Mila Voss is dead. That's what the team hired to terminate her had reported, and that's how her file had been marked. Dead. Six years now. So why did she suddenly show up on a hotel's security camera in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania? Those who'd paid for her elimination are more than a little curious.
One person should know what happened-Jonathan Quinn, one of the best cleaners in the business, the man who'd been tasked with the disposal of her body. Only Quinn isn't exactly easy to get ahold of these days, and he may not be willing to share the answer.
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This is another good story from Brett Battles, with all the key characters returning, along with a new support from a monk. Also, Peter from the "Office" plays a bigger part in the story.
All in all, a very enjoyable read (listen)
I listen to these stories in my car whist driving and they certainly help the miles to fly by!
Story - The Destroyed is an awesome espionage thriller. It is good from the first sentence, and the suspense and action never let up. There are no dull spots, no filler stuff, just great story from beginning to end. The book is not confusing or hard to follow, but you will need to pay close attention. There are lots of players and it alternates between two timelines that you will have to keep straight. There is violence and killing, but that is not the main thrust of the story.
This is Book 5 of the Jonathan Quinn series, but it's my first. I'm sure I missed out on some background information and history, but this story stands alone perfectly and the ending ties up everything nicely.
Narrator - I know Scott Brick is a favorite of Audible listeneres, and now I can understand why. He does a great job (and has a pretty sexy voice, too), but I withhold my 5's for great jobs done on more difficult performances.
Overall - Get this book. You will not be disppointed.
"Excellent addition to the Series"
Action, Fast Paced
Good job at changing voices with characters. You always know who is talking.
Really enjoyed it. Wanted to know what was going to happen next.
I would recommend reading the series in order, but definitely take time to get around to this one. Although The Cleaner, the first in the series, was good...the author's writing gets better as he goes along.
"Good Spy Stuff"
I thoroughly enjoyed Becoming Quinn, the novel that reveals how a rookie cop was recruited to become a professional cleaner. This was a good read with great suspense.
However I've been shying away from the novels centered around nearly super human characters. This book comes dangerously close.
Having said that, anyone who enjoys the Jack Reacher, Gray Man and Mitch Rapp series will love Jonathan Quinn series. You will not be disappointed.
"Brett Does it Again!"
I'm not sure about the books outside this series but if you haven't followed Quinn's (anchor character) journey in this series (and you like a bit of well intentioned deviousness) then you're missing out. Battles is a master at taking story lines in different directions and crafting the evolution of characters. Mentor and 'student' become equals, but in a realistic (however surprising) way...to say any more would be too much information. Best value for money would be to read the entire series. I have and all were highly entertaining. Its frustrating trying to find well written espionage. They're usually either corny or unbelievable. As usual Scott Brick is perfect as narrator. Often narrators are distracting. Scott is a natural and always adds to the experience. I'm still curious about how an author can make you bond with a character that doesn't lose any sleep over killing. The 'means justifies the ends'? So, if you want to 'get even with the baddies' take a ride with Quinn. By the way: this book is for the ladies too. You won't regret it.
"Another great Johnathon Quinn "cleaner" story"
After the the #4 novel in the Johnathan Quinn series I wondered where Brett Battles could go next. Not to worry. Battles has Quinn's sidekick Nate take up the slack until Quinn can recover from his loss of anonymity and get back on the case.
I don't consider #4.1 to be next. Too bad Battles didn't begin the series with that novel "Becoming Quinn."
To my pleasant surprise, Battles brings back Peter and a lot of the story line is flash back to a case that Quinn had hoped would never come up again. As with all the Quinn novels, Battles takes you right up to the last few minutes wondering how Quinn is going to come out on top.
I only gave Scott Brick a 4 for his narration since I feel he failed to create the sense of excitement that these Quinn novels produce. At least they are exciting to me.
I only spend one hour a day listening to Audible books (my only source of audio books) and I find myself really looking forward to listening to the Quinn novels and dreading the "The End" of each one.
If you haven't listened to any of novels in the series, begin with either #4.1 or #1 and try not to rush through them faster than Battles can write them.
I enjoyed it very much. No drawn-out parts. Scott Brick did a really good job.
"New twists in the series!"
Brett Battles does it again. Cleaning up crime scenes, closing their loose ends, and a prequel created a need/opportunity for Jonathan Quinn to do something different.
Quinn has retreated from civilization and finds respite doing the basics. Then Mila Voss, a job he had supposedly cleaned, shows up on a security feed. Everyone involved in the job is under scrutiny. Associates find Quinn and everyone works to sort out the mess. It is not, of course, a straightforward task.
Job completed, they all return to their current lives, and we await the next chapter.
Scott Brick is the perfect narrator for this series.
"The continuation of the series is marvelous"
The continuity from book one and book two. This book keeps the characters real and exciting.
"Hoping for more intelligence from Intelligence"
I stuck with it to the end, so the plot was adequately engaging. And I liked the world travel. But it's the first and last book I'm reading by this author. If the story is supposed to reflect the thoughts or conduct of intelligence operatives, then I'd worry about the intelligence of the people involved. For example, undetected in a detention facility, Our Hero the agent overhears one guard saying to another, "If there are any requests, the answer is no." Our Hero thinks this might mean that the guards are going to see a prisoner, but he pauses to acknowledge that the evidence isn't conclusive. I thought, "How does he make it through a typical day, if he needs more conclusive proof of the obvious?"
The book felt like a Young Adult novel, where a young man repeatedly insists that he is not a boy anymore, and demands the respect of his mentor. It also shared a YA approach to emotion -- if your buddy is killed in action, then you're allowed to have big feelings, but mostly just focus on your Very Important duty.
If we accept a world where supposedly noble people kill without even asking why, then I guess morality is out the window. And if we venerate a world where people suppress emotions, then I suppose they'll stop to have silly conversations about whether someone was an ex-girlfriend, when regular people would be focused on avoiding death or capture.
Possible-spoiler alert: I can't figure out why we should respect protagonists who express no awareness of the idea of human rights, but who then become shocked at the violation of an American's rights. Perhaps in their world, doing the same acts to a non-American would have been fine. Ugh. Finally, the bad guys don't get as much come-uppance as I like for vengeance fantasy.
It's great that other readers really get into this series. I just don't enjoy feeling smarter than "expert" characters.
This was the first Brett Battles book for me, and it was very good. If you are a fan of Lee Child, DeMille or some of Ludlum's excellent early work, I am sure you will like The Destroyed. I am looking forward to Battle's other work. As usual Scott Brick is fantastic as the narrator.
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