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The Collected (A Jonathan Quinn Novel Book 6) Kindle Edition
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“Battles is a master storyteller.” —NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Sheldon Siegel
From Barry Award winning and USA TODAY bestselling author Brett Battles comes THE COLLECTED, the electrifying sixth thriller in the bestselling Jonathan Quinn series.
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.
If you enjoy action-packed mystery crime thrillers with high-stakes suspense, surprising plot-twists, and a cast full of unforgettable characters, then join millions of fans who love Battles’ novels and start reading THE COLLECTED, your next great read, today.
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“Battles' writing is addictive."
—NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, James Rollins
“Brilliant and heart pounding.”
—NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Jeffery Deaver
—NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Tess Gerritsen
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "This is a must read for Quinn fans, highly recommend!"
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Wow! This series just keeps getting better & better."
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "I loved this book and I think it is the best so far."
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "The suspense starts at the beginning and escalates all the way to the end!"
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Best book in the Jonathan Quinn series!"
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "The action is enticing and realistic. This is a truly well written novel."
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Superb on all fronts!"
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Exciting, romantic, chilling and ever surprising. I'm already on to the next one."
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Battles is undeniably one of the best writers of this genre."
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Brett Battles is the kind of author that I promise you will want to tell other people about!"
WHO IS THE COLLECTED FOR?
Readers of David Baldacci, Gregg Hurwitz, Lee Child, Barry Eisler, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, James Patterson, Andrew Mayne, Dean Koontz, John Sanford, and Daniel Silva will love Jonathan Quinn in THE COLLECTED.
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- ASIN : B009KWMUPM
- Publication date : October 2, 2012
- Language : English
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- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 350 pages
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- #639 in Mystery Series
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- #1,335 in Vigilante Justice Thrillers
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While Quinn is still contemplating his future, his protege, Nate, has continued to utilize Quinn's name and reputation to keep business flowing; indeed, the student has developed into a master in his own right. Something seems "fishy" about Nate's newest job, but he pulls it off as professiionally as he knows how. But treachery from someone close to him results in his being kidnapped and disapearing from the grid. When Liz, Quinn's sister and Nate's girlfriend, cannot find Nate on her scheduled arrival, she phones Quinn who soon discovers a complex conspiracy involving the disappearance of a number of contract professionals with whom he has worked in the past. Who is behind the kidnappings and to what purpose? How can Quinn, Orlando, and Daeng even begin looking when the "mastermind" has seemingly left no obvious clues to follow? How much time does Quinn have to find his friend before it is too late?
Quinn and his crew methodically backtrack Nate's last case slowly revealing the horrible truth while, at the same time, Nate works to free himself in an atempt to save his life and hopefully those of the others who have been kidnapped. There are some startling developments affecting major characters in this series in a flash-bang climax that leaves some doubts about the future direction of the series. This is a must-read for Quinn fans and I recommend the entire series to readers who enjoy suspense/thrillers operating in a gray world rather than a black and white world. Jonathan Quinn is an intriguing and complex protagonist who has withstood the test of time.
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.
Finding him somewhere on planet Earth would generally be a difficult task, but with Orlando's computer skills and Quinn's Washington connections the task is much reduced. Needless to say, it is not a good idea to take revenge on one of Quinn's friends when (a) he is innocent; and (b) the rest of Quinn's team is armed and available. The string-puller of the Washington operation, Peter, has also been captured, along with a number of individuals with whom Quinn has worked in the past. He has all of the motivation that he needs to save his friends and find some vengeance of his own.
Much of the novel takes place in Mexico and southern California with the climax coming at the scene of the operation that precipitated the antagonist's desire for revenge. This is (as always, with Brett Battles) a fast-moving race to a satisfying conclusion. And yes, the villains are villainous enough for us to wish Quinn well. The antagonist has chosen to employ some particularly nasty servants (who are unlikely to ever collect any social security checks). Warning: not all of Quinn's team may escape from this operation unscathed. We just may have a cliffhanger ending that preps us for the next novel in the series. I was ready for it anyway.
Bottom line: another excellent thriller from Brett Battles.