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The Cleaner (John Milton) por Mark Dawson
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The Cleaner (John Milton) (edição 2020)

por Mark Dawson (Autor)

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Meet John MiltonHe considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder.Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way. But his past cannot be easily forgotten and before long it is Milton who is hunted, and not the hunter.The CleanerA career of state-sanctioned murder has taken its toll. Milton is troubled by nightmares, a long line of ghosts who torment his dreams. He resolves to make his next job his last and, then, perhaps, he can start to make amends for everything that he has done.Sharon Warriner is a single mother in the East End of London, suicidal with fear that she's lost her young son to a life in the gangs. After Milton saves her life, he promises to help. But the gang, and the charismatic rapper who leads it, is not about to cooperate with him.As London burns through summer riots, Milton finds himself in unfamiliar territory, dealing with an unfamiliar foe. And when his employer sends another agent after him, the odds against him are stacked even higher.… (mais)
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Título:The Cleaner (John Milton)
Autores:Mark Dawson (Autor)
Informação:Welbeck Publishing Group (2020), Edition: UK Airports, 320 pages
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John Milton is the number one Cleaner. He deals with the government’s problems, but now he himself needs cleaning up.

I just want to say I am very disappointed in this book. It was nothing like I thought it would be. It started so strong. We have the action I was looking for. We have him on an assignment, and he kills the people he is supposed to and a person who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But then he doesn’t kill the young boy who witnessed it all. This was a very big mistake that causes his superiors to start to question Milton’s “mental health.” This isn’t a jab at the book because I thought it worked fine but just with the characters themselves. Are you crazy? You think he is mental because he doesn’t want to kill?

Even though some people found him gaining a conscience as implausible after so many years doing this type of work, I didn’t think it was unrealistic. I had no problem at all with him deciding he no longer wanted to be Number One. I actually think the author did well at showing how Milton’s mental status has made him no longer want to be an assassin. We can see how this type of work has affected him and understand why he decides this. Again, totally plausible.

The book continues and was still good as he runs away from his job, finding a dirty house to live in, and as he tries to make himself feel better for all he has done by helping the people he meets. But this is when the book turned into something, I was bored out of my mind reading. I actually found myself thinking that I could stop at any point in the book and be completely fine not knowing the ending. The rest of the book completely ruined the good beginning and the action-packed ending.

The main core of the book was nothing about him being on the “run”. This is the main reason this book was such a disappointment for me. The book really didn’t follow Milton. It was mainly about the boy Elijah who he is trying to help and the crap that Elijah gets himself into with being associated with a gang.

Most of the book was slow, except for the very beginning and the very end, and the core of the book was just a lot of the same things happening in different ways. Nothing was that significant. I was disappointed because there were only a few short chapters that had information about the guy assigned to track Milton down, which they found him right away. Which is another thing that blows my mind. They find him right away and I am sure Milton knew this, yet he stays. It also takes so long for the person tracking Milton down to do anything. They say he was just scoping him out. But why that long? There really wasn’t any reason to follow him around because they knew they wanted to get rid of him anyways and it took forever for the person to finally do a pathetic attempt to stop Milton.

All the action in the core of the book had little to do with Milton and most to do with Elijah. I do have to say there were a few big things that happened but the shock, if there were any, wore off very fast because I really wasn’t engaged with the characters. Some of the relationships had a good foundation as we saw them grow. I think the book did really well showing how Milton and Elijah’s relationship grows but there was some other relationship in the book that had no foundation and was pretty forced.

I also really didn’t like the amount of profanity in this book. I don’t like books that curse at all, but this one had it just thrown in where it made no sense.

I think if the book was presented as being about what it was truly about, it would have been better or at least more understandable, but I just mist having the plot I thought I was going into this book reading. ( )
  NatureGraceReader | May 12, 2021 |
Great read. Hard to put it down. Read all day on my 65th birthday ( )
  DannyKeep | Apr 10, 2021 |
This series has been compared to Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, and Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne… and as huge fan of all these great heroes; I do have to say I that I really don’t see the comparison. John Milton is so very, very different from Reacher and Rapp. They aren’t assassins and no one “owns” them like Milton is “owned”. I have read several of the books in this series and I always have trouble picturing John in the role that Mark Dawson has set out for him…an assassin…better known as a “cleaner”…one of the deadliest men on the planet. John does kill people for a living…and does it very well… but he always seems greatly bothered by it and wants to help the people out more than he wants to kill them. In this first book we see John trying to step aside and just live out the rest of his life in peace…of course he isn’t allowed that pleasure. ( )
  Carol420 | Sep 17, 2020 |
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The Cleaner by Mark Dawson is a novel following John Milton, an government assassin trying to make amends. Mr. Dawson is author and a lawyer, his books have been published in several languages.

John Milton is trying to leave a profession which is difficult to leave, but also difficult to stay in. Milton is bogged by nightmares and is insistent that his next job is also his last.

Sharon Warriner is a single mother on the verge of suicide. John Milton saves her life and promises to help, but Sharon’s son is involved with gangs who are not known for being cooperative.

The Cleaner by Mark Dawson has a great premise, a professional state-sanctioned assassin suffering from PTSD and is trying to leave the profession. As a James Bond fan (which it seems like the author is as well, since his description of Milton is lifted almost word for word from the Fleming novels) this sounded something right up my alley and I picked it up, hoping for an exciting read.

Most of novel, however, is focused on a young man struggling through life in the bad part of Hackney, London. He is still morbid about the death of his older brother and is on the fast track to ruining his life.

The pacing of the book was problematic for me, it started out fast, than slowed down tremendously when the author gives us the background of John Milton, through a dossier. Milton, on a high profile kill, left a witness (a child) and kills a cop, now his handlers are after him.

The story picks up when Milton, out of his element, starts making mistakes on top of mistakes. He starts a gang war, gets people killed, hurts his new friends and worst of all, gets framed for murder and is on the run – nothing which would indicate he used to be a professional troublemaker.

The story arcs never come together into a cohesive story, which is too bad. It’s almost as if the author had some great ideas and wanted to get all of them across, but never finishes due to time, space and/or length.

While predictable and somewhat fragmented, this has all the makings of a good series. The book is nowhere near as racy or explicit as the Bond books, and is easy to follow and enjoy. ( )
  ZoharLaor | Sep 19, 2019 |
This is the first of the John Milton stories. This is solid and they keep getting better from here. Don't believe I've ever seen this premise before and I've certainly never seen a hero who is both an ex-assassin and in Alcoholics Anonymous. As usual with ebook writers tho, he needs some editing and proofing help. Keep going -- five more books to go and then on to Beatrix. ( )
  abycats | May 11, 2018 |
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Meet John MiltonHe considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder.Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way. But his past cannot be easily forgotten and before long it is Milton who is hunted, and not the hunter.The CleanerA career of state-sanctioned murder has taken its toll. Milton is troubled by nightmares, a long line of ghosts who torment his dreams. He resolves to make his next job his last and, then, perhaps, he can start to make amends for everything that he has done.Sharon Warriner is a single mother in the East End of London, suicidal with fear that she's lost her young son to a life in the gangs. After Milton saves her life, he promises to help. But the gang, and the charismatic rapper who leads it, is not about to cooperate with him.As London burns through summer riots, Milton finds himself in unfamiliar territory, dealing with an unfamiliar foe. And when his employer sends another agent after him, the odds against him are stacked even higher.

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