John is back in London and serving up coffee and fried food to London’s black cab drivers. Working towards the AA’s ninth step in the program is proving difficult for Milton but he’s finding a way around that. And, as usual, trouble finds him and he is unable to walk away.
This is another brilliant episode in the Milton series. Milton is a modern James Bond but having grown tired of the service for his country because it sucks away his soul one piece at a time he concentrates on what he can do for the living. Sometimes it goes smoothly, sometimes it doesn’t, but it always ends up with Milton on the winning side.
I love Milton’s character. The man has flaws and baggage but who doesn’t? He is not only a cool killer but a man who struggles endlessly with that baggage. Dawson has a formula for his Milton series and it works every time without tiring the reader’s patience. Every mission has complications and casualties and every episode requires a new start because of the consequences.
Dawson’s writing is very masculine. It isn’t bogged down with emotion but it isn’t emotionless; it is understated and insinuated. The action scenes are told well and anyone who isn’t familiar with weapons and military strategy will still be able to follow it without confusion. I recommend the audio version of this book because the narrator is particularly good and really compliments the author.