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New York isn't ready for Britain's most dangerous ex-assassin....

John Milton has finally found a place to escape the bloodshed: off-season Coney Island. No tourists. No special ops. Just peace and quiet. But when a local boy witnesses a grisly murder, Milton can't resist investigating.

Milton uncovers a vicious drug kingpin and a group of crooked cops from a notorious precinct known as The Alamo. Against such dangerous foes, Milton's quest for redemption could come to an end.

The 11th book in the USA Today best-selling John Milton series delivers thrills, action and twists you just won't see coming.

©2017 Mark Dawson (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"It's impossible not to think of Lee Child's super-selling Jack Reacher." ( The Times)
"The literary sensation you've never heard of." ( The Telegraph)

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Good guy John Smith

Great story with an underlying emotional pull. Action aplenty as JS takes on the drug king pin and the local corrupt cops. Who would have thought cops could be corrupt! JS of course focussed and resourceful. He is the hero many of us would like to be.

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  • Wayne
  • 25-08-2017

May be Dawson's best John Milton novel!

I enjoyed this suspense thriller. The setting is New Your City rather than San Antono as the title seems to suggest. Milton is working as a cook at a restaurant and going faithfully to his AA meetings while using his John Smith alias. He is living in Coney Island in the winter. First he saves a young woman who is drowning due to a rip current at the beach. He also befriends a man at AA who has a 13 year old son. On the way home from a Giants-Cowboys game at the Meadowlands stadium the boy witnesses a murder. Milton cannot resist trying to help solve the murder. The girl's and the boy's families play a major part in this fascinating, complex, and suspenseful novel. There are some nice plot twists along the way.

What I like most about The Alamo is that Milton solves the case by following the leads and without any superman-like heroic tactics. The Alamo is Book 11 in author Mark Dawson's John Milton series. Milton continues to deal with his daemons of alcoholism and his long past killings with a British espionage agency. Author Dawson shows maturity as a writer as he writes about a more multi faceted/complex John Milton than in his earlier novels. The Alamo is a great story well told. I'm still not a fan of narrator David Thorpe, but he does an excellent job with this novel.

The Alamo has my unqualified highest possible recommendation.

Finally, do not use an Audible credit for this book. Purchased at Amazon using Whispersync for Voice the total cost of the Kindle and Audible versions combined is $6.98 which is between $2.58 and $7.97 less than an Audible credit depending upon which Audible membership you have.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 15-09-2017

Drug lords, Mafia, crooked cops, and Balkan bada$$

This is The Witness, John Milton style. Even though the plot is nearly identical, the story is still great, full of quietly lethal John Milton justice.

There is no parallel to the Texas Alamo; it is merely the unexplained nickname for the toughest NY precinct. Through some coincidences, Milton decides to becomes involved with the kid who witnessed the bad cops murder someone who could have fingered them. As usual, Milton is mild-mannered and reasonable until violence is all that's left. It is bittersweet as Milton's introspection concludes that he can never have a family, never have friends, and must always keep moving. All he can do is attempt to complete The Ninth Step.

As usual, David Thorpe is great, although he makes some pronunciation errors trying to sound like a New York cop. We can forgive him for that.

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  • Jack W
  • 27-12-2017

Justice by John

My all time favorite character. Story line and plots are tight. Milton never missed a beat.

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  • Arlene Olsen
  • 23-11-2017

Each book is a delight to listen to

I really don’t know how David Thorpe does all the accents he does, but the story, and the performance of Mr Thorpe is amazing. I really can’t wait for the next book, yet I’m sad to have the one I’m listening to end. 😏

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  • F.Costa
  • 27-10-2017

Don't even think about listening to this book

That's my recommendation: don't get this book.

Once you start you'll listen to the end, because Mark Dawson writes his stories thinking that we do not have anything else to do. You'll be dragged into the story and won't quit until you're done with it.

And, like a drug addict, you'll want more. You'll have withdrawals until he publishes the next one.

Thank you Mark for another great and well written story.

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  • Joyce Eriksen
  • 03-09-2017

Another good read by Dawson

This further adventure of Robin Hood Milton, was as much fun as usual. He cant write them fast enough for me. Mark, you write 'em I'll read 'em.

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  • Paul Courter
  • 29-08-2017

Rip off of the movie Witness

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Original story. Watch the movie Witness with Harrison Ford. Young boy see cops kill an informant in the men's room. Love John Milton even if story is not new.

What do you think your next listen will be?

John Sanford's next release.

What about David Thorpe’s performance did you like?

He is great!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Always interesting characters but not original story.

Any additional comments?

Still love Milton.

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  • Stephanie
  • 22-06-2018

Excellent Milton book!

This ties for my favorite Milton book with “Ghosts”. I love David Thorpe’s narration of Milton and the other characters.

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  • Jarrett
  • 23-03-2018

If you’re not reading, or listening, to Mark Dawson yet - start.

The Alamo has been my favorite John Milton tale to date, and I look forward to more. You will not be disappointed in your choice to read, or listen, to this book. Instead, I believe you will find yourself looking into previous books in the series.

The Thriller genre is full of super heroes with unrealistic abilities, resources, and fantastic situations - Mr. Dawson offers a reader, or listener, much more.

John Milton is a character that is understandable, believable, and, in many ways, relatable. He has a well developed past, as well as an understandable present. He relies on his previous training, and experience, to accomplish his goals; as opposed to the standard issue meat eating, door kicking, bulletproof super assassin miracle abilities readers are normally treated to.

I have heard Milton described as a combination of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and Ian Flemings’ James Bond, and while I won’t disagree, I feel that Dawson’s development of Milton’s past gives him an added dimension of realism that cannot be understated.

I would also recommend the Beatrix Rose series, and the relatively new Isabella Rose series.

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  • Ginny Barnhill
  • 02-03-2018

Another masterfully crafted John Milton thriller

Mark Dawson has written another engaging John Milton thriller. The accuracy of information Dawson delivers in his stories proves his skills in research and his ability to weave it all into a beautiful story-fabric design. Unlike others, who write tech or travel or physiological data inserts among their storylines and plots, Dawson’s style keeps his reader’s focus on the story. I've not once stopped mid-Dawson story to check his facts—the story is what matters to me as a reader of a Dawson book, and appears to be what matters most to Dawson. The narrator of the Milton stories, David Thorpe, creates John Milton’s persona wonderfully. He keeps the story in the forefront through skilled truthful performance. I’m looking forward to Mark Dawson’s next Milton story, Redeemer.

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  • Chris Hill
  • 09-10-2017

Milton is hard as nails, flawed, a cracking read.

John Milton is a highly skilled, tough mofo with a flawed but likeable personality.. for a trained assassin. He is in the same camp as Jack Reacher, Spider Shepard and Jo Pike.

Dawson really knows his subject and John Milton feels edgy, capable and dangerous and you still find yourself completely routing for him.

Start from Book 1.. Then when you have finished them, move onto the Beatrix Rose books because you will then be in for another most excellent treat.

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  • Debbie
  • 17-03-2018

Great read!

Loved it!! Engaged me throughout. on a par with the first book in the series, which hooked me into the John Milton series.

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  • Jon Ellis
  • 05-08-2018

LOVE Milton

Another fantastic John Milton book brought to life by David Thorpe who "does" all the voices.

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  • rev
  • 23-07-2018

Brilliant as usual.

Dawson never disappoints. I've read all the Milton books at least twice. original, intricate plots, well formed characters, with the best narration I have ever heard. in comparison reacher becomes wooden and predictable. thoroughly recommended.

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  • mike
  • 07-07-2018

Excellent

One of the best books I’ve listened to very enjoyable in every aspect don’t think you will be disappointed

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  • moira
  • 02-07-2018

Kept staying up late. Brill book

I love this series of books have read 3 and will start the earlier books. Very entertaining and fast paced right from the beginning

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  • Paul c
  • 28-06-2018

Great story

Struggled at first because of the English narrator but soon began to love his ability to use accents appropriately. The story was gripping and deep and a must listen to anyone interested in action adventures.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-06-2018

Thrilling<br />

Loved it. Another great story in the series. Brilliantly narrated, very hard to stop listening

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  • Deirdre More
  • 23-05-2018

I was seduced by the Daily Deal.

I gave up on John Milton, Superman, some time ago but when this book came up on the Deal of the Day, I decided to give him another whirl. What a mistake. Seriously, this man can do just about everything. It's all so predictable. Give it a rest Mark Dawson.

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  • C. N. TURNER
  • 15-05-2018

Hope this is not John's last adventure

The last n the present series and just as good as the first book. Let's hope John Milton will return soon.