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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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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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 06-16-16

Action thriller listeners owe Barry Eisler a lot!

I listened to this John Rain #6 novel 2 years ago. It is an outstanding espionage/action thriller novel narrated by the author who is as good at narrating as authoring. Barry Eisler was an established author who nevertheless was a leader in the move to independent publishing resulting in lower average prices allowing avid readers/listeners access to more good books for less money. Thanks Barry!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • JC
  • 01-04-18

Still Good

I thought this novel was still very good, but the story was not on par with the previous 5 John Rain novels that were packed with action, plot twists, and complexed characters. It was more mellow than the others, I feel. I’m a huge Barry Eisler fan and still think he rules the genre, regardless of how a story eventually unfolds. I recommend this book to fans of John Rain and newcomers alike. Enjoy!

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Yet another very well done book in the series<br />

Yet another great book in the John Rayne series these books are very well written and keep you engaged enjoy this

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best yet,

enjoy the series but this best one yet
probably because change is inevitable but growth is optional

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John Rains is one of my favorite characters.

I'm in love with this character and his stories. I'm usually not a fan of the author narrating their own books, but Barry Eisley is awesome !!! Love Docs...

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A little disappointing compared to the previous books

I don't know why, but this book didn't grip me nearly as much as the last several by this author. I'll likely read another in the series, and hopefully I will like it better.

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A fantastic audiobook

Another fantastic book in the John Rain Series. These books come drenched in realism and the action keeps it going from start to finish!

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They've got Dox.

Among the best series I've read or listened to. Notice how inexpensive they are.

I wrote an enthusiastically positive and extended review for Book 1: "Clean Kill in Tokyo."

Eisler is a smart and accomplished guy. Checkout his website and his Wikipedia bio.

In Book #6 Dox is "taken" to draw Rain out so he can be murdered. Dox is a wonderful captive.

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My least favorite of the series.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I think Barry was trying to portray ambivalence but it came out poorly and the "iceman" persona and constant bitching about everything makes you dislike him and wonder how he survived as long as he has.

Dox and Boaz were the best things in the book. I didn't laugh as hard as I did in EXTREMIS with the man-boy scene but Dox is definitely a worthwhile/necessary character.

Which character – as performed by Barry Eisler – was your favorite?

Dox