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Saint Death Audiobook

Saint Death: John Milton, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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.

©2013 Mark Dawson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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    Amazon Customer 17/06/2016 Member Since 2014

    'The other cat!'

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    "second book in series"

    It is possible to read this book as a stand alone book but it would make more sense if read after The Cleaner. book 1.

    John Milton, latter day Robin Hood? Fast fairly involved story, Great for listening to while on the go.

    I will be reading /listen to the next book as the main character is intriguing and I want to see what he willpower next.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karl Gjertsen UK 01/12/2015
    Karl Gjertsen UK 01/12/2015
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    "The story continues"
    Would you listen to Saint Death again? Why?

    This is the second part of the John Milton series and it builds on the groundwork of the first book.


    What other book might you compare Saint Death to, and why?

    This series is reminiscent of Lee Childs Jack Reacher series.


    What does David Thorpe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Once again, the accents bring the story to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I started and wanted to keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    A great second book in the series. Now I can't wait to start listening to book 3.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JJ 02/06/2015
    JJ 02/06/2015
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    "Excellent Sophomore Story"

    There's always the concern about sequels not being as good as the original story, but this 'continued adventures of John Milton' is a good match for The Cleaner. I was very engaged with the story, again with very timely themes, and the accent work is great. David Thorpe does wonderful narration. The settings and characters are very vivid, and I can still feel the heat!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bridgwater, United Kingdom 17/12/2015
    Linda Bridgwater, United Kingdom 17/12/2015 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Loving this"

    Everyone keeps saying that John Milton is the English Jack Reacher and in many respects he is. However I see shades of Le Carre in him as well.
    This is the 3rd one in a row I have read which is unusual for me.
    I was not convinced about the narrator to begin with but I stuck with it and now he feels like an old friend.Can not recommend this Author highly enough
    I also love the fact that Mark has his own FB page and answers all comments as well as the live chats

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mikey poole, United Kingdom 18/09/2015
    Mikey poole, United Kingdom 18/09/2015 Member Since 2014

    Happy listening!

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    "Great second book"
    Any additional comments?

    Usually the second books in a series don't leave up to the hype of the first one and I go away feeling unsatisfied and disappointed. Nothing could be further from the truth here.

    I have worked my way through the series and I can honestly say this book lives up to the fantastic entertainment value that John Milton books' give.

    In this journey you will be taking through the grim streets and cartel torn favela's of Mexico. The narrator does a great job with the accents and the storyline had me hooked from the start.

    Highly recommended. On to book 3!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 25/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Points for keeping the story plausible"

    I was pleasantly surprised that the story steered away from some painfully obvious stereotype traps along the way. As far as light reading goes, this was pretty good.

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    "Thrilling and exhausting"

    Another John Milton adventure I couldn't put down. I was there in Mexico with him.

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    Michelle C 28/04/2017
    Michelle C 28/04/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "action hero story thats not just a shoot em up"

    very good follow up to the first story. I like this second one better but maybe thats because i knew the main character better. Kept me listening when i should have been doing other things. The narrator dealt with the accents well. I will be buying the next one.

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    Amazon Customer 24/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "brilliant"

    a very worthy sequel to an a amazing book. i will definitely continue to follow this series.

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    Mrs Archdeacon 20/04/2017
    Mrs Archdeacon 20/04/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Love This Series!"
    Would you listen to Saint Death again? Why?

    Yes, I'm sure I missed some bits - so it would be good to go over it again in about a years time!


    What other book might you compare Saint Death to, and why?

    Maybe not a book but definitely a series - the Diamond books by Peter Lovesey


    Have you listened to any of David Thorpe’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to other David Thorpe narrations - just as good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not quite as I ran out of time in one day - but listened for a good couple of hours while altering a wedding dress!


    Any additional comments?

    Have the next in the series on my wish list!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ted
    Lancaster, PA, United States
    29/05/17
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    "Victor The Assassin Meets James Bond"

    I liked it in spite of...

    1. David Thorpe's startling bad American accents
    2. The improbably stupid decisions support characters are given to advance the plot


    With the exception of 'The Darkest Day', the first six books of Tom Woods' 'Victor-The-Assassin' series turn paranoia into an enticing super power. Here Mark Dawson gifts his dark killing-machine-with-a-conscience, John Milton, with its cloak. And he does it with so much blood-stained grit that I've already downloaded next in the series 'The Driver'.

    Okay, the story's got holes, so does Swiss cheese, but I still like the stuff. Mark Dawson's been a favorite reader of mine before... Not so much here. No one in America speaks diphthongs with the alien tongue Dawson gives his characters. What? They've all got distracting speech defects?

    Small spoiler alert... This is a self-contained story but it's also a bridge to the next book in this series. All is NOT wrapped up in the ending's frenzy to swirl together so much so quickly. Meaning? There're teasers here which make this a step in an epic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trudy Owens
    Orem, UT, US
    11/07/15
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    "good series: bad guy trying to do good"

    I am enjoying this character and the stories. It does seem that in each book, the super killer, Number One, does something really stupid. He did it again in this book, not dally with a vulnerable woman this time, but let himself get jumped by the bad guys.

    Nevertheless, the characters are realistic, the fights are believable and exciting, and our hero struggles to stay true to his tea-totaling, restitution-making goals since he doesn't want to kill for hire or politics anymore. Now his own government wants him "retired" and the Russians want him hired, so he has to keep running from everyone. At least he has made 2 new friends, and an old colleague has remained a true friend.

    This one is not as good as the first one-- I am extremely glad the one good guy on the brink did not die, and there weren't any moments I cried or mourned, but it's okay and I will read another.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Pittston, Pa, United States
    09/06/15
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    "I was a fan after book 1"
    What did you love best about Saint Death?

    When saint death is called to account


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Saint Death?

    Continued development of the hero


    Which character – as performed by David Thorpe – was your favorite?

    The fixer


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The sheer brutality of st. Death and his family


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • LT
    15/06/15
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    "Character stupidity as a plot propellant"

    Relying on character stupidity of supposedly smart main characters to move the plot forward is not acceptable. This is the second book in the series. This book is just like the first. The main character does stupid predictable stuff and relies on fortuitous events to get out of a bind he put himself in. I will not give the rest of the series my time. I read about enough stupid human tricks on Facebook; I don't need to buy them too.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn
    Portage Lake, Maine, United States
    30/05/15
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    "Needs more Character Development and Detail"

    The book feels abridged. There are gaps in the time line, there could and should be more character development, and more detail. And if John Milton is the UK's top agent the UK is in trouble. Missing is all the spy and assassin craft that are in other novels (John Rein, Victor, John Wells, Quinn). There is so much potential and the writing is pretty good, but just not good enough to be a 4 star and a long way to go to get 5 stars. I want to get lost in this book and series but it just isn't complete.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • trudie nino
    14/05/15
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    "Story weak, narrator good!"

    Need more action in the story line for a highly skilled agent like John Milton. All the supporting cast in this story are very weak. I will read one more JM, Book 3 and if the same weak story line with weak supporting cast the it will be the last one.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • rob
    07/10/16
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    "Dawson is my new favorite author."

    I've read the first 2 books in the John Milton series. 1st was good, 2nd was great. Nothing like a hero with flaws and a checkered past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James T
    Lindon, UT, United States
    11/07/16
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    "Achieving the impossible"

    This second volume of the John Milton series is a little more like the typical action hero book. He is able to escape impossible odds and all the bad guys are caught monologing. This was another entertaining addition and if you liked the first in the series you will probably like this one as well. The author does tend to stereotype his characters. The narrator does a fine job in his narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • moviegoernotbuff
    19/04/16
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    "Entertainment for a long trip"

    This book kept me interested during a long trip. The plot is so compelling I simply couldn't stop reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dandy Don
    laptop
    11/12/15
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    "Why research?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It was obvious the author did little research, if any, glaring errors ..... Made story even less believable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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