I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I think it's the best of the Rain series (and that's saying a lot since I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series). The story stands alone so you don't have to read the rest to get this one. I understand that one of the main characters in this book (Treven) is a recurring character in another of Eisler's series - one which I'm going to pick up now (even though Rain and Dox are still my favorites).
It has a much different flavor than the other books in the series in that there is a huge political "conspiracy" here which is the premise of the story. It's a convoluted and complicated plot, but you don't get lost en route, so the complexity is actually rather refreshing and enjoyable (and is why I didn't want to put it down).
If you have a problem with conspiracies that suggest the US government and the 'elite rich' have ulterior motives in the 'war on terror', you might be one of those readers who gave this book a low star rating. If you believe that the assassination of JFK was an inside job, you probably are one of those who give this book a high rating.
The plot is tight, the action is non-stop, the violence is detailed, and the characters are distinct and fully-fleshed and believable. All in all, it's exactly what I was looking for in a novel with an assassin as the main character. (If you like books with these kind of characters - you could also try Block's Keller series.)
I was leery of an author-read book but that concern was unnecessary. Eisler's narration was well paced and the characters were distinctly voiced.
The storyline was decent and the continuous action helped make the overall read very entertaining.
Of course the lead protagonist John Rain makes the storyline flow, but Dox added a lot to the overall entertainment value.
Most author narrated books I've listened to have been disappointing. Barry Eisler did an outstanding job of reading his own work. I would not hesitate to listen to more of Eisler's narration.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
Don't get me wrong, obviously Eisler knows how he wrote his characters to sound & probably has the best idea of what the different characters should interact & the ebb & flow. I don't Eisler did a horrible job but I would have enjoyed one of the past Narrators used, I just don't remember who.
The book itself opens itself up to whole new potential slew of new books with some type of reunion or partial reunion. Eisler also has a background in the field although I'm not sure if he was a paper pusher or in the actual thick of the fights, BUT he does take a scene out of the Reservoir Dogs & uses the distrust & ambitions of each character who could be a main character in any stand alone (actually I've read all the books that are stand alones except Dox doesn't have a stand alone, he's always with Rain), plus all the alpha male testosterone the part where they all squeeze in a mini-van to remind them that regular life is happening around them while they are blasting foe's to kibbles n bits & the US gov't has a military leader convinced of a world wide 'Oligarchy' (which I don't disagree with, read 'inside out' to really get into the oligarchy & its hold on everyone in it) that believed like so many other revolutionaries that blood every so often is needed to rinse the country free & provide us with those willing to show patriotism by using the "peace thru superior firepower' model.
Overall, it book goes waaaaay off the typical John Rain thrillers, perhaps why its called 'The Detachment' instead of anything with 'Rain' in it, but I hope he hasn't evolved the series to the point where the duo or single man days are far behind us & no one can survive without a crew & help of many others... I see how it probably has to be this way but I rather enjoyed books like 'Killing Rain' or 'Hard Rain.' but after Requiem I'd be satisfied with a duo with external help & a different series involving the 3 or 4 of the Detachment getting together over a few dead traitors... Cheeers
Barry did such a great job narrating this one so I guess that is why no new audiobooks by Barry have come out since the release of this one on 9-15-11, yes some short stories have been released but who is going to waiste a credit on a 45 min books.
So Barry we love your narration but how about delegating so you can turn out some great new books, we can't wait 2 or 3 yrs for each new book,
Barry Eisler's narration and character portrayals are so real and believable he is a consummate showman his storyline is tight and filled with visual impressions that remain on your senses.
His character Dox is the most believable and genuine , he makes the story less dark and adds some humanity to the carnage and body count.
Very interesting and insightful, he seems to have an insiders knowledge of the machinations of the dark side of politics and security organizations.
It is wholly believable and shows the dark side of the world intelligence community and the lengths they go to to achieve their misguided ideals and objectives.all in the name of patriotism and in the national interest.
Easily the best of the John Rain thrillers, though they are all good ... It's wonderful to hear Eisler finally narrating his characters ... there have been some winners and losers among narrators of previous Rain books.
I've read all the top writers in the genre, and most of their series books. This book is certainly in the top 5 I've had the pleasure to read. It taps surgically into the double-take reality we're living through in the count-terror world; Eisler has done his research, and understands the dynamics behind the headlines.
This book is a excellent listen. The story is unique, the cast of characters entertaining. Seldom is rooting for the bad guy(s) so compelling. The book is full of action, yet not gruesome or gratuitous in any way.
The narration is awesome! Eisler easily slips from English to Japanese and has a warm, easy voice to listen to.
The only thing that kept this book from being 5 stars for me is that I would have liked to see more of an intimate side of the main character. He seems to be so cut off from the world and isolated that it gave me a twinge of sadness. However, I feel (hope) that the main character (Rain) is developing and we will see more involvement with him in the future. I hope so!
Would recommend the written version.
Mr. Eisler would be better served using aprofessional actor to read his story.
Maybe. Most of my friends don't like this type of story.(I am a 70 year old women and my friends read biographies and romance..)
Rain. He is smart, thoughtful and well prepared and likes adventure.
No. This was my first.
No, I just couldn't stop listening.
The continuity and flow and the subject matter was such a 'keep listening' experience
My next listen will be another Barry Eisler audiobook.
John Rain of course but have to mention Docs who complements and works so well with Rain.
My extreme reaction was amazement at the total satisfaction I had in listening to such a great audiobook
The narration by Barry Eisler was flawless. I had already listened to John Nischii and thought he was the best but they are both superb when narrating Eisler's books.