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
I ignored the bad review about the narrator and got this book because I had to go in order. I must say it was painful to listen to. If anyone reads these review from Audible, please get someone else to narrate. It was almost impossible not to grimace while listening. One review said he made Quinn sound like John Wayne and everyone else like southern belles. Painful!
The content of the book was really good. Not big on cursing so much though.
A narrator with overly dramatic inflections takes away from the story, although at times quite excellent. The writing sometimes reaching too quickly to trite or overused phrases. The interaction between characters sometimes too obvious and lame. Great plot though
Loved the characters
Orlando, she's mysterious.
The scene where Quinn finds out that he's chasing the wrong woman.
I missed Scott Bricks voice.
Audible allows me to fill my mind with something so much better than TV.
Heard the first book and it was exciting from beginning to end. Maybe the first was performed by Scott Brick and this one was read by a total beginner. Only reason I stayed with it was the fact Scott would read the next one.
I hate to critisize the narrator, but I can't help feeling strongly that the narrator made Quinn sound like a whining bully (yeah, unlikely combination I know), unsensitive and unintelligent. Speaking like the words came out of a trumpet. Probably not what the author intended. I liked Quinn in The Cleaner, but now I hate him. The way people speak may influence me more than I thought. Maybe I'll get over it so I can buy the next book.
While I'm at it, here's a word for the author: I found it unbelievable that Quinn threw away expensive gear that he could have put in his pocket for use another time. How much does a silencer cost? Who in the real world would throw a silencer on the ground and leave it because it got some mud on it? (I think most people would have put it in their pocket). And who would really crush their own earpiece (probably pretty expensive too) just because they didn't like what they heard from it? It is a funny disregard for property... I know, I know, people are getting killed all around, but hey, that was necessary, right? It is the unnecessary waist that gets to me... He he.
The reader wasn't very good. He did not keep the level that you need to hear him while your riding in a car without any outside noise. Went really low.
Would have liked more action. Kinda lulled sometimes time. Like to see lots of action. Going to listen to Quinn next book. Hope this reader is gone. Liked the first book reader. Story line was great. Did not figure out the bad guy.
Wasn't so much the narration but the production that was annoying. Volume fluctuations and the narrators bad inflection. Hate the way he made Quinn sound...like some arrogant jerk. Sounded like Clinton or Kronk at times. The women all sounded the same and southern.
I listen to the 8th book in the series first based on reviews. I really liked it and then went on to the 9thI decided I would do the whole series and went back to the first one. Gave that 4 stars and said Wow for the first one that was great I also liked it that Scott BRIC was reading all of them. I like to do a series one after another when its really good and especially if it has the same good narrator the whole time. I was disappointed they changed narrators and the story wasn't quite as good. quite frankly the women's voices all tended to sound the same and they were annoying and whiney. I also figured out a lot of the book ahead of time. still gave it 3 stars and I'll check the next one out and see. If this had been my first one I don't know if I would have listened to the entire series.
I really tried to finish. Even came within an hour and a half of finishing. Just couldn't do it. Have enjoyed Brett Battles before. I think I came this close because I'm at home recovering from knee surgery and have drugs on hand.
Please don't tell me you are dealing with strong female characters and the make me wonder where you're hiding them.
I'll listen to more of this author's books I know he can write. Please don't disappoint me again.
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