A man called Milton walks into town....
On the run from his own demons, John Milton treks through the Michigan wilderness into the town of Truth. He's not looking for trouble, but trouble's looking for him. He finds himself up against a small-town cop who has no idea with whom he is dealing and no idea how dangerous he is.
But Milton is double crossed and badly injured. Unarmed and alone, he flees into the remote Porcupine Mountains with a posse on his tail. His enemies thought they could hunt him down. That was a mistake, and, where Milton is concerned, one mistake is all you get.
From best-selling author Mark Dawson (the John Milton and Beatrix Rose series), The Sword of God is the fifth in the acclaimed series of thrillers that listeners love. 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.
©2014 Mark Dawson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
It passes the time but the writing is a tad cliche ridden and the story has been told before - the hero is a little bit Reacher, a little bit Rambo a little bit... The narrator is quite good, he doesn't sound like I imagine the hero would sound but that's not his fault, the ex special forces guy sounds more like one of the 'Archers' overseeing a scout camp. The early love scene was quite excruciating and should not have been written. It's okay, wouldn't spend a lot of money on it though.
I found this book enjoyable and well read. It's scary to think that these kinds of fanatical people do exist. Good characters and an interesting storyline. I like Milton and am keen to read more Mark Dawson books, despite some bad reviews I read that nearly put me off listening to any of his books!
The level of action, the suspense, the twists in the storyline, the gripping edge of seat / Cant stop listening impact of the storyline and description is fantastic. This book is prime to be made into a movie.
I really enjoy the John Milton books and David Thorpe is an excellent narrator. It fills the gap left by Jack Reacher as I've read all the books in that series.
Whilst I liked the book I felt it was not up to Mark's usual high standard, and I really felt they all spent way too long in the woods. I think that could have been covered in half the time without any loss to the storyline.
That being said, I'm just getting ready to start listening to number six!
This a very thin and obvious plot about a backwoods loony Christian militia looking to detonate a bomb and a British ex-SAS soldier who takes them down singlehandedly. Highly obvious, thin, boring plot, no tension, weak characterisation and badly read. Absolute rubbish and a complete waste of time.
5 out of 10
Yes if only to share opinions afterwards.
Very good as normal
This is book 5 in the John Milton series and I really thought we'd seen an improvement with book 4 but this one has just gone crazy. The story does really appear to be a mash up of First Blood (Rambo) and Die Hard. Very predictable, way over the top and totally unbelievable.
If you are an Andy McNab/Chris Ryan story lover then you will love this series, John Milton is all of their stories and more!!
"Not as exciting as the first 4 John Milton books."
I am a huge fan of Mark Dawson's books, both the John Milton Series and the Beatrix Rose series. Sword of God is quite good, but not as good as the four prior books in the John Milton series or any of the books in the Beatrix Rose series.
"Same - old - story line as many before"
Predictable story and events, after saying that...the book was well written, well read, but very predictable... I liked the story line, and the characters were well developed
"Now This is Good"
I have listened to the first 4 in the series, I almost stopped after the first but thought the story line had promise to tried the second which was an improvement but still the series and author were struggling. I was seeing improvement so went on and used a credit for the third book, again more improvement. The forth was well done and brought new light and space to the story line. And then this book - it completely hit the mark. Good characters and good character development. Lots of action (even if it is unreal). Yes it is a bit Jack Reacherish but there are significant differences to the character and writing. Well worth the credit and my perseverance. I look forward to more stories of John Milton's adventures.
"Cartoonish, Clichéd, Poorly Written Rehashed Plot"
I, in some sort of attempt to allow Dawson to mature as a writer, lumbered through 5 of his 'books'. Along with hearing the repeated use of hackneyed cliches ('chicken lips!), these books have the sound and feel of cartoon plots. There is no flow to the stories as if the parts were taken off a shelf in an elementary writing class.
They are flatter than 'chicken lips' and any tension is nonexistent.
Save your credits.
It start off like first blood . Sheriff drives Milton out of town. He walks back. Then it end with Milton in the woods with a bow. The story line follow the first blood motive.
Another reviewer said it, "Rambo." The start is so similar as to almost be outright plagiarism. He does begin to vary a little around chapter 4 but resorts back to it in the later chapters. This is Mark Dawson's longest book up to this point, and I think he just did not know where to go with it. The end seemed rushed and the story fell flat. I got the impression he was tired of writing (but I suppose I was tired of listening as well).
He continues to make broad stereotypes of American culture. It was his weakest book so far. I do like the genre however and will probably continue the John Milton Series.
Once again, David Thorpe does a good job of narration.
"Great Hard Charging Story!"
John Milton was just passing through town. You would've thought that Sheriffs would have learned from watching Rambo not to underestimate someone just passing through. Well the trouble didn't start with John Milton, the Sheriff even figured that out before he died. No the trouble was already there big trouble, national trouble, unstoppable trouble. Unstoppable that is till John showed got knocked around a bit, but Stopped Dead.
This one was particularly good. I think it would make a great movie. The young girl in the story was feisty and an interesting add to the series
"Nice adventure and thriller combination."
Lots of detail with quality research about the setting makes this story one of my favorites. Very close to a Jack Reacher novel.
Don't know but I loved the audio version.
Never a boring moment!
What do Joe Ledger, Jack Reacher and John Milton have in common? All are avenging angels who seek to destroy evil and save the world, perhaps to atone for their own past sins. I have greatly enjoyed all three series, written by different authors but with the same point of view. I also love Dawson's Beatrix Rose character and hopre her daughter takes over for her.
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