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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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    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 2014

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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 2011
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Latent North Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-03-11
    Latent 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Santa Clarita, CA, United States 10-13-09
    Michele Santa Clarita, CA, United States 10-13-09 Member Since 2013
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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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    Robert E. Scarcelle 09-04-09 Member Since 2015
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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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karin Missouri, United States 06-06-15
    Karin Missouri, United States 06-06-15 Member Since 2014

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    "I really love this series"

    Good mysteries, good character development, awesome narrator, and in all of these stories a lot of the bad guys really 'get theirs' - and I like that!!!

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    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 06-05-15
    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 06-05-15 Member Since 2012

    Avid audio book listener with over 1600 books in my library!

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    "Now we're talking!! Loved this one!!"

    I really enjoyed this one! The story line was well written and Scott Brick is back so the listen was much more enjoyable. I really like the cast of characters, looking forward to the rest of the series!!

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