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The Deceived Audiobook

The Deceived

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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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    MARCIA 10-23-15
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    "not as good as the first, 8,9 books"

    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.

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    Queen of Everything 09-29-15
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    "Tedious plus whiney women"

    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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    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 06-05-15
    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 06-05-15 Member Since 2012

    Avid audio book listener with over 1600 books in my library!

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    "Ok story terrible narration"

    Disappointed in this book. Not what I expected. The narrator ruined it for me. The first one was better with Scott Brick narrating. I plan on listening to the next one as Scott is back narrating the series.

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    Karin Missouri, United States 06-04-15
    Karin Missouri, United States 06-04-15 Member Since 2014

    specklesmama

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    "Good thriller, will read more in the series"

    I like the stories - great character development. Good action, good narrator, basically a great stories. However, my big beef is with some very obvious errors in judgment. Why would the assassin not kill the target immediately when the opportunity was there. I do think that whole scenario could have been played a lot more realistically. Author's responsibility only. JMHO.

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    Michael Boca Raton Fl. 05-18-15
    Michael Boca Raton Fl. 05-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "kept me glued to the plot all they way to the end."

    kept me glued to the plot all they way to the end.dont beleve the nay sayers it is a good story

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    Susan 03-26-15
    Susan 03-26-15
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    "Not his best"

    This one just didn't hit the mark. Narrator annoying; storyline not up to par for me, but then again, I'm picky.

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    Joan 03-14-15
    Joan 03-14-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Hard to Listen To"

    I am writing fairly early into the book because I am not enjoying the experience this narrator provides. I can usually listen to a book and do other things (housework or while driving the car). Definitely not the case with this book. The narrator's voice keeps going between normal to almost a whisper. This constant fading in and out is just awful and quite distracting. I am going to make a point of calling Audible about this and will also try avoiding books read by this narrator! Truly the worst experience I have had with any of the books I have listened to in all the years I have been an Audible customer.

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    Dan 12-27-14
    Dan 12-27-14
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    "Written like a travel book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The problem is not the narration as some have claimed. William Dufris is one of the best narrators as is Scott Brick. The problem is the thin story that only appears to function as the basis for the characters to travel the globe. Some times I almost imagined I was listening to one of Bill Bryon's books except with more killing and explosions. I don't think it is a bad travel book and there is a lot of good geographical information. But, I think I'll pass on the other Quinn books.


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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.

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    Carol westerville, OH, United States 07-30-13
    Carol westerville, OH, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2015
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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


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