John Milton has been off the grid for six months. He surfaces in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and immediately finds himself drawn into a vicious battle with the narco-gangs that control the borderlands. He saves the life of an idealistic young journalist who has been targeted for execution. The only way to keep her safe is to smuggle her into Texas.
Working with the only untouchable cops in the city and a bounty hunter whose motives are unclear, Milton must keep her safe until the crossing can be made. But when the man looking for her is the legendary assassin Santa Muerta - Saint Death - that's a lot easier said than done.
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.
©2013 Mark Dawson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
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"good series: bad guy trying to do good"
I am enjoying this character and the stories. It does seem that in each book, the super killer, Number One, does something really stupid. He did it again in this book, not dally with a vulnerable woman this time, but let himself get jumped by the bad guys.
Nevertheless, the characters are realistic, the fights are believable and exciting, and our hero struggles to stay true to his tea-totaling, restitution-making goals since he doesn't want to kill for hire or politics anymore. Now his own government wants him "retired" and the Russians want him hired, so he has to keep running from everyone. At least he has made 2 new friends, and an old colleague has remained a true friend.
This one is not as good as the first one-- I am extremely glad the one good guy on the brink did not die, and there weren't any moments I cried or mourned, but it's okay and I will read another.
"I was a fan after book 1"
When saint death is called to account
Continued development of the hero
The sheer brutality of st. Death and his family
"Character stupidity as a plot propellant"
Relying on character stupidity of supposedly smart main characters to move the plot forward is not acceptable. This is the second book in the series. This book is just like the first. The main character does stupid predictable stuff and relies on fortuitous events to get out of a bind he put himself in. I will not give the rest of the series my time. I read about enough stupid human tricks on Facebook; I don't need to buy them too.
"Needs more Character Development and Detail"
The book feels abridged. There are gaps in the time line, there could and should be more character development, and more detail. And if John Milton is the UK's top agent the UK is in trouble. Missing is all the spy and assassin craft that are in other novels (John Rein, Victor, John Wells, Quinn). There is so much potential and the writing is pretty good, but just not good enough to be a 4 star and a long way to go to get 5 stars. I want to get lost in this book and series but it just isn't complete.
"Story weak, narrator good!"
Need more action in the story line for a highly skilled agent like John Milton. All the supporting cast in this story are very weak. I will read one more JM, Book 3 and if the same weak story line with weak supporting cast the it will be the last one.
"Dawson is my new favorite author."
I've read the first 2 books in the John Milton series. 1st was good, 2nd was great. Nothing like a hero with flaws and a checkered past.
"Achieving the impossible"
This second volume of the John Milton series is a little more like the typical action hero book. He is able to escape impossible odds and all the bad guys are caught monologing. This was another entertaining addition and if you liked the first in the series you will probably like this one as well. The author does tend to stereotype his characters. The narrator does a fine job in his narration.
"Entertainment for a long trip"
This book kept me interested during a long trip. The plot is so compelling I simply couldn't stop reading!
It was obvious the author did little research, if any, glaring errors ..... Made story even less believable.
"Seems a weak hero"
Hero never thinks of unintended consequences! I could have told you what retaliations would be.
"Excellent Sophomore Story"
There's always the concern about sequels not being as good as the original story, but this 'continued adventures of John Milton' is a good match for The Cleaner. I was very engaged with the story, again with very timely themes, and the accent work is great. David Thorpe does wonderful narration. The settings and characters are very vivid, and I can still feel the heat!
Everyone keeps saying that John Milton is the English Jack Reacher and in many respects he is. However I see shades of Le Carre in him as well.
This is the 3rd one in a row I have read which is unusual for me.
I was not convinced about the narrator to begin with but I stuck with it and now he feels like an old friend.Can not recommend this Author highly enough
I also love the fact that Mark has his own FB page and answers all comments as well as the live chats
started at a good pace but logic was set aside to write the last few chapters
the cafe murders
no became formulaic.
our ruthless hero turned into a naieve victim in the space of 2 chapters.
"second book in series"
It is possible to read this book as a stand alone book but it would make more sense if read after The Cleaner. book 1.
John Milton, latter day Robin Hood? Fast fairly involved story, Great for listening to while on the go.
I will be reading /listen to the next book as the main character is intriguing and I want to see what he willpower next.
"Gun slinging in Mexico"
John wants to disappear and keep off the intelligence radars and after several months ends up in the depths of cartel land, Mexico. He tries to stay out of sight by being a fry cook but when the restaurant he works in is targeted by gunmen he can’t help but spin into action, putting himself in the sights of the cartel boss.
He teams up with the only good cop in the city and a conscientious bounty hunter to try and save the cartel’s latest target but she doesn’t make it easy for them.
Another brilliant addition to the series in yet another location. It’s hard to not love a character who is fighting for the underdog, even if he is flawed with addiction and a past that he needs to atone for.
"Like reacher but not quite so good"
Good book, sadly main character milton not quite as good as reacher. It is a little surprising that he makes it to the end of the book.
"I love a good series!"
Narrator is great. Very talented and easy to listen to. Female characters are a bit 2 dimensional but overall great
"Can't stop listening"
Came across the author accidently and now actually am listening to all his staff. Great book and great reader. Looking forward for more.
"The story continues"
This is the second part of the John Milton series and it builds on the groundwork of the first book.
This series is reminiscent of Lee Childs Jack Reacher series.
Once again, the accents bring the story to life.
Yes. I started and wanted to keep listening.
A great second book in the series. Now I can't wait to start listening to book 3.
"Great second book"
Usually the second books in a series don't leave up to the hype of the first one and I go away feeling unsatisfied and disappointed. Nothing could be further from the truth here.
I have worked my way through the series and I can honestly say this book lives up to the fantastic entertainment value that John Milton books' give.
In this journey you will be taking through the grim streets and cartel torn favela's of Mexico. The narrator does a great job with the accents and the storyline had me hooked from the start.
Highly recommended. On to book 3!
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