Phoenix by Mark Dawson

Hi all,

Today there’s something a little different for you all. Mark Dawson, creator of the John Milton series of books, has a new novella called Phoenix out today, but there’s a little bit of a story that goes with it…




On 16th May, the independent thriller writer Mark Dawson is releasing Phoenix, a new novella in his bestselling Beatrix Rose series, which follows a ruthless government assassin with a conscience, with all proceeds going to his friend Emma Johns, who four years ago was diagnosed with breast cancer.


Although her cancer is incurable, Emma is fundraising to have access to a ‘miracle drug’ which she hopes will at least secure her a little longer with her six-month old son Phoenix. She was diagnosed with breast cancer four and half years ago. Last year, she was startled to discover that she was pregnant, having previously been told that the chemotherapy would make her infertile. Despite having been exposed to chemotherapy for eighteen weeks, her ‘miracle baby’ Phoenix was born a little premature, but healthy, in December last year.



Unfortunately, in order to give birth safely Emma had to stop her treatment and, as a result, the cancer progressed to her hip and lower spine. Her type of cancer (triple negative breast cancer) is very aggressive; grows very quickly; has a poor prognosis; and doesn’t have any targeted treatments. She has tried 5 previous chemotherapy treatments, and her last option is a trial drug called Pembrolizumab, which is only available privately, for the sum of £40,000. She has hit her target, but needs to raise more money to support her family.


In order to raise money for Emma, Mark has written a new Beatrix Rose thriller, named for baby Phoenix, with all proceeds going to Emma’s family. Published 16thMay as an eBook, and priced at £1.99, Phoenix has already been pre-ordered over 4,000 times, reaching #13 in the Amazon Kindle Store. All the editing and cover design has been done for free. Phoenix sees Beatrix Rose team up with Mark’s other assassin character John Milton to track down a missing scientist in Venezuela. But there, Beatrix will uncover a secret that will change her life forever.


With more than two million downloads, Mark Dawson is a bestselling indie author on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Apple with over 20 published titles including his John Milton series, Beatrix Rose and Isabella Rose. His books have been compared to Jack Reacher (“It’s impossible not to think of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher” John Sutherland, The Times), and both the Beatrix Rose and Isabella Rose series have subsequently been acquired by Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint. His John Milton titles are available as audiobooks via Audible and he has recently sold movie rights to another of his series to a well-known Hollywood producer.


To donate, please visit Emma’s GoFundMe page:

To purchase your copy of Phoenix, and to rise some money, click the link below:

Phoenix (Beatrix Rose) by Mark Dawson

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…

Click HERE to get your copy!

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!