Dr. FPN from Portland,OR
I enjoyed listening to The Detachment (Barry Eisler's 2011 "John Rain" series selection).
While I enjoy Thrillers that have Japanese Mysticism qualities interwoven in the storyline, I have sometimes found a few earlier John Rain novels to be excessively dark. In The Detachment "Rain" assumes command of a cadre of serious killers, who seemingly share a common objective, -Save the USA from FAR...far right-wing "lunatics" with delusions of grandeur, seeking national domination-. Eisler allows Rain to struggle with his personal demons as his confederate's actions mirror Rain's instinctive comportment. Fortunately, Rain's old friend DOX is on hand with some badly needed comic relief to prevent fraternacide, as they fight to save the day! Barry Eisler contributes with his accustomed 'excellent' narration. Thoroughly Enjoyable!
Rating = 4.25★/5.
Love the characters in these books and have generally enjoyed the series, but this one was a bit off. Having John work in a group felt odd -- especially when he trusted some in the group but not others.
And I don't understand why the author switches narrators with each book. In this one, he narrates, and did better than I expected, but I find with a series it's nice to have a "voice." I guess he is intentionally trying to avoid that.
I was disappointed that he didn't have Delilah with a bigger role. Looks like he is fazing her out. (John is getting old and needs someone he can love and trust!)
Tired story, the whole story has an excitement limiter from beginning . Never got into the story seems to me the writer/reader holds everyone at arms length so the reader feels like he/she is left to stand outside in the cold.
Uneven is the word that springs to mind. While a reasonable listen and there were some useful hints at how to be safe at the end of the 'book', I came away feeling that this American author can be really paranoid about homeland security. Except for Women and Children, and even then he still kidnaps a woman, John Rain is an amoral assassin. There is lots of 'beware' and conspiracy theories but upon reflection I think the moralising is shallow and inconsistent. Early Lee Child and his Jack Reacher novels are more to my taste. That said I bought it on sale, not a bad listen.
This book is an Assassin???s Procedural with many lessons of paranoia, killing and being macho. Bleeaack! I can???t believe I fell for a John Rain book AGAIN! Eisler HAS to be chuckling at my "Charlie Brown" to his "Lucy"!
How stale is the story of an assassin with a conscience? How absurd the tale of four professional killers who are as naive as adolescent boys? Mr. Eisler reads well. That is the most positive thing I can say about this story. Avoid.
I have been reading Barry Eislers books for a long time now and this is one of his best storys, it makes you think it could happen in this day and time. this one I will read over and over again.
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
Pretty good story would recommend it to those of us who likes the spy vrs spy type books. It was well read and I enjoyed the author and his presentation of his book.
OK, I have to say that the book was good. But I have a few complaints some big some small.
First one of the reason I have always like the John Rain books is that he is just an average citizen. He does not have access to high tech toys, or massive amounts of classified data. In past books he has used Google maps to plot his movements and escape routes. One time he hooked up an iPhone and a bank of D batteries to setup a make shift tracking device. This sort of thing made the books interesting and different from other action adventure characters from other authors. In the Detachment he hooks up with some upper government guy and he provides them with tons of government tech. So to me that is a big let down. To a smaller degree having Rain work as part of a team is kind different and it in of itself has its pro's and con's.
In this book the author really lets his political views come shining through. Some of the past books there were hints and slight nuances. But in this book it is right in your face! If you agree with the author's view it probably will not be a big hang up for you. If you disagree with the author's views it can make for some long boring reading in those sections.
Over all it is a good book, but it really does an almost 180 degree from the normal John Rain book you have come to expect.
Great book. Another good listen on Jon Rain. Tricky plot that you don't want to hit pause for any reason.