• Blood Moon Rising

  • Beatrix Rose, Book 2
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (292 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mark Dawson (author of the best-selling John Milton series) continues the action-packed quest for revenge begun by Beatrix Rose in In Cold Blood.

Ten years ago, Beatrix Rose headed an off-the-books hit squad that did the dirty work of the British Government. When she discovered that the commander of the squad was corrupt, he sent five of his assassins to rub her out.

But they failed. Bad mistake.

There were six names on Beatrix's Death List, and now there are four. She's going to account for the others, one by one, even if it kills her.

Beatrix has returned from Somalia with a fresh target in her sights. Bryan Duffy is in Iraq, surrounded by mercenaries, with no easy way to get to him and no easy way to get out.

Will Duffy prove to be a challenge too far?

Fans of In Cold Blood will know all about the unlimited action, but until you've listened to Blood Moon Rising, you'll only know one third of the story!

©2014 Unputdownable Limited (P)2014 Unputdownable Limited

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Wonderful espionage thriller in a wonderful series

Those who like espionage thrillers should listen to Mark Dawson's novels. My favorite Dawson series is Beatrix Rose. In Blood moon rising ex-British espionage agent is getting some revenge as she dies of terminal cancer. She is also teaching her teen daughter Isabella how to protect herself after she (Beatrix) dies. Action is constant and suspense is extreme in the four novels in this series. Mark Deakins' narration is pitch perfect.

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Loved Blood Moon Rising

This is the second Audible book I've listen to ofMark Dawson's. As with the first book I've given it five stars. A fabulous listening story. I listen to audio books on my daily walks and Mark Dawson's books make my walk go past so quickly that I don't even notice that I've walked for over 2 hours. Just wish they were a bit longer. But fantastic all the same. Highly recommended.

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Awesome audio book .

Would you consider the audio edition of Blood Moon Rising to be better than the print version?

Yes the audio version makes you feel like you were right with Beatrix.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Moon Rising?

How she helped the brother and sister get to a safe place/

What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He makes you feel like your right there.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes it made me cry when she hugged the brother and sister goodbye before they went to their relatives.

Any additional comments?

This is the first book I have listened to and will now be looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Also this book stands alone so you can read the series out of order.

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Mark J Dawson Books Won’t Disappoint

Up front, I admit I’m a Dawson fan. I’ve read everything he’s published.

Dawson’s ability to portray diverse personalities is amazing. I love that his series books effectively intertwine characters without too much backstory, but enough to make me want to read everything he writes. Dawson’s talents are vast.

Beatrix Rose and Isabella Rose are stellar representations of strong female protagonists. I suggest you read them in the order Dawson suggests.

BUT, if I were to wager, if you haven’t already, if you start with Beatrix you’ll soon enough become a John Milton fan.

Dawson’s books are truly unputdownable.

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YOU GO GIRL!!!

Thoroughly impressed by story and narration. The heroine is a right royal badass, who represents females CAN do it ALL! Looking forward to book 3.

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Another great read from the Beatrix Rose series..



So, Beatrix is getting sicker and sicker. If she doesn’t quit now I’m just not going to believe it. She killed another off her kill list and I think she’s about to get #5 as she heads home at the end of this book. That will only leave #6, Control, and I don’t think she’ll be able to get him so that’ll be up to Isabella, when she gets older. But not much older because she’s only 15 when HER series begins and she can kick some butt as well as her mother. Beatrix was a very good teacher.

So, I’ve already bought the last book in this series so I’d better get to it.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 11 times.

As to the narration: Mark Deakins does a fine job on the voices. Yeah, his women’s voices could use some work BUT as I always say, “better a female with a deeper voice than a man with the voice of a girl.” A perfect example is the Beatrix Rose’s The Hong Kong Stories narrated by Jane Slavin. There are men talking in the audible sample and they sound just like women. So, I won’t be getting that 3 book set. Too bad about that.

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  • JC
  • 05-10-18

Good Story, but...

I continue to think Mark Deakins and Mark Dawson are both awesome. The story was really good, but Beatrix Rose was rather annoying in this particular book. She is super-stubborn and is willing to put others’ lives at risk all in the name of revenge. I still rate it 5 stars.

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  • EB
  • 11-13-17

Beatrix Rose Rocks

Beatrix Rose is one of those kick ass females which need to be written about more frequently. I wish this series would continue far longer than it currently is

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Another solid entry into my read category.

This one left me looking for the next book. Excited to read on. thank you.

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An spin off of Milton

Beatrix an ex Group 15 member on a mission for being wronged 8 years ago...now suffering with terminal illness searches out the team that killed her husband and took her daughter. Vengeance killings.

The series is ok, a B compared to John Milton's A!

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  • Mark
  • 03-25-17

Another good spinoff from the John Milton stories

Rather odd to have an American narrator for a book whose principal characters are British, but he does a good job.

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  • Derek
  • 09-25-17

Dig two graves

Another short novel, number 2 in the Beatrix Rose revenge series.
Entertaining throughout, well narrated, although I would perhaps prefer an english accent given that Beatrix is a British agent, having said that the story is compelling and vibrant.
My only criticism is the dialogue between Beatrix and Isabella. Until Isabella was identified as 13 years old I would have placed as being about seven by the manner in which she was presented.
I’m looking forward to the next and final instalment.

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  • Sage-Lady
  • 07-19-17

3 part book, separated for more money

I am enjoying the story but it is far too short for the money, all 3 parts together are still shorter than many books I've bought. Shame on you Audible

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  • Paul
  • 06-01-16

good listen

blood moon rising was a excellent novel full of pace.. the narration was first class

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  • Kuleshov
  • 02-18-16

A bit short

These Beatrix Rose books are pretty good popular thrillers, but very short compared to other books. She has a hit list of 6 and the writer has split each "hit" into a separate book. They should really be in one log book.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 03-06-15

two roses for Beatrix

Beatrix Rose continues her vendetta against those the six who , years previously, killed her husband and stole her daughter. Finally reunited with he and with time rapidly running out, BeTrix needs to keep her safe and that can only be achieved if her betrayers are dead.
Although a story of an assassin on the hunt, it is also tender and thoughtful, beautifully crafted by the talented Mark Dawson. The narration I matches the novel's pace well and the vocalisation of the dialogue is excellent helping to bring the characters vividly to life.

This is the second of Mark Dawson's excellent Beatrix Rose trilogy, fast, thrilling and often unexpected. Best to read the first volume before this one but not essential, I can recommend it without reservation -buy it, listen and enjoy.

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  • Godiva 2000
  • 02-23-15

Gripping, but a bit bloodthirsty

Would you consider the audio edition of Blood Moon Rising to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print edition of this book, but having read several other books by Mr Dawson, and as this is an unabridged version, that there is very little to choose between them. Having an audio book is an unusual treat for me as I normally read the print/kindle versions of books.

What other book might you compare Blood Moon Rising to, and why?

In some ways the heroine (Beatrix Rose) is rather like a female Jack Reacher in the Lee Child books. She is also a very highly trained agent/soldier and the books are similarly bloodthirsty.

What aspect of Mark Deakins’s performance might you have changed?

The performance overall was rather mono-tonal, and the excitement of certain key passages wasn't really portrayed in his performance

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

They upset this loving mother, now they must pay, four down, two to go by the end.

Any additional comments?

an excellent story, as usual from Mark Dawson, rather more bloodthirsty than his John Milton stories. Slightly let down by a narration that was a little flat in my opinion.

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  • S. Seabridge
  • 12-07-14

Heart Stopping

What did you like most about Blood Moon Rising?

The fast paced story and accuracy of the people and places.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Moon Rising?

The rescue of the boy from prison in Iraq.

Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes. The previous novel in this series. Well read again..

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes but at 5 hours + I listened in chunks of about an hour.

Any additional comments?

I thought that the previous Beatrix Rose outing was good but this is better. A fast moving plot with action from the beginning. It is a great story with a knowledge of places and culture that I would previously not been interested in. It had heart stopping excitement where you thought that the heroine would not complete her task.. I really enjoyed this story and hope to buy more from this author.

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  • m e n k
  • 11-08-21

Another Great book

Great story line. I really enjoyed this book.
However, I was not keen on the narrator and words at the start of each chapter were clipped.

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  • Dave A
  • 02-19-21

Another excellent Beatrix Rose story

Beatrix Rose is, for me, the more interesting than John Milton, Mark Dawson's other ex-Group 15 alumni lead character. The framing device of her story arc - which I will not reveal - is an interesting choice.

Once again Mark Deakins' performance, featuring such odd pronunciations as Dur-ban for the city in RSA and the Heckler and Coke machine gun, subtracts from the overall score.

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  • Imee-B
  • 10-22-18

***Blood Moon Rising***

I love Beatrix Rose I can't get enough of her, it's just a shame that she is very sick. This book kept me breathless in anticipation from beginning to end. It's action packed, fast paced and incredibly absorbing listening is a must. The narrative is excellent.