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The Detachment | [Barry Eisler]

The Detachment

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.
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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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    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 06-27-13
    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2011

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Great Book, Self-Narration? Not sold"

    Don't get me wrong, obviously Eisler knows how he wrote his characters to sound & probably has the best idea of what the different characters should interact & the ebb & flow. I don't Eisler did a horrible job but I would have enjoyed one of the past Narrators used, I just don't remember who.

    The book itself opens itself up to whole new potential slew of new books with some type of reunion or partial reunion. Eisler also has a background in the field although I'm not sure if he was a paper pusher or in the actual thick of the fights, BUT he does take a scene out of the Reservoir Dogs & uses the distrust & ambitions of each character who could be a main character in any stand alone (actually I've read all the books that are stand alones except Dox doesn't have a stand alone, he's always with Rain), plus all the alpha male testosterone the part where they all squeeze in a mini-van to remind them that regular life is happening around them while they are blasting foe's to kibbles n bits & the US gov't has a military leader convinced of a world wide 'Oligarchy' (which I don't disagree with, read 'inside out' to really get into the oligarchy & its hold on everyone in it) that believed like so many other revolutionaries that blood every so often is needed to rinse the country free & provide us with those willing to show patriotism by using the "peace thru superior firepower' model.

    Overall, it book goes waaaaay off the typical John Rain thrillers, perhaps why its called 'The Detachment' instead of anything with 'Rain' in it, but I hope he hasn't evolved the series to the point where the duo or single man days are far behind us & no one can survive without a crew & help of many others... I see how it probably has to be this way but I rather enjoyed books like 'Killing Rain' or 'Hard Rain.' but after Requiem I'd be satisfied with a duo with external help & a different series involving the 3 or 4 of the Detachment getting together over a few dead traitors... Cheeers

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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 05-16-13
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2010

    Westport, CT

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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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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 02-13-13
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 02-13-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Exciting. Didn't want to stop listening"

    This was a story with many twists and turns and very well developed characters that I felt like I was able to get to "know". It was masterfully read by Barry Eisler himself and he truly brought Docs and Rain to life. I hope that he will continue to narrate his own books as he does it very well. I hated when I had to stop listening to do something else and I hope he has another great story coming out soon.
    I also hope that he will rerecord his previous book, Requiem for an Assassin, that was destroyed by Scott Brick's narration. I will buy it again just to listen to it read as it should have been.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Theo Wonga Park, Australia 12-14-12
    Theo Wonga Park, Australia 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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    A User New York, NY, United States 12-07-12
    A User 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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    Deb Canton, GA, United States 12-04-12
    Deb Canton, GA, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2004
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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!

    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
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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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    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pamela bathurst, Australia 07-09-12
    pamela bathurst, Australia 07-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't miss this audiobook"
    What made the experience of listening to The Detachment the most enjoyable?

    The continuity and flow and the subject matter was such a 'keep listening' experience


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My next listen will be another Barry Eisler audiobook.


    Which character – as performed by Barry Eisler – was your favorite?

    John Rain of course but have to mention Docs who complements and works so well with Rain.


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

    My extreme reaction was amazement at the total satisfaction I had in listening to such a great audiobook


    Any additional comments?

    The narration by Barry Eisler was flawless. I had already listened to John Nischii and thought he was the best but they are both superb when narrating Eisler's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tedd United States 07-09-12
    Tedd United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Worthwhile"
    What made the experience of listening to The Detachment the most enjoyable?

    One of the few authors whose self-narration represented sound decision making. He nailed it in addition to unfurling a tight and suspenseful storyline. Practitioners of the martial arts will also be pleasantly surprised to find (for once) plausible and accurately described techniques woven into the story. Clearly, Eisler walks the walk in a number of respects.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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