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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.

Critic Reviews

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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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.

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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

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.

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  • Debbie
  • Lake Havasu, AZ, United States
  • 05-29-12

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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  • Alan
  • Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States
  • 05-29-12

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

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.

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  • Warren Cook
  • Eagle Point, Oregon, United States
  • 05-16-12

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?

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  • Karl
  • King, NC, United States
  • 04-22-12

Good story, but sometimes fades a little.

Where does The Detachment rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 30

Would you recommend The Detachment to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, The rest of the series is worth it also.

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

As good as the rest

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Mr. Eisler seems to be an intelligent man, his writing will probably get better.

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Not so good

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the Rain series but not this book. Start from the beginning and sure read this one but it's not so good compared to the earlier books

Would you be willing to try another book from Barry Eisler? Why or why not?

I've read the whole series already

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

I think that Eisler knows his characters so well he can better get the right tones and expressions to convey the appropriate sense of emotion to any given situation.

Could you see The Detachment being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes probably but I don't know movie stars enough to pick a cast.

Any additional comments?

Story had a rush ending with everything being tied up so nice so sweet, didn't leave me feeling satisfied. Left me with the feeling Eisler is setting us up for another

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Excellent Series, Excellent story!

Any additional comments?

Loved the interaction between Rain and Dox, and the continuing growth in their relationship. Rain still struggles with his demons but is coming to see that he can be more than his past has led him to believe. That he has more to offer than just his

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