For former Marine sniper Dox, a long-range hit in Cambodia was supposed to be just business as usual. But when you find yourself mixed up with rogue intelligence operations, gorgeous bar girls, and the world's worst human-trafficking heart of darkness, business is anything but usual. And making it personal is the most dangerous business of all.
©2012 Barry Eisler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Dox was an excellent character in the John Rain series and this short story shows that he can stand out on his own as a main character.
I love the Dox character so this was a nice deviation from the typical book in the Rain series. He can be ruthless when needed, but inside he has a soft heart.
Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.
So I gotta admit I was a little hesitant about whether Dox would at all be interesting without Rain, even in a short story. The good news is he totally is. And actually it was good having some one on one time with the sniper.
Frankly if you read the Rain stories, Trevan, Dox, etc., they’re all colors of the same story. Eisler is kind of like a two or three chord band jamming the hell out of them with an over all sound that might sound unintelligible from one another to the uninitiated.
1. Clients are always double agents of sorts. 2. The OP always has significant, plot propulsive blow back. 3. The SOP is repeated without a lot of nuance from one character to another (understandably since being SOP). 4. Always a flaw in the SOP that allows the real breath into the story.....and is always how Eisler differentiates a Trevan from a Rain or a Dox and Delilah (who I have to admit I didn’t have enough interest in to download her short story...I’ve had my fill from the novels, frankly, apart from the solid Paris Bitch).
We’ve always known there is a deeper intelligence to Dox underneath his country bluster. The revelation here is that he’s a lot more Rainy than I would have expected. A little disappointing there. Eisler could have done a little more to make a difference. Guess what? There’s this girl, you see. Rinse, repeat. (Sorry, Barry, let’s make that #5, come to think of it.)
But you know what? It’s an awesome little story. It’s the Ramones. Or Weezer? I don’t know. I like them both. (They’re “dessert” bands, at least for me.) They’re not the Stones or Iggy or My Bloody Valentine, but essential.
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