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Beatrix Rose was the most dangerous assassin in an off-the-books government kill squad until her former boss betrayed her, her husband was gunned down and her daughter kidnapped.A decade later, Beatrix emerges from the Hong Kong underworld with payback on her mind. It’s a blood feud she didn’t start but she is going to finish.There are six names on her Kill List. With one Beatrix Rose was the most dangerous assassin in an off-the-books government kill squad until her former boss betrayed her, her husband was gunned down and her daughter kidnapped.A decade later, Beatrix emerges from the Hong Kong underworld with payback on her mind. It’s a blood feud she didn’t start but she is going to finish.There are six names on her Kill List. With one already crossed off, Beatrix sets out to find her second target, a mercenary being held hostage by Somali terrorists. Can she infiltrate the most dangerous failed state on the planet and scrub him off the List, too?Packed with explosive action and page-turning suspense, In Cold Blood is the first novel in Mark Dawson’s bestselling Beatrix Rose series. Revised edition: This edition of In Cold Blood includes editorial revisions.


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Beatrix Rose was the most dangerous assassin in an off-the-books government kill squad until her former boss betrayed her, her husband was gunned down and her daughter kidnapped.A decade later, Beatrix emerges from the Hong Kong underworld with payback on her mind. It’s a blood feud she didn’t start but she is going to finish.There are six names on her Kill List. With one Beatrix Rose was the most dangerous assassin in an off-the-books government kill squad until her former boss betrayed her, her husband was gunned down and her daughter kidnapped.A decade later, Beatrix emerges from the Hong Kong underworld with payback on her mind. It’s a blood feud she didn’t start but she is going to finish.There are six names on her Kill List. With one already crossed off, Beatrix sets out to find her second target, a mercenary being held hostage by Somali terrorists. Can she infiltrate the most dangerous failed state on the planet and scrub him off the List, too?Packed with explosive action and page-turning suspense, In Cold Blood is the first novel in Mark Dawson’s bestselling Beatrix Rose series. Revised edition: This edition of In Cold Blood includes editorial revisions.

30 review for In Cold Blood

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sean Peters

    Let's mention one thing first, I started this book only three days ago, and have finished already, and have ordered the next two in the series. A fast paced, action packed, thriller, with a great female action lead Beatrice Rose. REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD The new book from acclaimed writer Mark Dawson , IN COLD BLOOD is an action-packed thriller about ruthless betrayal and bloodthirsty vengeance. Beatrix Rose was the most dangerous assassin in an off-the-books government kill squad until Let's mention one thing first, I started this book only three days ago, and have finished already, and have ordered the next two in the series. A fast paced, action packed, thriller, with a great female action lead Beatrice Rose. REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD The new book from acclaimed writer Mark Dawson , IN COLD BLOOD is an action-packed thriller about ruthless betrayal and bloodthirsty vengeance. Beatrix Rose was the most dangerous assassin in an off-the-books government kill squad until her former boss betrayed her. A decade later, she emerges from the Hong Kong underworld with payback on her mind. They gunned down her husband and kidnapped her daughter, and now the debt needs to be repaid. It’s a blood feud she didn’t start but she is going to finish. Beatrix has already crossed one name off her Kill List. Her second target is a mercenary being held hostage by Somali terrorists. Can she infiltrate the most dangerous failed state on the planet and scrub him off the List, too? Packed with explosive action and page-turning suspense, this is the must-read first novel in a brand new series and I look forward to reading Mark Dawson's successful series of books on John Milton series. An easy four stars for me, and highly recommended

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    Author Mark Dawson introduces a new series featuring English assassin Beatrix Rose who has recovered her kidnapped daughter after an eight-year absence and is ready to slay, one by one, the six people responsible. She’s already slashed the throat of one (Oliver Spenser) in Russia. And she’s got a rose tattoo to commemorate it. Five tattoos — and deaths — to go. At 170 pages, In Cold Blood still seems too long. Perhaps it’s because so much of the novella is taken wholesale from Quentin Tarrantino’ Author Mark Dawson introduces a new series featuring English assassin Beatrix Rose who has recovered her kidnapped daughter after an eight-year absence and is ready to slay, one by one, the six people responsible. She’s already slashed the throat of one (Oliver Spenser) in Russia. And she’s got a rose tattoo to commemorate it. Five tattoos — and deaths — to go. At 170 pages, In Cold Blood still seems too long. Perhaps it’s because so much of the novella is taken wholesale from Quentin Tarrantino’s bloody Kill Bill sagas — right down to the female protagonist’s name, which is Beatrix in both cases. Well, except for the plotline dealing with the Somali pirates. That’s lifted from Captain Phillips. Still, it’s not really fair to blame In Cold Blood for not being The Count of Monte Cristo or The Princess Bride. Like beach reads and fan fiction, In Cold Blood and its five sequels (one for each assassination target) will provide mindless fun for those who want their heroines kick-ass and not too introspective. Lastly, I want to thank my Great Escape sister, Lisa G, for picking a book completely unlike my usual read. Thank you for stretching my boundaries! You and all of my Great Escape sisters simply rock!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3 stars. Mindless action in a revenge plot. Good for beach or poolside, I guess. I don't think I'll continue this series. I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3 stars. Mindless action in a revenge plot. Good for beach or poolside, I guess. I don't think I'll continue this series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tulay

    Really can't recommend this book. Mark Dawson John Milton series are much better. Didn't care for Beatrix Rose character, she is more like a Super Woman. This short story didn't even engaged me. Really can't recommend this book. Mark Dawson John Milton series are much better. Didn't care for Beatrix Rose character, she is more like a Super Woman. This short story didn't even engaged me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    2.5 stars I am reading this with my group friends so I don't want to influence their opinions on this book even though this is not a spoiler - PLEASE LOOK AWAY NOW GIRLS!!! Ok, for some reason this book completely threw me because it wasn't at all what I expected. I was thinking Kill Bill style girl revenge yeahhhhh! But no, it wasn't really that at all. Beatrix (ha!) is very serious and very deadly. I loved all the action with the details of weaponry and strategy but I did not feel her pain enough 2.5 stars I am reading this with my group friends so I don't want to influence their opinions on this book even though this is not a spoiler - PLEASE LOOK AWAY NOW GIRLS!!! Ok, for some reason this book completely threw me because it wasn't at all what I expected. I was thinking Kill Bill style girl revenge yeahhhhh! But no, it wasn't really that at all. Beatrix (ha!) is very serious and very deadly. I loved all the action with the details of weaponry and strategy but I did not feel her pain enough to really care about her mission. She was too tough and too good to let me get a good look at her. Excellent action but I want more from Beatrix - perhaps a bit more individual style and flare and a bit more use of womanly advantages (!?) - I will carry on with the series because all the elements are there for me to love (think Nick Stone & Jack Reacher) but I didn't love this one and was left feeling a bit frustrated that I hope will be resolved in future installments / missions.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    As with all Mark Dawson's books, I loved the sense of place he creates in his writing whether the roof tops and souks in Morocco or the threat and expanse of the sea. Some will have met Beatrix Rose previously; the three earlier set novellas in Hong Kong are very good. We now meet her with her daughter after a eight year gap. The ability to survive through use of your wits, guns and tradecraft she now wishes to pass on to Isabella for although she seeks revenge on those who killed her husband and As with all Mark Dawson's books, I loved the sense of place he creates in his writing whether the roof tops and souks in Morocco or the threat and expanse of the sea. Some will have met Beatrix Rose previously; the three earlier set novellas in Hong Kong are very good. We now meet her with her daughter after a eight year gap. The ability to survive through use of your wits, guns and tradecraft she now wishes to pass on to Isabella for although she seeks revenge on those who killed her husband and kidnapped their child she realises they have a self preservation reason to try to get to her and Isabella first. When Michael Pope approaches her it seems her quest and their stategetic needs are similar after a group from Somalia intercept a container ship off the coastline. Aided to get close to the border Beatrix is on a mission but as far as the british government she is a rouge element in play, an ex-operative who is deniable if she fails, gets caught or killed. The odds are stacked against her other than her training, arsenal of weapons and personal drive to seek out and revenge her family. I loved the action and drive that Beatrix's mission gave the book. It is very credible and plays on the current circumstances of our troubled world. It is good to see the comparison between those who fight for a cause and those whose work and circumstances take them. Beatrix Rose is a bit of both, with a reason now to kill. She is single-minded but not cold hearted to everyone she meets; but to those who have crossed her the world isn't big enough to hide from her zeal and sense of destiny. You would rather have her as a friend than an enemy and Pope and the British government are playing a dangerous game.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wayne Stinnett

    My only complaint about In Cold Blood would be the redness of my eyes the next day. I couldn't put it down. As an action/adventure novelist myself, I found Dawson's first book in this series so compelling, I immediately bought the next one. Guess I'll get all the sleep I need when I'm dead. Beatrix Rose is a very believable character. A former agent with MI6, she's meticulous in her tradecraft and raising a daughter that may well take her place one day. Not all warriors and special agents are men My only complaint about In Cold Blood would be the redness of my eyes the next day. I couldn't put it down. As an action/adventure novelist myself, I found Dawson's first book in this series so compelling, I immediately bought the next one. Guess I'll get all the sleep I need when I'm dead. Beatrix Rose is a very believable character. A former agent with MI6, she's meticulous in her tradecraft and raising a daughter that may well take her place one day. Not all warriors and special agents are men. Being forced to go on the run after fellow agents kill her husband and take her daughter, she plots revenge for eight years. She'd be in the same classification with Mitch Rapp, in Vince Flynn's novels, so you can guess the outcome. The level of excitement was maintained throughout the book, building to a satisfying climax, filled with gunfire and explosions.

  8. 5 out of 5

    J.F. Penn

    I love reading kick ass female characters who get the job done better than their male counterparts. In hiding from those who would kill her and her daughter, Beatrix Rose goes on the offensive, tracking down one member of the team she escaped. She heads to the al Shabab controlled pirate area of Somalia, but will she make it in time?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    The author introduced the main character, Beatrix Rose, to the reader during the John Milton series (Ghosts), and now she has a trilogy all of her own. Like Milton she was once the number 1 assassin for the British government, but unlike Milton who tried to retire, Rose was marked for termination herself. Her husband was killed, she herself was shot, and her daughter kidnapped. Now she wants her revenge, and Beatrix Rose is not the type of person you would want hunting you down. The character dif The author introduced the main character, Beatrix Rose, to the reader during the John Milton series (Ghosts), and now she has a trilogy all of her own. Like Milton she was once the number 1 assassin for the British government, but unlike Milton who tried to retire, Rose was marked for termination herself. Her husband was killed, she herself was shot, and her daughter kidnapped. Now she wants her revenge, and Beatrix Rose is not the type of person you would want hunting you down. The character differs from Milton, as Rose is more driven and focussed, whereas Milton is more introspective and still trying to atone for his previous employment. There is still plenty of action along the way, and some unusual locations. Once again the writer has crafted his characters with skill and attention, making them seem believable. Perhaps the pacing of the storyline is not quite as fast as the Milton series, but this was another book I thoroughly enjoyed, and i am looking forward to reading the next part of the trilogy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Dowson

    I enjoyed this book a lot, but I have to confess to feeling slightly cheated. It is announced as the first Beatrix Rose book, which is certainly is. What wasn't clear, though, is that it links in or follows on from the John Milton series, which I have not yet read. I'm not sure how much background those books give to this one, but there are a lot of references or hints to events from those books which have led to this story. Don't get me wrong, this stands well as the beginning of a series, but I I enjoyed this book a lot, but I have to confess to feeling slightly cheated. It is announced as the first Beatrix Rose book, which is certainly is. What wasn't clear, though, is that it links in or follows on from the John Milton series, which I have not yet read. I'm not sure how much background those books give to this one, but there are a lot of references or hints to events from those books which have led to this story. Don't get me wrong, this stands well as the beginning of a series, but I'm a bit OCD about reading things in order, so I'm wishing I had read the other books first to fill me in on the background. There is almost a smugness about the way the author ladles on these references, as if taunting those of us who haven't read the previous books by giving us snippets without the detail in a sort of "if you know, you know" way. I found this a little annoying at times. Back to the story. This is a standard revenge thriller, our heroine, Beatrix, who has endured more than her fair share of injustices, is on the trail of the people who betrayed her many years ago. She has connections with the super secret organisation for which she once worked, and gets an unexpected tip to the whereabouts of one of her targets. The problem is, he's in a hostage situation in a Middle-East terrorist enclave. To get to him she will ironically have to stage a rescue, in secret parallel to the official rescue attempt, get what she wants and get out again without getting killed by either side. All this with no official sanction, no backup and no allies on the ground. Luckily she is a resourceful woman, not to mention absolutely ruthless and extremely skilled in the art of killing. My favourite book of this type so far is Jet, by Russell Blake, and while there are some similarities with Beatrix, I found I didn't warm to her in the same way. While Jet is very much a victim trying to live her life and driven to do extreme things, Beatrix Rose is consumed by revenge to the point of bitterness, and it makes her a less appealing heroine. She could concentrate on enjoying life with the daughter she has regained, but instead puts her whole focus on hunting down these people. It makes for an entertaining story but a less pleasant character. My first Mark Dawson book, although I already have a few more om my tbr list, I will follow Beatrix but probably not until I've engaged with the first couple of John Milton tales to attempt to fill in the back story. On that point, I suppose Mr Dawson has won - I'll be spending more of my hard earned money on his books! 3.5 stars, enjoyable but read Milton books first is my advice.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    Well...what can I say here. I'd say that I liked this book, but it had some long stretches of, yawnnnn. The hook on this one is that Rose (her nom de plume so to speak) has been betrayed...badly. Rose does not forget as this was not a minor betrayal. She is going to track down the ones who betrayed her. There are however complications. These complications put her under a time crunch she can't beat and also involve the responsibility of...a daughter. The story of Rose is actually engrossing, howeve Well...what can I say here. I'd say that I liked this book, but it had some long stretches of, yawnnnn. The hook on this one is that Rose (her nom de plume so to speak) has been betrayed...badly. Rose does not forget as this was not a minor betrayal. She is going to track down the ones who betrayed her. There are however complications. These complications put her under a time crunch she can't beat and also involve the responsibility of...a daughter. The story of Rose is actually engrossing, however more than half the book sets up the events that will give us a confrontation/climax at the end. We are told the story of a piratical hijacking and hostage situation. Believe it or not this actually slows the book down. Why? Mainly I thin k because we've all been there so often before, the characters (especially the antagonist) are so cliche...even paper-cutter. I mean this "bad guy(s)" could have come from Antagonists are Us. So, good book nice read but it hits some slow points, at least it did for me. I will probably follow the series at least for another book or 2 as I'd say there are more positives than negatives.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lori Grace

    It's all been said, many times, but I'll say it again. This is a well done, well written, well paced, well developed, well.. you get the idea. It's a good, good book. I immediately liked Beatrix. She has more character flaws than San Andreas, is a quirky parent at best, and it all works very well. I also loved the protagonist in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - another quirky (very different) female hero and Beatrix holds her own in comparison. The action is good, she is an over-the-top but not It's all been said, many times, but I'll say it again. This is a well done, well written, well paced, well developed, well.. you get the idea. It's a good, good book. I immediately liked Beatrix. She has more character flaws than San Andreas, is a quirky parent at best, and it all works very well. I also loved the protagonist in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - another quirky (very different) female hero and Beatrix holds her own in comparison. The action is good, she is an over-the-top but not too much hero that we can not only cheer, she is also believable. Part of the believability comes from the combination of who she is, the essence of her mission and the external focus in time constraints that make it a do-it-now or forget it situation. This is my first, will I read the others? Silly question... of course I'll read the next two and ask Mr. Dawson to keep writing in this series. Bottom line (literally and figuratively) This is a series and an author to follow.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Astra Berry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This story is a combination of Kill Bill and Captain Phillips. I enjoyed both of those movies, but just couldn't get into this book. It was boring to me, and the protagonist Beatrix Rose was someone I was not really rooting for. Instead of spending her final days, weeks or whatever due to cancer with her daughter she chooses to get revenge. On top of that she has to teach her daughter to become an assassin essentially because of her revenge plot. If it was Beatrix alone getting revenge with no o This story is a combination of Kill Bill and Captain Phillips. I enjoyed both of those movies, but just couldn't get into this book. It was boring to me, and the protagonist Beatrix Rose was someone I was not really rooting for. Instead of spending her final days, weeks or whatever due to cancer with her daughter she chooses to get revenge. On top of that she has to teach her daughter to become an assassin essentially because of her revenge plot. If it was Beatrix alone getting revenge with no one she cared about in the line of fire that would be ok, but she is willingly putting her child in danger. The whole killing of Beatrix's main target in this book was anti-climatic, I was expecting much more considering the build up. Overall, I will not be continuing this series unless it's a free deal.

  14. 4 out of 5

    David Dalton

    Another well-written thriller by Mark Dawson. Not a slam-bam action fest as I first thought it might be (after all, it is an homage to the Kill Bill movies). A short novel and it gets to the point very quickly: Rose is out for revenge and will take on a deadly mission to Somalia just to knock one more guy off her list. Surrounded by Somali pirates and Navy SEALS, Rose is ready to go. My only gripe would be to make her story a tad longer (but nowhere near as long as a typical Clancy novel). With Another well-written thriller by Mark Dawson. Not a slam-bam action fest as I first thought it might be (after all, it is an homage to the Kill Bill movies). A short novel and it gets to the point very quickly: Rose is out for revenge and will take on a deadly mission to Somalia just to knock one more guy off her list. Surrounded by Somali pirates and Navy SEALS, Rose is ready to go. My only gripe would be to make her story a tad longer (but nowhere near as long as a typical Clancy novel). With a built in time limit, Rose only has so long to complete her revenge.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karsyn

    Meh. It was ok. Mainly boring. Beatrix is unlikable, probably because there really wasn't any character development for her. Meh. It was ok. Mainly boring. Beatrix is unlikable, probably because there really wasn't any character development for her.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Randee

    I read this for one of my book club's March member group read. One of the things I love about this book club is that I get to experience books I would never have chosen myself for one reason or another. It helps broaden my horizons and it's interesting to know what other die hard readers choose and enjoy. This story is a good case in point because I read all kinds of books but the three genres I typically do not read are romance, western and spy novels. I have never seen a James Bond movie and d I read this for one of my book club's March member group read. One of the things I love about this book club is that I get to experience books I would never have chosen myself for one reason or another. It helps broaden my horizons and it's interesting to know what other die hard readers choose and enjoy. This story is a good case in point because I read all kinds of books but the three genres I typically do not read are romance, western and spy novels. I have never seen a James Bond movie and doubt I ever will. This is touted as a tale of revenge, the first in a series of what will, undoubtedly, have at least 6 since that was the number the heroine wishes to kill as an act of revenge. The protagonist lives in Marrakesh and I did like that flavor to the story since I love to read stories that take place in other countries. However, she travels to Somalia and tangles with a group of pirates/terrorists and I'm not so keen on the middle east, terrorists, Africa, Islam/Muslims....the entire gist. I am sickened by the real news with stories of ISIS, beheadings, acts of terrorism, etc. I read for many reasons but one has got to be to get away from the depressing news about humanity given to us in every form of media on a daily basis. And, to be completely honest, these 'super-human' types in the movies and books that defy all odds and single handedly face down a multitude of enemies and save the day don't thrill me...I often feel it's so far fetched, it's silly. But despite all my complaints about what I dislike, for a genre that isn't my cup of tea, I thought this was okay. It moved along quickly and it didn't go into grisly detail. I wasn't bored and I didn't force myself to continue reading, so I would say that given these qualities it was a successful read for me. I might even continue to read the series to see what happens to Beatrix since she has some health issues along with her intent to extract her pound of flesh.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eric_W

    So I started this book about a year ago, dropped it in the middle for whatever reason, and then recently began reading Ghosts, #4 in the John Milton series, which I enjoy. In that one (see my review) Milton is helped out of a jam by the Russians who want him to locate Beatrix Rose, who had been #1 in “Control’s” British secret organization of assassins. Hence the backstory in the beginning of Ghosts wherein Rose’s husband is killed after she discovers that Control is running his own little perso So I started this book about a year ago, dropped it in the middle for whatever reason, and then recently began reading Ghosts, #4 in the John Milton series, which I enjoy. In that one (see my review) Milton is helped out of a jam by the Russians who want him to locate Beatrix Rose, who had been #1 in “Control’s” British secret organization of assassins. Hence the backstory in the beginning of Ghosts wherein Rose’s husband is killed after she discovers that Control is running his own little personal operation. With me so far? So now we’re back to Beatrix Rose #1, In Cold Blood, in which she, having discovered she has cancer, has embarked on a journey of revenge to get those operatives who were involved in the killing of her husband. So she proceeds to take on hordes of Somalis bailing out an entire SEAL platoon in order to kill Joyce, #10, who had participated in the killing of her husband. She, in turn, gets rescued by the fortuitous presence of Michael Pope (more later) who is monitoring everything and uses some drones to take out some more bad guys. I never said this would be easy. Surprisingly, the Milton book, Ghosts, does begin to tie things together. Kind of clever on the author’s part to relate the series together like a mosaic. The two series should probably be read concurrently and in order, starting with the John Milton books. They get better as they go along and the author does have a nice vocabulary. Mine is pretty good but I had to look up about half dozen.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    Book 1, in the Beatrix Rose trilogy Be warned, once you start with the first book you will flip pages till you have reached the final chapter in book 3. This is a great series where the author takes the time to set up the stage in order to hook you up in his world then bang he pushes you into gritty action and one of those thrilling moment you will not want to let go. Yes that good. Beatrix Rose, the protagonist, is an assassin with six names on her hit list. She has pay back on her mind and in “I Book 1, in the Beatrix Rose trilogy Be warned, once you start with the first book you will flip pages till you have reached the final chapter in book 3. This is a great series where the author takes the time to set up the stage in order to hook you up in his world then bang he pushes you into gritty action and one of those thrilling moment you will not want to let go. Yes that good. Beatrix Rose, the protagonist, is an assassin with six names on her hit list. She has pay back on her mind and in “In Cold Blood” she goes after her first target, a mercenary held hostage by Somali terrorists. Although this is the first installment there is a whole back story I seemed to have missed out on. Mr. Dawson does allude to the past from time to time but not enough to fill the void. I guess those who have read other books may know more about Beatrix and conclude this series is a spin-off of another series. Time will tell for the novice. This is a quick read, not taxing at all and packed with explosive action from start to finish. This propulsive thriller has an interesting lead character in Beatrix, she is direct and all business she plain does her move without a second thought and as the most dangerous assassin in a government kill squad she is not a kind of person you want to play with. Following her on her deadly quest is exciting and very captivating. Very good quite entertaining

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen R.

    Overall Stars: 4 STARS Secret agencies Crimes Secrecies aren’t the best policies... or are they? As the most dangerous assassin in a government kill squad, Beatrix Rose isn’t the kind of person you want to upset. Ambushed and betrayed by her team, she’s driven underground and plans revenge. Years later, she emerges from the Hong Kong underworld with payback on her mind and a list of six people who must pay for what they did to her. With their lives. (Amazon Blurb) For as long as I can remember, my m Overall Stars: 4 STARS Secret agencies Crimes Secrecies aren’t the best policies... or are they? As the most dangerous assassin in a government kill squad, Beatrix Rose isn’t the kind of person you want to upset. Ambushed and betrayed by her team, she’s driven underground and plans revenge. Years later, she emerges from the Hong Kong underworld with payback on her mind and a list of six people who must pay for what they did to her. With their lives. (Amazon Blurb) For as long as I can remember, my mother, who reads murder, thrillers and mystery and thriller novels, always mentions that amazing stories never needs introductions of their characters, the scenes or the environment. Up until now, I personally had never read, from those three categories (only), one that didn’t need some type of introduction or background. That being said, I was surprised, if not flabbergasted when I started reading Mark Dawson’s In Cold Blood: the action, the negotiating and especially the intrigue starts right from the first page. The beginning of a new series, the Beatrix Rose Thrillers, is certain to catch the attention of many new readers of this genre and especially those whose devotion is to thrillers and action. **Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed by Kathleen for Alpha Book Club**

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    **I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.** *Genre* Adult, Thriller *Rating* 3.0 *My Thoughts* Beatrix Rose was once the most dangerous assassin in an off-the-books government kill squad until her former boss betrayed her, her husband was gunned down, and her daughter kidnapped. A decade later, Beatrix emerges from the Hong Kong underworld with payback on her mind. It’s a **I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.** *Genre* Adult, Thriller *Rating* 3.0 *My Thoughts* Beatrix Rose was once the most dangerous assassin in an off-the-books government kill squad until her former boss betrayed her, her husband was gunned down, and her daughter kidnapped. A decade later, Beatrix emerges from the Hong Kong underworld with payback on her mind. It’s a blood feud she didn’t start but she is going to finish. There are six names on her Kill List. With one already crossed off, Beatrix sets out to find her second target, a mercenary being held hostage by Somali terrorists. Can she infiltrate the most dangerous failed state on the planet and scrub him off the List, too? *Full Review Posted @ Gizmos Reviews* http://www.gizmosreviews.blogspot.com... Published July 14th 2015 by Thomas & Mercer

  21. 4 out of 5

    Trish R.

    OK, so I don’t know how I feel about the heroine, Beatrix, in the midst of dying of cancer and popping morphine pills like they’re M&M’s for the pain. Yet, still able to take on and kill 8 bad guys by herself. Her revenge was a little extreme. Overall, it was a good story, and I will be reading the next one as, I’m sure, she gets closer and closer to death while trying to get revenge on the people who killed her husband and took her daughter from her, for 8 years. I did read/listen to the 4 Isabel OK, so I don’t know how I feel about the heroine, Beatrix, in the midst of dying of cancer and popping morphine pills like they’re M&M’s for the pain. Yet, still able to take on and kill 8 bad guys by herself. Her revenge was a little extreme. Overall, it was a good story, and I will be reading the next one as, I’m sure, she gets closer and closer to death while trying to get revenge on the people who killed her husband and took her daughter from her, for 8 years. I did read/listen to the 4 Isabella Rose books and loved them but I think I should have read these books first; for more background on Isabella and her mother, Beatrix. I don’t think I really missed anything but in the Isabella Rose series, that I read first, Beatrix was already dead. It felt a little odd, that’s all. No romance and the F-bomb was used 9 times. As to the narrator: Mark Deakins did a great job on the voices and his reading emotions.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jim A

    Another very good action thriller from Mark Dawson. This one is a spin off of the John Milton series, featuring Beatrix Rose, who was first introduced in Ghosts featuring Milton. For those who have not read Ghosts, Rose's back story is filled in about a third of the way through this novel so nothing is really lost to the reader. This is the first of what will be a continuing series featuring Rose, or at least as long as Dawson can keep her alive. She is already dying of cancer (not a spoiler). A Another very good action thriller from Mark Dawson. This one is a spin off of the John Milton series, featuring Beatrix Rose, who was first introduced in Ghosts featuring Milton. For those who have not read Ghosts, Rose's back story is filled in about a third of the way through this novel so nothing is really lost to the reader. This is the first of what will be a continuing series featuring Rose, or at least as long as Dawson can keep her alive. She is already dying of cancer (not a spoiler). Also given her propensity for the down and dirty action of killing, she may not live long enough to complete her revenge on those who tried to kill her (Ghosts). A very quick, action packed read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    I received this as an arc from net galley in exchange for an honest review. Beatrix Rose was the most dangerous assassin in an off - the - books government kill squad until her former boss betrayed her, her husband was gunned down and her daughter kidnapped. Wow. OMG. Wow. Absolutely fantastic read. CNPID. I loved the story and the characters. Beatrix Rose was my favourite character. She was bad ass. Boy was she bad ass. She could look after herself ok. I loved the ending too. Can't wait for next I received this as an arc from net galley in exchange for an honest review. Beatrix Rose was the most dangerous assassin in an off - the - books government kill squad until her former boss betrayed her, her husband was gunned down and her daughter kidnapped. Wow. OMG. Wow. Absolutely fantastic read. CNPID. I loved the story and the characters. Beatrix Rose was my favourite character. She was bad ass. Boy was she bad ass. She could look after herself ok. I loved the ending too. Can't wait for next part. This is a must read and I would highly recommend this book. Definitely worth more than 5 *.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Another great read from Mark Dawson. Mark Dawson has given us a first class spin-off from the John Milton series. With Beatrix as the former agent bent on revenge the action is fast-paced and the story extremely well written. Looking forward to the next instalment.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Great new book by Mark Dawson. Interesting plot, adventure and great characters set in areas of the world that are in the news today.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nick Brett

    I recently read, and was underwhelmed by, Mark Dawson’s “the Cleaner” featuring his version of Jack Reacher, John Milton. Not planning on reading any more of them to be honest, BUT I had already bought “In Cold Blood”. In Cold Blood the main character is Beatrix Rose. She does feature in one of the John Milton books I am never going to read. She was betrayed by Control, the head of a British unit undertaking assassinations on behalf of a grateful Government. Now re-united with her daughter she i I recently read, and was underwhelmed by, Mark Dawson’s “the Cleaner” featuring his version of Jack Reacher, John Milton. Not planning on reading any more of them to be honest, BUT I had already bought “In Cold Blood”. In Cold Blood the main character is Beatrix Rose. She does feature in one of the John Milton books I am never going to read. She was betrayed by Control, the head of a British unit undertaking assassinations on behalf of a grateful Government. Now re-united with her daughter she is on the run but also plans on using her considerable talent for killing to eliminate those involved with her betrayal, the killing of her husband and for keeping her away from her daughter for ten years. Trouble is, for all her talents, Beatrix has terminal cancer and before she succumbs she wants to take out those involved in ruining her life and putting her daughter in danger. As lethal as John Milton but more interesting by way of being female and with the quirk of her condition. Fast moving stuff as she uses her considerable skills to do harm to those who wronged her. I did enjoy this, the bad guys who are supposed to be Tier One do tend to go down a little too easily, but this is fun stuff.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Terence M

    Audiobook - 4:52 hours - Narrator: Mark Deakins 3.5 out of 5.0 stars rounded down. Following the introduction of Beatrix Rose in John Milton #4, "Ghosts", I decided to read the Beatrix Rose series before moving on to Milton #5. Quite enthralling but the story finishes abruptly and at nearly 5:00 hours is too short for my liking, hence the 3.5 rounded down to 3.0. Good reading nonetheless and the storyline weaves in well with the John Milton books to date, but it is not necessary to have read john Audiobook - 4:52 hours - Narrator: Mark Deakins 3.5 out of 5.0 stars rounded down. Following the introduction of Beatrix Rose in John Milton #4, "Ghosts", I decided to read the Beatrix Rose series before moving on to Milton #5. Quite enthralling but the story finishes abruptly and at nearly 5:00 hours is too short for my liking, hence the 3.5 rounded down to 3.0. Good reading nonetheless and the storyline weaves in well with the John Milton books to date, but it is not necessary to have read john Milton before tackling Beatrix Rose.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jool

    This was a phenomenal book - along the lines of a Jack Reacher novel only the hero is female. This is the first of a series that I highly recommend. Excellent action and very realistic.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    I’m very disappointed in this novel. I just thought it was boring.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robert Michael

    Good story. However, I must say, the author takes one step too many. Female protag: check. Former elite super-secret operative: check. Betrayed by superior and watched her husband killed in front of her and her daughter: check. Forced to hide in exile to save her kidnapped daughter: check. Re-connects with daughter and begins training her in the art of violence: check. Vows to find and kill all the operatives involved in her husband's murder: check. Has inoperable cancer and so she must do this Good story. However, I must say, the author takes one step too many. Female protag: check. Former elite super-secret operative: check. Betrayed by superior and watched her husband killed in front of her and her daughter: check. Forced to hide in exile to save her kidnapped daughter: check. Re-connects with daughter and begins training her in the art of violence: check. Vows to find and kill all the operatives involved in her husband's murder: check. Has inoperable cancer and so she must do this before she dies, and must train her daughter to defend herself against these people who may avenge themselves against their adversary's daughter: too far, perhaps. I had the same feeling while watching "Labor Day." The fugitive was clicking on all cylinders: he's a handyman, bakes a peach pie, makes chili with coffee, he is protective, a good influence on the boy, plays baseball with neighbor boy with disability, learns to tango, teaches the son to hit the ball, has incredible charisma, dark hair, sultry and dangerous eyes, and is encouraging and complimentary without being mushy. After it is firmly established that this man is the catch of the century (but flawed only in the tragic fact that he has been convicted of murdering his wife) can also play music. The director/writer went too far. Put the guitar away. You risk going too far without a real return on your risk. In the end, the cancer angle becomes a literary device to provide even more stress and conflict. As if chasing down a former colleague who has been imprisoned by a youthful version of Al Queda in Somalia and is being rescued by the SEALs isn't enough conflict. I know that the mantra of good fiction is to put your protagonist in a tree in chapter one and then in chapter two to start throwing rocks, then in chapter three set the tree on fire, and so on. I get it. But, at some point, these things become superfluous. I understand the cancer angle will provide a lasting backdrop of urgency throughout the series of books. I just feel strongly it was one step too far. It is too bad, too. The rest is compelling story, good pacing, strong characters, and well-researched. In the end, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good action story with espionage and intrigue, guns and blood. One warning to my American friends. Much British spellings abound. Tyres = Tires, by the way. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it is worth the read, despite the over-dramatization.

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