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The Collected (A Jonathan Quinn Novel Book 6) by [Battles, Brett]
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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: 790 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480055387
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KWMUPM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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By Lucy Pearson on October 4, 2012
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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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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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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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And adrenaline ride of a thriller, I read it on vacation in a day. The story set-up is good. Quinn's old apprentice, Nate, who's been working under Quinn's name, is set up by a mysterious bald man, along with a number of other operators in the black world of espionage. Nate is crafty and resourceful -- better than Quinn in many ways -- yet still he cannot elude his captors. Quinn and Orlando must follow the almost non-existent trail to learn what happened and if possible locate his whereabouts and save him. But Nate comes up with some clever strategies of his own as well.

I enjoyed this story. Like "The Destroyed," it contained frequent word-substitutions that a good copyeditor would have caught (e.g. when for went, thought for though). But the plotting was not sloppy, nor did it rely on Quinn and Company's magical abilities to pull off whatever they need to do without figuring out the details. The exception to this is Orlando, who has a quasi-mystical ability to hack into any computer system in record time to dig out whatever information is required. Ok, she's Super-Hacker. It's a device, but it doesn't get in the way (too much) of my willing suspension of disbelief. Unfortunately, the ending did.

Cliffhanger endings are a staple of many a series. But this one felt so contrived, so 'diablo-ex-machina' (so to speak), that it just wasn't credible. The main character fails to perform an action so basic to his profession that it's beyond inconceivable. Authors should not have to make their characters behave stupidly in order to create tension and advance a plot. Battles can do better.
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