Shadow of Betrayal (Jonathan Quinn Series #3)

Shadow of Betrayal (Jonathan Quinn Series #3)

by Brett Battles
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Shadow of Betrayal (Jonathan Quinn Series #3) by Brett Battles

Three jobs, no questions. That’s the deal Jonathan Quinn—freelance operative and professional “cleaner”—has struck with his client at the Office. But his first assignment in rural Ireland unexpectedly results in four dead bodies to dispose of—and leads him to an astounding mystery about to spin wildly out of control.

Now Quinn, along with his colleague and girlfriend, the lethal Orlando, has a new mission: find and protect a U.N. aide worker who has suddenly disappeared from her assignment in war-torn Africa. If it were only that easy. Soon Quinn and Orlando will unearth a horrifying plot that is about to reach stage critical for a gathering of world leaders—and an act of terror more cunning, and more insidious, than anyone can foresee.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440338673
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/07/2009
Series: Jonathan Quinn Series , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 33,050
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Brett Battles lives in Los Angeles and is the author of two acclaimed novels in the Jonathan Quinn series: The Cleaner, which was nominated for a Barry Award for Best Thriller and a Shamus Award for Best First Novel, and The Deceived. He is at work on the fourth book in the series.

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Shadow of Betrayal (Jonathan Quinn Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
gl More than 1 year ago
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.
Cantonbishop More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as 1&2 I don't like children being the victim.
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taylani More than 1 year ago
Quinn is the Best! Cannot put down, a real page turner!
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S_E_Slaughter More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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. 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. Harriet Klausner
alexia561 More than 1 year ago
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!
MikeDraper More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Quinn is back for another story after "The Deceived" and "The Cleaner." 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.
RabidReaderReviews More than 1 year ago
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. 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.