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The Killer Ascendant: John Rain, Book 6 | [Barry Eisler]

The Killer Ascendant: John Rain, Book 6

Hunted and finally cornered, John Rain faces his deadliest enemy ever: himself. For Rain, "the most charismatic assassin since James Bond" (San Francisco Chronicle), getting out of the life was never going to be easy. But with a new identity in Paris, and the help of his lover, Mossad agent Delilah, he was beginning to leave the killing business behind. And then he receives a message from rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger: we have your friend Dox. Do as we tell you, or he dies.
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Hunted and finally cornered, John Rain faces his deadliest enemy ever: himself. For Rain, "the most charismatic assassin since James Bond" (San Francisco Chronicle), getting out of the life was never going to be easy. But with a new identity in Paris, and the help of his lover, Mossad agent Delilah, he was beginning to leave the killing business behind. And then he receives a message from rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger: we have your friend Dox. Do as we tell you, or he dies. For a professional like Rain, the choice ought to be easy: do the job - a series of three hits - and save his friend and partner. But how does Rain know Hilger won't kill Dox, anyway, once the assignment is complete? How does he know each of the hits isn't simultaneously a setup for Rain himself? Most of all, how can he control the killing rage Hilger's lethal game of extortion reignites inside him? From the deceptively tranquil beaches of Bali, to the backstreets and boulevards of Paris, to the urban canyons of Silicon Valley and New York and the old killing fields of Vietnam, Rain must grapple with his age, his enemies, and, most of all, with the killer inside himself in a battle not even Rain can hope to survive intact.

©2007, 2013 Barry Eisler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 04-23-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 04-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Barry Eisler narrates perfectly"
    What made the experience of listening to The Killer Ascendant the most enjoyable?

    In this book Dox made it really great! His character is so humorous. I love the sense of humor attributed to him. Even through his brutal interrogation he maintains his sarcastic and cutting remarks. I truly hope there are no plans to kill him off anytime soon, he is a great addition to this series.


    What does Barry Eisler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The tones and inflections he intends when he wrote it.


    Any additional comments?

    Having Eisler read his own works was the best thing he could have done. I had tried listening to this series previously and was not impressed with the narration and gave up. When I started listening again now that Eisler has redone them all, I've been on a marathon and have listened to 5 in a row. I plan to repurchase the one I have only now with Eisler narrating. This really is such a good series, I am so glad I decided to give it another try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 04-05-15
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 04-05-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Even Assassins Have Friends and a Moral Compass"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Killer Ascendant to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but the audio is always better when read by a good narrator and Barry Eisler is a very good narrator. The author as the narrator breathes life into his character and knows how to make the man sound real.


    What other book might you compare The Killer Ascendant to and why?

    I have read all of Eisler's John Rain books so I know they are all excellent. Vince Flynn's books about Mitch are similar but with a slightly different slant. I think I like John Rain better. He has more baggage and seems to be more conflicted with getting out of the life and trying to get back into normal until his best friend Dox is kidnpped that is.


    What does Barry Eisler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He knows what his characters are supposed to do and he can read the text so that the listener is there with him. He is very good as a narrator.


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

    Never under estimate your hired help.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JD 03-07-15
    JD 03-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book"

    This book has to be by far one of my favorite books in this series! You will not be disappointed at all!

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    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC United States 02-20-15
    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC United States 02-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "awesome, I love the series,"

    Rain needs psychological help lol , maybe his friends can help kick his arse together

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    Sheri Powers 02-13-15 Member Since 2015

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    "One of the best yet! "

    Having listened to all the other John Rain books from the beginning, this was a really fun story to listen to. I loved the internal struggle between rain and the iceman. ... Classic. .. And the scene at the cafe in Amsterdam had me howling!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 01-31-15
    Ken 01-31-15
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    "Author reads"

    I really like his books and I think that the author reading the books is great. He knew what he meant when he wrote it and brings that to life when he reads it.

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    Bradley P. Valentine 11-16-14

    Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.

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    "Another strong entry for John Rain"
    Any additional comments?

    Admission: I read this book about a month and a half ago. I read the rest of John Rain and Ben Trevan as well as the short stories since then as well as several other books. Meaning that Rain stories have somewhat melted into one big soup in my memory, ha. I more remember my feelings while reading this entry than the entry itself. Suffice to say this is kind of a turning point novel for the Rain series, if I remember right. Without giving anything away, Rain begins adapting Delilah and Dox much more into its formula than the previous books. Rain is no longer the lone hitman. He struggles with that. We struggle with that as readers because we loved the other books. But we also love that Eisler isn’t just doing the same thing over and over. I mean, yes. It’s basically all the same format. There’s a girl. Rain is perfect until he does something dumb and that’s what allows the story to bloom. All the books are like that. But now there are two new members of the band (three if you count Tots’ replacement...what’s his name, haha...Tots 2.0 because he’s really just Tots with more international reach).

    Again, without spoilers, this book sets up how the following novels are likely all to be...each introducing new players. Rain’s world getting bigger. The Detachment culminates into an out and out Dirty Dozen scenario (which I f’n loved).

    I’m only dismayed that there aren’t any more Eisler books to read (even though my last couple reviews might be a little harsher than maybe I should have been...I just want the books to be better and better, haha).

    NOTE: there is a review on this Audible page complaining about Barry Eisler double dipping his books -- he retitled his Rain series a couple years ago and rerecorded the narration when he went indie -- or whatever the applicable term is. I’ve checked and the old versions of the books are no longer available. So don’t be afraid of buying one of the Rain books and finding you’ve already read it.

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    Tom Anderson, SC, United States 03-09-14
    Tom Anderson, SC, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Book has been done before.Requiem of an Assassin"

    Great book..first time I listened to it. Shame on Eisler for resubmitting it as new book, just different title. First book name was Requeim of an Assassin. My husband did not know when downloaded this book, we had already listened to it in 2011.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 03-18-14
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I was exhausted when this one was done...."

    Wow what a story. Loved it from the first sentence to the last. Really interesting, tense, smart story.

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