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.
yes, it keeps you listening
it answered some questions about Quinn
curiousity will take you places
I hope Brett Battles does another pre-quel, still unanswered questions
When will other authors and publishers realize what Brett Battles and Nelson DeMille, as well as others, have already...? Scott Brick is the best in the business of narration. I intentionally search for books that he narrates for my next purchase. That's how I found the Jonathan Quinn series. So glad I did.
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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 am always nervous with prequels. Sometimes it seems as though the author doesn't quite know where to go next - so they go backwards. It was great to learn of how Quinn himself ended up 'in the business'. A few good surprises and the story explains a lot about the 'later' Quinn. I love a good yarn about covert ops and this one did not disappoint. Battles has a way of keeping your attention every step of the way. Realistic and exciting. As usual Scott Brick is perfect. The only complaint I have is it ended too soon. Highly recommended! If you haven't read the entire series you're missing out.
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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Yes. I enjoy the author's writing and Scott Brick brings all of the characters to life with his narration. I sometimes find that listening to a book I considered an excellent listen can become even better with a second listen.
Yes, my desire to understand what and why a person could ever want to make such a career choice.
Where Quinn has decided to leave a new career choice and the consequences of that choice.
Becoming Quinn should be the first book read in the series. Be sure to follow-up with the other novels in the series, they only keep getting better. Learning to know Quinn is quite a good experience with lots of action, suspense, love, anger and more, leaving you wanting more. And guess what; it's there for the reading.
If you like the Quinn character, this short read fills in the blanks as to how he got into this strange line of work. This answered the question, "is Quinn good, or is Quinn bad." It serves a the prequel to the Quinn series.
Quinn, of course, by his newbie police friend was an interesting character.
Brick is a good reader. No complaints.
Probably, but there isn't enough here by itself to make a strong box office draw.
Worth a re-listen
Story is good as far as it goes. It needs more development - my opinion.
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