Yes. I'd recommend it because I just love all the stories about Commissario Brunetti. The descriptions of Venice just make the storyline even better. Probably wouldn't be as interesting if it took place somewhere else in Italy. It wasn't my favorite book in this series but it is still very readable.
Commissario Brunetti, of course. He is always engaging, complicated, and cerebral. His affection for his wife and kids just make him a better detective although in this book he doesn't get to demonstrate his love for his family as much as he has in earlier books.
His performance was very good. He depicts the characters well.
No extreme reaction. I thought the book was a little slow but still engaging.
Well, I feel like I might know too much about how the top,echelons operate. Barry Eisler creates characters that become real. Probably based on composites of real people. This story fills in the reason Ben is looking for Rain and Dox in book 7 of the Rain series. Every one of these books adds to the complex world that Eisler created when he wrote his first John Rain novel. If you like intrigue, corrupt individuals, cover ups and general mayhem you'll love these books.
I'm glad I got this book to find out more about the characters in Barry's world. It was intriguing but Sarah got to be a drag and so did Alec. I know they had to be dumb about black ops so Barry could explain how things really are but they grew heavy. I was happy to see it all play out and resolve the cyber events. It was nice to learn about the life of Ben. Overall it was a good read and I gave it four stars because it wasn't John Rain.
Did you wonder how John earned his reputation? This story is essential to understanding how a 20 year old vet turned into the assassin he ultimately was. It shows how his sense of "reason" was formed and how his mentor guided him even when he was not living in Japan. A very good book.
Dox is too distracted until the very end. Dox is a very likeable sniper and you know he can shoot just about anyone from any distance so you knew he was going to walk away.
Hmmm. I don't like short stories but would recommend to anyone who has read the earlier John Rain books. It doesn't stand alone.
Dox, of course. He is the bit burly sniper who everyone underestimates and thinks is a southern hick. But, he is smart and all of that is his cover. I love Dox. Apparently all the women do!
Yes. It was too short not to listen to in one sitting.
I appreciate the short story as fillers between the bigger novels but Rain could have made a cameo appearance.
I didn't read the print version but the audio is always better when read by a good narrator and Barry Eisler is a very good narrator. The author as the narrator breathes life into his character and knows how to make the man sound real.
I have read all of Eisler's John Rain books so I know they are all excellent. Vince Flynn's books about Mitch are similar but with a slightly different slant. I think I like John Rain better. He has more baggage and seems to be more conflicted with getting out of the life and trying to get back into normal until his best friend Dox is kidnpped that is.
He knows what his characters are supposed to do and he can read the text so that the listener is there with him. He is very good as a narrator.
Never under estimate your hired help.
Too many thoughts going on inside heads of four killers and not enough Rain...The two new guys introduced become books in their own right but they aren't John Rain and Dox. The book was very well written and I'm sure it is hard to write a book about four big bad guys so kudos to Barry Eisler. Larison and Treven just weren't in the same league even though they have their own individual books.
There were quite a few but the one I liked best was the beginning when Rain spotted the two guys observing him in his workout and then he set about to turn the tables. This was Rain at his best. There wasn't enough of this in this book.
I've listened to Barry Eisler's performances in all of his other Rain books. This one is just as good as the other. He is an excellent narrator and did a fine job with all the voices.
Yes. I almost listened to it all in one day but had to do some chores around the house and I did have to sleep. All of Eisler's books keep your attention 100%.
I hope there will be another pure John Rain book soon.
Exciting, compelling, and sad.
When John returns to New York to save Midori only to be confronted at the airport by two thugs. Hope did they know? He disposes of them only to be turhed away by Midori. When he realizes what has happened to,his carefully constructed but impossible dream, it is sad. Then he returns to find his friend dying. The ending gives hope though.
The one where it dawns on him that there is life and it is up to him to find it. Dox and Delilah are waiting.
Assassins are human. Check Out Rains.
I love Barry Eisler's narration.
I liked that we got to see the softer side of John Rain. He winds up helping his friend in the Tokyo FBI and getting even with the other side for some of their bad works. I think the back and forth between Rain and his 'friends' made the story more touching. You keep hoping that he is going to change.
When Rain goes to the aid of Naomi, the dancer he met and ultimately gets injured himself.
John Rain of course. Barry Eisler is a good narrator. Who would think the author could also make the reading so good.
It made me sad in places because John Rain sounds so alone and sad and unable to do anything about his situation. I keep hoping.
Yes. I always like the audio version better. More interesting to hear the characters develop.
Charles was my favorite. I also liked the old man who died too. I forget his name. He was a good friend to Charles right to the end of the book.
No. I liked his narration so will be happy to listen to more books by him.
Yes. I always want to listen all at once. I like that I can go back and relisten.
I liked the way Lexi and Finn interacted and the way she became immersed in a murder situation with no intention of any of it happening. She seems to be a magnet for trouble as Slash says.
I wouldn't say on the edge of my seat but it did engage my interest and kept me wanting to find out more. I like that the story is about the characters and doesn't get bogged down with lots of extraneous stuff. A man disappears, Lexi is hired to find him, and then the story goes about that happening with some surprises along the way.
I liked everything about the book as usual. Perhaps when Finn and Lexi arrive at the brownstone and find out the location of their missing person is intriguing, especially when Lexi proceeds alone.
Lexi Gets Her Man! Always.
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