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The Deceived (A Jonathan Quinn Novel Book 2) Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

In Battles's strong sequel to The Cleaner—which introduced Jonathan Quinn, an ex-CIA agent who cleans up crime scenes for a shadowy U.S. government intelligence agency—Quinn determines to find the murderer of his CIA friend Steven Markoff. Quinn and his team must also locate Steven's missing girlfriend, Jenny Fuentes, to notify her of Steven's death. The search for Jenny hopscotches from Los Angeles to Houston to the Washington, D.C., offices of Jenny's boss, an ambitious politician. Along the way, Quinn and his compatriots contend with villains who appear to be linked to an international conspiracy. The chase ends in Singapore, where Quinn enlists a former underworld contact to help identify the plot's nefarious mastermind. Breakneck pacing, colorful locales and dizzying plot twists make the Quinn series a welcome addition to the political thriller genre. (July)
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From Booklist

Jonathan Quinn is a “cleaner;” he tidies up after lethal events so that the locals don’t suspect that anything unusual has happened. When this one begins, Quinn discovers that he’s disposing of the remains of a friend, CIA agent Steven Markoff. Very much a loner, Quinn feels honor bound to break the news to Markoff’s lover, Jenny Fuentes. Markoff, we learn, once saved Quinn’s life. But Jenny is on the run, and Quinn dashes from L.A. to Houston, then Washington, and ultimately Singapore in his efforts to find her and keep her alive. Battles keeps to the formula that made his first Quinn novel, The Cleaner (2007), a success: plenty of globetrotting, nonstop action, plot twists, tight writing, whiz-bang high-tech devices, tradecraft, and a surfeit of dangerous women. As in The Cleaner, the evildoers whom Quinn must neutralize are a bit James Bondish, but derring-do will always find an audience. --Thomas Gaughan

Product Details

  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440243718
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1 edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2008
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00139XS3S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brett Battles is the author of over twenty novels and several short stories. His novel THE DECEIVED (part of his Jonathan Quinn series) won a Barry Award for Best Thriller. He is one of the founding members of Killer Year, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. He lives and writes in Los Angeles. More info available at www.brettbattles.com.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By W. Dobson on July 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Brett Battles THE DECIEVER is a great book, fast paced, exciting and full of wonderful details about how spies do their business. It's got all the hallmarks of a great thriller including exotic locales, neat gadgets, believable violence, people who aren't whom they appear to be and, oh yes, a little bit of sex just to keep us interested.

The plot, well, the plot, as is often the case in books like this, doesn't really matter. For the first three hundred or so of its three hundred fifty-eight pages no one, including the characters, have any idea what's happening and neither will you...fortunately it doesn't matter in the least, just go along for the roller coaster ride but watch out for that last dip - it's a lulu! We first met Jonathan Quinn in THE CLEANER and I for one am thrilled to renew his acquaintance. In THE DECIEVER one of Quinn's few real friends is killed and Quinn sets off in search of his missing girlfriend. Along the way Quinn and his team, Orlando, an electronics expert who is a match for Quinn in every way, and his apprentice Nate chase after the girlfriend with stops in Houston, Washington D. C., San Francisco and Singapore. I won't give you the details but there's some great chase scenes, a few gunfights, some second story work and lot's of interesting details of spy craft that will keep your eyes glued to this book well after your bedtime.

Brett Battles has a bright future as a thriller writer assuming he doesn't lose his center. I sincerely hope to see many more books featuring Jonathan Quinn but the ending of THE DECEIVER leaves an opening to take this series in a very different direction moving into the realm of Robert Ludlum rather then continue charting his own very different direction. This, in my opinion, would be a mistake.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ellen VINE VOICE on July 1, 2008
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Brett Battles created an excellent, unique story featuring Jonathan Quinn. He is a freelance professional 'Cleaner' - someone who comes in and cleans up messes for folks - making bodies disappear - cleaning up scenes that if the authorities were involved, they would cordon off and search for clues to 'whodunit'.
Quinn is called to clean a job and finds the person he needs to have disappear is one of his friends in the business that saved his life. He feels an obligation to this person to find out why this happened.
So starts a fast paced sequel to The Cleaner. Many of the same characters as The Cleaner, Nate, the apprentice in training with Quinn, Orlando, the beautiful Oriental lady whom Quinn is attracted to - and a slew of agents in the shadowy world of cleaning up someone elses 'messes'.
This story takes the characters all over the globe, and Quinn does a lot of digging and heart searching to find out who killed his friend.
It may have been about 30 pages too long, but it is still an excellent sequel to The Cleaner.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stones River on July 23, 2009
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The Deceived had me at page one. I found it hard to put down. The writing is clear and direct. The action is fast and furious. The story has plenty of surprises and unexpected twists. The descriptions of the locations made me feel like I was there. l'm a picky reader, but this book totally hooked me. This was my first read of a book by Brett Battle's and now I can't wait to read his other books!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Bilmes VINE VOICE on July 22, 2009
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WARNING: Do not start this book unless you have a clear schedule. It will be virtually impossible for you to put this down once you're past the first page. Battles' second entry in the Jonathan Quinn series is a terrific thriller full of action, personality, and plot twists. The pacing is lightning-quick, and the dialogue cracks like a whip.

Highly recommended...but don't start reading at a traffic light!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on October 21, 2009
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Three Brett Battles novels and three one sitting thrillers isn't bad at all! As a matter of fact, I turned off my telephone's ringer and ignored knocks at the door while reading this one. Indeed, the plots and the villians are rather James Bondian, but Jonathan Quinn isn't. He does get on the wrong track imperiling his apprentice Nate and girl friend Orlando more than once, but this isn't due as much to his flaws as to the flaws in the system. Like imagine playing chess if some of your pieces become your opponent's pieces, or some of you opponent's suddenly are yours. It would be rather complicated, no? You'll notice that I'm not giving away much of the plot here. Others have done that, and anyway, I feel the less you know what to expect from this novel, the better. I will warn you that this doesn't quite fall into the category of realistic spy fiction and if you don't find fun in rather grandiose and unlikely conspiracies, you just might not like the Jonathan Quinn books. As for me, I find them to be fantastic fun and give them my highest recommendation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fred Camfield on May 24, 2009
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In this second novel in the Jonathan Quinn series, he is given a job to dispose of a body, but the body in this case is someone he knows. He feels an obligation that goes beyond the job, to track things back and find out what happened. Events lead him into a murky world of intrigue in both the US and overseas. There are some carryover characters from the last novel, "The Cleaner," but also some new people involved. Some people would rather have Quinn stay out of their lives. He could get you killed.

This becomes one of those mysteries about who is doing what to whom, where you have to join Quinn in figuring out just who are the bad guys, and exactly what is going down. Heroes tend to survive, although perhaps a bit battered, as the plot goes through a few surprising twists.

The novel is well written, but be aware that it does have substantial violence. Quinn can make people disappear. That's what he does for a living. People who know about it are not likely to talk because talk can be bad for a lot of people's buniness.
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