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JOHN MILTON IS AN ASSASSIN WITH A TWIST FOR HELPING PEOPLE WHO NEED IT.
July 6, 2015
This is the first full-length book in the John Milton series, and it is the first book I have read in the series. John Milton is personified as a bad^ass assassin that seeks to help people with their problems in order to atone for the things he has done in his past. In this book we actually don't learn very much about what it is he is running from, but that he has had enough of "Group 15" [an MI5 type of outfit] and has unofficially retired from the group without permission to go his own way and find himself. The Group's leader "Control" sets out to keep an eye on John by assigning "Agent 12" to keep tabs on Milton, who has fallen in with a single mother and her fifteen year old son Elijah. The boy Elijah, who becomes involved with a gang running the area known as LFB, decide that to initiate the boy, he has to kill a rival gang leader in order to prove he is worthy. Milton steps in to intervene, and the action gets taken up twenty notches. You will have to read the rest to fins out how it ends.
My Take on this book:
I read a lot of fiction books, maybe 9-10 books a month. about half those I don't finish. The plot becomes too complicated, characters do stupid things or nothing at all, or the action is slow to progress. "The Cleaner" has none of those issues. The story opens with a hard-hitting scene of John Milton taking out two people with a sniper rifle at the beginning and sparing a twelve year old boy as a witness. From there the plot moves along quite rapidly and, because there are less than ten characters to follow throughout the book, readers can enjoy the journey without having to recall who was who even if you put the book down for several days. Try that with game of Thrones and you'll be totally lost.
The atmosphere of the book and story is great; the characters are well-thought out and they do exactly what they are supposed to. You either love them or hate them. The plot has a nice flow to it and with a story line that is quite "clean" and easy to follow, it makes for an enjoyable read that has you quickly flipping [scrolling] to the next chapter. Although the character Milton does have a bit of a soft spot and a conscience, it fits well into the story as he is trying to redeem himself; and then in the end, when he is forced to act, he does and with measurable violence that readers would be expecting.
I'm very impressed with "The Cleaner" and will be recommending it to anyone looking for an engaging and enjoyable action story. And, will be reading more titles from this author soon.