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The Discarded: Jonathan Quinn, Book 8 | [Brett Battles]

The Discarded: Jonathan Quinn, Book 8

He thought his final assignment would be simple: Transport a package from Japan to Amsterdam. But for Orlando's mentor, Abraham, the job was not at all like he expected and ended up haunting him. Seven years later, Quinn and Orlando know something is up when Abraham asks for a favor. At his age, he should be sitting on a beach, enjoying his retirement, not working.
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He thought his final assignment would be simple: Transport a package from Japan to Amsterdam. But for Orlando's mentor, Abraham, the job was not at all like he expected and ended up haunting him. Seven years later, Quinn and Orlando know something is up when Abraham asks for a favor. At his age, he should be sitting on a beach, enjoying his retirement, not working. After he tells them of his search for the last package he ever delivered, they help him unravel the truth, but soon realize they can't simply look for answers. They must also protect the package, no matter the cost. They just need to find it first.

©2014 Brett Battles (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Snoodely 01-25-15
    Snoodely 01-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Teamwork Exemplified"

    I only recently discovered Brett Battles — thanks to Audible’s Daily Deals — and have just finished listening to his entire Jonathan Quinn series in sequence. (I have now started listening to Mr. Battles’ Eden Project series, so I guess that shows you that I like this author!) I recommend the entire Jonathan Quinn series to all thriller-lovers; but I especially enjoyed this eighth (actually ninth, if you count “Becoming Quinn” — which you should) entry in the series. However, you really, 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 do need to listen to this series in sequence: Don’t start here with “The Discarded,” or you will miss out on a lot of the fun. (One slight exception applies here: You might want to start with what Audible calls "#4.1" in the series — “Becoming Quinn” — where Battles goes back to Quinn’s emergence as a Cleaner. Alternatively, you can listen to these audiobooks in literal chronological sequence. I think that either way would work, enjoyment-wise. I decided to start with the prequel, and did not regret doing so.)

    In Battles’ Jonathan Quinn series, I particularly like the way Quinn’s team gradually grows with each novel; starting with him as a lone operator, and proceeding to where, in this episode, he is working with five other people — in a beautiful display of teamwork — to perform their most heroic feat to date. How on earth does a Cleaner get to doing heroics? You will just have to listen to the series to find out! I only regretted that the Abraham character introduced in this episode did not survive to join the team for future outings. (Sorry, spoiler-haters.) I guess that Battles decided that Abraham, at age 60, could not keep up with the others in future adventures. (As one who has decidedly past the 60 mark — never mind how far past! — I beg to differ!)

    Regarding my mediocre rating of Scott Brick’s narration of “The Discarded”: I apologize to all Scott Brick aficionados. If you don’t already know whether you like Mr. Brick’s voice, I suggest that you listen to the 4-minute sample excerpt that Audible provides, to determine if his voice bothers you sufficiently to bypass this series. I, personally, have trouble with his nasal timbre and some of his inflections; but I have to acknowledge that Mr. Brick has good acting skills, and, for the most part, distinguishes the characters from one another adequately. Obviously, my own distaste for his voice did not deter me from purchasing the whole series! Aside from that one complaint — and my caveat about listening to the Jonathan Quinn series in sequence — I highly recommend “The Discarded” to all thriller-lovers.

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    Dianne Gulfport, MS 09-30-14
    Dianne Gulfport, MS 09-30-14 Member Since 2015

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    "SO INTRIGUING ~ SO CAPTIVATING!"

    Bravo Brett Battles! It takes talent to write a series that never wavers from the best! I've enjoyed each and every book in this series! Scott Brick is officially at the top of my list of favorite narrators. I never grew tired of his voice. I would highly recommend this series to everyone. I sincerely hope Book 9 comes SOON!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    shelley Raleigh, NC 09-17-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 09-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "This one is too good to DISCARD :>"
    Would you listen to The Discarded again? Why?

    Yes. This was soooo good. I didn't think Brett Battles could top The ENRAGED but I think he has at least written it's equal. I've relistened to Allthe others so will do the same with this one.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Oh Yes! And you are on the edge until the very end.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    All! Silly question, Scott Brick is one of my two favorite narrators, so as always he read the book perfectly. Thank You.


    Any additional comments?

    As I have found with All the Jonathan Quinn books this one takes off within the first few minutes and then it proves to be a wild ride right up to the end. There is a little 4 year old girl who Orlando's mentor transported 7 years earlier and her fate has bothered Abraham since. It takes the entire book (almost) before you find out who, what, when, where, how and why. But oh the journey to get there keeps your heart tripping along. I turned this on this morning and have not turned it off once today, I had to get to the end. I only wish it were longer but then I would have just stayed up all night. This is just good. There is some great character development in here, the continuing relationships develope further, some really funny bantering between Nate and Jonathan and some unknown background (Daeng sp?) is revealed. Well written and I hope it doesn't take too long for the next book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cecil 10-09-14
    Cecil 10-09-14
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    "Quinn does it again - I love this work"
    What made the experience of listening to The Discarded the most enjoyable?

    I have always like the combination of Jonathan Quinn, Orlando, Scott Brick and Brett Battles


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Quinn is among my favorite characters


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 02-17-15
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 02-17-15 Member Since 2013

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

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    "Compelling story"

    Thsi is a good book that is not in todays world all that hard to beleive as far as plot is concerned. However, not in a world I care to live in. Excellent reading

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    jamba 11-02-14
    jamba 11-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "spellbinding"
    Where does The Discarded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    among the top 10


    What other book might you compare The Discarded to and why?

    too difficult to answer


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    superb diction, perfect nuances - he deserves an A+


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

    hadn't intended to, but couldn't stop!


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    Margaret Mesa, AZ 10-09-14
    Margaret Mesa, AZ 10-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Quinn cleans house…again"

    the whole team working together. It's an entertaining story and I love Scott Brick's narration so a credit well spent!

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    dave swanson highlands Ranch, Co United States 02-12-15
    dave swanson highlands Ranch, Co United States 02-12-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Another great book"

    Another great book by Brett Battles. And always leaves you wanting the The next one to come out as soon as possible.

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    Jeff Vandenorth DE FOREST, WI, US 01-04-15
    Jeff Vandenorth DE FOREST, WI, US 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not bored with the characters"

    Yes it met my expectations. One negative wish Liz's character would
    Be more involved. But overall well done. Love Orlando

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    "A cannot put down novel!!"

    I very much enjoyed the novel.. Very well written and narrated... Great construction and plot... Well worth listening to.
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