• The Sword of God

  • John Milton, Book 5
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (550 ratings)

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By: Mark Dawson
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Publisher's Summary

A man called Milton walks into town....

On the run from his own demons, John Milton treks through the Michigan wilderness into the town of Truth. He's not looking for trouble, but trouble's looking for him. He finds himself up against a small-town cop who has no idea with whom he is dealing and no idea how dangerous he is.

But Milton is double crossed and badly injured. Unarmed and alone, he flees into the remote Porcupine Mountains with a posse on his tail. His enemies thought they could hunt him down. That was a mistake, and, where Milton is concerned, one mistake is all you get.

From best-selling author Mark Dawson (the John Milton and Beatrix Rose series), The Sword of God is the fifth in the acclaimed series of thrillers that listeners love. Mark Dawson has worked as a lawyer and currently works in the London film industry. His first books, The Art of Falling Apart and Subpoena Colada have been published in multiple languages.

©2014 Mark Dawson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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UGH - Dawson's Writing Boring Polemics.


March of the monotonous! 3 STARS!!?? Why?

This Brit author knows how to spot the world's real terrorists. You thought maybe in the midst of AL-Qeada, ISIS, or perhaps, Taliban? Uh, nope. So how about Boko Haram, Al Shabab, or the North Korean Government? Again... nope, nope and nope. Dawson's 'hero' John Milton can spot them if they work for small American town sheriffs and quote the Old Testament. In fact, the slightest whiff of Republican scent's enough to tighten Milton's trigger finger.

Yep, Dawson knows that fat, stupid, and stereotypically evil white supremacists fill squad cars and offices in every rural US community. all tensed to wield their 'Sword of God'. You're safer to sleep unarmed in the Congo bush, the streets of Mosul, or San Pedro Sula, Honduras than to bristle with weapons into any South-Western U.S. town with a population less than say, 10,000.

Advice: There's no need to even hear the noisy first chapter of 'Sword of God' if you've listened to the last chapter of "Saint Death" or the first chapter of "The Driver". Absent minor differences, 'Sword of Death' simply (and I mean SIMPLY) reprises each of them.

And absent the existential threat of "The Group" dangling over Miltion's head like another legendary sword... Well this entire book's like a bottle of seltzer whose lid's been popped for a couple of months.

And then there's David Thorpe's increasingly BAD American accents.

It's one thing for Dawson-through-Thorpe's lips to endlessly bash Britain, after all his dialect allows some cred. But I'd rather get my American bashing from CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, the NYT or the Washington Post. NPR may be passing the same anti Western-Civ gas as the BBC, but it gets its mouth-music right - y'know?

Perhaps in future books Mr. Dawson will leave my USA to find some other culture to despise. After listening to five of his John Milton polemics... I'll probably never know. Goodby John Milton and God speed. Ooops... I hope that's not an Old Testament line. Honest I'm not in any white NAZI hate militias.

Honest... I mean... Honest!

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Not as exciting as the first 4 John Milton books.

I am a huge fan of Mark Dawson's books, both the John Milton Series and the Beatrix Rose series. Sword of God is quite good, but not as good as the four prior books in the John Milton series or any of the books in the Beatrix Rose series.

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Cartoonish, Clichéd, Poorly Written Rehashed Plot

I, in some sort of attempt to allow Dawson to mature as a writer, lumbered through 5 of his 'books'. Along with hearing the repeated use of hackneyed cliches ('chicken lips!), these books have the sound and feel of cartoon plots. There is no flow to the stories as if the parts were taken off a shelf in an elementary writing class.
They are flatter than 'chicken lips' and any tension is nonexistent.
Save your credits.

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Rambo?

It start off like first blood . Sheriff drives Milton out of town. He walks back. Then it end with Milton in the woods with a bow. The story line follow the first blood motive.

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Now This is Good

I have listened to the first 4 in the series, I almost stopped after the first but thought the story line had promise to tried the second which was an improvement but still the series and author were struggling. I was seeing improvement so went on and used a credit for the third book, again more improvement. The forth was well done and brought new light and space to the story line. And then this book - it completely hit the mark. Good characters and good character development. Lots of action (even if it is unreal). Yes it is a bit Jack Reacherish but there are significant differences to the character and writing. Well worth the credit and my perseverance. I look forward to more stories of John Milton's adventures.

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Same - old - story line as many before

Predictable story and events, after saying that...the book was well written, well read, but very predictable... I liked the story line, and the characters were well developed

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Are ALL paramilitarists really crazy Christians?

The story was just fine until the paramilitary wackos proclaimed their mission was from God (hence the title). I know there are crazy end-of-the-world Christ-sent-me-to-blow-you-up people out there, but aren't there some paramilitary groups who AREN'T spouting Bible verses and their errand from God? Can't Christians believe both in God and the second amendment without being wackos? I would rather have had that story. This one would not have suffered from eliminating that whole aspect. It seemed it was just easier to get the plot's raison d'être from this tired trope.

Nevertheless, I love John Milton and his attempts to atone for his past while helping right some of the ills of the world. I love this special forces, black-ops, CIA (and others) assassins genre, have great respect and admiration for the training and experience these people have, but have always grieved for what it means for the soul of each of them. You cannot get to that level of competence without experiencing a lot of horror, and that has to affect you. Milton is trying to absolve and evade his past, but it keeps coming up as the only way to help.

The ending is very sad, and perfectly exemplifies how wrong our perceptions of what we witness can be. Milton makes this mistake and thereby, perhaps leaves behind something that could have helped him in his quest for peace.

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fun listen if implausible plot.

I love John Milton but I felt the plot reached too far here. I loved the Ramboesque ambushes and more but the end felt lazy and had way too many leaps of faith.

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Cliche' , lazily written storyline.

It was very difficult to get through this. if I could have gotten a refund, I would have stopped listening after the first couple chapters. The depiction of the antagonist is, predictably, a white, male, rural, Christian. clearly, he's not intelligent, clearly because he believes in God, he's crazy. It just pounded and pounded that fact into the story, constantly having the main antagonist reciting scripture and making sure the reader knew that only an dimwitted crazy would ever read the Bible. The method, of causing the attempted attack was, of course, with diesel and fertilizer and going to be detonated at a federal building. ring any bells? Come on. at least try a little.
the narration, again, pretty bad imitation of an American and a country accent. I could go on, but it's not worth it.

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On and On

I’ve enjoyed the previous John Milton novels, but this book doesn’t have a very compelling story. The writing is full of redundant rhetoric and uninteresting characters. Even the action scenes are wordy.

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  • Sally
  • 09-11-17

another good listen

Would you listen to The Sword of God again? Why?

I never mind listening to books again because things drop into place the 2nd time round that you missed the significance of at the first listening

Who was your favorite character and why?

well John Milton of course... even though you wouldn't want to cross him...

What does David Thorpe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I think he is one of the best narrators for this genre. He sounds like an ex squaddie, and I can visualise all the characters he does. You never get them mixed up.

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

John Milton returns

Any additional comments?

I know these books are somewhat formulaic, but I still enjoy them.

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  • Salter
  • 10-05-18

Can't get enough of this fantastic series..

The John Milton Series just keeps on delivering! The Sword Of God is the fifth instalment, and a really enjoyable tale with Milton the subject of a hunt in the Michigan wilderness. Having agreed to help a young lady locate her brother, Milton soon stumbles across a much bigger plot, that puts many lives in danger. Badly injured, Milton needs to keep the hunting party off his back, whilst trying to put together the clues as to what his opponent's objectives are.
Superbly narrated by David Thorpe once again.
Highly recommended.

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  • Deirdre More
  • 08-08-17

I'm Over John Milton

What will your next listen be?

The Power and patiently awaiting the next Department Q.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I now know how to light a fire in the rain.

Any additional comments?

I started off enjoying this series but by Book 5, John Milton has outstayed his welcome. It feels like the author read an outdoor survival guide and transcribed it word for word into this novel.

If the extraneous narrative was removed, this book would be one quarter of the size.

Farewell John Milton. It was nice knowing you for a while but we’re done.

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  • Lareine
  • 10-28-16

Good storyline

I found this book enjoyable and well read. It's scary to think that these kinds of fanatical people do exist. Good characters and an interesting storyline. I like Milton and am keen to read more Mark Dawson books, despite some bad reviews I read that nearly put me off listening to any of his books!

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  • Jason
  • 12-03-18

gets a bit boring towards the end

stopped listening with 1.5 hours remaining. couldn't listen all the way through it became long and tedious

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  • Hard Press
  • 08-07-15

Hmmmm

It passes the time but the writing is a tad cliche ridden and the story has been told before - the hero is a little bit Reacher, a little bit Rambo a little bit... The narrator is quite good, he doesn't sound like I imagine the hero would sound but that's not his fault, the ex special forces guy sounds more like one of the 'Archers' overseeing a scout camp. The early love scene was quite excruciating and should not have been written. It's okay, wouldn't spend a lot of money on it though.

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  • Baz Borozitch
  • 06-01-18

Downward Slide?

I quite enjoyed the first few books in the series. A kind of bad Jack Reacher turns good kind of anti hero with an interesting past and uncertain future. If these continue and improve there will be a good series to enjoy. Sadly this latest installment, while good in parts, reads like a pitch to Hollywood for a terrible movie. Unlikely heroics, two dimensional bad guys and silly feats of superhuman endurance, you know the kind of nonsense movies are stuffed with today. Let's hope things improve.

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  • Julian Summer
  • 01-17-16

Terrible....dont waste your time

This a very thin and obvious plot about a backwoods loony Christian militia looking to detonate a bomb and a British ex-SAS soldier who takes them down singlehandedly. Highly obvious, thin, boring plot, no tension, weak characterisation and badly read. Absolute rubbish and a complete waste of time.

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  • Richard Davies
  • 09-15-16

Reacher with a different name

So much like a Jack Reacher novel I'll be surprised if Lee child doesn't sue!

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  • Neil M.
  • 06-19-18

really good

really enjoyed the book , love the readers voice.,.,, a little disappointed with the story line, parts reminded me to much of Rambo!

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  • Patricia Arnott
  • 09-23-21

Not quite Reachet

A great novel for Jack Reacher fans although Milton hasn’t the same moral compass as has Jack. And any Reacher violence is to protect himself and those close to him. Milton violence seems more gratuitous. However, all in all a terrific book, well written with a good pace.

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  • Lorenzo
  • 01-12-18

Thrilling

Very addictive. Knocked it out in 2 days! The John Milton series is a gripping and entertaining listen