Extremis (John Rain, #5)
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Extremis (John Rain #5)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  3,110 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Previously published as The Last Assassin

Even for an average citizen, a love triangle is dangerous business. For assassin John Rain--"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, perhap...more
Kindle Edition, New Edition, 384 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Barry Eisler (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I've placed myself on partial library restriction while I work through some of the books I have stacked at home. I've had this one sitting around for over a year. This was the only one that I hadn't yet read in the John Rain series.

I agree with others who have said the books in this series got progressively better. Eisler's honing his craft for sure. I read them all jumbled up out of order, which I don't recommend. This book in particular would have been hard to grasp without knowing all the ch...more
John Rain has an unusual profession - he's a paid assassin. And he is very good at his job. But this assignment is a little different. Instead of being hired to kill some high-profile crime boss, he is out to protect his own family. Traveling from Barcelona to Tokyo to NYC, Rain sets out to outsmart some very powerful people in the Yakuza crime syndicate. The pacing of this book is fast and furious - very fun to listen to and hard to put down. I was especially amazed at the amount of realistic d...more
Jim A
I read this under its original title, The Last Assassin.

The early John Rain novels were really great. The later work was very good. (Difference between 5 stars and 4 stars.)
GS Nathan
I just stumbled onto this book in my local library and given the pressures on my time the last month, almost returned it unread. But I took to reading it over the last weekend, and boy, it turned out to be a surprisingly good read. Tight in its plotting, just about the right length, and populated with characters that can, perhaps, grow on you, this book was a happy experience. Indeed the only thing is that there is a bit too much of killing - some avoidable and some not - that sort of detracts f...more
At the end of the last John Rain book, Killing Rain, our half-Japanese hero discovered that an affair with the daughter of one of his victims resulted in a baby boy. At the beginning of installment #5, Rain learns that his son is living with his mother Midori in New York City, oblivious to the fact that Rain's yakuza enemies from Japan have her under constant surveillance. Rain, himself, has fallen in love (or as close to love as an emotionally detached trained killer can be) with a fellow assas...more
A John Rain novel. John rain is an assassin. He discovers that he has a child that he did not know about. John goes to see his child and realizes that the Japanese mafia has hired the Chinese mafia to follow and watch John’s Ex girlfriend and child. The Japanese mafia has put a hit out on John. John decides that the only way to protect his son is to take out the head of the Japanese mafia. The writing style is great but the storyline drags a little bit.
Max Rudenko
Very nice, professional narration by the author himself. I always like listening to books narrated by their authors and Barry Eisler didn't disappoint. The narration was so good it's as if the book was read by a professional actor. I guess, working as a CIA operative in the past came in handy here. I mean to be a good intelligence operative you have to be a decent actor. Anyway, well done, Barry!
What I like about reading a Barry Eisler novel is that he always has a good story, fun characters, and without fail I learn a new word or two.

The Last Assassin, although it has many of the same characters from the previous novels (see here), but there was one significant difference which frankly I didn't care for. My first three novels have all been written in first person POV. I liked that all of the John Rain novels were written in that same POV. Eisler is one of the few thriller writers who u...more
First, I should disclose this isn't a genre I usually read, which probably contributed to me not being totally drawn in and hence paying more attention to writing technique decisions. The author will be speaking at a conference I'm attending, so I wanted to get familiar with his work.

The first thing that struck me was, for an action book, the action seemed to take a long time to start. I'm surprised we weren't shown danger more immediately. I also noticed long passages with no dialogue, just a s...more
John Rain #5. Every one gets better, or at least as good....in this one Rain is showing us his softer side because he loves Delilah and also Midori and his new baby son. The problems are many, and include assassins hired by his old enemy to watch and wait for Rain to come to New York so they can kill him. Operations with his sniper friend Dox rivel all operations we have seen thus far in this series. There is plenty of the violence we expect from this series and the operations are exciting and (...more

best so far of Rain ones...
Yup :)

3rd read
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Dopo che il penultimo libro della serie "La Via del Samurai" non mi aveva entusiasmato troppo, questo mi ha piacevolmente stupito in quanto ho ritrovato quello che era un po' mancato nel precedente, azione e una storia movimentata e veloce.

Lo stile di scrittura di Eisler è coinvolgente ed i tempi della narrazione sono veloci e serrati, come ci si aspetta da un buon thriller del genere action; l'intreccio è davvero molto credibile e appassionante, i protagonisti sono resi con uno smalto dalle mi...more
Best thing I can say is that I was able to read the book in the backyard while Charlie prowled around.

There is one more Rain book to go, but I need a break. Too much junk food in my reading diet lately.

This wrapped up one of the big bad guys in the series. I noticed that a few chapters started moving to James Patterson length...which is not a good thing in my mind. Note to every author: Changing perspectives between characters can be done as a *section* break...unless you don't trust that your r...more
Another winner from Eisler. (from Amazon) Japanese-American assassin John Rain would like to get out of the killing business in his fifth action-filled outing (after 2005's Killing Rain), see the son he's only just learned of and perhaps try to reconnect with Midori, the child's mother. But first there's the little matter of the Japanese gangster Yamaoto and Yamaoto's Chinese triad allies, who are watching over Rain's son in New York City, not to mention Delilah, the beautiful Mossad agent who s...more
All right, so I appear to be hunting for a specific character: from Jack Reacher (Lee Child), to Jonathan Quinn (Brett Battles), onto John Rain (Barry Eisler). From ex military, to cleaner, to assassin.

How do we as readers gain empathy for a killer? Simple enough, join John Rain in his voyage from assassin for hire to conscientious killer (kill bad guys) to wanting to get out of the business...but unwilling to leave his perspective of the world (no worries, this transformation takes place acros...more
The saddest part of this edge-of-your-seat Rain book is that it may well have been the last. Dox has his stage and stays front and center. Rain agonizes. Delilah paces. Eisler hits the bulls-eye again. I had read this as "Requiem for an Assassin" from Eisler's Big Publisher, and now learn that he republished his books himself, changing the titles. Aha.
Yet another exceptional chapter the life of John Rain. The end twist of the previous book is the prominent plot device in this book. Rain is conflicted between the life he leads and the life he wishes to lead. Agian, Eisler has created real conflict and humanity in a character that most people would consider a monster - a for hire assassin. The book continues to show Rain's distrust of the world, but it is evident that the events of previous novels have changed him in ways that he didn't even th...more
Another great entry in the John Rain series.

Rain keeps trying to get out of the assassination games, but keeps getting pulled back in, no matter what he does. He's still torn between Midori and Delilah, and he's not getting any younger.

Great stuff.
Temple Dog
Okay, in a word, WOW! I wish that I could be more eloquent on this one, but WOW just about sums it up.

I now have a crush on DOX and I am warming up to Delilah and Rain.

This one had it all, romance, espionage, and sorrow I mean, Eisler pulled out all of the stops.

And, as always, he took us around the world to do it, but he always returns to Japan.

I highly recommend this one.

So in case you're wondering about my sudden slew of Barry Eisler books, I read a favorable review of "Fault Line" (his first non-"John Rain" book), and thought I'd try him out. A capsule description of John Rain, the protagonist of Eisler's first 6 books, would be a Japanese American Viet Nam vet who's going to remind you of Jason Bourne--except that he's not amnesiac, is more culturally comfortable with his Japanese background, and prefers to make his work appear "natural." The 5 books that I'v...more
Victoria Spaulding
The story is told by a narrator through Jack Reachers eyes. Yes this is the best person to tell it because hes the main character and most of the events happen to him. The story would be different being told through another person eyes, because it would be from an all new perspective throughout the story.
Eisler's style changed a bit in this chapter of John Rain's story. We begin to see the story develop from the other characters' perspective. The chapters become shorter as the action speeds up, which to some is a detractor, but I enjoy as I do when I read James Patterson. I feel the short chapters really help the reader keep pace with the speed of the action. I do feel that some of Eisler's poetic voice is lost in the translation, but the story line is one of the best yet in the series. i am ver...more
Eisler's style changed a bit in this chapter of John Rain's story. We begin to see the story develop from the other characters' perspective. The chapters become shorter as the action speeds up, which to some is a detractor, but I enjoy as I do when I read James Patterson. I feel the short chapters really help the reader keep pace with the speed of the action. I do feel that some of Eisler's poetic voice is lost in the translation, but the story line is one of the best yet in the series. i am ver...more
Dec 17, 2011 Sam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: spy
Not a bad read. Its a quick, action novel. It's a little interesting how the main character is told in a first-person voice, and yet the writer didn't constrain themselves to just that voice. Other character views are told in a third-person voice, though.

I think the emotional struggle within the main character was perhaps a stretch for the author. I think Eisler does well in the action sequences and the environment descriptions, but I thought the emotional roller coaster of the main character d...more
I know my comments are late at this point since I'm just catching up with this series. This one definitely will hold your attention, is well written and evokes much emotion from the reader (if you are female anyway). I loved this story, perhaps best of all. Requiem for an Assasin is that last I just started. I will miss Rain's antics and emotions having completed the series after this one. It's a lovable, reluctant young man - or middle aged man if you prefer who is stuck in his unwilling assasi...more
I picked up this book as a test for borrowing library books on my Kobo. I literally choose the first book I came across that didn't have a wait list. I have to say that I didn't hate it but at the same time I wasn't totally into it. I have a feeling that had to do with the fact that it was the fifth book in the series and I hadn't read the previous books.

I like the main character Rain but didn't really love his story. I found it hard to get into and stay with the story. I probably will not seek...more
read as The Last Assassin
=Last Assassin. Decent.
This book was a good one for audio. Of course it's the middle of a series- which I seem to do a lot, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of it. I love a good international spy story and this one had all the elements: a brooding hero, beautiful women, cool spy gadgetry, and the unexpected voice of reason from a spy-friend. I wouldn't say this added anything to my overall intellectual worth but it certainly made folding laundry and mopping more interesting!
I haven't read an Eisler in ages. This was loaned to me by a friend and I'm glad I didn't pay money for it. While the plot is fine, the action comes to a complete halt in several places while Eisler impresses us with his ability to describe a scene to the minutest detail. Because this was an audio book, I couldn't count the pages but several tracks were devoted to the physical description of one building. Good grief. I get it already. Otherwise, an enjoyable thriller.
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Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "...more
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