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The Detachment Audiobook
The Detachment
Written by: 
Barry Eisler
Narrated by: 
Barry Eisler
The Detachment Audiobook

The Detachment

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Publisher's Summary

John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” (San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy.

When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone. He’ll need a detachment of other deniable irregulars: his partner, the former Marine sniper, Dox. Ben Treven, a covert operator with ambivalent motives and conflicted loyalties. And Larison, a man with a hair trigger and a secret he’ll kill to protect.

From the shadowy backstreets of Tokyo and Vienna, to the deceptive glitz and glamour of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and finally to a Washington, D.C. in a permanent state of war, these four lone wolf killers will have to survive presidential hit teams, secret CIA prisons, and a national security state as obsessed with guarding its own secrets as it is with invading the privacy of the populace. But first, they’ll have to survive each other.

The Detachment is what fans of Eisler, “one of the most talented and literary writers in the thriller genre” (Chicago Sun-Times), have been waiting for: the worlds of the award-winning Rain series, and of the best-selling Fault Line and Inside Out, colliding in one explosive thriller as real as today’s headlines and as frightening as tomorrow’s.

©2011 Barry Eisler (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

Praise for the author's narration of Inside Out: "Barry Eisler is ...an exception to the rule that writers should not be allowed to publicly declaim their own prose." (The New York Times)

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    Deb 12-04-12
    Deb 12-04-12
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    "Compelling listen!"

    This book is a excellent listen. The story is unique, the cast of characters entertaining. Seldom is rooting for the bad guy(s) so compelling. The book is full of action, yet not gruesome or gratuitous in any way.

    The narration is awesome! Eisler easily slips from English to Japanese and has a warm, easy voice to listen to.

    The only thing that kept this book from being 5 stars for me is that I would have liked to see more of an intimate side of the main character. He seems to be so cut off from the world and isolated that it gave me a twinge of sadness. However, I feel (hope) that the main character (Rain) is developing and we will see more involvement with him in the future. I hope so!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Montgomery, AL, United States 08-06-12
    Sandra Montgomery, AL, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Action fun all the way"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe. Most of my friends don't like this type of story.(I am a 70 year old women and my friends read biographies and romance..)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rain. He is smart, thoughtful and well prepared and likes adventure.


    Have you listened to any of Barry Eisler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This was my first.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I just couldn't stop listening.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 02-11-12
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 02-11-12 Member Since 2016

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

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    "Great Thrill Ride"

    This one is great fun and could only be improve by targeting Murdock & the Koch Brothers or a crew of Wall Street financial officers for real. John Rain is eliminating the real enemies of the American people for a change and does it with flair.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-05-12
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-05-12 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "I didn't want to stop listening."

    I think it's the best of the Rain series (and that's saying a lot since I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series). The story stands alone so you don't have to read the rest to get this one. I understand that one of the main characters in this book (Treven) is a recurring character in another of Eisler's series - one which I'm going to pick up now (even though Rain and Dox are still my favorites).

    It has a much different flavor than the other books in the series in that there is a huge political "conspiracy" here which is the premise of the story. It's a convoluted and complicated plot, but you don't get lost en route, so the complexity is actually rather refreshing and enjoyable (and is why I didn't want to put it down).

    If you have a problem with conspiracies that suggest the US government and the 'elite rich' have ulterior motives in the 'war on terror', you might be one of those readers who gave this book a low star rating. If you believe that the assassination of JFK was an inside job, you probably are one of those who give this book a high rating.

    The plot is tight, the action is non-stop, the violence is detailed, and the characters are distinct and fully-fleshed and believable. All in all, it's exactly what I was looking for in a novel with an assassin as the main character. (If you like books with these kind of characters - you could also try Block's Keller series.)

    I was leery of an author-read book but that concern was unnecessary. Eisler's narration was well paced and the characters were distinctly voiced.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    G. Spelucin CT 09-26-11
    G. Spelucin CT 09-26-11 Member Since 2016

    Healthy-guy

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    "Barry Eisler as Narrator!!!"

    I have listened to all books in the John Rain series and although I have enjoyed all of them I wish Barry Eisler had read narrated all of them. He does a great job.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Bettendorf, IA, United States 04-12-16
    Mark Bettendorf, IA, United States 04-12-16 Member Since 2011

    Photographer, nature & water geek, music lover, book fiend.

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    "Love the series & this, too, was great- with some reservations"

    I picked up the first John Rain book on sale & without great expectations, but Eisler's writing and - happy surprise- his narration, were great. Pulled me right in & the series has built upon the character dimensions in fantastic form.
    With this type of book, one expects to suspend disbelief a bit. But this is the first book where in more than one area I found myself thinking ," Rain wouldn't be that stupid" or wondering why he didn't record his conversations with the antagonist or take other measures to protect himself, especially with all the foreword, layered thinking he is known for. I got past it, & still enjoyed the book, as well as the character developments, but it was the first of the series where I was taken out of the story to think about errors. If you enjoy the series though, it's a no-brainer. Of course give it a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 05-16-13
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Story, Great Narration but........"

    Barry did such a great job narrating this one so I guess that is why no new audiobooks by Barry have come out since the release of this one on 9-15-11, yes some short stories have been released but who is going to waiste a credit on a 45 min books.

    So Barry we love your narration but how about delegating so you can turn out some great new books, we can't wait 2 or 3 yrs for each new book,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Theo 12-14-12
    Theo 12-14-12
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    "Action Packed and very believable"
    What made the experience of listening to The Detachment the most enjoyable?

    Barry Eisler's narration and character portrayals are so real and believable he is a consummate showman his storyline is tight and filled with visual impressions that remain on your senses.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    His character Dox is the most believable and genuine , he makes the story less dark and adds some humanity to the carnage and body count.


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

    Very interesting and insightful, he seems to have an insiders knowledge of the machinations of the dark side of politics and security organizations.


    Any additional comments?


    It is wholly believable and shows the dark side of the world intelligence community and the lengths they go to to achieve their misguided ideals and objectives.all in the name of patriotism and in the national interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashe New York, NY, United States 12-07-12
    Ashe New York, NY, United States 12-07-12
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    "A brilliant and important book ..."

    Easily the best of the John Rain thrillers, though they are all good ... It's wonderful to hear Eisler finally narrating his characters ... there have been some winners and losers among narrators of previous Rain books.

    I've read all the top writers in the genre, and most of their series books. This book is certainly in the top 5 I've had the pleasure to read. It taps surgically into the double-take reality we're living through in the count-terror world; Eisler has done his research, and understands the dynamics behind the headlines.

    Top rating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Washington, DC, United States 11-12-12
    Shannon Washington, DC, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrific story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would recommend the written version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Detachment?

    Oh Please


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barry Eisler’s performances?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Eisler would be better served using aprofessional actor to read his story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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