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Shadow of Betrayal | [Brett Battles]

Shadow of Betrayal

The meeting place was carefully chosen: an abandoned church in rural Ireland just after dark. For Jonathan Quinn--a freelance operative and professional "cleaner" - the job was only to observe. If his cleanup skills were needed, it would mean things had gone horribly wrong. But an assassin hidden in a tree assured just that. And suddenly Quinn had four dead bodies to dispose of and one astounding clue - to a mystery that is about to spin wildly out of control.
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The meeting place was carefully chosen: an abandoned church in rural Ireland just after dark. For Jonathan Quinn - a freelance operative and professional "cleaner" - the job was only to observe. If his cleanup skills were needed, it would mean things had gone horribly wrong.

But an assassin hidden in a tree assured just that. And suddenly Quinn had four dead bodies to dispose of and one astounding clue - to a mystery that is about to spin wildly out of control.

Three jobs, no questions. That was the deal Quinn had struck with his client at the Office. Unfortunately for him, Ireland was just the first. Now Quinn, along with his colleague and girlfriend - the lethal Orlando - has a new assignment touched off by the killings in Ireland. Their quarry is a U.N. aide worker named Marion Dupuis who has suddenly disappeared from her assignment in war-torn Africa. When Quinn finally catches a glimpse of her, she quickly flees, frantic and scared. And not alone.

For Quinn the assignment has now changed. Find Marion Dupuis, and the child she is protecting, and keep them from harm. If it were only that easy.

Soon Quinn and Orlando find themselves in a bunker in the California hills, where Quinn will unearth a horrifying plot that is about to reach stage critical for a gathering of world leaders - and an act of terror more cunning, and more insidious, than anyone can guess.

Fast, smart, sleek, and stunning, Shadow of Betrayal is vintage Brett Battles: a gritty, gripping masterpiece of suspense, a thriller that makes the pulse pound--and stirs the heart as well.

©2009 Brett Battles; (P)2009 Random House Audio

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    Robert E. Scarcelle 09-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "The Narrator Makes the Book"

    This is a perfect example of how a narrator makes or breaks a story. First book in this series (The Cleaner) was not an excellent book but a fun listen, read by Scott Brick. It prompted me to buy the remaining two books in the series. The second book (The Deceived) may or may not have been just as good a story but they changed narrators and his read changed the entire personalities of the characters; and not for the better. The third installment, read by Brick again made this book enjoyable again. I have said it before but I will never understand why some series change narrators mid-stream. For anyone that enjoys listening to series, like Bosch, Bolitar, Reacher, begin to identify the characters with the voice and when it changes it alters the listening experience.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    virginia Kingsport, TN, United States 07-27-09
    virginia Kingsport, TN, United States 07-27-09 Member Since 2009
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    "absolutely wonderful"

    I loved this book! Scott Brick is my favorite narrator-he could make the phone book interesting. Luckily, he didn't have to try that hard. I could not stop listening from beginning to end. I am looking forward to other reads by this author. This was 1 of 2 favorite audible books-the other was "The Scarecrow" by Michael Connelly. Completely worth the credit.

    3 of 3 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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    "Location: Ireland Another murder mess!"

    Another "simple" job with big complications.

    Quinn continues to be entertaining while dealing with a gruesome crime scene and its back story.

    Scott Brick is always an excellent narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Calum United Kingdom 06-14-12
    Calum United Kingdom 06-14-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Thoroughly enjoyable story, great narration"

    Brett never fails to deliver with his Jonathan Quinn series, I think they are a very clever perspective on the assassin / thriller genre. Fantastic narration from Scott Brick once again. A great package story by Brett, narration by Scott. Would I recommend - hell yes!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Flynn Winston Salem, NC, United States 02-22-13
    Jay Flynn Winston Salem, NC, United States 02-22-13

    "I ain't often right but I've never been wrong"

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    "Again I'm finding things to clean"
    Any additional comments?

    Again I'm finding things to clean just to listen to this book - better than the first book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    itinerant here and there 03-12-12
    itinerant here and there 03-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "maybe just one more"

    I think I swore off listening to Battles after a previous read, but somehow ended up listening to this anyway. I wish I could edit this book: it's really not a bad story, but Battles gets hung up at least once a chapter on parsing minutiae, with a lot of dialogue about obvious things, a lot of explication of un-spectacular activity, much in the name of verisimilitude but more a delight in naming weapons and lovingly recording all the intricacies of using them. All in all it's an engaging-enough story, but could have been streamlined to good effect.

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    Michele Santa Clarita, CA, United States 10-13-09
    Michele Santa Clarita, CA, United States 10-13-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Can't go wrong with Brett Battles!"

    Another phenomenal suspense book from Brett Battles. Jonathan Quinn and his team face off against another foe...this one a familiar character from The Cleaner. Taut plot, lightning pace, edge of your seat suspense. Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    goodiebythesea sunny st.pete 01-19-13
    goodiebythesea sunny st.pete 01-19-13 Member Since 2004

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    "Wonderfully exciting and intense."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow of Betrayal to be better than the print version?

    Definitely, especially with Scott Brick as the narrator.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The focus required by Quinn and Nate to find each other in the obscure island was terrific. Once having a tiny piece of information and then continuing to piece the puzzle together. The characters were heroic.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Quinn


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldnt stop listening, always on the edge of my seat. No laughing or crying, just rooting for the Quinn and his team.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for Brett Battle's next book.

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    Bill Des Moines, IA, United States 04-07-11
    Bill Des Moines, IA, United States 04-07-11 Member Since 2009

    Audible addict! A friend told me to try this, and it was incredible. I travel for work and this is a great way to make the miles melt away.

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    "Love the Cleaner"

    I think Brett Battles has done an incredible job of showing how a professional fixer of problems would act when involved with personal issues. I love the character development he uses here. The dynamic bewteen the characters is phenomenal. I just purchased book four in the series here and can't wait to get started. I hope there are 10 more coming.

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    Mau Orozco North Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-03-11
    Mau Orozco North Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-03-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Feels like a soap opera"

    I bought this book based on all the positive reviews I read and I found that the story is really good. The plot is interesting but the way it's told just didn't work for me at all. I love Scott Brick's work but the combination of his style with the sometimes ridiculous dialogues just made it too campy.

    The heroes take time to have long unnecessary conversations in the middle of the action, even while in grave danger! It just didn't have a spy/thriller flow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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