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The Cleaner

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: Jonathan Quinn, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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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

Critic Reviews

"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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excellent from start to finish

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 I started this service 30 months ago.

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Keep with it!

This is an action packed second book in the Quinn series. One should read the 0.5 start when Quinn was made Quinn. We had a fun interaction between himself and his apprentice. Then we see an interesting development of biological terrorism. And a very bad guy reappearing. And ultimately we see betrayal.

It appears that either people love or hate Brett Battle's writing. And yes. This is not for everyone. That is the beautiful thing with Audible's guarentee. I have had to use it a few times but it is excellent. I highly recommend this service. It is great to listen and multitask.

As always Scott Brick is excellent. I have heard of the FOSB issue. Fear Of Scott Brick. I suppose some suffer from it. I pity them. They miss some very good hours of a talented reader. I am looking forward to the next in the Quinn series.

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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!:)

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Rich, Complex and Relentless

The plot moved along, twisting and weaving elements from past books and characters, while continuously driving towards a never predictable end. Scott Brick masters the narrative with perfection. A completely compelling thriller

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An excellent start to a new series

Scott Brick provides a wonderful performance again (as usual). I'd been looking for a new series since I've finished most of my other ones, and I stumbled across this. Brett Battles has created a very interesting character in Quinn and I'm looking forward to seeing how future tales play out.

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Absolutely great

This book was so good, gripping story, suspenseful, keeps you on edge, great characters. I cannot wait to begin Book 2. Absolutely recommend, great writing.

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Great story!

I loved it! Scott Brick gave a awesome reading. Brett Battles has done it again! I highly recommend this entire series you won't regret it!! ENJOY

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"Quinn" is a terrific series!

Well, I'm sorry that I didn't discover this series sooner. Jonathan Quinn is a terrific character - and I'm surprised this character hasn't made the leap to the big screen. Although the dialogue is well constructed and witty, I love the things that the characters DO NOT say. I think this makes for much more realism and believability.

I recommend this series to other fans of the spy-thriller genre.

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Good action, interesting personalities

Story kept moving and the twists were unexpected. Like the main character and will read more if he appears in other stories .

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Excellent, quite the story line.

I did not see the end of the story coming! Great book and great value for audible book to listen to on a long drive.

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  • 07-23-09

good read

from start to the end I loved it. a real page turner

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  • EmmyScotland
  • 05-02-13

Depressing and unable to listen to it!

This was a depressing book that was quite miserabe and further more the narrator was not that great which made it even harder to listen to...tried on several occasions to get in to the story but it was too much like hard work and gave in after a couple of chapters - not for me but who knows it might be right up your street!