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The Cleaner | [Brett Battles]

The Cleaner

Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the heart of a loner. His job? Professional "cleaner". Nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies. But his latest assignment will change everything. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the heart of a loner. His job? Professional "cleaner". Nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies. But in Brett Battles' electrifying debut novel, Quinn's latest assignment will change everything.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Bernie Brampton, ON, Canada 07-11-07
    Bernie Brampton, ON, Canada 07-11-07 Member Since 2006
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    "excellent from start to finish"

    This book is excellent from start to finish. You will not want to break from the non-stop action. Its one the best book I've bought from Audible since I started this service 30 months ago.

    138 of 140 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy ELON, NC, United States 07-19-07
    Cindy ELON, NC, United States 07-19-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Well, huh."

    This is a book about totally unlikeable people who kill a lot of other people and then kind of try to save the world-- but only because there's something in it for them. In the end they have good reasons for the people they kill in this story-- but this doesn't remedy the fact that nothing is done to make them likeable. The Sopranos made likeable and complex characters out of Tony, Silvio, and so many other people, but this book, IMO, does very little in that regard. On a more positive note, I did listen the whole way through, because I cared enough to see what happened in the end. If you're looking for action and danger and you're completely bored with character development, great... otherwise, keep shopping.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Seattle, WA, USA 07-19-07
    Mark Seattle, WA, USA 07-19-07
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    "Good Grief"

    I should have known by the comparison to the TV. show "Alias" that I was going to dislike this book but it looked like fun. It wasn't.

    It is, however, unoriginal; the Cleaner in Le Femme Nikita is far more interesting. And it is disappointingly predictable; the twists and turns were less like a roller coaster ride and more like an uncomfortable get-away in the back of a jalopy Ford on a pot-holed road.

    I gave it a chance and listened to it through the end but I couldn't wait for it to be over. It was one eye-rolling-you've-got-to-be-kidding-me moment after another. I'm dousing myself with Le Carre as an antidote.

    The production value, however, is excellent. Scott Brick is a reliable and consistent reader.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Lethbridge, AB, Canada 08-20-07
    Charlie Lethbridge, AB, Canada 08-20-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Par for the Genre"

    This story follows the adventures of Jonathan Quinn - a private espionage specialist with a jaded past. The plot is about average for thriller in this genre - lots of action, foreign settings, conspiracys, and even has a few interesting twists.

    Personally I felt that the writer should have edited this work a little harder. As it is, there are all sort of useless parts where the main character checks his email, eats, makes casual conversation and does other hum-drum stuff that doesn't advance the plot. Hence the story has some good meat, but you have to chew around a lot of grizzle. A good editor would have cut a lot of this out, leaving the good stuff. Perhaps the abridged version would be better.

    The narrator puts far too much emphasis on "performing" the story, rather than just reading it. His tone borders on annoying at times.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa South River, NJ, United States 06-08-08
    Lisa South River, NJ, United States 06-08-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Pay attention to the other reviews..."

    I wish I had and not wasted a credit on this book. I love intelligent, witty and suspenseful books. This looked as if it may fit the bill. It doesn't, not even close. The other reviews warned the characters are not interesting, the action is slow and the narraration (sorry Scott Brick) is tedious. I believe someone compared his reading to William Shatner....I wished I took the advice of others and skipped this clunker.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 02-28-08
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 02-28-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Boring, Dumb"

    The reader Scott Brick is great as usual but he can't save a bad story. Simplistic thriller writing with almost no thrills. Wooden predictable characters that seemed to be copies some cheap detective stories from the 50's or 60's. Don't waste your time or money.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    C. Holt Mansfield, TX 07-25-07
    C. Holt Mansfield, TX 07-25-07 Member Since 2001

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    "Not one of my favorites"

    I guess credit must be given since this is the writer's debut. Hopefully lessons have been learned and the next outing will be better. I found the book lacked a lot of character development, and plot credibility. I won't write a spoiler, but I will say there will be points when you wonder if the characters have even a shred of intelligence because they overlook the most obvious solutions.
    Scott Brick does his usual excellent work as a narrator, and I was glad I hung on to the bitter end of the book if only to hear him attempt a monotone computer generated voice. It's simply not possible for him to remove all inflection. Made me chuckle for sure. In the end though, I'll be watching for the next outing by this author and hoping for improvement.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie houston, TX, USA 07-24-07
    Bonnie houston, TX, USA 07-24-07
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    "Needs some good help..."

    Who cares? None of the good guys are interesting. None of the bad guys are interesting. Never thought I'd applaud a reader for being melodramatic, but Scott B.'s read is the only thing that kept me listening to this endless tale. The ending reminds one of the kiss at the end of a sexless romance novel, but rather than embrace, the two just walk away. Won't be trying to find out if they ever meet again.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 07-19-07
    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 07-19-07 Member Since 2001

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    "Couldn't stop listening..."

    Top notch plot, excellent character development, fast pace, lots of twists and turns and WHAT AN ENDING ! You can't go wrong with this one.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Zera Minnetonka, MN, United States 06-06-08
    Zera Minnetonka, MN, United States 06-06-08 Member Since 2006
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    "poorly done spy trash"

    I like spy trash (hit man/spy/international thriller stuff) if it is done well and this one is not. The characters are routinely asked to do stupid things that would not be what even a casual reader of the genre would do in the situation. A frustrating listen at best.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "good read"

    from start to the end I loved it. a real page turner

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    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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