Shadow of Betrayal (Jonathan Quinn, #3)
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Shadow of Betrayal (Jonathan Quinn #3)

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

Now Quinn, along with his colleague and girlfriend,...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Every body's favorite cleaner, Jonathan Quinn is back in Shadow of Betrayal. Quinn wants to hang up his gun holster and retire with his girlfriend, the deadly but beautiful Orlando but before he can do that, his boss has another mission for Quinn. He wants Quinn to locate a United Nations aide worker named Marion Dupuis. She has gone mission from her post in Africa. This is a task that will require the help of Quin''s protege, Nate and girlfriend Orlando.

Marion has enjoyed helping out at Roslyn...more
Jun 15, 2009 Liriel27 rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of political intrigue and byzantine plots
I won this from First Reads. I didn't realize until I got this that it was part of a larger series. It works as a stand-alone, and the author gives you all the basic information you need from the previous book, but I would rather have read the other books first. It's like being at a party with a bunch of people you don't really know - you catch the broad outlines of personality and history, but when the inside jokes come up, you're lost.

In a way, I wish the author had left more to the imaginatio...more
THE UNWANTED continues to push Quinn further from his occupation as a ‘cleaner’ and more towards spy/counter-terrorism territory. Not that the transition is a bad thing, however the feel of THE CLEANER (book 1) and BECOMING QUINN (prequel) are much more in-tune with the character I’d come to enjoy.

THE UNWANTED is pure action laced with conspiracy theories and a separatist group known as LP which is determined to change the face of American politics and big business. The Office, headed by Peter,...more
May have rushed into publication a bit too quickly. That or a new proof reader is required!
"...except for the exception."


And plot bits from past book (won't spoil anything)are brought up and reiterated and angst-ed over ad nauseum... OK, OK, we get it!!

I'm done w/this series.
Laura D.
Aug 10, 2009 Laura D. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like action-packed books and spy novels
Shelves: first-reads
This book was an action-packed James Bond type of story. It's not the type of book that I normally read, which is probably why it took me so long to finish and I only gave it 3 stars. My husband really liked it, but it's definitely his kind of book. I can say for the sake of this review that the author accomplished the telling of this story in the way I expected. It was concise, not drawn out. He gave us the information and then followed through with the aftermath, just like he had been given or...more
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If I say nothing else about this book I have to say this: I can't wait for the movie!

I was lucky enough to have received an advanced reader's copy of Brett Battles latest Jonathan Quinn book. I was worried at first, that I had not first read the two previous books in the series before sitting down to read this one. To my pleasant surprise, it was not a problem. The author does a wonderful job of catching up the reader without droning on about details insignificant to the plot at hand. And what...more
Aug 08, 2009 Tony rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: travel
Battles, Brett. SHADOW OF BETRAYAL. (2009). ****. This is the author’s third novel, and he seems to have the thriller formula down pat. His hero – almost a superhero – is Jonathan Quinn. Quinn is accompanied on his assignment by his girlfriend, Orlando, and his apprentice, Nate. Quinn is a “cleaner,” a man who comes in and cleans up messes made by other agencies or other operatives. The mess he has to clean up now is being done at the request of”Peter,” the head of some super-secret organization...more
Proud Book Nerd
Jul 07, 2009 Proud Book Nerd rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who watches 24
Shelves: first-reads, action
This is another book I received through the FirstReads program here on Goodreads. I am very glad I did. I never would've read it or given Brett Battles any thought.

Shadow of Betrayal had me hooked from the very beginning. It starts with action and never lets up. I kept feeling like I'd been reading an episode of Fox's show 24. I'm a HUGE fan of the show, so there's no surprise I loved this book! I found myself wanting to read more and more - and I wanted to know how the different story lines we...more
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...more
PROTAGONIST: Jonathan Quinn, cleaner
SETTING: Ireland, Canada, US
SERIES: 3 of 3
RATING: 3.25

Jonathan Quinn is a professional "cleaner" who has the responsibility for cleaning a crime scene after the fact so that there are no traces of evidence. For some time, his assignments have come from a group known as "the Office". Although he is anxious to break their association, he is on the wrong side of an IOU. In exchange for some serious help from the Office, he has agreed to perform three jobs for the...more
Fast-paced book as evidenced by more location changes than a Bond movie and an average of one murder per chapter. Both Quinn's and Marion's plots kept my interest as they evaded both police and the shadowy secret society. Not hard at all to jump into the series at book #3.

I liked how Quinn was always on the verge of firing Nate b/c he was missing a foot, Orlando and Quinn's banter and the way the author tried so hard to pepper the book w/topical references (new Yankee stadium! housing crisis! la...more
Following my discovery of Lee Child's hero, I began scouring the genre landscape for similar heroes: alone, powerful, possessing principles (even in professions that refute that notion). One evening, during such research I stumbled across the author Brett Battles and his unlikely hero: Jonathan Quinn.

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
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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 o...more
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 problem...more
Jun 16, 2009 KarenC rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: suspense lovers

Another fast-paced suspense thriller from Battles. Glad I read The Cleaner and The Deceived before reading this latest - I like to know all of the details. The backstory of Quinn's team begins with the first book in the series and develops through all three titles published so far. This book could be read on its own, but rationale for some of the action would be missing or weakened.

This reader was hooked from page one and found the book hard to put down. Battles keeps the suspense moving from o

Jun 24, 2009 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Suspense fans, Alistair MacLean and Jack Higgins fans.
Recommended to Michael by: Saw a write up and it looked interesting.
This is an excellent book. If I could give it 6 stars, I'd do so.
Jonathan Quinn is back with his protege, Nate and his colleague and girlfriend.
Across the world, a UN worker, Marion Dupuis discovered an orphanage, Roslyn's Place, and wanted to help. She has gotten school supplies, and food but now she's trapped as the government fights rebels.
Soldiers come to the orphanage looking for a 5 year old child with Down Syndrom, named Iris. Marion has found that children with special needs have been di...more
I received a copy of this through GoodReads First Reads. A fun, action packed thriller, this is the story of "cleaner" Jonathan Quinn, his girlfriend Orlando, and his sidekick Nate. I have not read the first two books in this series, but did find that the author did a good enough job filling in back details to make this work as a stand-alone book. In fact, it seems he repeated several back details multiple times, beating them into the reader's mind, which was more than was needed. One mention wo...more
Adriano Del Orange
The initial premise is more interesting than most books of this genre I have read, offering some hope of a human story to run alongside the narrative. Unfortunately this gets forgotten as the action kicks in. The "bad guys" are too two dimensional, the dubious morality of the "good guys" is never questioned, so in the end the book is little better than a functional thriller and failed to live up to the hopes I had for it.
I was thrilled to have received an ARC though the Goodreads program. I have read all three Jonathan Quinn books--The Cleaner, The Deceived, and now Shadow of Betrayal. The first two were very good with lots of action and decent plots. Shadow Of Betrayal goes a step beyond and adds a fair amount of background material on the shadowy Jonathan Quinn. Hopefully the next book will flesh our his apprentice, Nate, and move in a slightly different direction--away from the LP group and their less than be...more
Kristina Jo
Had I known when I entered for it that this book was third in a series, I think I would have skipped it. Several times over the course of reading this book, I remember thinking that I should have read books 1 and 2 first, so I would know what they were talking about. The author did a good job of being brief about those previous situations without leaving too much out, but it was like a movie trailer. "Want more? Read the book!" So I may actually do that. The end left me feeling similarly; I want...more
The true test of a book is, in my opinion, whether or not one wants to read other books by the same author. In my cast the answer was a resounding yes! Brett Battle's protagonist, Jonathan Quinn is a cross between James Bond & Jason Bourne. In a fast moving plot that takes place in Ireland, Africa and the States, Jonathan, his assistant, Nate and Jonathan's girlfriend, Orlando move quickly to foil an unknown plot which involves the kidnapping of "special" children. The story unfolds with man...more
I was fortunate to have received from the publisher an ARC of Shadow of Betrayal. While this is the 3rd book in the Jonathan Quinn series, I had not read the others.

This was a wonderful, very exciting, page-turner story about a "cleaner" sent on a "no questions" mission with many twists and turns that involved a couple of agencies working against each other. The main plot in this current story has to do with Marion Dupuis and a special child, Iris, who is running from some very unsavory people....more
A real thriller and I couldn't put it down. It's fresh -- mentioned the govt takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, etc. The plot was "sort of" confusing and hard to follow but I'm glad I read it. It was a prepublication giveaway -- I hope they fix the typos and insert the missing words. Nevertheless, For some fast action (and I enjoy reading almost anything in which a child/children are involved -- must be my maternal instinct?). I think there might be a sequel because the "bad guys" (altho it...more
Mary Ellen
I consider The Cleaner, the first book in the Jonathan Quinn series, one of the 10 best books I read in 2007, and I enjoyed 2008's The Deceived as much. In Shadow of Betrayal, freelancer Quinn -- along with his lover Orlando and protege Nate -- is forced to make good on the three jobs he owes to the U.S. intelligence agency known as The Office. The three operatives find themselves compromised as they race to save the lives of a group of special needs children who have been kidnapped from third w...more
I was very impressed by this book. I had never heard of the author before and was a bit skeptical in the beginning. The beginning of the book started out a bit slow and when all the events started tying together, I found myself going back to the beginning to remind myself of some names that sounded familiar. Other than that though, the book was excellent. It was action packed and kept me wanting to read. At times I had trouble putting it down because I was feeling anxious for the characters or j...more
An extremely involving book - I finished it in less than 2 days! Even though it's the 3rd one, it was easy to pick up the backstory. I particularly loved that there was a strong, capable female agent featured. Too many political thrillers (although I hesitate to label it that, because it's not typical of that genre) have an overwhelmingly male set of characters and a pretty predictable story line. This one was definitely different.

I did wish that the two story lines converged a little sooner, an...more
Richard Ward
A lot of people read this book and loved it, I know. But I thought it was a ridiculous story involving ridiculous people. To each his own.
Suspense Magazine
Brett Battles’ third book in the Jonathan Quinn series continues to impress. Our little clique of Quinn, Nate and Orlando find themselves challenged yet again as they find themselves in the middle of a mystery surrounding the death of a prominent American.

We gain more insight into the ongoing saga of a secret group plotting and implementing their plan. Plan for what? Well you’ll just have to read the book to find out. If you haven’t embraced this series yet, I highly recommend you start reading...more
Aarre Laakso
The end of the Office.
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Brett Battles is the author of over a dozen novels and several short stories. His second novel, THE DECEIVED (part of his Jonathan Quinn series), won the Barry Award for Best Thriller. He is one of the founding members of Killer Year, and is a member of International Thriller Writers. He lives and writes in Los Angeles.
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