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1,000 Yards

A John Milton Short Story
Narrated by: David Thorpe
Series: John Milton, Book 0.5
Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
4 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From Amazon number-one best-selling author Mark Dawson, this novella is an introduction to John Milton, the most dangerous assassin in the pay of Her Majesty’s government.

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd, but you wouldn't want to be on his list.

But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands, and he wants out. Trouble is this job is not one you can just walk away from. In this dip into his case files, Milton is sent into North Korea. With nothing but a sniper rifle, bad intentions, and a very particular target. Will Milton be able to take on the secret police of the most dangerous failed state on the planet?

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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Fantastic author

Although it’s fiction this author lets you live in the moment as a newly discovered action hero to me Milton is so relatable, love the narrator overall suspenseful and honest

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I have enjoyed this book repeatedly

This is an interesting book for the content and storyline. Having read the book, I purchased the companion audio content, and enjoyed the couple of hours that the audio rendition provided.
I applaud the narrator for the voice characteristics displayed, thus giving another dimension to the author's work.

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  • jane thompson
  • 08-06-2016

Mark Dawson Department Five novels his best work

superb if too short. I have not found a single one of the John Milton Series or Department Five novels by Dawson a disappointment

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  • Wayne
  • 03-06-2016

Great start to the John Milton series!

Mark Dawson is a very successful British author who got his start self publishing. 1000 Yards is an Audible Studios produced short story that introduces John Milton to the audiobook audience. It is a great espionage story set mostly in North Korea. There are now a total of 2 short stories and 8 novels in the Milton series. From my perspective the quality has dropped in some of the more recent novels from 5 stars to 4 stars. It is still a wonderful series.

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  • Cartec
  • 08-08-2016

Excellent story but too short

I really enjoyed this short story. The writer was able to put me in the center of the story. The characters were realistic and fully developed. The plot was believable and exciting. I was disappointed that it was not longer because the writer had set the reader up for a roller coaster ride and it ended too quickly. I hope to see more material from this writer.

The reader was also excellent. I had no trouble distinguishing who was who. He accelerated the excitement which added a measure of enjoyment.

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  • James T
  • 25-07-2016

Finally a story that is worthy of his skills.

Wading through the John Milton series has been enjoyable but not as good as it can be. This story and 'Tarantula' - both novellas - are better than all the other novels combined. I wish he would give us a few more of the pre-'reformed,' when he was number one novels.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-04-2016

A real adventure!

Couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed the details in the story, and the way it all played out.

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  • Brenda L Severeid
  • 15-04-2016

Good Story<br />

Very good story, good characters, very entertaining. liking forward to the next book. The main character is very good at his job, gets out of almost impossible situations by knowing how most men will react to situations. Lots of action, and intrigue, very good for a spy type book.

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  • ND Roughrider
  • 03-08-2019

Excellent short story, I want more!

Great book, but rather short! The narrator does a bang-up job bringing the story to life! Look forward to the next in the series!

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  • Gman
  • 10-05-2019

What all the Milton books should be like!

Milton the operative, not the cookie cutter of similar circumstances he’s always drifting into. I’m not one for short stories but this one was the exception

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  • MICHAEL
  • 18-03-2019

Could only make it through the first 10-15 min.

Was someone reading a bunch of reports, using acronyms,... just not very entertaining. Would not recommend.

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  • A. T. Barr
  • 08-03-2019

Who checks these out?

The only thing I found wrong is a big one. Milton is shooting a Barret .50 sniper rifle. The bullet is 500 grains, there is NO bullet that travels 27,000 fps! None, nada.

It was maybe traveling 2,700 fps, NO bullet goes 27,000 fps. Please find someone to review your books.

Thanks!


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  • J. Woolf-wood
  • 26-02-2017

1000 yards

A short story making you want more when it ends. Milton is deadly as ever, an insight into this regime.
Recommended.

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  • Simon
  • 27-10-2015

Just About Piques the Interest

This novella is billed as an introduction to John Milton, a character I've seen referred to as "Britain's Jack Reacher". I would have to say that for me it probably just about succeeded in that I have added the first full-size novel to my wish list to read "one day". It was a borderline thing for me though, the author didn't sell his lead man to me enough to make me really want to find out more. If would have worked better as an introduction had he focused more on Milton's thought processes and behaviour than his enemy's.

As a short story overall though it's fine. David Thorpe is a good narrator and the plot hums along nicely. My personal feeling is that it would probably be better to dive in with a full-length book and treat this as part of the John Milton odds and ends if you find yourself needing to be a complete collector for the character.

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  • Salter
  • 04-01-2018

Very enjoyable...

The John Milton Series are very good, action packed books.
This short story is centred on giving the North Koreans a bloody nose, and once again Milton gets the job.
Definitely worth a listen if you're interested in the spy/espionage/action genre.

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  • Matthew Johnson (Matt Saxx)
  • 11-01-2019

Good spy novel, excellent delivery.

Broadly speaking, I enjoyed listening to 1000 Yards.

An excellent performance by David Thorpe - beautiful tempo to his delivery and his characters were so believeable.

As this is the first John Milton book of the series, albeit a short story, I would have liked to have learned a little more about his character and mindset. With the exception of a recurring dream signifying a slightly troubled past and references to time spent with the American military I know very little about John other than that he is an efficient British MI6 operative.You do not develop a natural affinity to his character as you do in Sherlock Holmes Study in Scarlet for example. However, perhaps the first full novel succeeds where this lacks. I will listen chronologically to ‘Tarantula’, another novella, and then give ‘The Cleaner’, the first full length novel, a chance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-04-2017

suspenseful

great listen and a fantastic performance as usual. nice and intriguing take on possible possibilities.

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  • hazanne
  • 26-03-2016

good taster

Exciting start to the series. A very likeable lead character. Look forward to more from this author.

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  • Amazon Customer ljg
  • 07-02-2016

1000 yards

Really good short story ideal if you got a short attention span like me could not stop listening

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  • C. Billington
  • 16-10-2019

A. Great read so many twists and turns

Thourly good story. Excellently spoken . 10 out 10 this is the 3rd story by Mark Dawson look forward to.the next one.

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  • Benny
  • 06-05-2018

Excellent story.

A really enjoyed this short story, but feel it could have been the start of a whole novel.

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  • Mr J Griffiths
  • 23-01-2018

Boys' Own for Adults

Not bad. A fast-paced easy-to-follow yarn, with an impossibly efficient hero. The author revels in minute descriptions of blood and guts and the technical details of weapons at the expense of character and depth. Enjoyable nonetheless.