Even for an average citizen, a love triangle is dangerous business. For assassin John Rainn - "one of the most compelling lead characters in the genre" (USA Today) it's going to be downright deadly.
When Rain learns that his former lover, Midori, has been raising their child in New York, Rain senses a chance for reconciliation, perhaps even for redemption. But Midori and the child are being watched by Rain's enemies, and Rain's sudden appearance puts them in terrible danger. To save them, Rain is forced to use the same deadly talents he had been hoping to leave behind. With the help of Tatsu, his one-time nemesis in the Japanese FBI; and Dox, the former Marine sniper whose good ol' boy persona masks a killer as deadly as Rain himself, Rain races against time to bring his enemies into the open and eliminate them forever. But to finish the job, he'll need one more ally: Mossad operative Delilah, a woman for whom Rain's hopes with Midori represent an altogether different kind of threat....
©2014 Barry Eisler (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
In 2012 and 2013 Barry Eisler republished the first six novels in his John Rain series with new titles. Extermis, John Rain Book 5, was originally titled The Last Assassin.
Extremis is one of Eisler's best novels and is a auperb action thriller. It is filled with action and suspense. It also shows more than any other book in the series the humanity and the emotional side of John Rain. I love this book and recommend it without qualification. Earlier books in the series provide some helpful background on Rain, Dox, Madori, Dalilah, ,and other characters, but Extremis provides sufficient background that reading the earlier books in the series is unnecessary.
When Eisler retitled the books, he also changed the narrator of the audiobooks to himself, an excellent improvement.
Eisler is a big name author of thrillers. He and other authors including J. A. (Joe) Konrath were leaders in the movement toward self publishing. All lovers of reading owe them a debt of gratitude for reducing the cost of books at retail. Previously unknown authors who could not get published, such as the superb British author Mark Dawson, owe them an even larger debt. Thank you Barry!
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.
Barry is superb. His stories are involved and interesting. I love reading books where I learn something. He intertwines real life events and gives you a real flavor of the country and people. On to the next in the series.
I really enjoyed this book and love the series, I was both happy and sad about the way it ended as I like the characters
looking forward to the next one in the series
I have been an avid audible listener foot quite some time.it has helped me stay sharp and entertained as well.
These characters keep developing nicely. This book sort of felt like the end of the series with a good wrap up. But noo there are more. They were good too.
Once again, Barry Eisler brings a solid read with action so draped in realism you'll feel like it's the best non-fiction spy book you ever read. Eisler also nails the narration which is highly unusual for an author reading his own books. Awesome!
Eisler is an engaging author with a combination of well researched, informative details, along with suspense, sexual tension, and complex human relationships.
1/2 man 1/2 machine
I am a huge fan of Barry Eisler and deeply appreciate the fact that for the most part the CIA programs are real. he narrates all his books and has the right choice for the character. This is my second round of listening to all the Rain books. The books move fast, excellent inner monologue, steamy sex scenes and a good deal of tech talk. I call him the "Japanese Jack Reacher". I enjoy that the character often questions his own motives and ethical compass.
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