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Shadow of Betrayal (Jonathan Quinn Series #3)

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

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    Fun, fast-paced thriller! Couldn't put this down!

    I enjoy fast-paced action thrillers with bighearted heroes, so I couldn't put down Brett Battles's latest Jonathan Quinn novel.

    Jonathan Quinn is a master at what he does and he's started out on his own. In his business trust and honor are everything. Since this is the third book in the series and Battles intentionally doesn't tell us how Quinn was maneuvered into agreeing to "3 jobs, no questions" which would be a story in itself. It's one of those contract terms that will clearly prove problematic and it does, particularly since Quinn isn't about to renege on the deal.

    If you're willing to suspend disbelief and dive into the story, Quinn and his loyal band of ex-military are a fun escape. The "3 jobs, no questions" places them in a precarious position from the start and we see just how wily their employer gets. But there's a larger story -- the targeting of a vulnerable group and the risk of an international incident -- in the middle of the intrigue, espionage, and action.

    I do enjoy books like Shadow of Betrayal because of the fast-paced action and unexpected twists. The book read much like a high octane action film with sympathetic heroes and a satisfying conclusion. If you're looking to escape with a fun thriller, check out Brett Battles's Shadow of Betrayal.

    ISBN-10: 0440243726 - Paperback
    Publisher: Dell (May 25, 2010), 512 pages.
    Review copy provided by the publisher.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    The Mighty Quinn is back!

    One of the things that I liked about this book is that it was presented from several different viewpoints. Most of it is told from Quinn's point of view, but we also get Marion Dupuis, Peter, and a couple of the 'bad guys'. It takes a skilled writer to keep the story flowing between narrators, and Battles does an excellent job.

    We start off in Ireland, when a routine exchange ends in the death of four men and Quinn, with the help of his apprentice Nate, must clean up the mess. Things then switch to Marion, a UN worker in a small West African country. There are rumors that special needs children are being rounded up by soldiers, but no one knows why. Trying to help save a little girl with Down Syndrome, Marion is soon over her head and running for their lives.

    This book kept me guessing, and the reason why the children were being rounded up is truly chilling. Battles keeps the story going at a good pace, and the ending was well done and satisfying.

    This is the third book in the series featuring Quinn as a "cleaner" and while I'd recommend reading them in order, this one can certainly stand on it's own. This is an unusual series in that things that happen in one book reverberate in the others. For instance, something happened to Nate in an earlier book and Quinn is still dealing with it in this one. And it's nice to see Orlando again, and watch her interaction with Quinn. I can highly recommend this book, and am looking forward to the next Quinn adventure!

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