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The John Milton Series: Books 1-3 (The John Milton Series Box set) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Dawson
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Book Description

The first three novels in the series that readers are describing as "the new Jack Reacher."

This omnibus edition includes the first THREE books in the best-selling John Milton series, plus the introductory novella, and is nearly 1000 pages of espionage, revenge, thrills and spills.


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. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way. But his past cannot be easily forgotten and before long it is Milton who is hunted, and not the hunter.


A career of state-sanctioned murder has taken its toll. Milton is troubled by nightmares, a long line of ghosts who torment his dreams. He resolves to make his next job his last and, then, perhaps, he can start to make amends for everything that he has done.

Sharon Warriner is a single mother in the East End of London, suicidal with fear that she's lost her young son to a life in the gangs. After Milton saves her life, he promises to help. But the gang, and the charismatic rapper who leads it, is not about to cooperate with him.

As London burns through summer riots, Milton finds himself in unfamiliar territory, dealing with an unfamiliar foe. And when his employer sends another agent after him, the odds against him are stacked even higher.


John Milton has been off the grid for six months. He surfaces in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and immediately finds himself drawn into a vicious battle with the narco-gangs that control the borderlands.

He saves the life of an idealistic young journalist who has been targeted for execution. The only way to keep her safe is to smuggle her into Texas. 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.


John Milton has started to hope that he might have a future. He has a job driving a taxi around the streets of San Francisco. He has his anonymity and his solitude. Being invisible has become a comfortable habit. He doesn't want to be found.

But when a girl he drives to a party goes missing, Milton is worried. Especially when two dead bodies are discovered and the police start treating him as their prime suspect. Milton is a fugitive from the British Secret Service and a man in his position needs extra attention like he needs a hole in the head.

As unpleasant secrets leak out, and the body count rises, one thing is for sure: Milton might just be the right guy in the wrong place at the wrong time.

1000 Yards (Bonus Novella)

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?

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1128 KB
  • Print Length: 880 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing (12 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid 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:

Customer Reviews

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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"It was important to make amends ...It wasn't easy for him to do that... Most of the people he would have to make amends to were already dead, often because he had killed them"
Jon Milton, ex army and then government sponsored assassin, want out but his employer can see only one end to his employment: termination. So under the pseudonym of John Smith the erstwhile killer is on the run trying to keep his head down and blend in but being drawn into trouble as he finds himself needing to help out in other people's problems in order to salve his own conscience of past deeds.

Mark Dawson is a charismatic writer. The pace is fast but does not exclude detail which brings the stories to life. His research must be prodigious as his atmospheric description of each new location in which Milton finds himself is visually convincing and unfolds effortlessly -would that some travelogues were as convincing.

The three full length novels take us through parts of London, Mexico and San Francisco with exciting stories, very plausible dialogue and each brings an increasing understanding of what drives John Milton in his search for self acceptance, whilst the bonus short story takes a peek into his life before he turns his life up side down.

A very visual and satisfying read by a very talented author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Highly recommended either as a set or as stand alone books. The character John Milton is a tough, no nonsense hard man, a killer, but one with a heart and his own humble problems. All he wants is to be left alone to live his life, but that's not what his passed employers want. All of these books are a very good read and I couldn't recommend one above another as they're all a story in their own right and as such can be read separately so if a set off books puts you off then buy them individually, they're worth it. I would recommend them to anyone who likes a good story with action, and planning, a good plot and a character that has to constantly look over his shoulder to make sure his past doesn't catch up to him whilst he is trying to lead a good life now and make amends. I hope these books get made into films then I can share my enjoyment of them with my loved ones who are not an avid a reader as myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series 9 April 2015
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I've no idea why I haven't come across these books sooner, as they are right up my street. But I'm glad I've found them now.

Excellent series, very well written and Milton is an engaging character. I rattled through the first three and just downloaded the second box-set - which is this weekend's reading.

Fans of Lee Child, Tom Cain, Noah Boyd etc., will certainly enjoy these. But they are different to these authors too and I'd recommend to anyone who likes a good thriller, whatever the genre. The Cleaner, the first in the box-set, took me totally by surprise with its plot and how it shakes out, and it sets the tone for the rest of the novels really well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Reads 4 Jan. 2015
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This is a great start to a cracking series. I came across these by chance and at the offer price of £1.02 thought I'd give them a try and was really glad I did. I have since gone on to the next three and seem to enjoy each one more. If I'm honest after reading the reviews I was a little "meh" about the first one - good but didn't blow me away- but they just get better and better. They would be ok as stand alone novels but to get the best out of them I suggest you read them in order. Interesting characters and have to say -'move over Jack Reacher' there is a new more exciting kid on the block
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but shallow stories. 26 Mar. 2014
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Holiday reading. Not the best writing but just to be fair I find Jack reacher predictable which possibly makes me a minority?!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the early Bourne series of books 8 Jan. 2015
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If you like the early Bourne series of books, then you will enjoy these. Well written and captivating, I have been reading these at lunchtime at work and couldn`t wait for that time of day to come around. It is nice to read about a British main character for a change.John Milton is not your typical Hollywood hero who comes out of a scrape with his quiff intact and a girl on his arm,but he is certainly the man to get the job done.Well worth a read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Recommendation 3 Jun. 2014
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Recommended for me as a Reacher/Joe Hunter/Quinn/Victor the Assassin fan.
Spot on target - in so many ways - got laid up for a week and these books made the week fly by.
Bought # 4 in the series after finishing # 2.
Lead character who is not a super-hero, definitely not looking for trouble, does need the intervention of the odd Samaritan now and then. Unlike Joe Hunter in those books he doesn't feel the need to have a throw-down to prove he's a real man (he fights way too dirty for that). If you like any of the above series you should enjoy all of the 4 titles in this set.
It is also outstanding value in the box set. I look forward to several more chapters in the travels and travails of John Milton.
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I have never written a review for a crime / thriller before but this box set had me riveted. Not since I was a teenager reading James Bond novels have I felt the main character become so real despite the violence. John Milton is under control but on a knife edge of being out of control. He has a soft side and wants to put things right for people who deserve a break. But he's no Robin Hood. He maybe fighting the bad guys but it's more to help him deal with his own feelings of guilt.
The original Ian Fleming character used all his training to outwit his enemies but he had a boss and worked for the state. [I never believed the on screen character that portrays him more as a womaniser with too much reliance on computer graphic sensationalism.] John Milton also uses his training to its full potential but he's become a loner answering to no one but himself. He uses his intelligence, cunning and confidence that he will win to see him through. I like him and can't wait to read more. Thank you Mark Dawson for giving me this hero.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, loved them, especially 'Saint Death' which was brilliant.
Published 17 hours ago by Daniel Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading
Published 6 days ago by Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading from start to finish
Great reading from start to finish, very hard to put down. Milton is very plausible and the stories are non stop which I like. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Ray Powers
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value box set.....
Having read one as a freebie I bought this box set when on special offer afterwards. I wasn't that impressed with The Cleaner..... Read more
Published 21 days ago by E Griffith
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe a good read just not for
I couldn't get in to these books. Maybe a good read just not for me
Published 21 days ago by steve19
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Goo read, very plausible, not overly complicated and not too many technical ramblings. Would read again sometime.
Published 27 days ago by Steve Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reed
Amazing thoroughly enjoyed all the John milton books
Published 28 days ago by kerry condron
5.0 out of 5 stars typical detective stories
BUT good. Have enjoyed reading on the train! Characters are interesting as are the situations. I will look out for Ghosts.
Published 1 month ago by Nor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this series. So good in fact I down loaded the next series. Good descriptions of the people and place the various crimes were are committed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charliedog
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
As good as Stephen leather, very well presented. Took me 2 days just could not put it down. Try it
Published 1 month ago by J. Maginnis
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