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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 June 2017
Have enjoyed some mancho men in the past, Jack Reacher (Lee Child), Harry Bosch (Michael Connelly), Agent Pendergast (Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child) and Spenser and Hawk (Robert B Parker)comes to mind, but John Milton is in the same class or could even be better. An English SAS soldier, who had wanted to gracefully retire, but due to the nature of the work that he had been doing for Her Majesty's government, retirement meant being put down. Not a very nice thing for someone as loyal and who had cleaned up the problems of his employer for the previous 10 years.
So, he did what they had trained him to do, he melted into the background, only surfacing when his " helping hand" was picked up by media and his cover was blown. John Milton is now trying to make amends for the 150 lives he had previously taken. He was not able to help those poor souls, but he put his talents to helping those,that were unable to help themselves.
I have enjoyed these books and intend on purchasing more of this series.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 28 March 2018
These stories are serial vignettes of John Milton before and after he has a crisis of confidence during a hit for group 15. There is plenty of action but the stories fall a bit short and so don't make it past four stars.

1000 yards
Milton infiltrates North Korea to deliver a revenge attack for a cyber security hack. A short story with plenty of suspense and action.

The Cleaner
Milton carries out an execution but leaves a witness. He is reprimanded but walks out to a new life. He now attempts to reform by going to AA and helping a woman who tries to commit suicide. This brings him in contact with gangs as he tries to help her son. Murder and mayhem ensues as he takes on the gang leader. At the same time Control sends another operatives to remove him. His attempt to help has unintended consequences.

I found aspects of this story unrealistic and while there was action there were whole passages devoted to explaining motivations which were detailed but simplistic. The characters act in unexpected ways and are a bit shallow. Overall there was a pervasive hopelessness as actions were thwarted. But if you like plenty of action this book doesn't disappoint.

Saint Murder
Set in Juarez Mexico where the local drug cartel severs its connection with the Mafia by killing its negotiators. Milton comes into town as a cook until a local female journalist and her contact are attacked to keep her quiet. Of course Milton intervenes and get her loose. This puts him on a collision course with the Cartel. He has assistance from a bounty hunter tasked by the mafia to bring the son of the cartel boss back for retribution. Also helping is an honest cop on the point of retiring.

The events in the cafe come to the attention of group 15 and a squad is dispatched to retrieve Milton. That's a euphemism.

There is a lot of action and violence as Milton attempts to assist the journalist. The story falls a little short but it is a good read.

The Driver
Milton is now a taxi driver in San Francisco who takes an escort out to a party. The girl screams and disappears. Milton is approached by the boyfriend and they set off to find the girl. A politician vaguely familiar is implicated because he has a series of women. A group of bikes is also involved and the same mafia involved in Juarez.

Bodies start to appear and Milton comes up against all the players. Lots of action and mayhem. The politician is unrealistic and the actions of those around him are similarly strange. But it is an action thriller so don't expect Le Carre.
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on 11 February 2018
Reasonable spy/crime novel series.

I got this collection for free from Amazon under one of their deals.

The character of John Milton is developed enough for me to keep reading this series. The idea of a recovering alcoholic seeking to make to make amends for his past is credible enough to drive the plot. This aspect of his character sees Milton continually involve himself in situations that put him at risk of discovery. There is great potential in this unresolved tension.

The sub-plot of Control and Group 15 hunting Milton all around the world help drive Milton's character development through the painful choices he makes. There is an undeveloped sub-plot of Russian infiltration into Group 15. This could be interesting as the series develops.

There are possibly fantasy elements in Milton being a super-soldier, and having useful contacts with the Mafia.
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on 15 December 2017
A great introduction to the Milton series. A character with flaws—like most of us—he is, nevertheless entirely believable and refreshingly different. His world is bleak and unyielding, and described by the author with an eye for detail that rings true and brings Milton's world to life. The stories are nicely paced, without dragging, giving the reader time to savour the author's skills. When the action starts, it builds momentum nicely, revealing Milton to be a man of many deadly talents. I think there is the making of an excellent movie or even a TV series here. John Milton would be well suited to someone like Jason Statham. Highly recommended.
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on 3 June 2017
I'm always on the look out for new authors, and so glad I found your books Mark. I'm a big lover of your genre, and love Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Vince Flynn, Karin Slaughter, Jeffrey Deaver, Harlen Coben, Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, and so on. I will now proceed to work my way through the rest of your books and hoe that I enjoy them as much as the Series 1 - 3. Keep on writing, you are very good.
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on 24 April 2018
Yeah, these are fun stories. If you like the idea of James Bond mixed with Jack Reacher, then you will love these books. John Milton is an ex special forces government assassin, the best in the game. However, he develops a conscience and struggles to make amends by helping those in need, all the while being chased by his previous employer and their team of assassins. Fast paced and interesting stories, with very relatable characters. Really struggled to put these books down and will absolutely buy the rest.
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on 24 March 2016
Loved this book. Took me a while to warm to John but I love his character. The plot definitely thickens and intertwined. Great read. Would highly recommend and can't wait to read the next book. I chose this rating as I couldn't put these books down! I read all three consecutively!
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on 7 May 2017
This set was value for money and also a very good read and introduction to this series. I gave only four stars as there were a few details glossed over or not answered (such as who or what the Russians had that would make John Milton go to work for them). Having said that, I will probably continue to read this series.
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on 13 April 2017
John Milton is a very interesting anti-hero. The only reason I had breaks in reading these books was to sleep. Was upset to find that I had finished reading all three books. Will be back for more.
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on 29 March 2017
Absolutely loved both series and am hanging out for the new Isabella Rose on 6 April. Your protagonists have a habit of grabbing at my heart and imagination and therefore I am rooting for them from the beginning of the story and read avidly till the end aaannnnddddd then I am waiting impatiently for the next book to arrive.
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