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The Deceived | [Brett Battles]

The Deceived

Anonymity. Trust. Professionalism. In his world, Jonathan Quinn has a few rules. He'll get rid of bodies that have to disappear; nothing ever gets traced back to him. But when Quinn is called to a busy Los Angeles port where a shipping container has just come in from the sea, it's clear his rules have been violated. Inside the crate is a dead man - a man who once saved Quinn's life.
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Publisher's Summary

Brett Battles won rave reviews for his debut novel, The Cleaner, which introduced hero Jonathan Quinn. A freelance operative and professional "cleaner", Quinn knows better than to get emotionally involved in any of his jobs. But in this superb powerhouse of suspense, Quinn's latest job is different. A friend and old colleague has been murdered. A woman has gone missing. And for Jonathan Quinn, this time it's personal.

Anonymity. Trust. Professionalism. In his world, Jonathan Quinn has a few rules. He'll get rid of bodies that have to disappear; nothing ever gets traced back to him. But when Quinn is called to a busy Los Angeles port where a shipping container has just come in from the sea, it's clear his rules have been violated. Inside the crate is a dead man - a man who once saved Quinn's life. And while no one knows how CIA agent Steven Markoff died, Quinn has to do more than clean. He has to find Markoff's girlfriend, Jenny. To tell her that Markoff is dead. To find out why someone sent Markoff's body to him.

Until a week ago, Jenny Fuentes was an assistant to an ambitious congressman. Now Jenny is missing, too, and a lot of man power is making sure she isn't found. But Quinn has his own man power. He has tools that can pry into secrets held anywhere in the world. He has the skill to trade blows with killers and spies. And he has covert weapons: his eager and smart apprentice, Nate, and brilliant Orlando, his closest friend, who's saved his life more than once.

Racing from the corridors of power in Washington to the bustling streets of Singapore, Quinn won't stop until he uncovers the truth behind his friend's violent death, the astounding reason Jenny has vanished - and what she knows about the most explosive deception of all.

©2008 Brett Battles; (P)2008 Books on Tape

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    Michele Santa Clarita, CA, United States 10-03-09
    Michele Santa Clarita, CA, United States 10-03-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Brilliant!"

    Intelligent, fast paced and excellent narration. This book kept me interested from the opening sentence to the last. I can't wait to get Brett Battles other books!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 11-09-13
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2008

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "Does Anyone Edit These Things?"

    These stories of spooks, hit men and their janitors need at least an inkling of plausibility that tethers them to reality to be entertaining. And the writing must be average, at least. This slow-moving train to know-where has the most preposterous conclusion I may have ever read.

    The characters are thin and poorly developed. Cliche after cliche fills this droning mess and stultified, repetitive dialogue wears one down. Realizing he has written us into the proverbial corner, Battles concocts the most convoluted, nonsensical conclusion on record. I told myself it was a parody of a parody of a parody in order to justify the time I wasted, but, alas, there is no rhyme or reason for it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Portage Lake, Maine, United States 09-16-13
    Kathryn Portage Lake, Maine, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth the Listen"

    After listening to the first book in this series and really enjoying it I was looking forward to the second but there were so many negative comments about the reader that I put it off till finally I thought I would take a chance; I am glad I did. William Dufris isn't Scott Brick but he does a decent enough job that I didn't find that he got in the way of the story. If you like the series don't let the negative comments regarding Duris's performance prevent you from trying out this listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Good book, Narration was a let down."

    The Cleaner was a good book with an excellent narrator, Scott Brick. William Dufris is painful to listen to. When I started listening to ???The Deceived,??? I had to check the title on the IPOD to make sure I didn???t down load a western. Dufris adds a John Wayne twang when voicing Quinn. I was anticipating Quinn to utter the phase ???...but, Pilgrim, you caused a lot of trouble this morning; might have got somebody killed; and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth. But I won???t. I won???t. The hell I won???t!??? ??? McLintock (1963)
    It is quite irritating. So much so, that this is the first review I have written. In and of itself not notable, but I have over 200 titles in my library. The only other time I was this disappointed in a narrator switch is when John Lee read George R R Martin???s "A Feast for Crows." I am happy to see Roy Dotrice is narrating Martin???s "A Dance with Dragons" and I am equally happy to see Scott Brick is back for Battles??? "Shadow of Betrayal."

    "The Deceived" is a good book, but it may be worth buying at B&N and reading in lieu of spending 11 hours listening to Dufris.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Corona Del Mar, CA, United States 08-20-11
    Lisa Corona Del Mar, CA, United States 08-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story but suffers for the narration"

    After thoroughly enjoying The Cleaner with Scott Brick as narrator I was looking forward to this one. The story was great but the narrator was disappointing. All the female voices sound whiny and the narrator can make suspenseful scenes seem dull. Glad to see Mr. Brick is back for the next one. 5 stars for the story but loses 2 for the narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sherrie Capraro Ardmore, OK United States 04-27-14
    Sherrie Capraro Ardmore, OK United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Would benefit from a new narrator"
    Would you try another book from Brett Battles and/or William Dufris?

    Probably not


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brett Battles? Why or why not?

    Yes. If it had another narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Dufris’s performances?

    No. Mr. Dufris's interpretation of the characters made them all come across as either whining or peevish. Very annoying to listen to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The plot line was a little confusing, but it worked itself out in the end. Following along was made more difficult because of the irritating narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Issaquah, WA, United States 01-15-14
    Bill Issaquah, WA, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story, but almost ruined by the narration"
    Where does The Deceived rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brett Battles? Why or why not?

    Yes, I like the Cleaner series, good characters, good story twists.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Dufris’s performances?

    I will try to avoid them. I'd only listen to another one if it was a book I really, really wanted to listen to rather than read. His normal narration voice is excellent, but when he does character voices they are over the top, almost caricatures. "Tasha" in this book constantly sounds like she is whining. "Quinn's" voice is ridiculous. It would have been better to just read the dialog without differentiation, or with only minor variations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Brett, get another narrator please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol westerville, OH, United States 07-30-13
    Carol westerville, OH, United States 07-30-13
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    "Excellent story telling and very engaging"
    If you could sum up The Deceived in three words, what would they be?

    As the first book in the series, the story line and development of characters is fanatics. Not sure what the author does different, but it is very engaging


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Sugar Hill, GA, USA 04-21-13
    Dave Sugar Hill, GA, USA 04-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Thought I had this one figured out........"
    What did you love best about The Deceived?

    I was convinced that I had the plot down cold....right up until the plot twist....a great listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was excellent and believable...sets up well for a sequel.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listen to other William Dufris performances but he made the story enjoyable and suspenseful. Just listened to the Cleaner with the audio by Scott Brick and thought is compared favorable. I thought Dufris women's voices all sounded the same - the only real drawback to his performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karl Flatwoods, KY, United States 03-29-13
    Karl Flatwoods, KY, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!!!"
    What did you love best about The Deceived?

    I enjoyed very much the story and the naration. The variation in voices and tone added interest, illustrated and punctuated the story quite well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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