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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2014
Another fantastic and gripping story featuring the intriguing John Milton character. Now travelling through the USA, Milton is asked to help a young girl find her missing brother and this then leads to an exciting, fast paced story whereby Milton ends up being hunted by a group of religious zealots before turning the tables and becoming the hunter himself...

Really enjoyable read and highly recommended to anyone who loves a well written thriller. One of those books that you can't wait to read each night and then once finished, you want more..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2014
If you're already a fan of Mark Dawson or his John Milton and Beatrice Rose series, then you'll already how good these books are. If you're new to the series, or looking for a new, exciting read then I would highly recommend this book! It's well written, very exciting and entertaining. You could read and enjoy this book without reading others in the series although I suspect if you do, it won't be long before you read the others too! In my opinion, Mark Dawson is establishing himself as one of the best action thriller writers around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2014
The Sword of God' by Mark Dawson

John Milton, a man with a history of violence, an assassin, is trying to put some distance between his past and the future. However hard he tries to avoid it, trouble always finds him. After ignoring Truth's sheriffs warning to keep on travelling through the town, trouble finds him in a bar and he is soon arrested and on his way to the cells.
Released the next morning he is tracked down by Mallory Stanton, a local teen, one of the witnesses from the brawl in Johnny's bar. Mallory had been trying to get help from FBI officers to find her vulnerable brother Arty, who is in hiding with a group of bank robbers the FBI are chasing, camped up in the mountains. After the town's police department had brushed her information off Mallory saw that Milton could handle himself and she needed his help.
Reluctantly Milton agrees to search for Arty. Together with Ellie, one of the FBI agents they set off into the mountains.
This gripping, fast moving story builds, uncovering the layers of a plot to overthrow the US government by a Christian militia group with deep roots in the military, police and local infrastructure. Will this be more trouble than Milton can handle?
I couldn't put this book down. Well done Mark Dawson, this is not my usual genre but I'm so glad your writing was flagged up by a friend - now purchased more of your work - good luck with the next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2014
The Sword of God – Mark Dawson

This is my first encounter with John Milton and I know it won’t be my last! The author Mark Dawson was brought to my attention through an online book club and although I was a little dubious about going in on book five of a series, I needn’t have worried as the story reads well as a stand-alone and then leaves you wanting to go straight back in for book one.
John Milton has obviously got an intriguing past, ex-soldier and assassin and it seems like he’s a magnet for trouble despite being the good guy. He’s approached by a young girl, Mallory, who is desperately trying to get someone to help her find her vulnerable brother Arty who she think’s has been caught up with a group of bank robbers and is hiding out in the woods.
What happens next is a rollercoaster of non-stop action that I couldn’t tear myself away from. Would Milton find Arty? What would happen to FBI agent Flowers? Who exactly was involved with the militia group? The only way to find out the answers to these questions is to read the book and if you enjoy a fast paced, gritty read then I recommend that you get hold of a copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2014
When a young girl asks John Milton for help to trace her missing brother, he eventually agrees and they set off in to the forest, accompanied by a female FBI agent who is looking for a group of bank robbers. What ensues is a fast-paced, thrilling story that is very hard to put down, and the only good thing about finishing it is there are four more in the series.

The Sword of God is the first of the many books written by Mark Dawson I have read; his works would not be my normal genre, however I am converted. This is well written, engaging account of a journey in the life John Milton. John is not your typical hero; an ex-assassin, accustomed to killing, with a dark history, but he has an inherent drive to do the right thing; possibly to counterbalance his many wrong doings. This streak of goodness is what makes you forgive the fact that he has killed - and keeps on killing when he has to - and you find yourself on his side, routing for him to accomplish what he sets out to do.

This is a well-crafted story that draws you in, bringing to life each scene and is well deserving of its 5 star ratings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2014
WOW. Just when I thought that MARK DAWSON had excelled himself with the BEATRIX ROSE SERIES, HE’S DONE IT AGAIN!!!!
John Milton is back in THE SWORD OF GOD and this has to be the BEST YET without a doubt. It reads brilliantly, NON-STOP ACTION. It is so well written and Mark’s understanding of psychology is so good that I felt like I was inside their heads! It took me back to days I would rather NOT remember. I take my hat off to Mr DAWSON. The only thing I can add is ..........KEEP EM COMING!!!!!
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on 1 January 2015
Received in exchange for an honest review - courtesy of an on line book club I am a member of.

The main character in this book is John Milton – This is book 5 of a series (but can be read as a standalone book as can the others).

This was the first book in the series I read and I can guarantee that this won’t be the last. Books 1 – 4 are loaded on my kindle to be read this year and looking forward to starting them.

John Milton has a very intriguing past, ex solider, ex assassin but a hero in his own rights. This book is set in a tiny town called Truth and a town that Milton was planning on passing through until Truth’s Sheriff picks him up and drives him right through the town depositing him outside and tells him to continue on his way. Now in the real world some might continue on their journey and not think any more about it (or maybe wonder for a split second why) but in Milton’s world that is not going to happen and John Milton proceeds to walk back into the town and check into a hotel (for what was meant to be one night) before proceeding on his travels again.

Upon checking in and then going to the bar in the town for a drink and food, trouble finds him in the form or a bar brawl and he is soon spending the night in a cell rather than a hotel bedroom. Upon release the following morning, a witness to the bar brawl Mallory Stanton tracks him down and asks for his help in finding her brother Arty (a vulnerable boy) who has become involved, through no choice of his own with a group of bank robbers, which the FBI are trying to find. Mallory in the meantime wants her brother found before the FBI does.

This isn’t a job that Milton really wanted to do but Mallory had that persuasive way of saying she would do it on her own knowing that Milton would eventually be persuaded to help. He does as does a FBI Agent called Ellie.

The book is then fast paced and a rollercoaster of a ride, involving camping in the forest, Christian militia group, the local police force and Milton himself getting hurt. It is a book that you will have to pick up to find out the rest of the story. It is worth it and needs to be read!!!

Well worth the 5 stars it has been given and a pleasure to have the opportunity of reading this book. Thanks Mark and look forward to reading more of your books – especially since 2015 is the year you have chosen to be a full time writer. Good luck – on second thoughts you don’t need luck with books written like this.
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on 10 November 2014
Ok this is the 5th book in this series following the character of John Milton. I did start a novella based on the same character to try and get a feel for John Milton but unlike this full book I gave up on the novella, I think the novella being early days was more focused still in the days of John Milton being a government agent whereas this book is much later after he has left that life behind and I enjoyed his character much more.
Well I have to say I was wary when I started the book as the beginning was eerily similar to the start of the film Rambo First Blood....ex soldier walking towards local town stopped by local sheriff and moved on before returning to town as he originally intended but the story quickly expanded and became its own
Although as a reader I was aware John Milton had a vague and mysterious background I was also gripped by the storyline of this book without the need to have read the previous four books (though now I'm finished I will go back and read more at some point) I didn't feel I was lacking any knowledge of the character what you needed to know for this story was included in this book.
As a mum to two small children I find it difficult to get long periods of free time to read and though it was possible to read the book in sections I did find times where I wished I hadn't got to put it down.
Lots of bits I could mention about the storyline and how great it was but don't want to post spoilers so I will just say that even jumping in at the 5th book of a series I would highly recommend this author for some action reading on the foreseeable winter nights ahead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2014
Mark Dawson delivers another knock out, fast paced,exciting, un-putdownable read.
The Sword of God is amazing. Set in America John Milton gets caught up in another drama which unfolds through Mark's great writing which grips you by the eyes and will not let you go until you have read it all!
Marks writing is on par with military hero Andy Mcnab's 'Nick stone' series which I really enjoy, if not better because the stories are just a good length and paced right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2014
Once again Mark Dawson delivers! This is the latest episode in the turbulent, exciting life of John Milton. Be warned, you WILL have late nights, and late-for-work mornings, and this book is un-put-downable! In my humble opinion, Mark Dawson is up there (or above in some cases) the likes of Lee Child, James Patterson, John Grisham and Stephen Leather! (And Milton is a far more believable character than Jack Reacher!) Well done Mark, keep them coming please?!
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