John Milton

15 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 5,190 ratings

1,000 Yards Publisher's Summary

From Amazon number-one best-selling author Mark Dawson, this novella is an introduction to John Milton, the most dangerous assassin in the pay of Her Majesty’s government.

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.

But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands, and he wants out. Trouble is this job is not one you can just walk away from. In this dip into his case files, Milton is sent into North Korea. With nothing but a sniper rifle, bad intentions, and a very particular target. Will Milton be able to take on the secret police of the most dangerous failed state on the planet?

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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  • Book 0.5

    • 1,000 Yards

    • A John Milton Short Story
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 374
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 347
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 347

    From Amazon number-one best-selling author Mark Dawson, this novella is an introduction to John Milton, the most dangerous assassin in the pay of Her Majesty’s government. 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story but too short

    • By Cartec on 08-08-16

    Regular price: $2.12

  • Book 0.6

    • Tarantula

    • A John Milton Short Story
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 153
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 139

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • John Milton tries to exit British intelligence

    • By Wayne on 06-03-16

    Regular price: $11.72

  • Book 1

    • The Cleaner

    • John Milton, Book 1
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,173
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,063
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,066

    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. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sizzling Beginning: 15 Stars!

    • By Ted on 04-17-17

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 2

    • Saint Death

    • John Milton, Book 2
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 437
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 390
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 387

    John Milton has been off the grid for six months. He surfaces in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and immediately finds himself drawn into a vicious battle with the narco-gangs that control the borderlands. He saves the life of an idealistic young journalist who has been targeted for execution. The only way to keep her safe is to smuggle her into Texas. Working with the only untouchable cops in the city and a bounty hunter whose motives are unclear, Milton must keep her safe until the crossing can be made.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Victor The Assassin Meets James Bond

    • By Ted on 05-29-17

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 3

    • The Driver

    • John Milton, Book 3
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 383
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 349
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 349

    John Milton has started to hope that he might have a future. He has a job driving a taxi around the streets of San Francisco. He has his anonymity and his solitude. Being invisible has become a comfortable habit. He doesn't want to be found. But when a girl he drives to a party goes missing, Milton is worried. Especially when two dead bodies are discovered, and the police start treating him as their prime suspect. Milton is a fugitive from the British Secret Service, and a man in his position needs extra attention like he needs a hole in the head.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another good listen

    • By brent on 05-14-15

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 4

    • Ghosts

    • John Milton, Book 4
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 307
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 308

    John Milton is a ghost. He was Number One. The most dangerous assassin in Group Fifteen, the black-ops organisation that solves problems when diplomacy has failed. Now Milton is Her Majesty's most wanted fugitive - an anonymous loner with a deadly set of skills. So when he is arrested following a brawl in a Texas bar, the last person he expects to bail him out is a glamorous operative from the Russian Secret Service.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Upcoming Audible releases

    • By Wayne on 06-17-16
    • John Milton, Book 4
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 04-14-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 345 ratings

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 5

    • The Sword of God

    • John Milton, Book 5
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not as exciting as the first 4 John Milton books.

    • By Wayne on 11-18-15

    Regular price: $20.24

  • Book 6

    • Salvation Row

    • John Milton, Book 6
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 357
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 323
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 323

    John Milton is trying to make amends for a career spent killing for the British Secret Service. He has a burning need to right wrongs - and rewrite his own bloody past. He finds himself in Louisiana - the Big Sleazy, the bayou, and the post-Katrina wreckage of the Gulf Coast - with a debt of honor to repay. Isadora Bartholomew, who saved his partner's life, needs his help. Joel Babineaux, a ruthless property magnate, is out to sink the charity she established to help rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mark Dawson is my best new author find of 2015

    • By Wayne on 08-06-15

    Regular price: $20.24

  • Book 7

    • Headhunters

    • John Milton, Book 7
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 289

    Bury your enemies, and bury them deep. John Milton thought he was done with Avi Bachman. The most dangerous man he's ever known has been incarcerated in Angola, the brutal Louisiana prison. Inmates rarely leave Angola. Once you go in, the only way out is in a box. But Bachman is no ordinary prisoner. He was an assassin for the Mossad, and he has favours to call in.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Waltzing Matilda!

    • By Wayne on 11-19-15

    Regular price: $20.24

  • Book 8

    • The Ninth Step

    • John Milton, Book 8
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 327
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 303
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302

    John Milton is a former assassin for the British government. He is a ronin, trying to atone for his past sins by offering his services to those people who have no one else to whom they can turn. Milton is keeping a low profile in London when he meets Eddie Fabian. Fabian confesses that he is considering suicide and that the reason for his depression was the abuse that he suffered as a child. Milton offers to help, but, before he can, Eddie is found dead in circumstances that Milton considers suspicious.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a bit slow but nice to have John Milton back!

    • By Trudy Owens on 03-12-16

    Regular price: $20.24

  • Book 9

    • The Jungle

    • John Milton, Book 9
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 306
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 278
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277

    An assassin haunted by his past. Two young refugees out of their depth and in need of his special talents. John Milton is no stranger to the world's seedy underbelly. But when the former British Secret Service agent comes up against a ruthless human trafficking ring, he'll have to fight harder than ever to conquer the evil in his path. After Milton meets a refugee who lost a sister to people smugglers, he travels through war-torn Libya and the murkiest parts of Italy and France to get the girl back.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Up To Some of the Others In the Series

    • By Kathryn on 08-11-16

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 10

    • Blackout

    • John Milton, Book 10
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219

    John Milton's life is about to change. The former government assassin follows a lead to Manila that he hopes will transform everything. But things don't go to plan. He never expected to wake up in an unfamiliar hotel room beside a dead body. And, unfortunately for him, Milton doesn't remember a thing about the night before.... Thrown into a gruesome Filipino prison, he puts together the clues of his betrayal. With no allies and even less hope, Milton must use his wits to escape and take revenge....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lost His Touch

    • By Leslie Helgerson on 06-01-17

    Regular price: $19.62

  • Book 11

    • The Alamo

    • John Milton, Book 11
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • May be Dawson's best John Milton novel!

    • By Wayne on 08-25-17

    Regular price: $19.62

  • Book 12

    • Redeemer

    • John Milton, Book 12
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138

    Rio de Janeiro. Brazilians call it Cidade Maravilhosa - the Marvellous City - but crime festers in its favelas like cancer. John Milton is visiting an old friend who runs a close protection business guarding the city's elite. Milton offers to stand in when one of his bodyguards doesn’t turn up for work. The job? Take the wife and daughter of an anticorruption judge to a school recital and bring them back again. Simple? Not so much. The girl is snatched off the street, and Milton is nearly killed. As he recovers at a Group Fifteen safe house, he decides on two objectives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another terrific novel in the John Milton series!!

    • By Wayne on 06-07-18

    Regular price: $16.35

  • Book 13

    • Sleepers

    • John Milton, Book 13
    • By: Mark Dawson
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    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.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A younger John Milton

    • By Wayne on 10-20-18

    Regular price: $16.35