The Cleaner by Brett Battles
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Cleaner was a slow read for me, but ultimately I enjoyed it. I
appreciated the attention to detail evident in this novel. It felt
authentic (although I could hardly say yay or nay since I am not a spy
and I don't know any). I feel that the world-building lends a
credibility to the concept of Quinn as a Cleaner, at any rate.
far as characterization, Quinn remains a mystery, but I felt that I get
to walk inside of his skin and get a feel for how he processed things.
He clearly knows his stuff when it comes to the spy world. He is more
than able to handle himself in a lethal situation. He uses his brain to
get himself out of tough spots, and violence is a last resort, although
he has no problem using it if necessary, although lethal force is not
his preferred method. In his way, he is a man with values. He might
steal a car, but he won't murder an innocent person, and he tries to
protect those who are under his charge. It's clear that Orlando is very
important to him, although he doesn't feel he can act on that. I think
is apprentice Nate is in good hands with him.
I feel that people
who enjoy spy movies (like myself) but haven't read a lot of spy novels
might enjoy this book. It had that feel of the spy TV shows and movies
I enjoy. Although at times it wasn't the most exciting book, I wasn't
at the point where I wanted to give up on it. I would read it and then
put it down if my attention wavered. But I did want to go back to it. I
wanted to follow the story and see where it led me. I think that was
because I was engaged with Quinn's character and his shadowy world of a
cleaner, a man who goes behind the ops and erases any evidence of what
I will read more of these books.
Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars
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