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1,000 Yards Audiobook

1,000 Yards: A John Milton Short Story

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Publisher's 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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    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 27/10/2015
    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 27/10/2015 Member Since 2017
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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 28/04/2017
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    "suspenseful"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kerry Worcs 12/03/2017
    Kerry Worcs 12/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to listening to others in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Woolf-wood London 26/02/2017
    J. Woolf-wood London 26/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ali O'G 18/10/2017
    Ali O'G 18/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "good short read/listen"

    only a really short story but worth listening to as it gives a bit of background.

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    Caroline M 13/09/2017
    Caroline M 13/09/2017
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    "Just ok"

    Never really got going. The narrator could be better . Going to try the next one to see if it gets any better

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    Ms. M. C. Edwards Bedford UK 10/09/2017
    Ms. M. C. Edwards Bedford UK 10/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Over too fast"

    Okay, it's a novella, it's meant to be short but I go so into the story that it ended all to abruptly.

    Great way to spend a couple of hours, loved every minute.

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    Fersh 05/09/2017
    Fersh 05/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Short & sweet!"

    I don't normally go for novellas but had a couple of solo hours and bought this, having heard the other John Milton books. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. A good story, well narrated and rounded characters. Worth getting!

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    Kehinde Popoola Planet Earth 05/06/2017
    Kehinde Popoola Planet Earth 05/06/2017
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    "Flat strory"

    Nice concept but the content was weak. Could have embellished it a bit anyways it's all good

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    Kindle Customer 15/09/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Don't bother"

    Narrator good, story not so ,need to give 20 words on this story well that may be hard to do. Story only required 20 words.

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  • jeaneen joslin
    08/06/16
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brenda L Severeid
    15/04/16
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    "Good Story
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne
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    "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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie Helgerson
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    23/12/16
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    "New Start"

    Good start for the series of books about John Milton. Lots of facts and figures that just got in the way of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G.
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    17/10/16
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    "Disappointing"

    Really didn't have much going on as far as I could tell. I've read another"Cleaner" book but it was most entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cartec
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    08/08/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James T
    Lindon, UT, United States
    25/07/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    23/04/16
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    "A real adventure!"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Arizona Eagle
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    "Zzzzzzzzzzzz"

    Glad this was a short story or I would not have been able to finish it. All talk; little action and even the action was slow and wordy. It was hard to feel anything for the lead character. I am okay with a protagonist having a few flaws, but this guy had no redeeming features to make you care about him.

    Also, I thought a "cleaner" was someone who cleaned up bodies and forensic evidence after an assassin did his stuff. Here, Milton is the assassin but described as a cleaner. Not a big deal by itself, but just added to a muddled story.

    The narration made it worse. Thorp is a decent reader, does different voices, etc. and admittedly, the author did not give him much to work with. However, he seems overly dramatic on trivial or routine lines and has nowhere to go from there. One caveat: To my ear, the reader's "sing-songy" British accent took a slow plodding story and softened the already round edges. But, maybe that is just me and British folks don't like American narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carolhxx
    26/06/17
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    "Missing Pieces"
    Any additional comments?

    The story held me. I wanted to hear the outcome. I did not give more stars because I felt there was something missing. It was the callous disregard of what might or would have happened to the locals and their families who assisted the protagonist. No one, not the protagonist, his principals, nor apparently, the author. Left me feeling rather cold towards the lot of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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