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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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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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
  • Loma Linda, CA
  • 07-28-15

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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • Corona Del Mar, CA, United States
  • 08-20-11

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Does Anyone Edit These Things?

These stories of spooks, hit men and their janitors need at least an inkling of plausibility that tethers them to reality to be entertaining. And the writing must be average, at least. This slow-moving train to know-where has the most preposterous conclusion I may have ever read.

The characters are thin and poorly developed. Cliche after cliche fills this droning mess and stultified, repetitive dialogue wears one down. Realizing he has written us into the proverbial corner, Battles concocts the most convoluted, nonsensical conclusion on record. I told myself it was a parody of a parody of a parody in order to justify the time I wasted, but, alas, there is no rhyme or reason for it.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Quinn is the most inept "expert" ever.

Laughable story with simplistic characters. Very disappointing. Best part of the story was "The End.".

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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not as good as the first, 8,9 books

I listen to the 8th book in the series first based on reviews. I really liked it and then went on to the 9thI decided I would do the whole series and went back to the first one. Gave that 4 stars and said Wow for the first one that was great I also liked it that Scott BRIC was reading all of them. I like to do a series one after another when its really good and especially if it has the same good narrator the whole time. I was disappointed they changed narrators and the story wasn't quite as good. quite frankly the women's voices all tended to sound the same and they were annoying and whiney. I also figured out a lot of the book ahead of time. still gave it 3 stars and I'll check the next one out and see. If this had been my first one I don't know if I would have listened to the entire series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not his best

This one just didn't hit the mark. Narrator annoying; storyline not up to par for me, but then again, I'm picky.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful