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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.

    4 of 4 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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    Eric W 06-04-15
    Eric W 06-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story bad reader"

    It is hard to listen the reader doesn't control his voice volume well. For me listening through car speakers it requires constant volume adjustment.

    1 of 1 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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    Kathy 07-28-15
    Kathy 07-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "What a mile churner! Loved it!"
    What did you love best about The Deceived?

    Well crafted story, with twists and turns. Just when you thought you had it figured out......oops...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aside from Quinn, Orlando... complex and great asset to Quinn.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not having to read it myself!


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

    yes, and almost did


    Any additional comments?

    Other reviews lambasted the reader, but they are unfair. Don't let that review stop you from getting this book! Glad to have ignored them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 07-06-15
    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 07-06-15 Member Since 2011

    I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.

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    "Great book"

    This is classic Quinn. If you like the other books in the series you'll love this.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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