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Extremis: John Rain, Book 5 | [Barry Eisler]

Extremis: John Rain, Book 5

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.
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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.

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    pscs Texas 03-18-15
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    "Every book BARRY writes is Excellent!"

    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.

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    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 05-09-15
    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 05-09-15 Member Since 2011

    I am a small business owner, writer and frequent traveler. Audio books are my constant companions

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    "Love triangle - Girl saves day. Other one leaves"

    By a show of hands, who hasn't written this story? It is worn and pitiful and actually badly done by every author. Remember Mitch Rapp the married years or everything by Brad Thor? Lee Childs seems to be one of a very few authors who can actually maintain a loner that is, well, alone. If you write about a strong character then make the book about the character. You cannot tell the story of a loaner through the eyes of other people. Just write a romance novel and leave the lone assassin to those who care to tell that story. Or right about the new sidekick who seems to do "alone" much better.

    As for the performance. I have to assume that the Japanese is pronounced properly. A little more work is required on the English language.

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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 03-31-15
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 03-31-15 Member Since 2012

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    If you could sum up Extremis in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, compelling, and sad.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Extremis?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Assassins are human. Check Out Rains.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Barry Eisler's narration.

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 03-14-15
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 03-14-15 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Unable to Not Kill"

    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.


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    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC United States 02-14-15
    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC United States 02-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    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

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    Max Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 02-10-14
    Max Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 02-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great narration!"
    Have you listened to any of Barry Eisler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope, this is my first and it's a great one!


    Any additional comments?

    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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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 03-25-14
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wow The Chickens Came Home to Roost"

    The conflict in this story is so gut wrenching. Wow, make time because I don't think you will want to be interrupted. There is so much in this story I cannot put my thoughts down. It was well written, human, vulnerable, and ultimately painful. I am not sure how Barry Eisler has managed to make the killer human but he is. This entire series has been such a wonderful pleasure filled time for me. I didn't like The Descendants as much until I read Ben Treven's series. I understand better now and can appreciate how it was written. I just think Mr. Eisler is an awesome writer and narrator.

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    Cara 04-25-14
    Cara 04-25-14
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    What would have made Extremis better?

    I really enjoyed the Rain series - the first time. I purchased seven. When I saw all new titles, I was delighted and purchased five more! Until I realized they were the same books, Mr. Eisler just decided to rename them. A dishonest way to sell books, in my book! I'm done with Barry Eisler.


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