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The Unwanted (Jonathan Quinn, #3) Hardcover – 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: PREFACE PUBLISHING (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184809034X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848090347
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,577,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By TMStyles VINE VOICE on July 16, 2009
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In his three Jonathan Quinn novels, Brett Battles definitely has demonstrated that he belongs on center stage with the great suspense/thriller writers of today. Each of the three, "The Cleaner", "The Deceived", and now, "Shadow Of Betrayal" demonstrate Battles' ability to write highly literate, tightly plotted novels that grab the reader from the first chapter and leave him/her exhausted from the frenetic fast-paced action. The reader gets caught up in the action and prose to such an extent that time passes relentlessly yet almost unknowingly.

In "Shadow Of Betrayal", Quinn is still working off his debt to Peter and "The Office" when things spin out of control. A "cleaner" usually watches and observes unless called upon to clean up a mess that unexpectedly occurs--a clean up that might include removing evidence and clues or might include taking physical action. After a failed assignment in Ireland, Quinn is ordered to find Marion Dupuis, a UN aide, who is on the run from kidnappers with a five-year-old African child with Down syndrome.

Quinn and his small but deadly crew of Nate, his protege, and Orlando, his lover as well as an assassin, follow Marion's trail from Montreal, to Washington, D.C., to New York and ultimately to the desert and coast of California. Along the way, old nemeses reappear and, as usual, politics in Washington get in the way. Who is stealing developmentally disabled children and why? What is that shadowy organization, LP, doing in the center of things? Who is playing and manipulating whom in this thriller that contains mysteries within mysteries? It all leads to a diabolically evil plot that many readers may find disturbing in its callousness.

Battles' books can stand strongly on their plotting, pacing, and action.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By KR on September 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Be careful this is the UK version of Shadow of Betrayral under the title The Unwanted even though it only has 400 pages. Be careful.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on August 15, 2009
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Okay, that's not a terribly original observation since others here have also compared Jonathan Quinn with the other two espionage heros. Be that as it may, this was a one sitting book for me. The plot by the terrorists is as disgusting and stomach turning as I've come across in this genre. It's well handled though and the suspense towards the end is excruciating. This is the first Battles book I've read and I'll be reading the preceding two within a couple of months. Highly recommended without reservation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda Joseph on August 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Excellent plot, easy to follow. Waiting for the next Battles's adventure. Love the characters. I really enjoyed reading this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stones River on August 7, 2009
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This is the second book I've read in this series and I'm hooked. One part Jack Bauer, one part Jason Bourne, and one part James Bond, this book is a page-burner! I love the characters, the action, the locations, and the great twists and turns in the plot. Brett Battle's books are the great escape I had been looking for!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett VINE VOICE on July 10, 2009
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Quinn is a 'cleaner' - a guy that sorts the mess other people leave behind, usually the disposal of bodies and the cleaning up of assorted mayhem. This is the third book in the 'cleaner' series and has many themes that fans of Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne would recognise: highly skilled operatives, shadowy organisations within Government, conspiracy and a lot of action.

In this story, a UN worker and the child she is protecting are being hunted and Quinn and his small team need to find her and understand what is going on. Cue car chases, gunfights and mysterious bad guys.

Actually I like Quinn and the author does weave a fast paced story, while actually trying for character development so that Quinn and his chums do change over the novels and evolve with their experiences and relationships. This is fast moving and easy reading, I finished it in two days, having fallen into the 'just one more chapter' trap and then finding it was 2am!

That is not to say this is not flawed, the plot that Quinn ends up trying to stop is a bit convoluted and there are elements that could have perhaps been better resolved (probably setting things up for the next book) in a climax that was a little abrupt. But having said that, it is a fast moving thriller that fans of the series will enjoy. If you are new to the series, then I would suggest you start with the first one, "The Cleaner".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on July 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Jonathan Quinn is a professional, contract "cleaner" making bodies disappear and covering tracks. When a simple job gets out of hand, Quinn and his apprentice Nate begin to uncover a vast conspiracy. But when Quinn is targeted for a crime he didn't commit, things get personal.

Following events in the previous books The Cleaner and The Deceived, Quinn must deal with the consequences of making a decision that cost his apprentice his leg. And with Orlando back in his life, Quinn's character is growing and changing from who he was in the earlier installments. With loose ends being tied up from previous books, it is helpful to read them in sequential order. In fact, I wish I had read them closer together, as I had forgotten a lot over the past year because of the number of book that I read. But the main characters are hard to forget.

This latest novel also revolves around Marion, a UN worker who mysteriously flees Africa with a young child. We are kept in the dark until the very end, why this ominous group is after Marion and the girl she is trying to protect. With just as much suspense and intensity as Battles' previous novels, Shadow of Betrayal is another exciting and fun thriller. Don't miss this series.
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