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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 (38 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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  • 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.