Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Ninth Step - Mark Dawson

The Ninth Step is the eighth novel in the John Milton series. This book was just published last month. I have that sinking feeling you get when you've finished the last published work in a series, and you know you're going to have a long wait before you can read another. Sigh.
John is back in England and working as a cook in a cabman's shelter. No matter what he does, trouble seems to find John. When a cabbie that John met at AA needs some help, John tried to give it. Before long John is juggling a rogue ex-military hit squad and a vicious family of criminals. Never a boring moment. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Headhunters - Mark Dawson

Headhunters is the seventh novel in the John Milton series.
A sheep station in the Australian outback is about as far from civilization as you can get. John figures he's pretty safe now. Unfortunately, Avi, the ex-Mossad agent, just can't seem to let the whole revenge thing go. Trouble is coming, and John isn't the only person who's going to be in it. Very highly recommended.

Tarantula - Mark Dawson

Tarantula is a novella from the John Milton Series. There's no real sequence to this story. It takes place when John is still Number Eight.
When Number Three fails to report, Control send John out to see what's going on. The effort to prune a particularly pernicious branch of the Italian mafia seems to have hit a snag. All in a day's work for John. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Salvation Row - Mark Dawson

Salvation Row is the sixth novel in the John Milton Series.
John Milton was on a "cleaning" job in New Orleans when Katrina came to town. Now some people who helped John then, and saved his partner's life, need his help. Someone with way too much money is about to find out that there are things money can't buy. John is one of them. Very highly recommended.

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Sword of God - Mark Dawson

The Sword of God is the fifth novel in the John Milton Series.
John Milton has been hiking, hitching, and camping for days. He's deep into the upper peninsula, the weather is terrible, and John wants a hot meal and a warm place to sleep. The sheriff of Truth Michigan has other plans. He picks John up, and drops him off on the other side of town, with a warning to stay out of Truth. John walks back. He probably should have kept going. John's caught up in more trouble than he could imagine, and that's a lot. At one point John's got the local law, the state police, the FBI, and the National Guard hunting him. Not to mention the Sword of God. Very highly recommended.

Ghosts - Mark Dawson

Ghosts is the fourth novel in the John Milton Series.
John Milton wasn't always Number One. When John started out as Number Twelve, Beatrix Rose was Number One. Beatrix made the mistake of looking where she shouldn't have, and Beatrix disappeared. Now John has been dragged into finding her because someone needs what she shouldn't have looked at. This adventure takes John from Texas, to Russia, to Hong Kong, and back to England. This book ruined my naps for two days. You can't even get sleepy reading a book this good. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Driver - Mark Dawson

The Driver is the third novel in the John Milton Series.
John made it out of Mexico. Now he's driving a taxi and hauling ice in San Francisco. John is content with his work and his meetings. Then John drives a pretty young woman to a party. It turns out the woman is a prostitute and the party is a setup. When the woman disappears John has to try and make it right. Before he's done making it right, a lot of people are dead. It's hard for John to atone for his past sins, when he keeps repeating them. Very highly recommended.

Saint Death - Mark Dawson

Saint Death is the second novel in the John Milton Series.
John made it out of England and to South America. He's been working his way north for about six months. John just got a job as a cook in a restaurant in Juárez Mexico. Juárez is called Murder City. It's not long before John is caught up in the chaos. Can he survive and save the woman he's decided to take responsibility for? The question is how many people will John have to kill to do it. Another great thriller. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Cleaner - Mark Dawson

The Cleaner is the first novel in the John Milton Series. It's hard to retire from being an assassin.
John Milton is the best assassin in the top secret British organization Group Fifteen. John is known as Number One. John started his carrier as Number Twelve. That was ten years ago, and now John is having second thoughts. Second thoughts are not acceptable in Group Fifteen. John failed to kill a witness to his last assignment, even though that witness was a five year old boy. Now he's on his own. John's going to try and make up for some of the damage he's done. The trouble is Group Fifteen is now targeting John. This book gets bogged down a bit, but picks back up at the end. It's a great start to a new series. Highly recommended.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

1000 Yards - Mark Dawson

1000 Yards is a novella in the John Milton Series. This book is free for the kindle.
John Milton is an assassin. John is a government sanctioned assassin, but his job is still killing people. When North Korea gets too ambitious with their cyber warfare efforts, John is sent to convince them to back off. John's very persuasive with a sniper rifle. Short but very good. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Chronothon - Nathan Van Coops

The Chronothon is the second novel in the Time Travel Adventure series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Ben thought he'd had the most adventure he could stand as a time traveler. Wrong! Ben has been tricked into a running in a chronothon. This is the time travel equivalent of a marathon, but with guns and dying and other dangerous stuff. You didn't think it got more dangerous than dying, did you?

I really like this book, but it's one of those headache inducing brain twisters at times (pun intended). It took me a while, but it was worth it. It had some bad endings, but also a good one. You'll have to read it to understand that. After all, the true nature of time is a fractal. Very highly recommended.