• Extremis

  • John Rain, Book 5
  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,470 ratings)

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Extremis

By: Barry Eisler
Narrated by: Barry Eisler
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Publisher's Summary

Even for an average citizen, a love triangle is dangerous business. For assassin John Rainn - "one of the most compelling lead characters in the genre" (USA Today) it's going to be downright deadly.

When Rain learns that his former lover, Midori, has been raising their child in New York, Rain senses a chance for reconciliation, perhaps even for redemption. But Midori and the child are being watched by Rain's enemies, and Rain's sudden appearance puts them in terrible danger. To save them, Rain is forced to use the same deadly talents he had been hoping to leave behind. With the help of Tatsu, his one-time nemesis in the Japanese FBI; and Dox, the former Marine sniper whose good ol' boy persona masks a killer as deadly as Rain himself, Rain races against time to bring his enemies into the open and eliminate them forever. But to finish the job, he'll need one more ally: Mossad operative Delilah, a woman for whom Rain's hopes with Midori represent an altogether different kind of threat....

©2014 Barry Eisler (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Superb Book!

In 2012 and 2013 Barry Eisler republished the first six novels in his John Rain series with new titles. Extermis, John Rain Book 5, was originally titled The Last Assassin.

Extremis is one of Eisler's best novels and is a auperb action thriller. It is filled with action and suspense. It also shows more than any other book in the series the humanity and the emotional side of John Rain. I love this book and recommend it without qualification. Earlier books in the series provide some helpful background on Rain, Dox, Madori, Dalilah, ,and other characters, but Extremis provides sufficient background that reading the earlier books in the series is unnecessary.

When Eisler retitled the books, he also changed the narrator of the audiobooks to himself, an excellent improvement.

Eisler is a big name author of thrillers. He and other authors including J. A. (Joe) Konrath were leaders in the movement toward self publishing. All lovers of reading owe them a debt of gratitude for reducing the cost of books at retail. Previously unknown authors who could not get published, such as the superb British author Mark Dawson, owe them an even larger debt. Thank you Barry!

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Cheap Shot, Barry-

What would have made Extremis better?

I really enjoyed the Rain series - the first time. I purchased seven. When I saw all new titles, I was delighted and purchased five more! Until I realized they were the same books, Mr. Eisler just decided to rename them. A dishonest way to sell books, in my book! I'm done with Barry Eisler.

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Love The Angst in Rain

If you could sum up Extremis in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, compelling, and sad.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Extremis?

When John returns to New York to save Midori only to be confronted at the airport by two thugs. Hope did they know? He disposes of them only to be turhed away by Midori. When he realizes what has happened to,his carefully constructed but impossible dream, it is sad. Then he returns to find his friend dying. The ending gives hope though.

Which scene was your favorite?

The one where it dawns on him that there is life and it is up to him to find it. Dox and Delilah are waiting.

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

Assassins are human. Check Out Rains.

Any additional comments?

I love Barry Eisler's narration.

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Every book BARRY writes is Excellent!

Barry is superb. His stories are involved and interesting. I love reading books where I learn something. He intertwines real life events and gives you a real flavor of the country and people. On to the next in the series.

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Love triangle - Girl saves day. Other one leaves

By a show of hands, who hasn't written this story? It is worn and pitiful and actually badly done by every author. Remember Mitch Rapp the married years or everything by Brad Thor? Lee Childs seems to be one of a very few authors who can actually maintain a loner that is, well, alone. If you write about a strong character then make the book about the character. You cannot tell the story of a loaner through the eyes of other people. Just write a romance novel and leave the lone assassin to those who care to tell that story. Or right about the new sidekick who seems to do "alone" much better.

As for the performance. I have to assume that the Japanese is pronounced properly. A little more work is required on the English language.

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Unable to Not Kill

No sooner had John left the mother, Madori, of his son, expressing his determination to stop being a mercenary, the man watching her home was seen by John walking toward him. The man walked up toward John on the sidewalk in front of Madori's home. John killed the man and although he had told Dox, his partner, that he wouldn't need help, Dox had lingered nearby. Together, the dead man was thrown into the dumpster, carefully. John needed to convey his message to the man in Korea who held such animosity toward John. The man's name was, Yamayoto, who dealt in the illegal drug trade.

Yamayoto had crossed paths many year's before, whereby John and his good friend Dox, had interfered with his drug trade. Many of his men were killed and he lost millions of dollars on the drugs that were emptied into the waves splashing against the boat.

The same type of interchange was to happen again. John's very good friend, Totus, wanted this man dead before he passed. John visited Totus in the hospital and the last request he made to John was to eliminate Yamayoto. Until that occurred, Totus would not be able to go in peace. Totus had assisted John throughout the previous year's with information and weapons through the FBI office in Tokyo. John would not refuse his friend.

The book Extremis, tells this most compelling story. The narrator, the author himself, Barry Eisler, does a great job. The John Rain series has held my interest since reading the first book. I came to know some of the character's in depth with each successive book that I've read. This is the second series of John Rain books that take place when he begins to get older. The first time that John Rain had killed was when he participated in the Vietnam War. He has never stopped. There is always someone who calls him when he has tried to discontinue his job as a mercenary. However, John has acknowledged to himself, that killing is what he is best at. There is action and suspense throughout the book. There are many scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat. The books continues at a fast pace. The end of this book and I've already purchased the next one. I've enjoyed each book, therefore, I'm sure I'll enjoy the next. The books are great listens and I'm sure that if this is your genre of book you definitely will not be disappointed.


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awesome

I really enjoyed this book and love the series, I was both happy and sad about the way it ended as I like the characters

looking forward to the next one in the series

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Outstanding!

Barry Eisler has an incredible talent for drawing the reader/listener into each character, intimately. I find myself experiencing every emotion, depending on each individual character. I’ve read almost all of his books and just can’t get enough. Fantastic entertainment.

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A lot going on here

I have enjoyed all of the installments in this series. John Rain is up against his nemesis one more time. There are a lot of twists and turns and the action scenes are fast paced. A lot of fun to listen to and the author does a good job with narration to keep to story moving….

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Exciting

Exceptional as always! Stories feel current and authentic. Listening as fast as I can download.

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  • Christophe
  • 04-05-21

Perfection

We are certainly on a long narrative arc with the John Rain series. I find myself lost in each plot, losing time and a sense of place in my reverie. I’ve learned so much and now fully understand the importance of the author reading his own source material after I previously listened to his books by other narrators.
Please take the time to read this series in order. They are excellent, insightful and quasi educational in their own way. His list of side characters are not mere bit part players but fully fledged heroes, worthy of their own book series too, not just a short novella.
Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-20

Fecking Brilliant

I liked everything about it Dox ,Delia, tots exctra , you got me bucked Barry
All I can say is god save Ireland for the hero’s

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  • Rob Roy
  • 10-16-19

A gripping episode in this series

The John Rain series of books gets better and better. The author reads his own work brilliantly. I really care about the main characters now and despite the extreme violence which punctuates the books and the fascinating detailed explanations of an assassin's tradecraft, it is the complex relationships, themes of conflicting loyalties and emerging comradeship that underpin the story which make Extremis in particular - and the John Rain books in general - so compelling. I will certainly be reading and listening to the next tale soonest!