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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. And then events take a turn that no one could have anticipated....
Milton's attempted good deed becomes a quest to unveil corruption at the highest levels of government and murder at the dark heart of the criminal underworld. Milton is pulled back into the game, and that's going to have serious consequences for everyone who crosses his path.
Cover design by Stuart Bache.
©2016 Mark Dawson (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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By Trudy Owens on 03-12-16

a bit slow but nice to have John Milton back!

Milton is back in London, and thankfully why he left Australia and Matilda is explained, although I think if he truly loved her he could have found something else to do so as to stay with her. Maybe she wasn't willing to make any changes. Anyway...

Three years on the wagon and John is struggling with AA's Twelve Steps. You see, the ninth step is to make restitution to those you have harmed, and John can't do that because all the people he wronged are dead. Nor can he divulge his wrongs to any of his new friends, or anyone for that matter. The first long part of the book sets up the background for the action and retribution to come next. Even though it does go on a long time, we like Milton and his life is interesting even if he isn't throwing his special forces training around all the time.

There are several things happening in the story and John steps in to help out, all the while arranging that HE be invisible in the end. Some of the stories become cleverly intertwined, and justice gets sorted out.

Two plot points that didn't sit well were first, why the journalist confided in John so fully when they first met, and second, not much was made of the bad cop. The journalist seemed really astute but twice behaved foolishly naively. The bad cop story just quietly ended.

However, in the end Milton did save a number of people, dealt justice for a wrongful death, and seems to have found some compromise and peace in how he will continue to handle the ninth step.

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By Wayne on 03-09-16

Not the best John Milton thriller

I had a decision to make this morning as three books I had pre-ordered were released including this one. Since the Kindle version of The Ninth Step was released several weeks ago and had an average customer rating of 4.8 stars I selected it. I am a huge Mark Dawson fan, but after listening to the first 6 hours I was tempted to return the audiobook without finishing it. It was slow, excessively wordy, and boring. Then things changed and from there on it deserves a solid 5 star rating. I'm down rating the book to 4 stars because of its slow and boring start.

The "ninth step" in the title refers to the 9th step in the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step program; “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” It follows step 8 which states, "Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all." Step 9 is always the most difficult for an alcoholic. After three years of sobriety John Milton was having a very difficult time with it. The Ninth Step is very much about John Milton's struggle with Step 9.

This book, at least the last half, has constant action and suspense. I still prefer Mark Dawson's Beatrix Rose series to the John Milton series, but since Rose died in book 3 of the series there will be no more.

I recommend this book for those who like action and suspense thrillers. There are lots of action and suspense packed into the second half of the book.

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By Wickerman49 on 03-17-16

John Milton is back !!!

Mark Dawson brings JM to his brilliant and best form in this ninth book of the series, taking on the rich and powerful along with the underbelly of the crime world to right the wrongs in his own initimable style.
Every reviewer says " unputdownable " but I would prefer to say, find a day where you have nothing to do, make yourself comfy with a coffee, a nice treat to eat and listen in one go. I did and it is the best way to kill a day by far.

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By James on 04-01-16

Awesome, John Milton is totally Brilliant!

If you could sum up The Ninth Step in three words, what would they be?

Awesome, Brilliant, Totally believable!

Who was your favorite character and why?

John of course!

Have you listened to any of David Thorpe’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes all brilliant!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

All Dirty, Filthy Scumbags get their comeuppance! Thankfully!

Any additional comments?

Just loved it!!

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By Carolyne on 05-08-16

Great story

Only bad point was the repetition of some sentences in the latter part of the book. It was well written and compels the reader to want to know "what happens next' I will definitely read more from this author

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By Amazon Customer on 12-26-16

Nice and well thought out book

it was a nice and well thought out book... there was some questions at the beginning but was answer at the end. well done to the author and the narrator who keep me asking question and answer it at the end. Thank you.

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