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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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    Mim HUGHENDEN, Australia 10-27-11
    Mim HUGHENDEN, Australia 10-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Jack Reacher - Lite"

    Uneven is the word that springs to mind. While a reasonable listen and there were some useful hints at how to be safe at the end of the 'book', I came away feeling that this American author can be really paranoid about homeland security. Except for Women and Children, and even then he still kidnaps a woman, John Rain is an amoral assassin. There is lots of 'beware' and conspiracy theories but upon reflection I think the moralising is shallow and inconsistent. Early Lee Child and his Jack Reacher novels are more to my taste. That said I bought it on sale, not a bad listen.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 05-31-12
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Assassin's Procedural"

    This book is an Assassin???s Procedural with many lessons of paranoia, killing and being macho. Bleeaack! I can???t believe I fell for a John Rain book AGAIN! Eisler HAS to be chuckling at my "Charlie Brown" to his "Lucy"!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 06-25-13
    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Absurd, Tired and Overdone."

    How stale is the story of an assassin with a conscience? How absurd the tale of four professional killers who are as naive as adolescent boys? Mr. Eisler reads well. That is the most positive thing I can say about this story. Avoid.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Haynes Tyler Texas USA 09-10-12
    John Haynes Tyler Texas USA 09-10-12 Member Since 2015

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    "long time"

    I have been reading Barry Eislers books for a long time now and this is one of his best storys, it makes you think it could happen in this day and time. this one I will read over and over again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 07-20-12
    Alan 07-20-12

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    "Interesting Story"

    Pretty good story would recommend it to those of us who likes the spy vrs spy type books. It was well read and I enjoyed the author and his presentation of his book.

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    Jim MANKATO, MN, United States 06-24-12
    Jim MANKATO, MN, United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2014

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    "A departure from the normal Rain books"

    OK, I have to say that the book was good. But I have a few complaints some big some small.

    First one of the reason I have always like the John Rain books is that he is just an average citizen. He does not have access to high tech toys, or massive amounts of classified data. In past books he has used Google maps to plot his movements and escape routes. One time he hooked up an iPhone and a bank of D batteries to setup a make shift tracking device. This sort of thing made the books interesting and different from other action adventure characters from other authors. In the Detachment he hooks up with some upper government guy and he provides them with tons of government tech. So to me that is a big let down. To a smaller degree having Rain work as part of a team is kind different and it in of itself has its pro's and con's.

    In this book the author really lets his political views come shining through. Some of the past books there were hints and slight nuances. But in this book it is right in your face! If you agree with the author's view it probably will not be a big hang up for you. If you disagree with the author's views it can make for some long boring reading in those sections.

    Over all it is a good book, but it really does an almost 180 degree from the normal John Rain book you have come to expect.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 05-29-12
    Alan Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "awsome listen"

    Great book. Another good listen on Jon Rain. Tricky plot that you don't want to hit pause for any reason.

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    Debbie Lake Havasu, AZ, United States 05-29-12
    Debbie Lake Havasu, AZ, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "awsome listen"

    Great book. Another good listen on Jon Rain. Tricky plot that you don't want to hit pause for any reason.

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    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 05-18-12
    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2015

    I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.

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    "A different type of spy book"
    What did you love best about The Detachment?

    I loved all the bad ass characters in the book. You have dirty harry and jackie chan all in one story


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

    Nope but I will listen to more in the future.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    where the group came together at the end to save the school.


    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 2016

    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?

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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