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Extremis

John Rain, Book 5
Narrated by: Barry Eisler
Series: John Rain, Book 5
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
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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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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 09-12-15

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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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 03-31-15

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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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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Best yet!

I liked the John Rain character from the start but book 4 and 5 saw the full development and personal side of the character which had me hooked from the start. Loved it!

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Yet another great book!

I'm in love with this series. The characters are so dynamic and come to life as Barry reads and takes on the personality of each memorable character.

I'm ready for the next one, never a break in between. I'll be saddened when I'm finished with this series. John Rain is a spectacular man of action, but hope to find more great books read by Barry Eisler.

Barry Eisler has the perfect tone of voice, accents and splendid use of languages from abroad. A+ from me!

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John Rain is the best!

John, Dox and Delilah are some of the most exciting characters. I've enjoyed the series and am excited for the next book.

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A very, very strong story.

Incredibly rich story. Action, tension, strong feelings and a masterfully constructed story. A long conclusion to the book that was so very, very strong.
Add to that Eisler's stellar narration and no other rating than 5/5/5 is possible.

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This was an excellent book!

I am really enjoying this series. This has been my favorite book of the series so far. I would highly recommend this series. I am really looking forward to listening the rest of the books. I was pleasantly surprised by what a great job the author does as the narrator.

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One More Superb story

Love the stories within the story. having the author read it himself adds another layer of meaning and he rubs every emotion along the way.