Blackout by Mark Dawson

Big thanks to Sophie Goodfellow for my copy of Blackout, and for the gentle reminder to read it asap! 🙂

About the book:


An offer he couldn’t refuse. A murder he can’t remember…
John Milton’s life is about to change. The former government assassin follows a lead to Manila that he hopes will change his life. But he never expected to wake up in an unfamiliar hotel room beside a murder victim. And, unfortunately for him, Milton doesn’t remember a thing about the night before.

Thrown into a gruesome Filipino prison, he puts together the clues that led to his betrayal. With no allies and even less hope, Milton must use his wits to escape and take revenge on the men who put him there. If he doesn’t lose his life in the process…

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About the author:

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Mark Dawson worked as a lawyer and in the London film industry before writing full-time. His books have been published in multiple languages and have been downloaded more than one million times.

He is currently writing three series.

The John Milton series features a disgruntled assassin who aims to help people to make amends for the things that he has done.

The Beatrix Rose series features the headlong fight for justice of a wronged mother – who happens to be an assassin – against the six names on her Kill List. The series continues with Beatrix’s daughter, Isabella, and the Secret Service agent who has taken her in.

Soho Noir is set in the West End of London between 1940 and 1970. The first book in the series, “The Black Mile”, deals with the (real life but little known) serial killer who operated in the area during the Blitz. “The Imposter” traces the journey of a criminal family through the period; it has been compared to The Sopranos in austerity London.

Mark lives in Wiltshire, in the UK, with his family.

You can find him at or

You can get his Starter Library – two best-selling novels and two novellas, with hundreds of five star reviews between them – by signing up for his mailing list at:

My thoughts:

Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a big fan of series. I love nothing more than finding a character/series that I know immediately will suck me in. Blackout is one of those books. What’s worse (not really worse) is that it is book TEN in the John Milton series. So it goes without saying that I will need to buy the previous nine books because Blackout was brilliant!

John Milton gets a call to go to Manilla, and this call changes his life immeasurably. Waking up in a hotel room with a murdered woman in the bathroom is not how his trip was supposed to go. How did he get there? And why is there a dead woman in the hotel room with him?

What follows is a high-octane read. I genuinely couldn’t put the book down because I just had to know what happened. Milton ends up imprisoned in Manilla for a murder he doesn’t remember committing. Alone, in danger and unable to find a way out, he has to gamble his life to find a way out.

Blackout is such a fun read. It is reminiscent of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. Nomadic, chaotic and full of action right from the off. The location is so perfectly described that the reader can almost feel the stifling heat and the claustrophobia of the prison. The characters are well-written, the plot is worthy of an action movie. These are my kinds of books, without a doubt.

Milton himself is a compelling character. I know that by not having read the previous 9 books, I’m at a disadvantage in terms of his full history, but Blackout can easily be read as a standalone. John is a decent guy for all intents and purposes, past history aside. I really liked how vulnerable the author made his character. Putting him in an impossible situation really showed how tenacious Milton can be. Driven to find answers, regardless of the consequences.

I don’t want to say any more, I could though. I could say loads. I am genuinely excited to find a new author and a new series to catch up on. My TBR mountain has just expanded by, at the very least, 9 books! 🙂

Mark Dawson, it is safe to say you have a new fan!

Highly recommended!


2 thoughts on “Blackout by Mark Dawson

  1. If you like Milton, wait till you get your hands on the Beatrix Rose series! I read six of them in a week they are that good!

    You’re going to end up with way more than nine more on the TBR! Mark has loads of ace books out that you’ll devour x

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