Most careers begin with an interview and a handshake. Others require a little something more.
Meet Jake Oliver. The day will come when he's one of the best cleaners in the business, a man skilled at making bodies disappear. At the moment, however, he's a 22-year-old rookie cop, unaware his life is about to change. In a burning barn a body is found - and the fire isn't the cause of death. The detectives working the case have a pretty good idea about what went down. But Officer Oliver thinks it's something else entirely, and pursues a truth others would prefer remain hidden - others who will go to extreme lengths to keep him quiet.
Every identity has an origin. This is Quinn's.
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From 4/12/15 on, I will only rate a book 5 stars if it so good I will listen to it again. To date, the Bino series tops that list.
I purchased this 9 months ago and tried to listen to it. But I am impulsive and compulsive and did not give it proper attention. I know this because this time I started it from the beginning and was riveted for the next 8 hours of listening.
It begins with a covert hit of some kind by highly trained professionals. The man in charge of cover up, called a cleaner, notes a few mistakes made during the operation, but is confident all loose ends are covered. But when a 22 year old rookie police officer begins noticing very obscure clues, the cleaner's job becomes infinitely more complicated.
Fortunately for the cleaner, the rookie's inexperience and lack of authority renders his investigation useless by authorities. But the cleaner watches in amazement at the young cop's eye for detail and logic uncovers the truth of what really went down. But now another problem has reared its head. A key member of the hit squad wants the rookie dead.
Thus begins the end of a talented police officer's career before it really began, and the recruitment and training of a professional cleaner in the covert world of espionage.
This I my first read/listen by Brett Battles but certainly not my last... I picked the title based on reviews and 4.95 offer by audible. I am so glad that I took the offer and glad that I read this one first (based on the highly rated reviews of the other Quinn titles).
The story kept me listening and on the edge of my seat throughout. This is the story of how a newly inexperienced rookie cop uses his instincts, combined with his training lands him in the middle of a professional hit and clean-up job gone wrong. He thinks outside the box and finds the clues overlooked by the detectives working the case. Quinn reminded me a little bit of a younger Colombo but much more...more modern, more action, more suspense and much more entertaining. This is the story of how Jake Oliver became Jonathan Quinn, the Cleaner. Highly recommend.
Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators and he did an excellent job.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (thriller) - Becoming Quinn is Book 4.1 in this series, but it should be Book 1. It explains the story of how Jake, a young cop, is motivated to change careers and become a cleaner -- the guy that gets rid of bodies and makes the scene of "an elimination" appear as if nothing ever happened. I stumbled on Book 5 in this series in a sale (The Destroyed) and absolutely loved it, so I decided to start the series from the beginning.
The story starts quickly and is exciting till the very end. There's plenty of detective work, action and great character development of young Jake, who by the end of the book has become Quinn the cleaner. The book can stand alone, but you won't be able to resist continuing the series to see how he handles his first assignment.
PERFORMANCE - Scott Brick is wonderful in this book. It's not that he does any foreign accents or multi-character differentiation, but just the way he reads...
OVERALL - I would highly recommend this for any adult who enjoys good thrillers. There is killing and "cleaning" but the book isn't overly violent and not at all gory. There is no sex, and I don't remember any cursing. Start with this book before you continue on with the series.
I love espionage and detective thrillers but will listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Brett Battles is one of those authors whose works I always pre-order. Book 10 in his Jonathan Quinn series, the title is The Unleashed, releases on May 17. The Kindle version was released on March 11, 2016. I could not wait, so I have already read it, but have also pre-ordered the audiobook version so Scott Brick can read it again for me. The Unleashed is a solid 5 star espionage thriller.
Becoming Quinn is a background book on Jonathan Quinn. It is listed by Audible as Book 0.5 in the series, but was released at the same time as Book 5. It is a fascinating novel. Kindle Unlimited customers can borrow the Kindle and Audible versions at no additional cost. Otherwise the best way to purchase it is Whispersync for Voice buying the Kindle version for $3.99 and the Audible version for $1.99.
Scott Brick, who NEVER disappoints, narrates.
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I'm pretty stingy about 5 star reviews ... However, if you like books of this genre as well as Brett Battles and his protagonist Quinn, you'll really like "Becoming Quinn". Please don't be put off by the fact that this is a prequel or rather short for an unabridged book - I think this is one of Battle's finest books.
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This prequel is well done. It is not too long, but does fill in one big missing piece of Quinn's life: what did he do before he was a cleaner?
If you have been reading the series you know his real name is not Jonathan Quinn, he has a biological family, and he was trained to be a cleaner. What he did before, how he was recruited, and why he picked the name all stem from one incident. Battles, as usual, weaves this into an entertaining tale about murders and "Quinn's" curiosity. It is a satisfying read with just the right amount of information. It does not overload us with history, but tells of the event that created the cleaner we know.
Scott Brick is becoming the voice of Jonathan Quinn. Please keep it up!
I love back stories.How do your heroes become that way? What pressures pushed them into the lives they lead? Battles does an excellent job of creating those pressures that pushed a young man out of his chosen carrer of a policeman into that of being a cleaner.Well done, Mr Battles!
Story was well performed. Good tension throughout. Interesting to have this as the halfway into the series. Provides great perspective on the beginning. Now that we know, we may never be able to leave!
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