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The Collected (A Jonathan Quinn Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Brett Battles
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A cleaner’s tasks are simple: get rid of the body so that it will never be found, and make the scene of the kill look like nothing happened.

Rule Number One: Don’t get caught.

With Jonathan Quinn’s career in question, his apprentice Nate has successfully taken on the role of full-fledged cleaner, using Quinn’s name to keep the business working seamlessly in case his boss decides to return.

But Nate’s latest job is not what it seems, and he finds himself on the wrong side of a trap.

With Nate suddenly missing, Quinn and his partner Orlando set out to find him, and learn the reasons for Nate’s disappearance are more atrocious than they anticipated.


PRAISE FOR THE JONATHAN QUINN SERIES

“Brilliant and heart pounding”—Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author

“Addictive.”—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author

“Unputdownable.”—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author

“The best elements of Lee Child, John le Carré, and Robert Ludlum.”—Sheldon Siegel, New York Times bestselling author

“Quinn is one part James Bond, one part Jason Bourne.”—Nashville Book Worm

“Welcome addition to the political thriller game.”—Publishers Weekly


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About the Author

Brett Battles is the Barry Award-winning author of over a dozen novels, including the Jonathan Quinn series, the Logan Harper series, and the Project Eden series. He is a member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. You can learn more at his website brettbattles.com

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  • File Size: 495 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KWMUPM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Quinn but AWFUL Ending -- PLOT DISCUSSION HERE December 12, 2012
By Mike P.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read each and every Quinn novel and have enjoyed them all, mostly.

Quinn is a contract "cleaner"..that is, someone who mops up for shadowy government or other organizations after a targeted assassination. He and his team take care of body disposal to wrap up the operation. Through the various novels, we've seen Quinn's history and his growing team -- all the works have been meat and potatoes fare, easy to ready, reasonable character development, decent stories and plotlines. You have to overlook the sometimes bad writing and questionable technical details (Quinn has a computer hacker on his team that can beat any system seen so far!), but it's not for deep, thoughtful reading.

This installment is a typical Quinn story in many respects -- at this point, Quinn is semi-retired and his duties (and name/reputation) have been assumed by his protege, Nate. Quinn is off hanging out with his lover, Orlando, while Nate takes on a new assignment. This new assignment is nothing but a setup by a vengeful past target who wasn't killed in the operation). Thus, Nate disappears and Quinn returns to the scene to find him.

The action and plotlines are reasonably solid and it keeps the reader engaged. My main issue here is the last two pages: a semi-major player is killed and a major player is shot, but you are left completely hanging as to whether the character lives or dies. In fact, the last couple of paragraphs is essentially the character losing conciousness right in mid-sentence! Boom. Done. Really, Mr. Battles? I get cliffhangers but there is a much better way of managing this as an art form rather than "I'll figure it out later". This left a bitter taste in my mouth.

I will read the next one, no doubt. But it doesn't mean I'm impressed.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucy October 4, 2012
By Lucy
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Brett Battles has out done his self with COLLECTED.  I have read all of the Quinn series and they were all 5 stars reviews.  This book was so exciting If it had not been midnight I would have finished reading it in one sitting.  Nate has been mistaken for Quinn and set up and captured along with four other men.  Quinn is trying to find him and Nate is plotting his escape.  An exciting story that will keep you waiting for the next event.   I am now waiting for the next Quinn book.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best one yet! October 3, 2012
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I am a huge fan of the Jonathan Quinn series - I have read every single one and was waiting for this latest Quinn book to come out - but I think this might be the best of all. I downloaded it and read it all today, couldn't put it down. I can never guess what will happen next, and just when I think I can predict what a character will do, Battles reveals another side of their personality, and I'm pulled even deeper into the story and their world. I love the humor and wit that runs throughout the dialogue, and the subtle suggestions of backstory that gives the action more impact. Having to patiently wait for the next book in the series will be tough!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read from a first time Battles reader December 16, 2012
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A friend who has the same taste in action novels recommended this author. First time read and I was engrossed from start to finish. Pleasant surprise to find a book for a very reasonable price that keeps you going on every sitting until the finish
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book December 15, 2012
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Typically I read a few pages of a book, put it down for a bit, then come back and repeat the process for a week to finish a book. I couldn't put this book down.

Too often I get bored with a book because I cannot identify with the characters. Their story is like a TV show that everything goes according to plan every time. I really like the fact that the main characters were real people with real issues and not the typical heros who have everything go perfectly every time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Thriller October 5, 2013
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Nate is Quinn's protege as a cleaner - those who remove all traces of a dead body after a target has been slain. The first rule in the business is: don't get caught. During Nate's latest mission, everything seems to quickly to wrong. This simple assignment may be part of a larger scheme by unknown persons.

This was a quick read full of action-packed scenes. I enjoyed the fast pace, and plan to read others in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like the series. Well written October 4, 2013
By G. Crew
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Good book for the price but I really did not like the obvious to be continued ending. I was entertaining & I could not put it down .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Aware ....Audiobook Review September 29, 2013
Format:Paperback
The Collected is the 6th book in a series about Jonathan Quinn.
I recommend reading the series in order.

Be AWARE...the end of this book is a cliffhanger
I would recommend waiting until you can read The Enraged right after reading this book

I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 because it was a cliffhanger and I wasn't expecting it!

Having said that...this book was a solid installment in the series

It was, like all the books, full of action
It was an exciting, nail biting and very entertaining

I enjoy Brett Battles more than the Jack Reacher series and about the same as The Gray Man series

Highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars non stop action
I enjoyed Nate as main character. Enjoyed meeting other personalities in the ops community. Interesting plot. Writing taut and research excellent as usual.
Published 4 days ago by reader44
5.0 out of 5 stars The Collected
Just finished it,,,,,,Awesome. Going to get his next book for my kindle.....The story keeps you going and going..
This was his 2nd Quinn book. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Boatsm3
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
I have enjoyed every one of Brett Battles' novels; I've read them all, and some twice. The Collected is a spellbinding action/thriller that you will find is very hard to put down. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Beverly E. Mcwhirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Of Our Favorite Author List
Hard to put down book! Have read all in series! Anxiously awaiting his 2014 book to this series. Jonathan Quinn is like one of our family.
Published 2 months ago by dp
5.0 out of 5 stars The Collected
When I posted the review for Brett Battles' previous book, The Destroyed, I said it was my favorite book. I spoke too soon. The Collected is now my favorite in the Quinn series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bet
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Started reading just to see what happened to Nate and Daeng after The Destroyed and was immediately hooked battling along with Nate as he struggled to survive. Read more
Published 2 months ago by RWB
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the book
IT had a good story line. Good plot and good action. Tie all characters to story. I would recommend it to all cleaner fans.
Published 2 months ago by Jerry Tynon
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great Jonathan Quinn book!
Another GREAT book in the Jonathan Quinn series! I just love how Brett makes his stories such fast paced stories and have as many twists and turns in them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wes Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense at break-neck speed
Great read. I love Quinn, Nate and Orlando and the places they take us. I wish Brett could write faster. :-)
Published 4 months ago by L. Gene Sikora
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange but Very Interesting.
I like all the Quinn Novels. However, the reader has to be a Brett Battles or John Locke fan to even begin to read these books. They are really great. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John W. Green
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More About the Author

Brett Battles is the author of eighteen novels and several short stories. His novel THE DECEIVED (part of his Jonathan Quinn series) won the 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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