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)
The voice actor is extremely slow. The whole delivery does nothing to keep you in the book. You will miss nothing if you listen at 2X. The writing is very simple, and asked you to believe a lot with giving any details.
The author barely came to the game with a plan. He tries to create suspense, but instead puts you to sleep with the lack of depth.
This guy was so slow, it was painful. He takes twice as long to read a sentence, because their long unneeded dramatic pauses. It knocks you right out of the book.
How about you drop any reference to the kid. It makes the book predictable. Who doesn't try to save the kid. It boring and doesn't reward the reader at all.
Go for the Grey Man series, it has better characters, plot and development.
FORTY SOMETHING THUG FOR HIRE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD BOOK.
AS I LISTENED TO THE FIRST COUPLE OF HOURS OF THIS AUDIBLE OFFERING I WAS THINKING - WOW, I'VE FOUND A NEW FAVORITE SERIES CHARACTER TO KEEP TRACK OF. AND THE CHARACTER OF JOHNATHAN QUINN IS ALLURING. A CLEANER FOR A CLANDESTINE ORGANISATION, MAKING SURE LOOSE ENDS ARE TIED UP FOR VARIOUS CLIENTS. ADD IN A DOUBLE CROSS THAT PUTS THAT CHARACTER ON THE RUN FOR HIS LIFE, AND I FIGURED I HAD THRILLER GOLD AT HAND. WELL, ANOTHER FEW HOURS INTO IT AND SOME OF THAT GOLD HAD LOST ITS LUSTER AS THE STORY SEEMED TO DRAG ON AND ON AND ON. AND NOW THAT I'M DONE, I FEEL MRE RELIEVED TO HAVE GOTTEN THROUGH IT, THAN I AM SATISFIED. MAYBE IT WAS THE LACK LUSTER PERFORMANCE BY NARRATOR SCOTT BRICK; OR MAYBE ITS A LACKLUSTER WRITING STYLE BY BRETT BATTLES. I CAN'T QUITE SEEM TO PUT MY FINGER ON IT. ALL THE ELEMENTS WERE IN THERE TO MAKE ME SMILE; BUT INSTEAD I WAS FIGHTING THE URGE TO FAST FORWARD. WOULD I TRY ANOTHER QUINN STORY. I JUST MIGHT; LIKE I SAID THE ELEMENTS WERE THERE, JUST SOMETHING LACKING IN THE EXECUTION.
The whole series is great and credit worthy. I will listen to just about anything Scott Brick reads but Brett Battles does a great job with the whole series
I'm constantly listening to recorded books. Right now I'm a bit sick and weak, but can still enjoy a good listen. I'm so glad I have this resource available.
This is my first Brett Battles book and I found it pretty enjoyable. I learned a lot about CLEANERS and this story was basically believable and interesting. I'll try another bllk by him.
Don't waste a credit or your money. This story has absolutely no intrigue and drones on and on about scenery details that add nothing to the mystery or action. I even tried skipping several chapters with no help. Couldn't listen until the end.
Dreadful - tedious, boring, badly written - a tribute to the skill of the narrator but alas you cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
I slogged through this dry as powder adventure with some hope of it becoming more vibrant to no avail. The idea is really intriguing, but the writing is so A to B rote and uncolorful that it tasks your patience at every turn. Just about everyone is so cold and heartless that you kind of hope the bad guys will succeed, even though most of their work is as ham-handed as the author's. The two stars are for Scott Brick who does his best to enliven this turkey that arrives C.O.D.
Love audio books, multiplayer computer games, and most things computers
Really enjoyed reading the book. Traveled around the world within the book encountering new challenges in each place. Book seemed to be thoroughly researched. Only disappointment was that the author only had one other book available.
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