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The Deceived Audiobook

The Deceived

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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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    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!!!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-31-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Marvelous suspense thriller with so-so narration"

    The Deceived is the 2nd novel in the wonderful Jonathan Quinn series by Brett Battles. There are 10 novels plus a novel length prequel in the series. The prequel was released at the same time as The Destroyed which is the 5th novel in the series. In the first novel in the series, The Cleaner, Quinn is a guy who cleans up assassination sites after the paid killer has completed his task. Through the first 4 novels Quinn simply removes dead bodies and cleans up and does any appropriate investigation. With the release of the 5th novel, The Destroyed, the series turns into an espionage series with the protagonist still being Jonathan Quinn and the key character group expanding. The Deceived is very different from The Cleaner (the first novel in the series). Quinn's friend (and CIA agent) is killed in Asia and his body shipped to Quinn in a shipping container. Quinn takes care of the body and goes to Asia to find the dead man's missing girlfriend.

    This is the only book in the series not narrated by Scott Brick. Narration is not even close to the standard Brick set in The Cleaner.

    The Jonathan Quinn series is one of the very best of its genre. I recommend every novel in the series be listened to in order released except that the prequel be listened to first.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    A. L. DeWitt Jefferson City, MO United States 07-06-15
    A. L. DeWitt Jefferson City, MO United States 07-06-15 Member Since 2011
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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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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-13-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Justice for a friend that feels right."

    Like many by this author, it starts off slowly and, just when I decide to put it down becomes good. Sex scenes are awkward but the plot twists make it difficult to stop listening. Narrator made Nate sound too adolescent but Singapore fixer is excellent! Orlando is a really enjoyable character. The ending was very satisfying and closed all the loose ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adrienne 09-15-17
    Adrienne 09-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator is AWFUL"
    Would you try another book from Brett Battles and/or William Dufris?

    Would I try another book from Brett Battles? Yes, absolutely. Narrated by William Dufris? NEVER. His narration was awful. Absolutely awful. He was not consistent with his voices or accents. He mispronounced words. I couldn't wait to finish this book so I could start the next one narrated by the fabulous Scott Brick.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was not consistent with accents and voices. His made the females sound whiney. He mispronounced words. It's awful. Read this book the old fashion way and listen to the rest of the series narrated by Scott Brick.


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    Montanan Crossville, TN, United States 07-04-17
    Montanan Crossville, TN, United States 07-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Definitely not his best"

    Truly a bit boring, especially the first 2/3s of the book. He did his best to have a surprise ending, but it was too little too late.

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    Amazon Customer 06-30-17
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    "A Good Read..."

    When this first started out, didn't seem to like it. As I kept reading, I started enjoying it. After I finished it I did like the book.

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    mr 02-24-17
    mr 02-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "This narrator and overall quality is the worst!"

    When I first listened to the preview..I thought I would be able to tolerate the narration. I was so wrong. Also..the ever-changing sound levels had me consistently adjusting the volume. This audio book sounds like the it was recorded with a cheap radio shack microphone or low quality app. Come on...do better!

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    Amazon Customer 01-16-17
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    "Horrible Narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator - Dufris was terrible. Story was good, but narration made it difficult to fully appreciate


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brett Battles again?

    Yes - but not if the narrator is Dupris


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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