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The Man Who Never Was

John Milton, Book 16
Narrated by: David Thorpe
Series: John Milton, Book 16
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
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Summary

Can the man who never was catch the criminals who never get caught?  

John Milton is used to operating in the shadows, weaving his way through dangerous places behind a fake identity. Now, to avenge the death of a close friend, he must wear his mask of deception once more.  

Beau Baxter was brutally murdered by a drugs cartel, but that doesn’t stop Milton from blaming himself for his friend’s death. With the help of a trusted team of undercover experts and Beau’s son, Milton is determined to track down the killers. And he isn't just after the man who gave the order. He’s heading right for the top.  

Milton plans to follow the trail of cocaine from the nightclubs of Amsterdam all the way to its source in Colombia. Disguised as an ambitious buyer, he’s prepared to work his way up the cartel hierarchy one rung at a time. But the ladder can be slippery, and as Milton travels deeper into a world of violence, ruthlessness and greed, he finds himself in a jungle that could prove impossible to escape.

©2020 Mark Dawson (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Awesome

Milton is back and as brilliant as ever! Continuing on from the last book to the conclusion of this ‘problem’ Mark Dawson is still an incredible writer and David Thorpe is the only and simply the best narrator for the Milton stories

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another enjoyable read/listen

I have the full collection of Milton Books on Audible . I highly recommend them. Milton is an ex government assassin and reformed alcoholic trying to do the right thing. And somehow ends up in the thick of it. Mark is very descriptive that you feel you're there. David Thorpe does a brilliant job of telling the tale.

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John Smith (Milton) just gets better

Great book the only thing wrong with it was it ended. Another great book in the series if you enjoyed the books before you definitely will this. I don’t know where you get your ideas from but they are great please keep them and the other books in Series coming. A must read

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I was ready to send it back at first

After the last book (let's be honest it was half a book) I was ready to send this one back as I feared it was headed in the same direction. However Mr Dawson pulled it back from the brink in the last 20 minutes. I may have to listen to both books again back to back as I found it difficult to invest any emotional capital as a result of the previous 'half a book debacle. Without revealing any spoilers I think there was enough closure to count this as a book in its own right and enough intrigue to hopefully provide Milton with another 'multi book adversary' in the same vein as Avi Bachman, and to a lesser extent his former employers. Please, please don't turn the Milton series into the never ending tripe that was the Isabella Rose books. Apologies if the review seemed overly negative, it wasn't intended that way, I was just concerned that the peripatetic, flawed, vengeful Milton we know and love was being written away in favour of a settled and happy one. If that happened there'd be nothing to set him apart from average protagonists the genre is awash with. With Love SH

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Toppers!

Another great John Milton book by Mark Dawson and the narrator David Thorpe was outstanding. The team, the man, the pace and the links to the pasted gave it a great story line. I’m sadly looking forward to the next book as I fear it will be the last!

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Another Winner

David Thorpe does such great justice to this character and this series. I suppose it helps that Mark Dawson supplies him with these fantastic stories. If you haven't yet become aware of John Milton and are thinking of starting here STOP! There are so many great steps in the story before you get here and they are worth every second spent getting to this point. Thank you Mark Dawson & David Thorpe I look forward to my next encounter with John Milton.

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  • Charles Rower
  • 15-09-20

Dawson finally gets it back together

After Mark Dawson's recent abortive foray into his ill-advised attempt in authoring mystery novels, he seems to have quickly learned from his errors and returned back to John Milton's land. The characters are phenomenal and David Thorpe has to be among the best of the best of all narrators. Every time one of the Mexican cartel bosses sounds off with, "Meeester Smith!" my wife and I crack up. We're not halfway through yet and at this point we think Mark Dawson might have been better advised to not make Group 15 the bad guys - thus veering off in the direction of many lesser spy authors who seem to love building plots that our governments are filled with the baddest of bad actors, all of whom are organized to create and control their own version of how the world should be. Don't start down that road, Mark. But other than that, and even though I'm not a fan of drug cartel novels - 5 x 5 here.

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  • S. Winters
  • 19-10-20

Too long winded and scattered

I’m a huge fan of Mark Dawson and this series, but this newest installment was the weakest I’d say. Just my opinion.

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  • Shannon
  • 09-10-20

Another winner!

These John Milton books just keep better and better as Mark Dawson adds more rich layers to his characters.

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  • Sam
  • 06-10-20

Refueled my love for the series

For a while there I was worried that Mr. Dawson was losing steam and was becoming disinterested with the John Milton series. I am so happy that is not the case, and the series has picked up the feeling and energy from the earlier novels. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer but killa city should be releasing soon and I can’t wait. They really need to make this series into a Netflix special!

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  • K.R. Hiney
  • 20-09-20

Amazing as the rest of the series! 5 STARS

This series is one of the best ever! 5 Stars! MILTON IS NON STOP AWESOME!

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  • Daud
  • 09-09-20

Great story and great performance

The story telling is gripping and the narrator is fantastic. The reintroduction of group 15 is unexpected and can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Chet M. Maccio
  • 08-09-20

I totally enjoy audio books and the variously

pl0ts,twist with all the and turns or the narrative. For me to.lay back and simple.list is very.relacihng

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  • Elisha
  • 07-09-20

Where is Milton?

The author has gotten away from what makes me want to read the John Milton series. In the earlier books, John is a loner struggling with sobriety and a guilty conscience. He copes by helping those in need of his "skillset". He's an unassuming badass that takes down the bad guys one by one. The books were straightforward with lots of detailed fight scences, gunfights and interesting ways Milton killed an opponent. All of the action I like entwined in a good plot with humor and character development. This book has NONE of that. Milton was not the skilled, unbeatable agent I love. He didn't get out of any scrapes. He actually seemed nervous and scared throughout the book! He fought once and got his ass kicked. He once again he gathered a team which didn't serve much purpose. They made it through most situations by luck, not skill. It seems like the author rushed the book or was trying to squeeze in so many side characters, that he forgot about the main character. I did get excited when Milton said he needed to become Number 1 again. In my mind I thought Milton would flip a switch to get that cold, ruthless mindset and kill 'em all...not. I like that he has a moral code but Milton has just become too soft. He's lost his edge and relies too much on these makeshift teams he pulls together. If this is your first book in the series, its an ok read. As someone who's read every book in the series, it was so disappointing. I'm all for having a character grow and evolve but the essence of Milton is gone.

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  • Joyce Eriksen
  • 07-09-20

As usual

Dawson continues his tour de force. I must say that the American accent by thorpe is ludicrous but other than a laugh when i should be gasping, everything else is first rate.