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1,000 Yards

A John Milton Short Story
Narrated by: David Thorpe
Series: John Milton, Book 0.5
Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

From Amazon number-one best-selling author Mark Dawson, this novella is an introduction to John Milton, the most dangerous assassin in the pay of Her Majesty’s government.

Meet John Milton. 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. In this dip into his case files, 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?

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

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1000 yards

A short story making you want more when it ends. Milton is deadly as ever, an insight into this regime.
Recommended.

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Just About Piques the Interest

This novella is billed as an introduction to John Milton, a character I've seen referred to as "Britain's Jack Reacher". I would have to say that for me it probably just about succeeded in that I have added the first full-size novel to my wish list to read "one day". It was a borderline thing for me though, the author didn't sell his lead man to me enough to make me really want to find out more. If would have worked better as an introduction had he focused more on Milton's thought processes and behaviour than his enemy's.

As a short story overall though it's fine. David Thorpe is a good narrator and the plot hums along nicely. My personal feeling is that it would probably be better to dive in with a full-length book and treat this as part of the John Milton odds and ends if you find yourself needing to be a complete collector for the character.

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Very enjoyable...

The John Milton Series are very good, action packed books.
This short story is centred on giving the North Koreans a bloody nose, and once again Milton gets the job.
Definitely worth a listen if you're interested in the spy/espionage/action genre.

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Good spy novel, excellent delivery.

Broadly speaking, I enjoyed listening to 1000 Yards.

An excellent performance by David Thorpe - beautiful tempo to his delivery and his characters were so believeable.

As this is the first John Milton book of the series, albeit a short story, I would have liked to have learned a little more about his character and mindset. With the exception of a recurring dream signifying a slightly troubled past and references to time spent with the American military I know very little about John other than that he is an efficient British MI6 operative.You do not develop a natural affinity to his character as you do in Sherlock Holmes Study in Scarlet for example. However, perhaps the first full novel succeeds where this lacks. I will listen chronologically to ‘Tarantula’, another novella, and then give ‘The Cleaner’, the first full length novel, a chance.

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suspenseful

great listen and a fantastic performance as usual. nice and intriguing take on possible possibilities.

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good taster

Exciting start to the series. A very likeable lead character. Look forward to more from this author.

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1000 yards

Really good short story ideal if you got a short attention span like me could not stop listening

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Good book nice story line could do with expanding in to a full novel story

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A. Great read so many twists and turns

Thourly good story. Excellently spoken . 10 out 10 this is the 3rd story by Mark Dawson look forward to.the next one.

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Excellent story.

A really enjoyed this short story, but feel it could have been the start of a whole novel.

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  • jane thompson
  • 08-06-16

Mark Dawson Department Five novels his best work

superb if too short. I have not found a single one of the John Milton Series or Department Five novels by Dawson a disappointment

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  • Wayne
  • 03-06-16

Great start to the John Milton series!

Mark Dawson is a very successful British author who got his start self publishing. 1000 Yards is an Audible Studios produced short story that introduces John Milton to the audiobook audience. It is a great espionage story set mostly in North Korea. There are now a total of 2 short stories and 8 novels in the Milton series. From my perspective the quality has dropped in some of the more recent novels from 5 stars to 4 stars. It is still a wonderful series.

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  • Cartec
  • 08-08-16

Excellent story but too short

I really enjoyed this short story. The writer was able to put me in the center of the story. The characters were realistic and fully developed. The plot was believable and exciting. I was disappointed that it was not longer because the writer had set the reader up for a roller coaster ride and it ended too quickly. I hope to see more material from this writer.

The reader was also excellent. I had no trouble distinguishing who was who. He accelerated the excitement which added a measure of enjoyment.

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  • James T
  • 25-07-16

Finally a story that is worthy of his skills.

Wading through the John Milton series has been enjoyable but not as good as it can be. This story and 'Tarantula' - both novellas - are better than all the other novels combined. I wish he would give us a few more of the pre-'reformed,' when he was number one novels.

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  • Phx Girl 1701
  • 23-04-16

A real adventure!

Couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed the details in the story, and the way it all played out.

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  • Brenda L Severeid
  • 15-04-16

Good Story<br />

Very good story, good characters, very entertaining. liking forward to the next book. The main character is very good at his job, gets out of almost impossible situations by knowing how most men will react to situations. Lots of action, and intrigue, very good for a spy type book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-20

Super!

Super! Well performed and very good story 👍. Long enough for excellent plot development and short enough to keep you listening!

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  • Kindle Customer Sharon Nichols
  • 18-03-20

1000 Yards by Mark Dawson

A fast paced spy story that keeps your attention. You'll feel your heart pound a little faster as the story progresses. I recommend it.

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  • ND Roughrider
  • 03-08-19

Excellent short story, I want more!

Great book, but rather short! The narrator does a bang-up job bringing the story to life! Look forward to the next in the series!

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  • Gman
  • 10-05-19

What all the Milton books should be like!

Milton the operative, not the cookie cutter of similar circumstances he’s always drifting into. I’m not one for short stories but this one was the exception