• Blackout

  • John Milton, Book 10
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (463 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A clue he can't refuse. A murder he can't remember....

Join thousands of fans around the world who can't get enough of USA Today best-selling author Mark Dawson's John Milton thrillers!

John Milton's life is about to change. The former government assassin follows a lead to Manila that he hopes will transform everything. But things don't go to plan. He never expected to wake up in an unfamiliar hotel room beside a dead body. And, unfortunately for him, Milton doesn't remember a thing about the night before....

Thrown into a gruesome Filipino prison, he puts together the clues of his betrayal. With no allies and even less hope, Milton must use his wits to escape and take revenge on the men who put him there. If he doesn't lose his life in the process....

Blackout is the tenth book in Mark Dawson's gripping series of John Milton thrillers. If you like gripping action, globetrotting spies, and perfectly paced suspense, then you'll love this spy series from a USA Today best seller.

©2017 Mark Dawson (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Another John Milton espionage series winner!

Author Mark Dawson calls his protagonist John Milton, "James Bond with a conscience." John Milton is an ex-assassin for the British government who is endlessly conflicted by his past as a killer and by his alcoholism. Yet, no matter how far away he travels he can never escape the impact of past actions and behaviors; enemies from his past always find him. Action, suspense and interesting situations and characters make Dawson's novels and short stories worth reading. Blackout, John Milton series Novel #10, follows Mark Dawson's tried and true formula and is a definite winner. Narrator David Thorpe is adequate, but no better.

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If he wrote one a day, I would read one a day.

Never a disappointment. John Milton has faults, quirks, moods, even a weakness... he is still the best good/bad hero on offer. Just great!

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It seems the best is in the past

The books in the John Milton series I have found the most enjoyable are the stories where John is up against a 'new' threat. Where he is helping someone new (Sward of God & Salvation Row) get their life together. I had hoped that having old enemies after him had been left in the past after he settled things with his old employer. I had been a fan of this series but I am losing interest. While this book isn't bad, it isn't the best int he series.

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John Milton never disappoints...

All my favorite characters in one book...Ziggy Penn, Alex Hicks and John Milton. The perfect trilogy of fun, mayhem and intrigue. The only thing I hate is that all the women in these books are the same, i.e. stubborn, pains in the ass. It makes you squirm when Milton meets a woman because you know she's going to mess everything up for him. Pls find Mlton a deserving, smart women who helps him get the bad guys.

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Another captivating story

The story line is unique. John Milton and Hicks' characters are further developed in a deep and unhurried way. The narrator captures your attention and plays each part without being too theatrical. Such a well-written and well-told story.

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Lost His Touch

Not as much thought has gone into this book as the others in John Milton series.
Still good, but wonder about his lack of attention. Good ending and we wait for the next adventure.

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it is pronounced chaise lounge (l ow nge)

Not chaise long. but all in all, the narrator's voice IS John Milton and I seldom hear an audiobook that doesn't have an error (typically wind as in the wind blows, vs. wind, wind the watch, winding road, etc.
especially fun John book as he once again faces impossible odds!

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Great!

Another good read about John Milton. This time he was framed for murder and sent to prison, instead of jail to await trial, and suffered a constant beating until he managed to escape, with the help of Hicks and Ziggy and Hernandez. It was a really good book.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 10 times.

As for the narration: David Thorpe was simply awesome!

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Intriguing. Edge of your seat!

Blackout starts from the perspective of the main character waking up from a blackout to find booze bottles and a dead body in his hotel room. The thing is that he is a card carrying member of AA. The other thing is that he used to be part of a specialized team that killed people or went in to get information. Did he do it?

The characters are so consistent in this book that at one point I think this women is going to wreck everything. All of the actions and complications make sense. Really enjoyed this book.

David Thorpe did an excellent job of differentiating all of the different characters to the point that I wouldn't have needed a name to know whom was speaking.

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Mark Dawson has written another great novel!

The author has written another great novel, with plenty of intrigue and suspense! The narration is superb, bringing the characters to life!

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  • Salter
  • 01-09-18

Epic....!

Frankly, this was superb! I've listened to a few in the Milton series, and they just keep getting better. Milton, unusually lackadaisical at the outset of this story, finds himself in a Filipino jail - having been accused of the murder of a past acquaintance. This time he needs help to put the record straight.
Great storyline and keeps the reader/listener engaged. I wanted to listen to this in one go, and would have if time had allowed.
Once again, great narration from David Thorpe.

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  • Andy
  • 07-08-17

Unmissable!!

Gets better and better. Believable characters, great story and David Thorpe is a real winner. His narration brings it all to life. I want a friend like Hicks!! When is the next instalment!!

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  • Hanrattyblack
  • 06-04-17

I was very uncomfortable with the narration.

Would you try another book written by Mark Dawson or narrated by David Thorpe?

I like Mark Dawson's John Milton books. I have all of them on Kindle. However, I did not enjoy the narration, particularly the voice given to John Milton. I gave up very quickly.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Thorpe’s performances?

Probably not, but it could be bad jusdgement on the Milton voice.

Was Blackout worth the listening time?

Not for me.

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  • Tony Swinton
  • 04-14-17

The best yet

Would you consider the audio edition of Blackout to be better than the print version?

The tension built in this book to an amazing end

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blackout?

That would spoil it for other listeners

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The prison was atmospheric

Any additional comments?

Buy this book

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  • Sean Gilbert
  • 07-28-17

Super

Great book I think that the Milton series is developing brilliantly please write and record more

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  • Steve Hammant-Stacey
  • 05-15-17

Another great listen...

You know what it's like; it can be a great story, written by a favourite author, but the narrator ruins the book. Not the case with David Thorpe. He's a great performer and - I think - adds to the enjoyment of the story. Great stuff. Only problem is, I've now listened to them all...

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  • Brodie
  • 04-22-17

What a shame!

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

Well that is where my disappointment lies. I have over 200 audio books so I know when a book is well read. For me, the reader here is dire. I just cannot get into the book because in my view the reading spoils it. So the time spent in trying to by pass the voice to the story was time ill spent. \Maybe it is just me. I strongly suggest that you listen to the example right through.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Not much impressed about the story or the style of writing

How could the performance have been better?

Now your asking!. A different reader. I now this must sound really hard, but I just cannot help but feel so disappointed in the performance.

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  • Norman
  • 04-16-17

great book

I love this series of books great lead character and good story's stacking up keep the coming

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  • CT
  • 07-06-17

They keep Getting better

I am working my way through the series. Really enjoying the stories and performance. Looking forward to the next one

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  • Paul
  • 05-21-17

very good listen

it was a great story but the middle was a little far fetched. Always a pleasure to listen to Mark Dawson' s book.

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  • Andrew
  • 11-24-17

brilliant...

Another brilliant installment. John Milton is a wonderful and engaging character. This story is up there with the rest. You can't help but live it.

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  • mishkasmate
  • 11-10-19

They can't all be good

Disappointed . Very slow to get the story moving.
If the next one is of the same I'll go to another author