They call him 'Scorpion'. No-one knows his real name, and the only people who have seen his face are dead. He works for the highest bidder, and he's never missed a target.
The assassin appears in London with the name of an investigative reporter on his list. But has Scorpion met his match? The reporter has a protector - John Milton. And Milton might be the only man in the world more dangerous than him.
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By Wayne on 18-02-18
Mark Dawson's first Group Fifteen novella
For those familiar with author Mark Dawson's novels Group 15 consists of several specially trained operatives in intelligence gathering, special personnel protection, and assassination. Group Fifteen operatives are at the service of the British MI5 and MI6 intelligence agencies. Dawson's first leading characters John Milton and Beatrix Rose were members of Group Fifteen before going independent. Dawson explains that Group Fifteen novellas will be coauthored by various other authors. His intent is to serve adrenaline junkies with 2.5 hour novellas that are action and suspense packed from beginning to end.
Scorpion certainly meets Dawson's intent. John Milton is the protagonist, but future Group Fifteen novellas will include other protagonists from Group Fifteen. For example, the second novella in the series titled Witness X introduces Bryan Duffy as protagonist. It seems that the Kindle versions of the series will be released approximately 60 days before the Audible versions. Witness X will be available at Audible on March 1. I've already read the the Kindle version which was released on December 13, 2017. It is very well written just as Scorpion is. It seems likely that David Thorpe will narrate the Group Fifteen series, but that has not been confirmed. Thorpe is a superb narrator.
At $4.47 each the Audible versions of the novellas are overpriced in my opinion, but I have pre-ordered Witness X. Author Mark Dawson assures his fans that he can and will assure the highest quality of each series novella despite the fact that he will use coauthors. I hope he can, but I am skeptical. Such authors as Tom Clancy and James Patterson blazed the coauthoring trail that Dawson is following with mixed results.
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By Trudy Owens on 22-05-18
It's Milton, but it's a short story
If you know this is a short story going in, you won't be disappointed. If this short story is any indication, the Milton series won't suffer by having Cavanagh help out, but I'm hoping Dawson won't retire completely!
"Scorpion" seems to be setting up the scenario for a following, much longer book. In this story, some aspects of the plot are resolved, while others are left to be dealt with later. This is a satisfying story with a clever little twist, not a true cliff-hanger, but it leaves room for much more plot to come. I'm looking forward to what comes after this. Short stories are fine, but we really want the longer, more involved books!
Mr. Dawson has taken an apprentice here, but you can't tell the difference. It still sounds and moves like John Milton. Any little literary things I might have missed are smoothed over by David Thorpe's impeccable reading.