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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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    Don Walla Walla, WA, United States 10-22-14
    Don Walla Walla, WA, United States 10-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story - Lousy Narration"
    Would you listen to The Deceived again? Why?

    Not by this narrator. He tried too hard and made it hard to buy into the story instead of just letting it unfold.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    See above.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad to see that Scott Brick is narrating the remaining books in the series. He's worth paying more money for because he makes the story come alive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jhart0714 09-10-10
    Jhart0714 09-10-10 Member Since 2005
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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Santa Clarita, CA, United States 10-03-09
    Michele Santa Clarita, CA, United States 10-03-09 Member Since 2013
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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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    SJC Ardmore, OK United States 04-27-14
    SJC Ardmore, OK United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2014
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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.


    1 of 1 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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 09-16-13
    Kathryn 09-16-13
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 12-27-14
    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 12-27-14 Member Since 2009
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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