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Publisher's Summary

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.
Milton is blackmailed into finding his predecessor as Number One. But she's a ghost, too, and just as dangerous as him. He finds himself in deep trouble, playing the Russians against the British in a desperate attempt to save the life of his oldest friend. Some ghosts are better left alone. But these two have been disturbed, and now there's going to be hell to pay.
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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5 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 06-17-16

Upcoming Audible releases

The John Milton series by Mark Dawson is excellent, but that not why I'm writing this review. The summer releases of new thriller novels by the best authors has already begun with Brad Thor's release this week. Since I always preorder those that most interest me (and a few other flyers), I'm going to list what I consider to be the best upcoming thrillers by date and author. I have all of these on preorder now.

June 21 The Traitor's Story by Kevin Wignall (stand alone)
June 21 The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg with
Scott Brick narrating (Fox & O'Hare series)
June 28 First Strike by Ben Coes (Dewey Andras series)
June 28 Ghosts of War by Brad Taylor (Pike Logan & Jennifer Cahill)
July 12 The Black Widow by Daniel Silva (Gabriel Allon series)
July 12 Ghost Sniper by Scott McEwen (Sniper Elite series)
August 1 The Jungle by Mark Dawson (John Milton series)
August 16 Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta (stand alone)
August 30 A Great Reckoning by Louise Perry (Gamache series)

I'll add that on October 11 the next Mitch Rapp series book Order to Kill by Kyle Mills will be released. I miss Vince Flynn, but Mills did a fine with the last book. It is available for preorder.

For those, including me, who cannot wait for the next Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child it is not yet available for preorder at Audible but the title is Night School and will be released on November 7.

If you are looking for a good author to try late in July Australian Liane Moriarty releases Truly Madly Guilty. It is available for preorder at Audible. Release is July 26. Expect fun, not intense suspense.

Finally, it's not yet available for preorder at Audible but Mark Greaney will release Tom Clancy: True Faith and Allegiance (Ryan Jr. series) on December 6.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Trudy Owens on 07-25-15

Wow, just WOW. Best so far, how can #5 match?

This is by far THE best of the series so far. Book 1 was great with a few little glitches, but this one was realistic, believable, and exciting throughout. Dealing with old enemies turned friends(?), double crossing the double-crossers so all the bad guys lose, action and retribution and salvation, and a fine, fine ending. If the series ends here, it's a good one. But, wait, there's more! Let's just hope 5 can keep up with 4!

David Thorpe is amazing in his narration--any country, any dialect, any social level, any size person. So much better than those much-touted dramatizations (I couldn't tell anyone apart and you could see the studio mikes in front of them; in these books you are there in the midst of the action)!

No more needs saying-- if you like black ops and governmental assassins, especially one trying to do good, this is the series for you.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 02-14-18

Getting Straight to the Point

This relatively short Milton novel is actually probably my favourite to date. There's a bit less depth as you'd expect but it gets straight into the action and moves along quickly, There's a fascinating look back into Milton's past from which characters emerge into the present resulting in a fairly breathtaking and action-packed conclusion.

David Thorpe, well if you've read the previous books you'll know the matter of fact directness he brings to the stories which suit him down to the ground.

If you liked what went before I'm sure you'll be happy with this as despite the brevity Dawson packs a surprising amount of back story into a fast moving main plot.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Bob Mckinlay on 01-20-17

John Milton's exploits

best book so far of John Milton's exploits, with great story telling by David Thorpe

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lorenzo on 01-08-18

Best one yet

John seems to be improving in his travels. More organised, always one step ahead. Very suspenseful and entertaining.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tanya Clarke on 07-23-17

Excellent story that was superbly narrated.

I have enjoyed the series, the story line and thoroughly enjoyed the audible experience. Wonderful.

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