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. But when the man looking for her is the legendary assassin Santa Muerta - Saint Death - that's a lot easier said than done.
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.
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By JJ on 02-06-15
Excellent Sophomore Story
There's always the concern about sequels not being as good as the original story, but this 'continued adventures of John Milton' is a good match for The Cleaner. I was very engaged with the story, again with very timely themes, and the accent work is great. David Thorpe does wonderful narration. The settings and characters are very vivid, and I can still feel the heat!
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Simon on 11-01-18
Turning up the Heat on Milton!
This is the second outing for the British "Jack Reacher" and it fully lives up to the promise of the first book in the series. It's a hot and spicy adventure that sees Milton's attempts to avoid the British Authorities take him to Mexico. It actually taps into some of the real scandals that are accepted daily life in some areas of South America and pits him and a somewhat jaundiced policeman against the Mexican equivalent of the Mafia.
It's a spicy mix and it gives David Thorpe a real challenge which he deals with very competently, oddly it was the US accents which I thought sometimes sounded a little weaker than the others.
I personally do like these Milton, Reacher, Puller characters when they are done well (ie not by people who are entirely physically and stylistically unsuitable for the job - sorry I just can't resist a dig at the otherwise impressive Mr Cruise). This is done well and it's nice to imagine another one of these avenging angels out there looking out for the little guys.
I'm not willing to hand over Reacher's crown as I just think the Lee Child books have a bit of an edge in almost every way but I'm pretty certain I'll be reading plenty of this series too.
9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By Ted on 29-05-17
Victor The Assassin Meets James Bond
I liked it in spite of...
1. David Thorpe's startling bad American accents
2. The improbably stupid decisions support characters are given to advance the plot
With the exception of 'The Darkest Day', the first six books of Tom Woods' 'Victor-The-Assassin' series turn paranoia into an enticing super power. Here Mark Dawson gifts his dark killing-machine-with-a-conscience, John Milton, with its cloak. And he does it with so much blood-stained grit that I've already downloaded next in the series 'The Driver'.
Okay, the story's got holes, so does Swiss cheese, but I still like the stuff. Mark Dawson's been a favorite reader of mine before... Not so much here. No one in America speaks diphthongs with the alien tongue Dawson gives his characters. What? They've all got distracting speech defects?
Small spoiler alert... This is a self-contained story but it's also a bridge to the next book in this series. All is NOT wrapped up in the ending's frenzy to swirl together so much so quickly. Meaning? There're teasers here which make this a step in an epic.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Trudy Owens on 11-07-15
good series: bad guy trying to do good
I am enjoying this character and the stories. It does seem that in each book, the super killer, Number One, does something really stupid. He did it again in this book, not dally with a vulnerable woman this time, but let himself get jumped by the bad guys.
Nevertheless, the characters are realistic, the fights are believable and exciting, and our hero struggles to stay true to his tea-totaling, restitution-making goals since he doesn't want to kill for hire or politics anymore. Now his own government wants him "retired" and the Russians want him hired, so he has to keep running from everyone. At least he has made 2 new friends, and an old colleague has remained a true friend.
This one is not as good as the first one-- I am extremely glad the one good guy on the brink did not die, and there weren't any moments I cried or mourned, but it's okay and I will read another.
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