (Matt Saxx)
  • 01-15-19

Excellent John Milton novella

I recently listened to 1000 Yards, the first of the two prequel novellas in the John Milton series. I felt Mark Dawson stepped up a gear with Tarantula, the second of the two. Mark's writing was more descriptive, the plot was equally as captivating and I listened to this in two sittings. Whereas before I was a little hesitant about the prospects of the full-length JM novels, now I approach them with a sense of excitement and they have shot up my reading list.

Another excellent performance by David Thorpe whose dynamic contrast, vocal speed delivery variations and believable accents were on point. It only lost a star on story because while sitting at a bar, John orders a Martini - come on Mark, give him his own drink, that's Bond's! That said, I don't think Mark Dawson would do a bad job writing for the Fleming estate like Horowitz.

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  • Judy Lovelock
  • 09-15-17

Good work

Another great story from Mark Dawson ,and great narration from David Thorpre , the perfect partnership , can't wait to listen to the next .

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  • Mr STEVEN PEARSON
  • 07-11-17

Slightly violent but with a sense of humour

Milton always get the job done, in this case with some style and not too much bloodshed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-26-17

entertaining as always

as usual a great performance and enthralling story. another gripping John Milton adventure to push you to the next book.