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The Silenced: A Novel (A Jonathan Quinn Novel Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Brett Battles
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Professional “cleaner” Jonathan Quinn has a new client and an odd job: find and remove the remains of a body hidden twenty years ago inside the walls of a London building, before the building is demolished.

But Quinn and his team are being watched. Suddenly caught in the cross fire between two dangerous rivals, Quinn must unravel the identity of the body and why it still poses so great a threat even in death. Because a plot stretching from the former Soviet Union to Hong Kong, from Paris to London, from Los Angeles to Maine, is rapidly falling apart. And Quinn hasn’t been hired just to tie up loose ends—he is one.

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Battles's perfunctory fourth thriller (after Shadow of Betrayal) falls short of the standard set by the first two entries in his series featuring operative Jonathan Quinn, who specializes in disposing of dead bodies and cleaning crime scenes so as to leave no evidence behind. Given his high personal standards and a conscience, Quinn works only for those he considers good guys, usually the darker departments of the U.S. government. When David Wills, a client based in London, gives Quinn and his team a series of jobs that requires them to clean up after assassinations, Quinn finds himself dealing with not only the requisite bodies but also another team of unknown origin that's bent on stopping the assassinations. As the jobs continue, Quinn begins to doubt Wills's motives. Hopefully, next time out Quinn will have a more exciting plot to tidy up after. (Mar.)
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Praise for Brett Battles
“Smart, sleek, and stunning . . . a gritty, gripping masterpiece of suspense.”—Fresh Fiction, on Shadow of Betrayal
“Breakneck pacing, colorful locales and dizzying plot twists.”—Publishers Weekly, on The Deceived

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1629 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440245672
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (April 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IK8PVE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Jove Nods July 21, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Even Jove nods from time to time," one of my colleagues used to say. Publishers Weekly has fallen dead asleep this time. The Silenced is many things, but perfunctory is not one of them.

Moreover, there is no obvious `falling off' from the first three novels in the Quinn-the-cleaner series. The Silenced is different from the previous three in that we now get some serious backstory on Battles' protagonist. MINI-SPOILER ALERT: he's from Minnesota. He has a sister; he had a brother; he's just lost his father; his name is actually Jake Oliver. His mother figures incidentally in the plot; his sister Liz plays a prominent role. The subtext is a fairly traditional one: the protagonist must put the main plotline mystery together; in the process he hopes to put his family together as well.

The principal plot is complex but not opaque. Quinn is on a case working for a man named David Wills. When he gets to a scene he sees another team in place, a Russian team. Then, suddenly, there's a third team, shooting at anyone and everyone. Quinn must figure out who's who, which client is actually running Wills, and how he can protect himself and the members of his team and family against the ultimate baddie (a quite memorable baddie as it turns out).

The pacing is utterly breathless and the backstory comes as a nice surprise. I will grant that Quinn/Jake's sister is a little annoying at times. She has trouble obeying his orders because she has never known what he actually does for a living and she believes that he has abandoned her in the past and, thus, is unworthy of her attentions now. Little does she know the world in which Quinn lives and moves and has his being, but she will learn.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Jonathan Quinn is a professional "cleaner," which means it's his job to makes things, usually bodies, disappear. It's a crucial function, but one that usually allows Quinn and his crew to stay out of the direct line of fire since their job doesn't begin until the operation they've been hired to clean up after has ended. The Silenced, the fourth entry in the Quinn series (following The Cleaner, The Deceived, and Shadow of Betrayal), finds Quinn and his crew hired to handle a multi-operation job. First, there's the matter of a long dead body in London a client wants removed from its resting place before the building serving as its tomb is demolished. Sounds simple enough.

And then there's the matter of cleaning up after a few interconnected operations in several different locations in the U.S. A bit more involved, but still relatively straightforward. That is until while cleaning up after the first U.S. job someone else shows up at the job site, a remote location they shouldn't have any idea even exits. Quinn follows the uninvited guest, a mysterious woman, back to her car and overhears her speaking Russian to a companion before they drive away. When the same woman shows up again at a job clear across the country, and before the hit is even carried out this time, it becomes apparent there is another team working from the same list as Quinn and his client. Stranger still, the Russian woman and her team also appear to be interested in that dead body in London. Whose toes are Quinn inadvertently stepping on, and how far will they go to get Quinn out of their way?

Those are questions that Quinn desperately needs the answers to if he's to live up to his professional obligations without compromising himself or his client.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sure to Be Another Winner! April 5, 2011
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April 5, 2011--Release Day
The Silenced is the fourth book in Brett Battles' Jonathon Quinn series. Previous books (The Cleaner, The Deceived and Shadow of Betrayal) proved face-paced and exciting. The plots are intriguing, the locations exotic, and the characters both lovable and believable. Each book has left me eager for the release of the next. Today I received notice of release for The Silenced, and immediately purchased the Kindle version. I am sure this book will live up to the reputation Brett Battles is earning as a top-knotch mystery thriller author. I will be back with updates.

April 5, 2011--A Little Bit Later
Having now read the first two chapters, I am even more eager to fully jump into reading The Silenced. The book starts off strong and I'm already hooked. I will be back with updates.

April 5, 2011--18 Chapters Later
Fast-moving and interesting action has kept me from putting the book down. I am really regretting that I have somewhere to else I need to be this afternoon.
This is a real page-turner!

April 6, 2011
Now I'm up to Chapter 35.
I don't want to give anything away, so I will rewrite all of this once I finish reading.
It is very difficult to put this book down. It is also very easy to get swept along in the action of this book.

April 6, 2011: 11:34 a.m.
Just finished THE SILENCED.
Two words and a request: Wow! Amazing! Please sir, can I have some more?
I will be back in a bit just as soon as I can figure out how to write a review that does this book justice.
For now, however, I will add that the PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY review quoted with the product description misses the mark completely for this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great read, action, suspense, and international intrigue
Published 7 days ago by lan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Always enjoy the Jonathan Quinn series. Waiting for the next one.
Published 15 days ago by NANCY L BERRY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I live reading Quinn novels. The "cleaner" premise is very unique.
Published 23 days ago by golfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
Number 4 of 8 in the Jonathan Quinn series and I am still captivated. I plan to go to number 5 right now. Thank you Mr. BATTLES for all the great reads.
Published 27 days ago by Sharon Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story!
Published 1 month ago by Louis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good action book.
Published 2 months ago by D Crowder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great suspense writer.
Published 2 months ago by James M. Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyed reading, story moves quickly.
Published 2 months ago by Paul J. Nagy
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better
This was the fourth book in order of the J Quinn series and was superb. Complex, high octane, strong characters, and the ad bonus of being introduced to Quinn's background and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by PACKLEADER
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Thriller
This is the first Brett Battles novel I read. The main character Jonathan Quinn has appeared in several earlier books but the stories can be read out of sequence as the author... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marvin C.
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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

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