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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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    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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Janels 01-07-15
    Janels 01-07-15
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    "Not as good as the prequel"

    I generally read books out of their published order, and had read "The Cleaner" awhile ago, but wasn't inspired to read more of Battles. The real breakthrough and character development came for me when I read "Becoming Quinn", which really fleshed out Jonathan Quinn and gave the character depth. Deciding to continue reading Battles after enjoying the prequel so much, I chose this one, based on some of the reviews and the narrator being one of my favorites. I found the character development of Quinn still somewhat shallow, and almost unrecognizable from the depth of the prequel. The other things that bothered me were some trite dialogue. Not sure if I'll try Battles a third time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Norwell, MA, United States 12-15-14
    Joseph Norwell, MA, United States 12-15-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Disappointment"
    What would have made Shadow of Betrayal better?

    The story was ridiculous and poorly structured. The emotions shown in this book were strange based on the background and theme of the series. It only got worse as it progressed.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brett Battles again?

    I really like the prequel Becoming Quinn but this book was the polar opposite.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator only made the story worse. The affectations of longing and sympathy from the narrator accentuated the bad story theme.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shadow of Betrayal?

    too many to mention


    Any additional comments?

    I can't figure out how this book received such good ratings from the other audible members.

    0 of 0 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 2011

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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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    Zera Minnetonka, MN, United States 09-17-11
    Zera Minnetonka, MN, United States 09-17-11 Member Since 2013
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    "yikes"

    This is,unfortunately, a very lame story, read with more melodrama than it deserves and, in the end, was a major disappointment even as a mindless time filler while driving in rush hour traffic. The last two books that I have listened to that were read by Scott Brick have both been poor listens, I think in part due to the basic story lines being so bad, but also he is trying too hard to give these trite pieces more gravitas than they can handle.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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