• The Alamo

  • John Milton, Book 11
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (463 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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Justice by John

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

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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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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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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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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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John Milton strikes again!

Another great installment of the JM series. Love the diversity of the locations in these books. New York accents of the narrator sometimes made me cringe, but he's getting better. Highly recommend this series.

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Great action packed book

Gripping story could not stop listening to it. Good Characters. Action packed right through.

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I Love John Milton!! 📚🎧👍

This was a fine addition to the series—actually one of my favorites. And David Thorpe is a great narrator!! Can’t wait to pick up the next one!!

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  • Chris Hill
  • 10-09-17

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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  • Salter
  • 12-14-18

Another superb Milton thriller...

The Alamo sees Milton looking for a little seclusion and quiet time, but that is soon put on the back burner when he stumbles across a young boy who has witnessed a murder. Milton soon realises that the boy is the son of someone he believes he has helped, but soon senses that the attempt at help may well have contributed to the boy being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Those responsible for the murder are hellbent on cleaning the scene up, thus Milton is compelled to help the boy and his father.
Milton soon finds himself embroiled in the world of seedy drugs rings and corrupt police officers, and puts his liberty on the line in order to try and right the wrongs.
A superb, fast paced adventure, and a gripping continuation of the wonderful Milton series.
Brilliant narration from David Thorpe once again.

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  • Debbie
  • 03-17-18

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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  • Ann D
  • 08-30-19

Great Stuff!

Mark Dawson’s writing was inconsistent in quality in earlier books in this series. Despite that, I always love the character of John Milton. David Thorpe’s excellent narration really brings him alive. This is a punchy, well written story that goes along at a great pace. Recommended!

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  • Paul c
  • 06-28-18

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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  • Alec
  • 07-20-19

Great

Slow start but a great finish. John Milton is so cool and believable ! Must find the next book before my flight !

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  • rev
  • 07-23-18

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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  • I OFarrell
  • 04-19-18

Innocent lives

No matter where John goes he always runs into trouble and this time is no exception. Wanting to help a family suffering from a bad neighbourhood he begins to root out the evil but pretty soon he’s the one being questioned and he’s not sure who he can trust.

I’m a big fan of the John Milton series but my favourite of the stories are the ones which involved children. John Milton maybe a hard-arsed killer but there’s still a soft centre in there and the innocent bring it out. Milton is a strangely likeable character and I am kind of hoping he gets some romance further down the line – hint, hint Dawson…

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  • Carrie
  • 03-02-18

Loved this series

I have loved every minute of the John Milton series, the books are fantastic and the narrator is also excellent, the best I have listened to.
I have listened to every one of the 11 books back to back and now I don’t know what to do with myself! I very much hope the author writes another one soon!
If you like Jack Reacher you will love John Milton. I read all the Reacher books because the narrator was awful whereas this narrator is very talented.

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  • T SOTHCOTT
  • 02-08-18

Superb storyline

One of Dawson’s very best novels. Narration is flawless and a great ending. Highly recommended read.

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 09-30-18

Ah! Mr. Dawson you have blitzed it again!

I have a selection of authors whose work I endeavor to purchase. Mark Dawson is definitely near the top of that list.
I have followed John Smith from episode to episode, always amazed and enthralled at the predicaments he is caught up in.
This particular book was shared via audio with my adult aged son, as we drove across Inland Australia. We were both caught up in the story, as the distance just pealed past us.
I find Mr Thorpe's voice impressions for the various characters impressive and helps to keep my focus on the storyline.

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  • Grahame
  • 10-20-17

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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  • Adrian Seale
  • 02-19-20

still loving this series

Book 11 was slow to start, but as always had so much interesting facts on the place ( New York) and how the John Smith goes about his tasks. Just bought book 12 , here we go again.