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Becoming Quinn Audiobook

Becoming Quinn: Jonathan Quinn Series Prequel

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Brett Battles (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    AudioAddict 04-24-14
    AudioAddict 04-24-14

    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!

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    "Battles and Brick - a great combination"

    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.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-26-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-26-14 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Excellent Story of How A Great Hero is Made"

    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.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-01-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-01-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "New Jonathan Quinn coming on 5-17-2016"

    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 12-07-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 12-07-14 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "Action Packed! Loved It!"

    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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-21-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-21-16 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "CLEANER"

    I have no quotes from this book, nothing was quotable. That does not mean it is bad, I gave it four stars. I kept listening to see how it ended, even though I knew half way through, how it would end. I had read some of Battle's Science Fiction and really liked it, so I thought I would try this. Without the time travel or the World War II bad guys, this just did not rock my world. For fans of the Quinn series this is probably a must.

    Brick does a fine job

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grant Larson 06-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Trust Your Gut"

    Wow, from the very start, Jake trusted his intuition in appreciating details around him. What others required months, if not years, Jake seemed to have in "spades", when it came to logical conclusions. So glad he grabbed on to a new career, once given the chance. Hated to have the story end but nice knowing more is out there!

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    Judith Owens 06-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Strong Back Story to Quinn's Beginning"

    This was a Fantastic story and an even Better read. Can't wait to go back and read the series from the beginning and watch Quinn evolve...Handle your business Brett!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Don 06-02-16
    Don 06-02-16
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    "ADDICTING"

    It got me from the beginging, almost stayed up all night for several readings. .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick spring valley, CA, USA 05-17-16
    Frederick spring valley, CA, USA 05-17-16 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent Origin Story"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-29-12
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-29-12 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Becoming Quinn says it all!"

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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