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Mila Voss is dead. That’s what the team hired to terminate her had reported, and that’s how her file had been marked. Dead. Six years now. So why did she suddenly show up on a hotel’s security camera in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania? Those who’d paid for her elimination are more than a little curious.

One person should know what happened—Jonathan Quinn, one of the best cleaners in the business, the man who’d been tasked with the disposal of her body. Only Quinn isn’t exactly easy to get ahold of these days, and he may not be willing to share the answer.

©2012 Brett Battles (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Entertaining if somewhat disturbing story

The story delves into a subject I would rather think was not even remotely factual. The ethics of people who clean up the crime scene to remove all evidence of clandestine murder. I listened to the story for Scott Brick's excellent narration. He can bring any story to life.

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love it

I enjoyed it very much. No drawn-out parts. Scott Brick did a really good job.

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  • adrienne
  • EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States
  • 11-20-12

New twists in the series!

Brett Battles does it again. Cleaning up crime scenes, closing their loose ends, and a prequel created a need/opportunity for Jonathan Quinn to do something different.

Quinn has retreated from civilization and finds respite doing the basics. Then Mila Voss, a job he had supposedly cleaned, shows up on a security feed. Everyone involved in the job is under scrutiny. Associates find Quinn and everyone works to sort out the mess. It is not, of course, a straightforward task.

Job completed, they all return to their current lives, and we await the next chapter.

Scott Brick is the perfect narrator for this series.

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  • Carol
  • westerville, OH, United States
  • 07-30-13

The continuation of the series is marvelous

What did you love best about The Destroyed?

The continuity from book one and book two. This book keeps the characters real and exciting.

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Excellent story.

This was the first Brett Battles book for me, and it was very good. If you are a fan of Lee Child, DeMille or some of Ludlum's excellent early work, I am sure you will like The Destroyed. I am looking forward to Battle's other work. As usual Scott Brick is fantastic as the narrator.

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Battles does it again!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! A novel that keeps you reading, want to keep reading until the end.

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

Yes! Needed to understand what his reasoning was to lead him to such a decision.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I enjoy his reading of this series. I'm able to read each book in the series and I know that that the characters will sound the same as the previous one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many. Some more so than others. That's what makes his novels worth listening to.

Any additional comments?

The characters are well developed. The action keeps you wanting to read more.

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  • Ray
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 07-10-13

Hoping for more intelligence from Intelligence

I stuck with it to the end, so the plot was adequately engaging. And I liked the world travel. But it's the first and last book I'm reading by this author. If the story is supposed to reflect the thoughts or conduct of intelligence operatives, then I'd worry about the intelligence of the people involved. For example, undetected in a detention facility, Our Hero the agent overhears one guard saying to another, "If there are any requests, the answer is no." Our Hero thinks this might mean that the guards are going to see a prisoner, but he pauses to acknowledge that the evidence isn't conclusive. I thought, "How does he make it through a typical day, if he needs more conclusive proof of the obvious?"

The book felt like a Young Adult novel, where a young man repeatedly insists that he is not a boy anymore, and demands the respect of his mentor. It also shared a YA approach to emotion -- if your buddy is killed in action, then you're allowed to have big feelings, but mostly just focus on your Very Important duty.

If we accept a world where supposedly noble people kill without even asking why, then I guess morality is out the window. And if we venerate a world where people suppress emotions, then I suppose they'll stop to have silly conversations about whether someone was an ex-girlfriend, when regular people would be focused on avoiding death or capture.

Possible-spoiler alert: I can't figure out why we should respect protagonists who express no awareness of the idea of human rights, but who then become shocked at the violation of an American's rights. Perhaps in their world, doing the same acts to a non-American would have been fine. Ugh. Finally, the bad guys don't get as much come-uppance as I like for vengeance fantasy.

It's great that other readers really get into this series. I just don't enjoy feeling smarter than "expert" characters.

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Enjoyable. It something is missing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The reader did his usual good job.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Something missing in the story-line. I cannot figure out what.

Do you think The Destroyed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not necessarily. Knowing when to stop is important. I will miss the character.

Any additional comments?

I wish I could figure out why I'm not satisfied with the book but I have not been able to do that. Perhaps because it seems that Jonathan turned out to be more of a wimp than fits his character development. I like how Nat took up the his mentor's name. That was a good move.

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