The job seemed simple enough: investigating a suspicious case of arson. But when a dead body turns up, and Quinn's handlers at "the Office" turn strangely silent, he knows he's in over his head. With only a handful of clues, Quinn struggles to find out why someone wants him dead...and if it's linked to a larger attempt to wipe out the Office.
Quinn's only hope may be Orlando, a woman from his past who may hold the key to solving the case. Suddenly, the two are prying into old crimes, crisscrossing continents, and struggling to stay alive. But as the hunt intensifies, Quinn is stunned by a chilling secret...and a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy.
Furiously paced, filled with superbly drawn characters and pitch-perfect dialogue, The Cleaner confirms Battles' place as one of the most exciting new talents in suspense fiction.
©2007 Brett Battles; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"Displaying an enviable gift for pacing and action, Battles's debut novel is a page-turner that may remind some readers of the cult TV spy series Alias....Admirers of quality espionage fiction can look forward to a new series worth following." (Publishers Weekly)
Married 23yrs to kindest father & husband:) I am an MSW, w/ A+ friends Son 2nd yr @ Harvard. 16yodaughter in drama & a phenom photographer!
Great, action filled, smart book!
Surprise ending making the roller-coaster ride that much more exciting!
Can't wait to move on to book 2 in this series!
Scott Brick, as usual, is an incredible narrator! He hits everything he does right on the mark!:)
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
After joining Audible in December 2006 I began listening to Nelson DeMIlle, Daniel Silva. and Vince Flynn thrillers. In mid-2007 I decided to purchase a book written by Brett Battles, an author I had never heard of. The novel was The Cleaner which had just been released. I discover a superb author in Brett Battles as well as the narrator, Scott Brick, who remains my favorite. I've enjoyed listening to each Brett Battles book since as it was released. The Cleaner is, of course, Book 1 in the wonderful Jonathan Quinn series.
Although The Cleaner at 3.8 stars is not as highly rated as subsequent Quinn novels, it is an excellent novel and the place to start the series after first listening to Becoming Quinn which was published in 2012 and is a superb introduction to the man who became Jonathan Quinn.
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!
STORY (espionage) - Quinn (main character), Nate and Orlando are caught up in a plot against their organization (The Office) that leads them across several continents. While trying to figure out who has killed multiple agents, they discover a bioterrorism plot. Are the two connected and, if so, how?
I liked this book. It takes place in the early 2000's, I suppose, as there were a couple references to phone booths. Cell phones are used but I don't believe they're smart phones, so some of the methods like transferring photos are somewhat dated. The story was still very good, however. Contrary to some other reviewers, I enjoyed the characters and everything about it. My only complaints are that there were a few times when I was unable to keep some of the minor characters straight as to who was who and there a couple times in the beginning where Quinn (a super badass) makes novice-type mistakes. For example, he has a state-of-the-art home security system but didn't install a monitor in his bedroom or keep a gun by his bed. I guess nobody's perfect!
PERFORMANCE - Scott Brick is awesome as always. Perfect voice for Quinn and great performance of the entire story.
OVERALL - There is only one non-explicit sex scene in the book. There are a few utterances of the F-word but not a lot. There is lots of action and killing and a bit of torture. The story stands alone, though there is character development that runs through the series (particularly a potential future romance between Quinn and Orlando). Recommended for anyone who enjoys espionage.
I am the author of "Inner Fears", a thriller by MFKing. I am a social media manager for Jazz Social Media. Audio books are my main entertainment, and I think the best entertainment offered today.
I must find more books by Brett Battles. He understands the nuances of story speed and plot folding, and how story flows from the characters naturally. I was happy to ride along the character's path in their interesting world.
I've listened twice, and, of course, no one can perform better then Scott Brick. He is my bedroom buddy, my tantalizing transistor radio beneath my pillow. His accents don't bleed to other words, his characters are perfect. Women, men, Germans, Bosnians, with one word I have no doubt who is speaking.
After two books where the writer was--frankly--an arrogant ass, ruining the story with his own pride of self (see my reviews on Michael Palmer's Political Suicide and Richard Bards' Brian Rush, 2 books I couldn't finish because the arrogance of the author bled into their protagonist), was beginning to think I didn't like audio books any more, but Brett battled me back to love for this art form.
Don't miss this book!
I teach. I Listen. I trust your judgment as a fellow listener.
This canned, quasi-spy novel, is written to wind your tension-lovin' spring. But, the story is so pedestrian, so canned and unbelievable, that its masquerade as thriller is as transparent as the unsmoked glass that the good guys must endure in their rented Porches when the genocidal maniacs shoot their silenced guns through the streets of crowded cities into their righteous and speedy vehicles.
What incredibly bogus, pulp fiction, this stuff is…I feel dirty.
But, as always Scott Brick is my hero. Narrator extraordinaire!
Husband, father, lifter, recovering alcoholic
He characters are awesome. Quinn, Nate and Orlando are unstoppable.
Quinn is the new Jack Reacher.
The characters come to life. Nates playful innocence, Orlando's determination, Quinn's self confidence can be heard in his reading, it's more in the inflection the it is on the words. Brilliant.
Very highly recommend this whole series. I just wish it was longer.
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I love this series!
The job of cleaning up murder scenes could make for stomach churning stories from the pens of some writers. However, Brett Battles, while giving those gruesome details, manages to move along story lines with a style that keeps you entertained. I hesitate to use the word humorous, but wry might describe the tone. As if it's all in an ordinary day's work, each book has a new scenario. Jonathan Quinn must do his assigned task and there are always complications (sometimes it's his own curiosity.)
Needless to say, with a life constantly on call, a job requiring secrecy and with high security risks Quinn is left estranged from his family and with few contacts other than his trusted working partners. This leads to the development of his history and character as the series progresses. In addition, the other regulars have their own histories, crises, and relationships with Quinn.
Scott Brick, as always, is a perfect narrator. He manages to voice urgency, danger, and fear at appropriate times without intruding on the scene or dialog.
The good -
The bad -
shallowly developed characters
The ugly -
terrible narration. all the voices were the same and the man cannot do accents to save his life.
from start to the end I loved it. a real page turner
"Depressing and unable to listen to it!"
This was a depressing book that was quite miserabe and further more the narrator was not that great which made it even harder to listen to...tried on several occasions to get in to the story but it was too much like hard work and gave in after a couple of chapters - not for me but who knows it might be right up your street!
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