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The Cleaner Audiobook

The Cleaner

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Publisher's Summary

Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the heart of a loner. His job? Professional "cleaner". Nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies. But in Brett Battles' electrifying debut novel, Quinn's latest assignment will change everything.

The job seemed simple enough: investigating a suspicious case of arson. But when a dead body turns up, and Quinn's handlers at "the Office" turn strangely silent, he knows he's in over his head. With only a handful of clues, Quinn struggles to find out why someone wants him dead...and if it's linked to a larger attempt to wipe out the Office.

Quinn's only hope may be Orlando, a woman from his past who may hold the key to solving the case. Suddenly, the two are prying into old crimes, crisscrossing continents, and struggling to stay alive. But as the hunt intensifies, Quinn is stunned by a chilling secret...and a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy.

Furiously paced, filled with superbly drawn characters and pitch-perfect dialogue, The Cleaner confirms Battles' place as one of the most exciting new talents in suspense fiction.

©2007 Brett Battles; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Displaying an enviable gift for pacing and action, Battles's debut novel is a page-turner that may remind some readers of the cult TV spy series Alias....Admirers of quality espionage fiction can look forward to a new series worth following." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 07-19-07
    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 07-19-07 Member Since 2010

    brenwalt

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    "Couldn't stop listening..."

    Top notch plot, excellent character development, fast pace, lots of twists and turns and WHAT AN ENDING ! You can't go wrong with this one.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy P. VA, USA 09-20-16
    Tracy P. VA, USA 09-20-16

    I cannot live without books; but fewer will suffice where amusement and not use, is the only future object. -Thomas Jefferson 6/1o/1815

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    "The Cleaner, "Cleaned" Up!"

    Great, action filled, smart book!
    Surprise ending making the roller-coaster ride that much more exciting!
    Can't wait to move on to book 2 in this series!
    Scott Brick, as usual, is an incredible narrator! He hits everything he does right on the mark!:)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 09-11-16
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 09-11-16 Member Since 2015

    I ride to LIVE!

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    "likeable"

    I read this based on the prequel. The main character Jonathan Quinn is a cleaner. His job is to finishing jobs, usually hits, which were done wrong and hiding bodies and evidence. Here he is not doing much cleaning. He is running for his life and solving a mystery. That was a slight disappointment. Cleaning was the hook for me in the prequel.

    This book does have a bad ass woman, Orlando. She does not take prisoners and has many skills and resourceful with no problem with killing. She needs to be a regular in he book. She made a splash of a psychopath.

    Nate, Quinn's protegee, is very low key. His greatest contribution in the book is aggravating Quinn. Whatever he is told not to do, he will run off to do it.

    You must pay attention in this book. The action starts with Nate and Quinn running for their lives. From that action, many suspects are considered as possible people who ordered the hit, the traitor of the organization or the mad men behind the plan to commit genocide.
    I had to take a few seconds to review the relationships. Everyone was considered for each atrocity with really good logic.

    I am going to read the next book in hopes that Quinn becomes the cleaner from the prequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julius 09-28-15
    Julius 09-28-15

    A straight-tailed slick-Hog knuckle dragging mouth breather; and proud of it!

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    "Starts kind of slow, but it gets better"

    No spoiler, but the story picks up when something interesting happens one dark night. The story finishes stronger then it starts. I thought it was worth the credit. I enjoyed meeting the "dry cleaners" Jonathan, and Nate, and the tech wizard Orlando. Who knows, you might too?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 07-01-14
    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 07-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Nothing Surprising Here!"

    After reading/listening to many "C.I.A" novels this is the first of someone who works behind the scenes.

    While the overall premise is interesting the book failed to get off the ground.

    Kept waiting for that moment where I could shout, "IT'S FINALLY OVER!"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michele 01-02-13
    Michele 01-02-13 Listener Since 2001

    I am the author of "Inner Fears", a thriller by MFKing. I am a social media manager for Jazz Social Media. Audio books are my main entertainment, and I think the best entertainment offered today.

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    "The story shoots from the barrel of motivation..."

    I must find more books by Brett Battles. He understands the nuances of story speed and plot folding, and how story flows from the characters naturally. I was happy to ride along the character's path in their interesting world.

    I've listened twice, and, of course, no one can perform better then Scott Brick. He is my bedroom buddy, my tantalizing transistor radio beneath my pillow. His accents don't bleed to other words, his characters are perfect. Women, men, Germans, Bosnians, with one word I have no doubt who is speaking.

    After two books where the writer was--frankly--an arrogant ass, ruining the story with his own pride of self (see my reviews on Michael Palmer's Political Suicide and Richard Bards' Brian Rush, 2 books I couldn't finish because the arrogance of the author bled into their protagonist), was beginning to think I didn't like audio books any more, but Brett battled me back to love for this art form.

    Don't miss this book!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Bloomfield, NY, USA 06-08-08
    Thomas Bloomfield, NY, USA 06-08-08
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    "ignorant"

    Decent story but the main character never does any "cleaning". The author's ignorance of basic gun terminology is amusing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bookmarque 08-14-07
    Bookmarque 08-14-07 Member Since 2007

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    "a decent effort"

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    The bad -
    stilted dialogue
    shallowly developed characters

    The ugly -
    terrible narration. all the voices were the same and the man cannot do accents to save his life.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-23-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-23-15 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "The first novel in a great series!"

    After joining Audible in December 2006 I began listening to Nelson DeMIlle, Daniel Silva. and Vince Flynn thrillers. In mid-2007 I decided to purchase a book written by Brett Battles, an author I had never heard of. The novel was The Cleaner which had just been released. I discover a superb author in Brett Battles as well as the narrator, Scott Brick, who remains my favorite. I've enjoyed listening to each Brett Battles book since as it was released. The Cleaner is, of course, Book 1 in the wonderful Jonathan Quinn series.

    Although The Cleaner at 3.8 stars is not as highly rated as subsequent Quinn novels, it is an excellent novel and the place to start the series after first listening to Becoming Quinn which was published in 2012 and is a superb introduction to the man who became Jonathan Quinn.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 10-10-14
    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2017

    I teach. I Listen. I trust your judgment as a fellow listener.

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    "Just because you can write it don't mean it's good"

    This canned, quasi-spy novel, is written to wind your tension-lovin' spring. But, the story is so pedestrian, so canned and unbelievable, that its masquerade as thriller is as transparent as the unsmoked glass that the good guys must endure in their rented Porches when the genocidal maniacs shoot their silenced guns through the streets of crowded cities into their righteous and speedy vehicles.

    What incredibly bogus, pulp fiction, this stuff is…I feel dirty.

    But, as always Scott Brick is my hero. Narrator extraordinaire!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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