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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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    WILLIAM YORK, PA, United States 02-22-12
    WILLIAM YORK, PA, United States 02-22-12
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    "Annoying, maybe defective recording"
    If you could sum up The Detachment in three words, what would they be?

    Annoying, inferior performance


    What didn’t you like about Barry Eisler’s performance?

    To me, the spoken words sound raspy. Presenter may have been too close to the microphone.


    Any additional comments?

    Annoying performance, I tried a good headset, but I just gave up. Really disappointed with Audible and a waste of money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J T. 01-31-12
    J T. 01-31-12 Listener Since 2004
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    "Very good listen."
    What made the experience of listening to The Detachment the most enjoyable?

    Not figuring out the outcome until the end.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


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

    Much better than the last one


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I only listen in my auto 15 to 30 minutes at a time.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Austin, TX, United States 01-25-12
    Carl Austin, TX, United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2011

    What is most important to me is the story, the characters and the pace. These reviews are rated "Dude".

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    "Once again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Detachment to be better than the print version?

    why ask something like that?


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was a good story. painted a decent picture in my mind. dude was able to create enough tension for me to rewind a few times.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when the gun was tossed. That was a moment. The choices we make.


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

    Life is full of hard choices, some cost more than others.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph Foster City, CA, United States 01-22-12
    Ralph Foster City, CA, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2000
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    "Very good."

    This is the first exception to my belief that authors who read narrate their own books are letting their egos get in the way of a quality product. Eisler is, in fact, an excellent narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vic boca raton, FL, United States 10-25-11
    Vic boca raton, FL, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Riviting"

    non stop action and best yet from Eisler.. John Rain is among best action heroes of this day.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Warren Cook Eagle Point, Oregon, United States 05-16-12
    Warren Cook Eagle Point, Oregon, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2004

    I don't need no stink in' badges

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    "Starts at chapter 8"
    Would you try another book from Barry Eisler and/or Barry Eisler?

    Not until this problem is fixed


    What was most disappointing about Barry Eisler’s story?

    Starts at chapter 8


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barry Eisler?

    Someone who could start before chapter 8


    What character would you cut from The Detachment?

    Don't know anyone before chapter 8


    Any additional comments?

    Where the hell are chapters 1 through 7?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley DELTONA, FL, United States 01-01-12
    Shirley DELTONA, FL, United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2001

    I've been an Audible addict since 2001. I like fantasy, intrigue, detective mysteries, love stories (not soft porn), and books with a Christian theme (and yes I know some don't think that fits with my love of fantasy). Since my husband retired I have less time to listen, but I always get through at least 4 books a month! I love to stock up during sales!!!

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    "A bit slow"
    What about Barry Eisler’s performance did you like?

    Since the main character (the one telling the story) is supposed to be Asian I was surprised the author (definitely not Asian) chose to read it - especially without an accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story but it was a bit slow and predictable.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jennorex Chuckey, TN, United States 12-20-11
    jennorex Chuckey, TN, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "great series"

    Stumbled on to John Rain by accident.. love the books and this latest one is great. PS.. please bring back Delilah

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Broughton Meridian, TX USA 10-09-11
    T. Broughton Meridian, TX USA 10-09-11 Member Since 2008

    Retired

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    "It's still bush's fault"

    Amazing how it is our government is the enemy give it a break
    This is not typical John Rain.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MamaDee HINGHAM, MA, United States 10-20-11
    MamaDee HINGHAM, MA, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "another one ruined"

    "why", I say to myself, "do they spend all that time, money and energy writing a book and then produce it in audio format just to DESTROY it by the narrator"? And it was the author himself! You'd think since he wrote the darn thing he'd put extra life into it! UGH! Didn't they LISTEN to it before they tossed it out to the public? What a shame it is. This could've been a great audiobook but truely, after trying very hard to listen, I just couldn't. I had to press stop and shake my head in disgust. I just dont get it.......

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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