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Preview — The Cleaner by Brett Battles
The Cleaner (Jonathan Quinn #1)
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In fact, I’m not even sure why Quinn is called a ‘cleaner’. He’s a freelance operative who works for intelligence agencies following up after covert a ...more
You keep reading and suddenly you find yourself turning the midway point and the only thing to make you stop is the thought "Hey, let me savor this a bit".
The spy-craft is pretty exciting and extremely intelligent. The charatcers are endearing and you feel for the relationships a ...more
As far as characterization, Quinn remains a mystery, but I felt that I got to walk inside of his skin and get a feel for how he processed things. He clearly knows his stuf ...more
We're introduced to "Jonathan Quinn" here. He's a Cleaner. When wet work takes place and those pesky bodies, blood pools and viscera are left lying around "They" call John.
Who are "They"? Why, "The Office".
I liked the idea of this one and it touched on what I think is one of the more frightening possibilities of modern "terrorism" ( ...more
The Cleaner is nicely paced for the most part, although I found there were parts of this book where Battles over-described a scene. The first two scenes in the sphere took forever and cried for a quicker pace. And, as this book was written in 2007, there was really no need to detail (really detail!!!) h ...more
I thought this book will be an action one through and through. Assassin agency, spy activities and an attractive hostage for a little Stockholm syndrome romance. It made me think of the John Rain series.
Now don't get me wrong, it has all of the above but in such a twisted unrealistic story that at first I thought I was drunk. It wasn't me, but the author that was inebriated. At least I ...more
Globe trotting thriller, similar in style to the new "Robert Ludlum" titles (Ludlum story outlines written by other authors). A bit flat in places, while in others very engaging and suspenseful; enough to keep the pages turning. Quinn's contacts, alertness, powers of observation, reactions to events, and fast-paced travel itinerary reminded me of Jason Bourne.
A "cleaner" who surely exceeds his commission in terms of follow up. Won't stop following the trail despite more than one warning to give...more
"The Cleaner" is a great suspense/thriller with a refreshingly unique take - that being the POV of the person who covertly "cleans up" the messes after assassinations and such. The autho ...more
The premise of the book is that Jonathan Quinn is a guy who usually cleans up crime scenes - I guess sort of based on "The Wolf" from Pulp Fiction. Suddenly, he is brought into ...more
Jonathan Quinn, a professional ‘cleaner’ for a covert government known as ‘The Office’ is contracted to go to Colorado to ‘investigate’ the death of a man named Taggert. However, to Quinn, the whole thing smells fishy. With the help of his apprentice, they look for any clues that need to be ‘cleaned’. Discovering the body of another female ‘agent’, Quinn knows everything isn’t as it seems. He knows he should be minding his own business, that he’s hired to g ...more
What we have here is a principled cleaner: you know, the guy that cleans up after grissly killings. (Well, I did say it is an unlikely hero). He reminds us of Eisler's John Rain. The man has a stric ...more
Quinn is asked to investigate a suspicious arson and death, and soon someone is trying to kill him. Quinn needs to find out what's going on and stop those who are after him before they put a stop to his investigation permanently. The trail will take Quinn to Vietnam, Germany and Brussels, and put Quinn in some tight spots where his death is one likely outcome.
This is the first in the Jonathan Quinn serie ...more
Nope. Despite the slightly different angle th ...more
However, three stars is all I can give. There are some convenient co-incidences that imho weaken the plot; also one fairly large plot hole, and the ending seems not to fit to me.
Also, I've noticed lately many mysteries now have the protagonits---I cannot say 'hero'--a criminal. Quinn is a cleaner--he disposes of bodies for a clandestine outfit known as "the Office". He see ...more
The story involves an attack ...more
Thin characters follow an even thinner plot. Conveninece tortures logic to the point that it screams and finally fades away.
Oh - the writing is pretty ppor too. Cliched and clumsey.
Don't even waste your time with it on holiday.
I could not put if down. Had all spy stuff with a guy who has a boat load of human flaws. Makes for fun reading. Like of so much I bought the next book right away.
Definitely will be a movie, as it has all the guns, guts, death and action American film makers rely on. I just hope Tom Cruise does not buy this too....
I didn't finish it.
That I finished the book and still enjoyed it is a testament to the rest of the book being pretty decent. Nothing fantastic, but the pace and action were solid.
Readable, but there are better options out there. I bought two of Ba ...more
I'm kind of on the fence about this book. I'd hear ...more