I received this book as a review copy for free, in return for an honest review. John Milton is the last resort hitman, the man you never want tailing you. His reputation of being ruthless is almost as strong as the skillset he’s honed. John decides that after ten years of taking out political and military targets he needs a rest, only there is no such thing as retirement.
When John happens upon a woman struggling to cope with the daily hardships of bringing up a child on the roughest of Hackney’s estates, he knows where he wants to channel his energy and finds a new place to challenge his unique skills.
When I first began to read the book I didn’t think it was my kind of thing and it took a while to get into. Once I’d reached the fifteen percent mark I was completely hooked and so glad that I had continued.
Milton is a flawed character with plenty of history that the average reader cannot relate to, but he wants to make a difference and the reader will be rooting for him against all odds. The gang culture and language of the streets is realistic and terrifying. The main gang members have complicated emotions and you quickly get to know their vulnerabilities. Jaja is a sweet teen who just happens to be in the right place at the right time, and is pulled by two polar forces, one direction will take him to relative safety and the other, probably his grave.
I was pleased to find that this book is the beginning of a series, it deserves to be. John Milton is a character that we need to see more of.