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Summary

John Milton is a ghost. He was Number One. The most dangerous assassin in Group Fifteen, the black-ops organisation that solves problems when diplomacy has failed. Now Milton is Her Majesty's most wanted fugitive - an anonymous loner with a deadly set of skills.

So when he is arrested following a brawl in a Texas bar, the last person he expects to bail him out is a glamorous operative from the Russian Secret Service.

Milton is blackmailed into finding his predecessor as Number One. But she's a ghost, too, and just as dangerous as him. He finds himself in deep trouble, playing the Russians against the British in a desperate attempt to save the life of his oldest friend. Some ghosts are better left alone. But these two have been disturbed, and now there's going to be hell to pay.

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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Getting Straight to the Point

This relatively short Milton novel is actually probably my favourite to date. There's a bit less depth as you'd expect but it gets straight into the action and moves along quickly, There's a fascinating look back into Milton's past from which characters emerge into the present resulting in a fairly breathtaking and action-packed conclusion.

David Thorpe, well if you've read the previous books you'll know the matter of fact directness he brings to the stories which suit him down to the ground.

If you liked what went before I'm sure you'll be happy with this as despite the brevity Dawson packs a surprising amount of back story into a fast moving main plot.

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John Milton's exploits

best book so far of John Milton's exploits, with great story telling by David Thorpe

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Milton really finds his stride

I have really grown to love this series.. This is a gripping story with all the features you would expect from a great crime/thriller novel. Espionage, betrayal, various locations, and a great rolling story that carries you along. It's punchy, engaging and full of energy. Well worth a read. My only thoughts are that as good as David Thorpe is, some times his narration/character voices are more caricature than they need to be.. But over all this is an excellent novel and story and highly recommended.

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An interesting story but somewhat monotonous.

A slow read and not to interesting. Not something I would recommend to a friend or family member.

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Absolutely brilliant

My favourite John Milton book so far. Action, spooks storyline.
This narrator is also incredible. Now onto the next book. Completely hooked. If you like Jack Reacher/ Spooks, you will love this series

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great

I think I could listen to this over and over....I love how he tracks down an old colleague and rights some wrongs

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  • Matt
  • Southampton, England
  • 20-11-17

Listened to in a couple of days

Ive listened to book 1 in this series, and this. Amazing listen, some twists and turns, great narration, and an enjoyable plot
This audiobook filled in what happened to Milton in book 2 and 3, but it has left me with a desire to get those aswell

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Another John Milton classic.

Is he finally free of Control? The story continues and we will have wait and see what happens next. Many twists and turns but gripping and beautifully read as ever. Ready for the next book.

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great compelling action thriller

John Milton and Beatrix Rose are brought together again in this captivating action-thriller. Highly recommend.

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Yet another success

An excellent yarn, each story seems to get better than it's predecessor. So it's on to story 5 post haste.

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  • Wayne
  • 17-06-16

Upcoming Audible releases

The John Milton series by Mark Dawson is excellent, but that not why I'm writing this review. The summer releases of new thriller novels by the best authors has already begun with Brad Thor's release this week. Since I always preorder those that most interest me (and a few other flyers), I'm going to list what I consider to be the best upcoming thrillers by date and author. I have all of these on preorder now.

June 21 The Traitor's Story by Kevin Wignall (stand alone)
June 21 The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg with
Scott Brick narrating (Fox & O'Hare series)
June 28 First Strike by Ben Coes (Dewey Andras series)
June 28 Ghosts of War by Brad Taylor (Pike Logan & Jennifer Cahill)
July 12 The Black Widow by Daniel Silva (Gabriel Allon series)
July 12 Ghost Sniper by Scott McEwen (Sniper Elite series)
August 1 The Jungle by Mark Dawson (John Milton series)
August 16 Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta (stand alone)
August 30 A Great Reckoning by Louise Perry (Gamache series)

I'll add that on October 11 the next Mitch Rapp series book Order to Kill by Kyle Mills will be released. I miss Vince Flynn, but Mills did a fine with the last book. It is available for preorder.

For those, including me, who cannot wait for the next Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child it is not yet available for preorder at Audible but the title is Night School and will be released on November 7.

If you are looking for a good author to try late in July Australian Liane Moriarty releases Truly Madly Guilty. It is available for preorder at Audible. Release is July 26. Expect fun, not intense suspense.

Finally, it's not yet available for preorder at Audible but Mark Greaney will release Tom Clancy: True Faith and Allegiance (Ryan Jr. series) on December 6.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 25-07-15

Wow, just WOW. Best so far, how can #5 match?

This is by far THE best of the series so far. Book 1 was great with a few little glitches, but this one was realistic, believable, and exciting throughout. Dealing with old enemies turned friends(?), double crossing the double-crossers so all the bad guys lose, action and retribution and salvation, and a fine, fine ending. If the series ends here, it's a good one. But, wait, there's more! Let's just hope 5 can keep up with 4!

David Thorpe is amazing in his narration--any country, any dialect, any social level, any size person. So much better than those much-touted dramatizations (I couldn't tell anyone apart and you could see the studio mikes in front of them; in these books you are there in the midst of the action)!

No more needs saying-- if you like black ops and governmental assassins, especially one trying to do good, this is the series for you.

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  • Joyce Eriksen
  • 19-07-15

Winner

I was caught by the characters and the story line though trite,(how many times can you rescue folks?), moved very well.

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  • twiggray
  • 12-07-15

Great Series

Found this on Facebook. I'm a huge Jack Reacher fan and a long time Mitch Rapp fan. This is the best book yet! Great read!

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  • Ted
  • 14-07-17

Makes You Disbelieve in Ghost

Dejá Vú all over again. Okay, at least Dawson gets his do-good hero out of Dodge and off to Europe for this in another string of action scenes that eventually end more unprobably than any of the first three books in this series. It's one thing to get listeners to suspend disbelief, another to demand that they suspend any IQ points over say, 65. Perhaps he believes that we will put up with anything, or maybe he's trying to discover where we just leave the series?

Well I'm close to exactly that point just now, and I was a fanboy. Okay, I'll try one more in this series to see what happens, but I'm going to do it cautiously. Lookout for my review of 'Sword of God' to see how that works out. Maybe you should look there before you purchase this Dawson book.

David Thorpe continues as a mediocre dialectitian. His American voices continue to be forced. As long as Dawson remains exciting, I can overlook Thorpe's odd Bubba-southern accents. No, I can tolerate them -- but I'm beginning to grit my teeth.

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  • JC
  • 09-07-17

A Ghostly Thrill Ride

This book deserves 6 stars, but since 5 stars is the max, I shall stick with that. I would highly recommend this masterpiece to all who love underdogs, revenge, intrigue, spy stories, vengeance, and a nail biter of a good time. This story literally had me biting my nails. It was just that good! The previous John Milton book had a couple of flaws, but this book leaves no stone unturned. It is full of adrenaline. I highly recommend this book to all.

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  • anonymous but sincere
  • 04-04-17

Mark Twain would be proud... lol

Entertaining!!! Don't be a stickler for facts. As Mark Twain once said never let the truth, stand in the way of a good story.

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  • James T
  • 13-07-16

The End of the First Part of the Series

If you enjoyed the first three books of the series, this addition ties off many of the loose ends. It is a nice wrap up. I could quit listening to the series at the point because I feel like it is a good ending point but I am sure I will continue to listen to the rest of the series because they are fun. David once again does a good job of narrating the story. I have a few problems with it but if I mentioned it I would be spoiling some details and I hate it when people do that to me. John Milton is a little more like the person we expected him to be as Number One in this novel and that is probably why I liked it a little better than the other three.

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  • Steve Kenagy
  • 19-08-15

Another GREAT John Milton Novel

Would you consider the audio edition of Ghosts to be better than the print version?

Since I commute to work, easier to get through audio vs. print version

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghosts?

What happened to "Control", Beatrix's revenge, "One at a time"

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

Yes

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  • M Slott
  • 23-10-15

Another hit

I'm on an iPod so this is gonna be short. I started reading Mark D several years go with Milton. I've read em all and liked them all except one. That's a pretty high % for a new guy from an old one. As usual Highly Recommended.

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