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Publisher's Summary

She does Britain's dirty work, but this time she needs help. Beatrix Rose, meet John Milton....

Beatrix Rose has a knack for making the British government's problems go away. When the assassin is sent to Venezuela to track down a missing scientist, she meets a contact who knows the lay of the land: none other than John Milton.

As the state-sanctioned assassin and the special forces soldier team up in South America, they'll do more than capture a missing scientist. They'll discover a secret that will change Beatrix's life forever....

Phoenix is a short story that unites two landmark thriller characters in a single tale. If you like ruthless assassins, fast-moving plots and Jack Reacher-style action, then you'll love USA Today best-selling author Mark Dawson's latest short.

©2017 Mark Dawson (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Jane Slavin

Loved the book. I think Jane Slavin is a superb reader!
The story is great, Beatrix and Milton meet for the first time.

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Totally predictable

Well written but very predictable. Enough to be cliche. Stops before the real stuff starts

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still a great story

Could have been a tad longer with the coming together of Beatrix & John. I thought there could have been more to it. I still enjoyed reading it.

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  • JC
  • 19-05-2018

Good Origin Story

This was a pretty good story that ends up explaining something key in the Beatrix Rose series. The only problem I had was at times during conversations between Beatrix and others, it was difficult to distinguish who was who (meaning I was unsure who was speaking). Overall, a very solid story and effort by Dawson and Slavin.

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  • Wayne
  • 02-03-2018

Beatrix Rose & John Milton - the early years

This short story is an absolute must listen for Mark Dawson fans who have listened to the Beatrix Rose series. It also includes the first meeting of Beatrix Rose and John Milton before Milton joined Group Fifteen. In addition it includes the first mention of Isabella Rose. This short story fills in the backgrounds of all three major characters of author Mark Dawson.

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  • Doug
  • 29-05-2021

Outstanding

So well done wish it was a full book. Good story, excellent narration. More please

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  • Barbara S
  • 03-08-2022

Great short story

“Phoenix” by Mark Dawson features a British sanctioned assassin who quietly makes political problems go away. I do love a female assassin story!

Beatrix Rose is sent to Venezuela to find a missing scientist. There, she partners with another assassin, John Milton.

Short story even shorter, in her search for the missing scientists, she finds a secret that will alter Beatrix’s life.

This is a fast-moving story, only 2 hours. It’s perfect for a long drive. I listened to the audible production narrated by Jane Slavin.

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  • happyjo
  • 06-06-2022

Phoenix

I just didn't get into this story . .I believe it had a lot to do with the narration. the problem was it was so bland.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-11-2021

Fully Fleshed Out Story Preferred

Though the narrator was very good, the story itself was too short and left too many questions unanswered. I'd read the mixed reviews on Dawson's characters so I've been slow to really get into his writing. I think this is the second novella...first one was about Milton. I like that there's lots of action and a strong female lead with a heart. However, the choice to give no "real" details about whether "Phoenix" is a what or a who has the feel of a serial comic book or TV series. The saying "always leave them wanting" seems to be the author's Rule of Thumb, yet because these are rightfully compared to a Jack Reacher style character, it's truly not necessary. Fully fleshing out the story would actually benefit this particular concept. People like me will continue to read because we like the characters. I think I'll wait until I can get the entire series for 1 credit. Now that would be exciting!

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  • Coby
  • 14-10-2021

Good story

Narrator sometimes hard to hear otherwise good. I always think these stories are too short !

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  • RJ
  • 11-10-2021

Don't blink, you'll miss it!

This is a pretty good, very short novella. I thought it was an introduction to Beatrix Rose, an operator in Group 15, who is Number 1. This is before John Milton had joined Group 15, eventually becoming Number 1. Beatrix’s assignment is to go to Venezuala to find and question a scientist who skipped out on the CIA. She will meet Milton there, who is familiar with the area, and assist her. Things never go as planned but Beatrix handles everything like the pro she is. She also unexpectantly remedies a personal issue involving her husband. Great conclusion to a well-written short story. Jane Slavin’s performance was very good.

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  • James
  • 07-09-2021

Predictable but good

This is a really good short story. Lots of action, excellent characters and a great narrator. Love these little diamonds in the rough.

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  • Soter907
  • 21-08-2021

nice story

I really like this nice short story. I like the female was a bad a**.

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  • R. Cutler
  • 04-12-2017

Narrator performance was a real let down

Please don’t allow this narrator to read another book ever again ! After a wonderful ride though the entire collection to hear someone sound like they are high and half asleep just ruined it.
If your gonna read books out loud make sure your good at it !

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  • Rob
  • 27-08-2021

Early Milton story poorly performed

Why oh why did they not get a better narrator for this book? Apart from mispronunciations like fastidious she makes Milton sound like a limp softly spoken wet rag on a week old martini hangover.
Sorry but there are much better female narrators who could have really brought this to life if they didn’t want to go with David Thorpe!
Thorpe would’ve done a much better Beatrix Rose too.
Sorry to be harsh but I’m not a fan.

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  • D
  • 13-12-2020

another hit

loved it and two of my favourite characters John and Beatrix working together. now have to wait for a new book with either of these characters I think John's next book on audible will be Ronin and not sure what Beatrix next book is but can't wait for either. being dyslexic and partially sighted I am so glad I have found audible and am now hooked on mark Dawson books

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  • Elizabeth Beesley
  • 01-12-2017

Hmmmm

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

A nice prelude to Rose and Milton. However the readers voice was very droll and uninteresting and therefore made it a bit boring

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 13-10-2021

Great but very short

Exciting from the srart but very short I'm guessing there is more to come and look forward to it.

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  • Coffee & SciFi Addict
  • 14-09-2021

Naration is worse than terrible

1 hour in and I have only a basic knowledge of the story as my brain switches off due to the dull whining narration.

I will resist the urge to stick a sharp pencil thru my ear drums and listen to the end only out of respect to the author and due to my natural stubbornness.

This is auditory Hell on earth.

revised comments after finishing the book.

I will not listen to this narrator again. Thus cannot listen to the Isabella Rose books.

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  • Mrs A McDowell
  • 10-08-2021

Awful

Narration is really dreadful. Short and choppy so I didn’t manage to finish it after the first few chapters

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  • Graham
  • 20-06-2022

Dreadful Narration

I could only get to chapter 3 as the narrator sounded more bored than I was. Awful.

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  • Mrs K N Thorne
  • 02-10-2021

Bedtime story

The narrator needs to read some of those sleep inducing books, to be honest she could probably read a fast paced action adventure and it would lull anyone to sleep!I
That aside a good, if a tad short intro to the new Number 1

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  • Alan
  • 18-08-2021

A fantastic short listen

I enjoyed this book on my daily walk. I found it gripping and the narration was first class. I liked the early introduction to John Milton. Last book I read he was a captain, now he’s a major. I would love to know more. Milton missions in the SAS would be great!

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