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
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.
Rain's internal dialogue is fascinating and really lets you get inside his head and experience what he is going through and how he is changing and questioning his actions, motives, and future.
The plot ws gripping.
Barry's performance of his books is brilliant. He totally brings every character to life and makes you care about them.
I laugh just about every time Dox speaks. And yes, this book brought the tears too, especially in the scenes with Rain and Tots, and with Rain and his son. Poignant, believable and achingly real.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
No sooner had John left the mother, Madori, of his son, expressing his determination to stop being a mercenary, the man watching her home was seen by John walking toward him. The man walked up toward John on the sidewalk in front of Madori's home. John killed the man and although he had told Dox, his partner, that he wouldn't need help, Dox had lingered nearby. Together, the dead man was thrown into the dumpster, carefully. John needed to convey his message to the man in Korea who held such animosity toward John. The man's name was, Yamayoto, who dealt in the illegal drug trade.
Yamayoto had crossed paths many year's before, whereby John and his good friend Dox, had interfered with his drug trade. Many of his men were killed and he lost millions of dollars on the drugs that were emptied into the waves splashing against the boat.
The same type of interchange was to happen again. John's very good friend, Totus, wanted this man dead before he passed. John visited Totus in the hospital and the last request he made to John was to eliminate Yamayoto. Until that occurred, Totus would not be able to go in peace. Totus had assisted John throughout the previous year's with information and weapons through the FBI office in Tokyo. John would not refuse his friend.
The book Extremis, tells this most compelling story. The narrator, the author himself, Barry Eisler, does a great job. The John Rain series has held my interest since reading the first book. I came to know some of the character's in depth with each successive book that I've read. This is the second series of John Rain books that take place when he begins to get older. The first time that John Rain had killed was when he participated in the Vietnam War. He has never stopped. There is always someone who calls him when he has tried to discontinue his job as a mercenary. However, John has acknowledged to himself, that killing is what he is best at. There is action and suspense throughout the book. There are many scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat. The books continues at a fast pace. The end of this book and I've already purchased the next one. I've enjoyed each book, therefore, I'm sure I'll enjoy the next. The books are great listens and I'm sure that if this is your genre of book you definitely will not be disappointed.
Nope, this is my first and it's a great one!
Very nice, professional narration by the author himself. I always like listening to books narrated by their authors and Barry Eisler didn't disappoint. The narration was so good it's as if the book was read by a professional actor. I guess, working as a CIA operative in the past came in handy here. I mean to be a good intelligence operative you have to be a decent actor. Anyway, well done, Barry!
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