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Is John Milton on the path to redemption or the road to revenge? 

John Milton has done some bad things in his life. Very bad things. Now he’s looking for ways to make amends. But trouble always seems to be looking for him. 

Heading from San Francisco to Las Vegas, Milton’s solo road trip takes an unexpected turn when he picks up Jessica Russo, a young woman in distress at the side of the road. She urgently needs a ride, and he’s happy to help her out. 

But what starts out as a simple favour quickly becomes something more sinister. Once they get to their destination, it’s clear something isn’t right. Working for the Vegas casinos has got Jessica’s father wrapped up with the wrong people. A mistake that could prove fatal for him and his family. 

This is just the beginning of a dangerous journey that will take Milton from Sin City to Siena and beyond. As Milton goes deeper into a world of violence, ruthlessness and revenge, will he finally put his demons to rest? Or is he about to awaken the devil he’s been trying to smother for so long? 

©2019 Mark Dawson (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Brilliant...

Bright Lights is the latest installment in the fantastic John Milton series.
On this occasion, Milton has a road trip in the US planned, along with the desire to see Elijah fight in Las Vegas. On the way, he bumps into an old friend. When offering help to someone in clear distress, Milton soon becomes embroiled in a much larger plot. The usual action and edge of your seat intrigue ensue. The book itself is left on a real cliffhanger, with some series favourites turning up to lend Milton a hand. Really can't wait for the next chapter in this series.
Can't recommend Bright Lights enough. Can't recommend the John Milton series enough either. Newcomers would definitely enjoy the series more if completed in order.
Fantastic narration from David Thorpe. Throughout the series he's been flawless.

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love it, love them all. Self Publishing Champ

I've listened to all the Milton books and love them all. Great characters and stories all round and love the locations too.

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Gripping with twists and turns

Another brilliant novel featuring John Milton. The story takes John on another adventure and ends with exciting avenues ahead. The performance by David Thorpe was outstanding (as always) with new characters for him to voice. I can’t wait till the next time.

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Spoiled by the lack of ending

99% of this book is the usual brilliant Milton. Then it finishes. No wind down, no cliffhanger, not even a final epic battle - just a chapter break that turns out to be the end just as things seem about to get good. Very disappointing non-ending which is not what I've come to expect from Dawson.

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Absolutely the best yet!

I had to read this twice to get the full effect, and more layers were added each time. a must read in this crazy locked down world.

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Another solid offering

I do generally love the combination of MD and DT and Thorpe is on fine form again. It's a solid story but not one of my favourites. It's almost feels like an abridged version of a longer book.

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Best one yet!

Great plot with nice little twists...plus a brilliant ending, can’t wait for the next one!

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  • CT
  • 24-10-19

Another Brilliant Book

Excellent story. Kept me listening so I binged it. Cheeky Ending.......
Come on. Next one

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Another great book

I really enjoyed the book, however I feel the reader knows Milton now and know that the mistakes he makes in this plot wouldn't happen. perhaps I'm over thinking it and after I shouted at the stereo I moved on and enjoyed the story.

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ending came way to quickly!

As I came to expect from this writer , a good story and the narrator does the story and the characters within justice! Just the end came around way to quickly! Can't wait for the next instalment!!

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  • 23-10-19

best narrator

david thorpe is the best. He is top of his class and brings the books to life.

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  • 23-10-19

One of the best of the series!

The quality of the novels in Mark Dawson's John Milton series has been somewhat variable recently, but BRIGHT LIGHTS is a solid 5 star suspense thriller. The ending of this novel sets up the next book in the series. Author Dawson releases novels in this series every 6 or 7 months so the wait will not be long.

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  • Trish R.
  • 18-04-21

One of the best..

Jeez, John Milton is not afraid of anyone and is constantly tell bad guys that they should be afraid of him, but they never listen. This story was about the cartel screwing Las Vegas out of millions, of John having to deal with a traitor, of a friend being murdered, and ending with John, Hicks, Ziggy and Mason Baxter going after the people who ordered the death of his friend.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 15 times.

As for the narration: It's such a joy listening to David Thorpe; the accents, the different voices and the emotions when he reads. Wonderful.

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  • Acteon
  • 28-11-19

Thanks to David Thorpe

Sometimes a reader is so good that I get hooked. David Thorpe is a good example. I get a shot of joy just hearing him say "chapter four" (or whatever the number — and Mark Dawson's novels with their short chapters give him ample occasion to display this unique effect.) He says the chapter number in an energetic, invigorating way that immediately takes you out of the drama of the story (as well as your own drama whatever that may be!) and resets your good humour. It is also the perfect transition from one scene to another that is different.

Dawson's novels are entertaining enough, but I might not be quite so impatient for them were I not so hooked on David Thorpe's delightful narration.

Every now and then a reader is so perfectly suited for a particular series that I can hardly imagine another. One such is Dick Hill in Lee Child's Reacher novels: I was greatly dismayed when the last one featured Scott Brick rather than Dick Hill. I just hope no Milton novel will ever appear with another reader than David Thorpe!

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  • singin in the rain
  • 10-02-21

Is it possible...

...to get tired of John Milton? It seems, I can't. Always a joy...please never let him die.

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  • Michael Graves
  • 19-06-20

Not his best

I ha listened to everyone of John Milton adventures. This one just seemed forced. Characters were not developed. The “girl” that needed his help turned out not to need his help. In the end he is set for retribution and the book ends. All John Milton books are good, this one was just not as good as the others.

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  • Shannon
  • 01-06-20

Excellent, as usual!

I love rhe John Milton series and can't wait for the Audible of The Man Who Never Was. I am sure it will be another winner!

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  • Joyce Eriksen
  • 09-05-20

Never a miss

If you like action, Dawson's tales make Mission Impossible look like Humpty Dumpty. Buy them all.

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  • Paul
  • 07-02-20

Miilton at his best!

Great story and intro to the next book. Glad to see his old friends Ziggy and Hicks are joining him in the next venture.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 07-01-20

Release the Beast!

Just minding his own business, continuing to work the 9th Step, Milton is drawn into a web of deceit and murder. Nothing is as it seems, and good and bad get flip-flopped. But some things are just so wrong they must be righted. Milton has some hard decisions to make here. These skills he has, they have been gained at a price.

This is one of the best Milton stories. There's plenty of action, mystery, suspense, and surprise. Our mild-mannered hero continues to grow in introspection, while David Thorpe continues to bring all the people to life!