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Posted September 5, 2009
Brett Battles brings it again.
Brett Battles has added to his growing list of hits. Once again the intrigue is deep and the whipsaw plot is exciting.
The development of his characters is enjoyable, after a bit they seem to be personal friends.
I recommend reading his earlier novels in order so that you can understand the twists and turns of the plot.
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Posted January 9, 2013
Battles hits his stride in an already-great series of thrillers
I bought "Shadow of Betrayal" while on vacation (UK title: The Unwanted), and I read nothing else until the final page was turned. Battles knows how to craft a 21st-century thriller. His characters contain shades of well-loved archetypes, but his unique twists on classic themes lend all three books in the series a welcome freshness. Battles continues to improve with "Shadow of Betrayal," and in this book he really hits his stride. The writing is tighter, the plot more layered, the narration more comfortable. The core characters continue their individual journeys while being propelled (sometimes unwillingly) through the larger storyline. One particular strength of Battles' is his pacing. He keeps the plot moving but not at the expense of detail or emotion. His characters - even stoic hero Jonathan Quinn - are distinctly human and never cartonish or over-the-top. Part of my delight in reading this series is watching Quinn's sterile life as a "cleaner" become more and more messy with loyalties, love, and noble motives. Quinn is a hero moving from darkness to light, something all too rare in today's modern storytelling. But rest assured, there is nothing melodramatic or sappy in Battle's books. It's all adrenaline plus intrigue plus grit with a healthy dose of gunplay - the perfect recipe for summer reading, and a great escape again when winter returns.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2009
This is a terrific complicated Quinn globetrotting tale
The Cleaner Jonathan Quinn, his girlfriend-partner Orlando, and his protégé Nick travel to Ireland to monitor an information exchange. However a sniper insures something goes wrong, leaving four dead and Jonathan forced to use his cleaning skills to make sure no clues of the homicides remain behind in the church meeting locale. His agent orders Quinn to forget Ireland and instead fulfill the agreed upon three jobs with no questions. He is to locate a missing U.N. worker Marion Dupuis; she has vanished without a trace. Others search for her too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Jonathan and company head to Africa, the last known place Marion was seen. At an orphanage where she helped, the owner says she ran away with a Down Syndrome child Iris, who rebels want though he is not sure why. Marion and Iris flee to Montreal, but are captured and taken to California as Jonathan follows the convoluted trail.
This is a terrific complicated Quinn globetrotting tale (see THE DECEIVED and THE CLEANER) as he goes from the Europe to Africa to Canada and finally the States on the chase. The story line is fast-paced and filled with plenty of bloody action on three continents as Quinn knows his deal haunts his soul as he does jobs he loathes performing. Although somewhat similar in theme to THE DECEIVED, Quinn is at his best undergoing tasks that eat at his gut.
Posted June 24, 2009
If you miss this novel, you will miss a great book.
Jonathan Quinn is back for another story after "The Deceived" and "The Cleaner."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Quinn, his girlfriend and partner, Orlando and his protege Nick have traveled to Ireland to monitor an informational exchange. The exchange misfires and Quinn's handler asks that he find a missing U.N. worker, Marion Dupuis who has disappeared and it seems the other side known as LP wants her.
Marion was in Africa where she was helping an orphanage. The owner of the orphanage tells her that rebel soldiers are after one of the children, a Down Syndrom child named Iris. Marion takes Iris and goes into hiding.
The search for Marion ends in Montreal where the terrorists achieve their goal. Marion and Iris are transported to California.
This story is very well told. It unfolds like an onion, layer by layer. It takes patience from the reader. Brett Battles weaves the plot professionally.
In his biography, the author tells us that he is influenced by Alistair MacLean and Jack Higgins. It is easy to see that influence by the action, dialogue and constant suspense.
In California there is a confrontation and once more, the author shows the characters overcoming adversity to achieve their goals.
Well done and highly recommended.
Posted June 23, 2009
Excellent addition to an already outstanding series
Brett Battles newest installment in the Jonathon Quinn series, "Shadow of Betrayal" is inspired. The plotline generally follows the last installment in the series "The Deceived." Quinn (not his real name, of course), a "cleaner" by trade made a deal with the devil and agreed to do three jobs, no questions asked, for his sometimes employer. "Shadow of Betrayal" shows the cashing in on those jobs - and they're jobs that Quinn would rather not take.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In "Shadow of Betrayal," Battles also follows up on some of the storylines left hanging from the previous novel - and, as an aside, this is something I really like about Battles, if something has come up in a previous novel, he follows up on it - might take a while but we're not left guessing.
The main plotline of the book is a minor sideline of what Quinn is asked to do. It's accident of fate that he comes back together with the storyline but it's all written in such a believable way and the main plot - involving the kidnapping of children for purposes unknown until the end - well, it's chillingly brilliant.
One thing I especially like about the series is the personal progression of Quinn. He becomes more human, more accessible in a way to the reader - and in "Shadow of Betrayal" we see this progression in the kind of leap not yet taken.
And for those of you faithful fans who are wondering, we do find out what happens with Nate after the amputation and with Quinn and Orlando - I know a lot of us were more interested to see where Battles would go with Nate and whether you're happy or not is up to you but I loved it so when you pick it up and read, let me know what you think. It helps the memory to pre-order, go ahead - do it today.
Was this novel flawless? Few are. There are minor tics that bothered me - things I might have wished to know less about and things I might have wanted to know more. I can tell you that if Battles follows suit, the next book should give us more insight into Quinn and I'm excited to see what comes next.
"Shadow of Betrayal is out July 7, 2009 - but pre-order today because copies will be flying off of the shelves. Also pick up "The Cleaner and " The Deceived" - plenty of time to read before "Shadow of Betrayal" hits your mailbox.