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Summary

The new book from acclaimed writer Mark Dawson (author of the number one best-selling John Milton series), In Cold Blood is an action-packed thriller about ruthless betrayal and bloodthirsty vengeance.

Beatrix Rose was the most dangerous assassin in an off-the-books government kill squad until her former boss betrayed her. A decade later, she emerges from the Hong Kong underworld with payback on her mind. They gunned down her husband and kidnapped her daughter, and now the debt needs to be repaid. It's a blood feud she didn't start but is going to finish. Beatrix has already crossed one name off her Kill List. Her second target is a mercenary being held hostage by Somali terrorists. Can she infiltrate the most dangerous failed state on the planet and scrub him off the List, too?

Packed with explosive action and pause-resistant suspense, this is the must-listen first novel in a brand new series that is sure to be as successful as the John Milton series.

©2014 Unputdownable Limited (P)2014 Unputdownable Limited

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Well worth a read!

If you could sum up In Cold Blood in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, Exciting, Thinking

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene where she slits the throat of the next on the list.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I didn't think the subject matter was something I would enjoy. How wrong I was. The book is well written and pulls you into the story. The emotion and characters are believable and you just want to hear what happens next. I can't wait to get the next in the series just to see what happens. Will she make it? Will she finish her wish list?

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Fast pace gripping novel from Mark Dawson

If you could sum up In Cold Blood in three words, what would they be?

Great 'read' / listen. Starts well, gripping, engaging with great detail and suspense from start to finish. Fantastic character, driven by different motivations. Great spin off from the John Milton series. Well done Mark Dawson and more please.

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Beatrix book 1 review

Great action and attention to detail throughout. A high octane seat of your pants action thriller. Ticks all the boxes. Believable protagonist with lots of backstory, helping to fuel subplot as Beatrix dispatches her brand of justice on those that have wronged her.

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Wild rose in a violent garden

Would you consider the audio edition of In Cold Blood to be better than the print version?

I listened to the audio edition in it's entirety before starting the print version so, yes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In Cold Blood?

Beatrix Rose's gift to her daughter

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of the descritive scenes of habitations - they are alive and vibrant., very visual.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not moved, no, but the description of the hostage taking and holding by the pirates/terrorists was chilling.

Any additional comments?

After a very brief initial dismay at the reader's accent, and unlike some earlier reviewers, I found the narration matched perfectly with the fast paced story and the dialogue was skilfully done, each character being identifiable - not an easy task.
I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to Beatrix Rose's next assignment.

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Super Thriller

If you could sum up In Cold Blood in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, Accurate, Fast.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Beatrix. She was strong yet vulnerable.

Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

My first time

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Agent B the revenge.

Any additional comments?

A thriller that you wanted to listen to until the end.
The plot is good and the descriptions of the places and experiences accurate as far as I can tell.
The characters are very realistic and you soon get to feel their situations.
The narration is clear and well read.
This is the first book that I have listened to from Mark Dawson which has me already looking forward to purchasing book 2 in this series and also looking back to his earlier novels.
I really recommend this audiobook.

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Cracking story rather let down by narration

Would you consider the audio edition of In Cold Blood to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version of this story, but having read other books by the same author which I have thoroughly enjoyed, I suspect that both would be equally enjoyable. The audio edition could be better than the print version with a better narration

Who was your favorite character and why?

The heroine Beatrix Rose is my favourite character, she is very well developed in the story, and the 'back story' to why she is on the vendetta is very well explained.I also like the light and dark of this character, she is a loving and caring mother (albeit with some rather strange ideas on what makes a good education!) but is also a ruthless and skilfull killer.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Deakins?

The narrator had a rather droning voice, and I found it difficult to concentrate on the story for more than about 45 mins. at a time, so anyone with a more involving voice and who could do a more convincing english accent would be preferable.

Any additional comments?

The story, particularly towards the end is very exciting, but the narrator's voice didn't really convey this, and didn't carry any particular emotion, which I believe detracted from the overall impression.

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A Cold Blooded Heroine

Would you consider the audio edition of In Cold Blood to be better than the print version?

Not seen the print version, so cannot compare. Although, as the narrators voice lacked character or interest, perhaps reading this might have been preferable?

What did you like best about this story?

It was a true thrill-ride. And this features a woman at its heart, without much of a heart. This was both am interesting twist, and at times, disturbing.

Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, this is my first. His voice became a bland drawl by midpoint.

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

Not really, as Mr Deakins's voice grated on me so I needed regular breaks.

Any additional comments?

The story was good, if you like a cold hearted heroine who kicks butt without smudging her lipgloss and never much cares for the outcome. Certain scenes I found overly described, others were more fluid and fun, others dark and moody. The narrative unfolds well, and I'm reading something else by this author, and he is talented. Overall I'd recommend you give this a go if you enjoy thrillers.**I was lucky enough to received a free copy of this book for an honest review.**

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Betray your top assassin and expect trouble!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Beatrix's story grabs you from the very start and you fully back every piece of violent retribution she dishes out

What did you like best about this story?

The action scenes, of which there are plenty and how the author builds the character of Beatrix. She's cold, ruthless, relentless yet vulnerable. You would definitely want her on your side

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Not wanting to give anything away - too many to mention but the series is set up very well for the next instalment

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

Yes, it made for a very enjoyable long haul flight. The hours flew by

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Disappointing in many ways

I was expecting good things after reading all the many 4 and 5 star reviews of this book, but now I'm wondering whether we all read/listened to the same book. I am a big fan of Mark Dawson's John Milton series, which is why I downloaded "In cold blood". I was prepared for a weak first book to the series, since the first John Milton book (The Cleaner) had been patchy, so I really did listen with an open mind. But no, not even an open mind could prepare me for this. The plot - such as it is - was derivative and uninspired. The characterisation was waver thin. Don't expect there to be ANY character development, at all. Whereas the John Milton books allowed you to get under John's skin - this book had very little about Beatrix other than a bit of backstory about her need for revenge and her need to protect her daughter. You learned more about Beatrix from her appearance in the John Milton series than from this book, which is a huge shame as she has the potential to be a fascinating character. It did make me wonder whether Mark Dawson's heart had been in writing this or whether this was just a by-the-numbers effort to capitalise on the John Milton series.

Whilst the thin story and characterisation were disappointing, the thing that was most irritating was the narrator. If this book had been read by someone with more skill, then it might have made the experience a bit more enjoyable. This is a book with a female protagonist - so why not choose a female narrator? Mark Deakins' female voice is a soft, insipid and sometimes high pitched caricature that makes Beatrix and her daughter sound weak and pathetic. I've listened to men read female voices many times and it's never been quite as jarring. This is also a book where most of the lead characters are English - so why not choose an English narrator? Mark Deakins' English accent makes the male characters sound effeminate and stuck up. He's just not convincing, which results in the listener being taken out of the audio book experience, which is never a good thing.

If this all sounds a tad harsh, then it just reflects my disappointment with this book. The only saving grace is that it's not very long, so the pain is short-lived. I've given it two stars instead of one because, ultimately, I did manage to get to the end. If, however, you are an avid John Milton fan and love David Thorpe's narration, then I suggest you avoid this so you can leave those great memories untarnished.

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Great story that entertained

Hopefully sets up the rest of the series. Though not sure about narrator's character voices...

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  • Garibaldi
  • 02-08-14

Visually impaired- listen to this excellent story

Would you consider the audio edition of In Cold Blood to be better than the print version?

In some ways, better.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Beatrix Rose- Dynamic and just doesn't quit

Which scene was your favorite?

Grand finali

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither. Got the adrenalin pumping

Any additional comments?

Great entertainment

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr B Holloway
  • 05-08-14

A great spin-off from Mark Dawson.

Where does In Cold Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first audiobook that I have had but I was very impressed with the ease of use and it was also a great story to start me off wanting more.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In Cold Blood?

There was plenty of action throughout the story but the escape from the town after the attack was very well put.

Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

again it's my first audiobook.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Revenge is best served HOT.

Any additional comments?

Overall a great experiance.

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  • Sandra Noe
  • 05-08-14

Satisfying

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have already recommending this book and the author, Mark Dawson, to friends. The story is richly textured and well written. The characters are well drawn and sympathetic, with a depth rarely found in thrillers. Mark Dawson draws portraits of his characters descriptively with crisp and clean writing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In Cold Blood?

When Beatrix brought the hostages out of the house when the Seals could not, and got the hostages on the boat to safety. It gave me the feeling that Beatrix could do whatever she wanted to do, and complete it successfully and well

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the time Beatrix spent at the riad and the description of the house. It gave me the feeling of security for Bella and Beatrix, almost like wrapping them in safety.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Beatrix talked of her motivation to go after the team who turned on her. She had no choice. The best defense is a good offense.

Any additional comments?

The whole Beatrix Rose series, as well as the John Milton series, is well worth the read. Complex characters with heart and guts. It doesn't get any better.

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  • Macon
  • 01-08-14

Revenge with a Vengeance -The Payback Starts Here!

A well written and well interpreted action packed thriller. If you like fast paced, explosive storytelling 'In Cold Blood' ticks all the boxes. A great listen from start to finish.

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  • Tim Schultze
  • 31-07-14

Interesting writing style, face paced

What did you love best about In Cold Blood?

Fast paced but not spoon fed. Interesting and varied wording, leaves the reader to fill in some gaps instead of just making things too obvious.

What other book might you compare In Cold Blood to and why?

This was my first revenge oriented book and its style is fairly unique. I've read a variety of series (Lee Child, Steve Berry, Harlan Coben, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, Michael Harvey, Daniel Judson, Robert B. Parker, and Stuart Woods) and the most informative thing I can say is that is really isn't like any of them. It's shorter like Connelly's books, descriptively violent and cold-blooded like Jack Reacher series, but you're drawn to find out more about Beatrix by reading other, related books. I don't know if this is good or bad but kudos to Mr. Dawson for creating the interest.

What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

Various voicing was unforced and pretty natural.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

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  • kokeefe
  • 29-07-14

Another hit for Dawson

If you could sum up In Cold Blood in three words, what would they be?

Sassy bitch revenge

What did you like best about this story?

It's a quick listen that you won't want to turn off

Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

They picked the wrong woman.

Any additional comments?

Mark Dawson's style is easy yet exciting . He doesn't overthink his story lines, choosing instead to stick to the plot, the action and the character development. I'm hooked - they're quick reads and guilty action pleasures.

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  • Dave
  • 28-07-14

Close your eyes, enter a different time & place!

Would you consider the audio edition of In Cold Blood to be better than the print version?

I deliberately listened to the Audible version before reading the book. I enjoyed it so much, as soon as I finished the Audible, I purchased the first 3 books in the series. I have not read the print version of book one yet. I expect pro's and con's for both methods and hopefully will be able to update this review later.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The twists and turns of the story caused Rose to react in ways that fit, yet not knowing what was happening next or how she would react definitely kept me awake and listening long after I should have been in bed.

What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mark's ability to represent each of the characters gave them shape and texture that I might not have conceived in reading the book, broadening the story beyond my personal experience and knowledge.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Paybacks are a Mother!

Any additional comments?

I had not listened to an "audio book" since using them for business books, 15 years ago. Those business books were typically dry, boring lecture format.
In contrast, I was delighted by Mark Deakin's ability to draw me into the world and story that Mark Dawson created and shared with us.

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  • J. Glaser
  • 28-07-14

Enjoyed hearing the story brought to life

What made the experience of listening to In Cold Blood the most enjoyable?

having the characters brought to life through hearing it read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Beatrix Rose. The detail of her having a deadline due to her illness. Pushes the story and the character along.

What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

The ability to readily tell the difference between characters.

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  • Wayne
  • 20-04-16

Must read espionage series!

I listened to all three of Mark Dawson's incredibly suspenseful Beatrix Rose novels almost a years ago. In Cold Blood is Book 1 but reading the entire series is a must. I have never read a more powerful espionage series. Each of the three audiobooks is available at Amazon to Kindle Unlimited members for $1.99 each. Or you will pay $3.99 for each Kindle book and $1.99 for each Audible audiobook. Either option is less expensive than buying at Audible.

In Cold Blood is not quite as powerful as Blood Moon Rising or Blood and Roses. There will be no more Beatrix Rose deries books (other than the earlier The Hong Kong Stories) because the protagonist has terminal cancer and dies at the end of Blood & Roses. I have previously reviewed Blood and Roses and The Hong Kong Stories.

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  • William H Blott
  • 17-02-15

Tight, surgical, climactic. Great series kickoff!

Would you listen to In Cold Blood again? Why?

Definitely! The first installment in the Beatrix Rose series opens swiftly with a great standalone story as well as introducing many characters who you anticipate will span several of the books. Like the John Milton books before, author Mark Dawson does a great job at writing gritty, believable, main characters with checkered pasts transplanted into the present where the world is a series of shades of grey, rather than simplistic black and white. Unlike some books which can get bogged down in backstory, In Cold Blood does a great job of fleshing out the characters whilst keeping the action moving and expanding on the world first introduced in the John MIlton series.

What other book might you compare In Cold Blood to and why?

Jason Bourne series, special forces (Chris Ryan, Andy McNab), tv dramas like "Strike Back".Tight, surgical, action packed and paced like it's lead character. If you find the clandestine world of special operatives fascinating, In Cold Blood won't disappoint!

Which scene was your favorite?

The build up to the hostage rescue attempt. The motivations of the main character are different to what one might normally expect, and so the scene develops in a way that is far from cliched and set-ups nicely for what is to come..

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The clock is ticking for everyone...

Any additional comments?

Prior to Beatrix Rose: In Cold Blood, I finished author Mark Dawson's first John Milton novel. Like mark's previous books he does a great job in "In Cold Blood" of writing believable, highly engaging characters with a good balance of backstory and present-day action to keep the story swift and placing the reader at the centre of the action as the characters practice their tradecraft. Well written, highly believable, looking forward to the next in the series!

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