I purchased this 9 months ago and tried to listen to it. But I am impulsive and compulsive and did not give it proper attention. I know this because t..Show More »his time I started it from the beginning and was riveted for the next 8 hours of listening.
It begins with a covert hit of some kind by highly trained professionals. The man in charge of cover up, called a cleaner, notes a few mistakes made during the operation, but is confident all loose ends are covered. But when a 22 year old rookie police officer begins noticing very obscure clues, the cleaner's job becomes infinitely more complicated.
Fortunately for the cleaner, the rookie's inexperience and lack of authority renders his investigation useless by authorities. But the cleaner watches in amazement at the young cop's eye for detail and logic uncovers the truth of what really went down. But now another problem has reared its head. A key member of the hit squad wants the rookie dead.
Thus begins the end of a talented police officer's career before it really began, and the recruitment and training of a professional cleaner in the covert world of espionage.
This book is excellent from start to finish. You will not want to break from the non-stop action. Its one the best book I've bought from Audible since..Show More » I started this service 30 months ago.
I think I swore off listening to Battles after a previous read, but somehow ended up listening to this anyway. I wish I could edit this book: it's re..Show More »ally not a bad story, but Battles gets hung up at least once a chapter on parsing minutiae, with a lot of dialogue about obvious things, a lot of explication of un-spectacular activity, much in the name of verisimilitude but more a delight in naming weapons and lovingly recording all the intricacies of using them. All in all it's an engaging-enough story, but could have been streamlined to good effect.
Story - The Destroyed is an awesome espionage thriller. It is good from the first sentence, and the suspense and action never let up. There are no d..Show More »ull spots, no filler stuff, just great story from beginning to end. The book is not confusing or hard to follow, but you will need to pay close attention. There are lots of players and it alternates between two timelines that you will have to keep straight. There is violence and killing, but that is not the main thrust of the story.
This is Book 5 of the Jonathan Quinn series, but it's my first. I'm sure I missed out on some background information and history, but this story stands alone perfectly and the ending ties up everything nicely.
Narrator - I know Scott Brick is a favorite of Audible listeneres, and now I can understand why. He does a great job (and has a pretty sexy voice, too), but I withhold my 5's for great jobs done on more difficult performances.
Overall - Get this book. You will not be disppointed.
I really did not enjoy the last book The Collectors, I missed the in-control, cool under pressure Quinn. He is back in this book. As usual Battles d..Show More »elivers a number of surprises in his plot - I liked them especially since some are very different than the usual in spy novels. If you have enjoyed the Quinn series you will like this one.
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..Show More » others so will do the same with this one.