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1000 Yards - A John Milton Short Story (John Milton Series) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Dawson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From Amazon #1 best-selling author MARK DAWSON, this 17,000 word novella is an introduction to John Milton, the most dangerous assassin in the pay of Her Majesty’s government.


He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder.

Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from.

In this dip into his case files, Milton is sent into North Korea. With nothing but a sniper rifle, bad intentions and a very particular target, will Milton be able to take on the secret police of the most dangerous failed state on the planet?

Also included: the first chapter of the first full-length Milton novel, THE CLEANER.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 653 KB
  • Print Length: 86 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing (4 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DUFCJ10
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,759 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

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.

He is currently writing three series.

The John Milton series features a disgruntled assassin who aims to help people to make amends for the things that he has done.

The Beatrix Rose series features the headlong fight for justice of a wronged mother - who happens to be an assassin - against the six names on her Kill List.

Soho Noir is set in the West End of London between 1940 and 1970. The first book in the series, "The Black Mile", deals with the (real life but little known) serial killer who operated in the area during the Blitz. "The Imposter" traces the journey of a criminal family through the period; it has been compared to The Sopranos in austerity London.

Mark lives in Wiltshire, in the UK, with his family.

You can find him at or

You can get his Starter Library - two best-selling novels and two novellas, with hundreds of five star reviews between them - by signing up for his mailing list at:

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proficient and deadly - with hangups 15 Sept. 2013
By Annie W
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Here we have a professional in the murky world of espionage, with the weapons, the different identities, the murder and mayhem, but no vodka martinis or fast cars filled with gadgets. We do, however, have the chilling confirmation that if the mission goes wrong, John Milton's existence will be denied by his own side, and he'll be on his own to face whatever comes to him. It's no wonder that he has nightmares and blackouts, and they're no doubt a sign of things to come.

We're taken to North Korea, that mysterious country about which most of us know little, a land of extreme poverty for the many and extreme wealth for the few (actually, that's quite familiar to many nations these days). But this country has been doing clever things with computers, upsetting bigger nations, and making them see their vulnerability, and that's where John Milton comes in.

Descriptions of the country, its people, infrastructure, and climate are fascinating. The plot also makes use of what we do believe we know, including the big military parades of weapons, just as were seen in the days of the Soviet bloc, the constant surveillance (hmmm!), the powerful elite exempt the hardships and deprivation of the common man. It's clever, and gripping, and utterly horrifying in the uncontrolled violence of its middle rankers, each in turn fearful that their failure will see them where they've just put those below them. Both John Milton and Major Kim Shin-Jo feel periods of panic, fear, and awareness of all that could go wrong for them; this is much more real than Bond, and much grittier.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Wouldn’t Mess With John Milton 29 July 2013
By Jonesy
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Mark Dawson has created a wonderful character in John Milton. I was not disappointed in the first book in the series, The Cleaner, and this short novella is just as good. An excellent read if you like a tough guy on the right side of the law. Milton is seriously cool. I like his style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faster than a Runaway Train 17 July 2013
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This is an introductory novella that makes the perfect companion to the first full-length novel in the John Milton series. Here, we go back in time to one of Milton's biggest assignments, an assassination set in the heart of North Korea. The book drips with colour and authentic detail, really interesting in this case because we know so little about the country. In the same way that Dawson set the climax of THE CLEANER during the chaos of an external event, this book reaches its climax during one of the military parades that we occasionally see on TV. The detail seems pretty true to life and, once again, Dawson gets superb depth of character but, in this case he does it with just a few sentences. This is a great novella, loads of atmosphere, and brilliant fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action thriller 13 July 2013
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Well written and obviously well researched modern thriller. A bargain at this price. Good characterisation, convincing dialogue and genuine tension.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well executed thriller 2 Mar. 2014
By Gavin G
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In the wake of the success of the Bourne movies and the rebirth of James Bond, the ranks of thriller novels seem to be filled with an increasing number of world-weary, one-man army, ex-Special Forces types (and why do so many of them have the first initial, 'J'?)

1000 Yards introduces John Milton, a jaded (Paradise Lost?) take on James Bond and puts him into play in North Korea. First of all the author's research on this secretive country is solid and I wouldn't be surprised if he has visited himself. What I particularly liked about this is that Milton feels fear. He is not impervious to the knowledge of the consequences that will befall him if things go wrong, and yet he ploughs on regardless. This is a nice change from the stoic, square jawed stereotype often found in novels of this type.

It's a short novella but as a free read on the kindle I decided to give a shot and I will be checking out some more of the John Milton series.

Interestingly enough as I was reading this I pictured Milton as Benedict Cumberbatch as he appears in Star Trek and in a Q&A at the end it seems the author has the same idea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ 17 Feb. 2014
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As we are currently in the winter months, with cold winds, dripping rain, not to mention the floods it is always good to have a good read at your disposal. So - are you into tough guys?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Assassin agent 14 Feb. 2014
By tone1428 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Three stars as it is a very short 'novella' though I have to say that it is pretty well written and the Prime Character is well invested with a few vulnerabilities and has certain codes that he stands by, immaterial of his orders.
Not a bad little story at all
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1.0 out of 5 stars 1000 Yards 18 Nov. 2013
By Janet
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Mark Dawson's book 1000 yards- John Milton was not my sort of book so gave up after reading a few pages
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