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I enjoyed this suspense thriller. The setting is New Your City rather than San Antono as the title seems to suggest. Milton is working as a cook at a restaurant and going faithfully to his AA meetings while using his John Smith alias. He is living in Coney Island in the winter. First he saves a young woman who is drowning due to a rip current at the beach. He also befriends a man at AA who has a 13 year old son. On the way home from a Giants-Cowboys game at the Meadowlands stadium the boy witnesses a murder. Milton cannot resist trying to help solve the murder. The girl's and the boy's families play a major part in this fascinating, complex, and suspenseful novel. There are some nice plot twists along the way.
What I like most about The Alamo is that Milton solves the case by following the leads and without any superman-like heroic tactics. The Alamo is Book 11 in author Mark Dawson's John Milton series. Milton continues to deal with his daemons of alcoholism and his long past killings with a British espionage agency. Author Dawson shows maturity as a writer as he writes about a more multi faceted/complex John Milton than in his earlier novels. The Alamo is a great story well told. I'm still not a fan of narrator David Thorpe, but he does an excellent job with this novel.
The Alamo has my unqualified highest possible recommendation.
Finally, do not use an Audible credit for this book. Purchased at Amazon using Whispersync for Voice the total cost of the Kindle and Audible versions combined is $6.98 which is between $2.58 and $7.97 less than an Audible credit depending upon which Audible membership you have.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is The Witness, John Milton style. Even though the plot is nearly identical, the story is still great, full of quietly lethal John Milton justice.
There is no parallel to the Texas Alamo; it is merely the unexplained nickname for the toughest NY precinct. Through some coincidences, Milton decides to becomes involved with the kid who witnessed the bad cops murder someone who could have fingered them. As usual, Milton is mild-mannered and reasonable until violence is all that's left. It is bittersweet as Milton's introspection concludes that he can never have a family, never have friends, and must always keep moving. All he can do is attempt to complete The Ninth Step.
As usual, David Thorpe is great, although he makes some pronunciation errors trying to sound like a New York cop. We can forgive him for that.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
John Milton is a highly skilled, tough mofo with a flawed but likeable personality.. for a trained assassin. He is in the same camp as Jack Reacher, Spider Shepard and Jo Pike.
Dawson really knows his subject and John Milton feels edgy, capable and dangerous and you still find yourself completely routing for him.
Start from Book 1.. Then when you have finished them, move onto the Beatrix Rose books because you will then be in for another most excellent treat.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A really enjoyable listen with the narration being excellent. The main problem being this is the last in the series. What am I going to do now? Let there be more!
Great story with an underlying emotional pull. Action aplenty as JS takes on the drug king pin and the local corrupt cops. Who would have thought cops could be corrupt! JS of course focussed and resourceful. He is the hero many of us would like to be.