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on 26 October 2015
I have been a fan of Mark Dawson for a time now and have read all his other books but have only recently bought this one, and it left me blown away, I think that it is probably my new favourite book of his.
Beatrix Rose (the heroine) is nearing the end of her quest to gain vengeance against the ex-members of the shadowy group 15 who betrayed her, killed her husband and kidnapped her daughter.
She is now re-united with her daughter, but wracked by cancer and knowing that her time is very limited she sets out to eliminate her last 2 targets, but they are both part of a security company which has the largest private army in the world.
The book starts explosively with one of her adversaries attempting to kill her at her home in Marrakech, but Beatrix is ready and she escapes with her daughter, and another of her targets is killed.
The story then moves through New York and finally to the security company HQ in a swamp in North Carolina where Beatrix draws out her final target and makes a spectacular last ditch attempt to finish the job.
The last section of the book features her daughter Isabella and a very welcome cameo appearance by Mark Dawson’s other ex-group fifteen lead character, John Milton.
The book is a brilliant combination of really spectacular action sequences and extremely touching scenes between Beatrix and Isabella, showing the strengths and vulnerabilities of both. As always Mark Dawson manages to bring real depth to all his characters and also provides great insights into the locations he uses.
Overall, a great book, which I can’t recommend too highly. The only complaint I have is that I now have to wait for Mark’s next book.
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on 25 September 2015
This is the final instalment of Mark Dawson’s Beatrix Rose trilogy. He dropped the ball ever so slightly with Blood Moon Rising – please note, even when he does he’s still a cut above many writers and that book is well worth a read – but with Blood and Roses he’s back on 5 star form. His Beatrix Rose trilogy comes to a thrilling end with our heroine first defending her house in Marrakech from a heliborne assault and then flying to the United States to despatch her arch-nemesis, Control. But there’s a complication. Beatrix is terminally ill with cancer and over the course of the two previous novels we’ve witnessed her steady decline. In Blood and Roses she’s approaching death’s door.

Blood and Roses is both a brilliant book and effective end to the trilogy. As always with Mark Dawson it is well written and deftly plotted. The characters are well drawn and three dimensional, in particular both Beatrix and her daughter Isabella, the latter so much so that I wasn’t surprised to learn that the author has resurrected the character for her own series of novels. Beatrix’s cancer is also well realised. The use of this plotline both undercuts the main character’s superhuman tendencies – she is seriously kick-ass – and makes her all too mortal, while also adding to the tension as we wonder whether she will finally be able to achieve her goal. The settings are well drawn and as with Somalia in the first novel, In Cold Blood, Dawson vividly brings to life all three major locations – Marrakech, New York and most memorably, the swamps of North Carolina.

In conclusion this is a stunning finale to a stunning trilogy, Mark Dawson is an astounding thriller writer, and his publishers’, Thomas and Mercer, were wise to snap him up before anyone else did.
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on 20 June 2016
I totally enjoyed all 3 of the last of Beatrix Rose novels. Have also read the first Isabella Rose books and awaiting delivery of the much awaited second instalment. It took me the whole weekend to read them but well worth it.great plots, great thrills, great suspense and plenty of action . What more could you ask for?
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on 27 March 2015
The end has come. The last two are in sight but time is running out for Beatrix. The last book in the series grips the reader again, will she finish her mission or will the cancer get there first. Its touch and go but she is determined to finish her mission or go out with a bang trying. With help from her Daughter and a fleeting visit from Mr Milton this final book leaves you wanting more. Mark Dawson has again brought us a great character who will be missed. All is not lost, with prequels on the way we can all enjoy Beatrix Rose at her best again. Well done Mark.
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on 26 July 2016
Easy to read, difficult to credit, tale of raw revenge. In the same vein as books one and two, this rounds off the trilogy nicely. I nearly completed my review without saying "far fetched" but I could not resist.
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on 10 November 2015
Thoroughly brilliant read, I wish I had read all the previous series of books before this trilogy,but the writer explained enough of the past that I knew what had happened to bring Beatrix to this point in time. I hope Mark Dawson carries on from where he left off and writes another series.
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on 25 November 2015
Book three of the Beatrix trilogy. Fantastic story and exceptional writing. Found Mark Dawson through a link on facebook.

This trilogy is just plain excellent, I couldn't put it down.

The only downside is that it had to end. On to John Milton now.
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on 27 November 2015
A fitting end to a brilliant series of Beatrice Rose stories this like the 2 previous was very difficult to put down, All credit to Mark Dawson for his insight into the shadowy world pf assassins, I now look forward to reading the earlier Beatrice Rose stories
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on 27 June 2014
At last, the final part! It was a bittersweet moment, getting to the end of the trilogy...Yes it was good to find out what happened, but the bad part was that it was the end of the story and I needed to find another book that was as good a read! (Not an easy task, it takes a good book to match the high standards and excitement of the Beatrix Rose series!) All i can hope and ask is that there is a spin-off from this series (I am sure that there could be?). This one is the most enthralling episode of the three, but the other two lead up nicely to the conclusion, so don't be tempted to skip the first two...you would be missing a treat.
A really fast-paced, all action thriller, which will have you gripped from the very start of book one, to the explosive end of book three!
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on 27 July 2015
The trilogy was a thoroughly good read. These were my first excursion into Mark Dawson and I rather think I ought to have read the John Miltons first, in which case these would have been a great crescendo.

What the author has done though, quite cleverly, is left the option open to create a new Isabella/Pope series
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