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)
I got through about 2/3rd of the book and had to finally give up. Worthless characters, worthless story, and no point. I usually get into the story and characters pretty quickly, but this story doesn't lend itself to a reader caring about anything. After a while, I tuned out and gave up. I couldn't give it no stars so one it is.
Scott Brick is one of my absolute favorite readers but even he could not save this book. It is not often that I simply stop listening but this book was completely boring. The characters are uninteresting and it reads like a predictable bad TV show. Bummer.
If Scott Brick were a film actor, he would fire his agent for getting him this role.
I found this shallow and un-involving. I just couldn't figure out who these people were and gave up caring.
For this genre, I feel the Vince Flynn books are 10 times better.
After all the hype about this first thriller by Mr. Battles, I really looked forward to listening to it ASAP. Master narrator Scott Brick delivers once again, even though he battles (no pun intended) a bit with the German phrases... as a native German speaker I´m willing to help here, anytime... free of charge.
The story itself is neither outstanding nor special; just an off-the-rack thriller penned by the likes of Ken Follett, Lee Child or Daniel Silva (who do seem to be able to make their characters overall somewhat more believable). Threat of a biological attack, some lukewarm love-interest and an abducted child - all gets solved by the ever-cool freelance hero in a matter of a mere 12 audio hours or approximately 350 book pages. If not for Scott Brick´s excellent reading performance I´d have even rated it only 2.5 and easily forgettable, even though this audio book will at least make your next traffic jam a little more enjoyable for its sheer entertainment value.
This very fast moving story was following the heroic character to save the world from a deadly plot by devious characters. The involvement of former mentor and his total psychotic behaviour s a little hard to swallow. Many years hiding out to hide the fact of his faked death does not seem plausible at all.
Like both books I ahve audio'd I listened to it twice and picked up details that were missed first time around. Enjoyed the listen.
Narrators voices helped a lot.
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