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Extremis (John Rain #5)

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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  3,716 ratings  ·  114 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
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Kindle Edition, New Edition, 384 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Barry Eisler (first published June 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
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Julie
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
Anne
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
TJ Creamer
(Previously published as "The Last Assassin")

I so enjoyed Tom Wood's series with Victor, that I went looking for another to feed my fix/need.

I stumbled across Barry Eisler and have read the entire 8-book series. And was very pleased. As such, this is the same review for all 8 books.


The author reads his own work, and after listening to Tom Wood's series with Rob Shapiro as the wonderful narrator, this took me a while to adapt to the reading style.

But don't let that dissuade you. Barry Eisler does
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Ellen Keim
A great addition to John Rain's ongoing story. I'm always amazed by the author's ability to paint Rain as a sympathetic character. He is, after all, a hitman, a virtual killing machine. Midori, the mother of the son he just found out about in the last book, says that he can't not kill; it's what he is. And of course, if he stopped killing, the series would have to end. Because his expertise as a killer is what makes the books. As much as I enjoy the side of him that agonizes over what he does fo ...more
Ville Halonen
An easily readable thriller; an entertaining romp with a satisfying plot. It's better than the previous installment, but for the most part, it lacked real suspense. I quite liked the first John Rain novel, for all its tradecraft and lucid martial arts sequences, but the "soft" characterisation bits in these later novels aren't Eisler's forte. Also, the descriptions of the consumerist high-life are at times very similar to American Psycho, but without the satire.

But the most repulsive feature of
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Quinn
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!
Dick
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
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Pauline
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
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Nancy
Another winner! I don't know how Eisler does it, but he easily generates sympathy for John Rain, Dox, and Delilah, even though they are hard-core assassins. The philosophical bent to the stories is as good as ever. Dox is turning out to be a really cool character, with a lot more insight into human nature than John has. I can't give away one of the best storylines...suffice it to say, I didn't expect it, it was handled really well, and I can't believe I was surprised by the way it ended. But I w ...more
Carol
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
Tulsi

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

3rd read
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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
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Hans
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
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Rhod
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
Ed
#5 in the John Rain series. John Rain is a half-America, half-Japanese Viet Nam veteran now living in Tokyo as a freelance assassin.

John Rain finds that he has a son by Midori. Tatsu tells him that his Yakuza nemesis, Yamaoto, has them under surveillance hoping to capture Rain. With the help of Tatsu, Dox and Delilah, he tackles Yamaoto's organization and their Chinese triad connection to remove the threat from his family.
Stacy Bearse
Imagine going to the candy store and finding caviar. I picked up Eisler's book, the fifth in the John Rain series, expecting to be entertained by a rousing thriller. Indeed, the novel provided an engaging and exciting storyline, but it also touched on questions of friendship, loneliness, fatherhood, life, death and loyalty. Eisler gets better, book by book. My expectations for the sequel, REQUIEM FOR AN ASSASSIN, are high.
Harry
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
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Judy A. Kuhl
Wow, Rain isn't a machine.

This book was totally different. As someone else said, I laughed out loud about the Sumo guys, and even cried. I will have a different viewpoint of John Rain now that he seems human, and not a killing machine. I really enjoyed this book; it left me with a melancholy, but happy feeling. Please read this book.
Kay
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.
Bob
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
Aletha
It was good but I kind of wish Barry Eisler would have waited till he wrote new books to try to match the name with the book... it took me forever to find out the new name of this book. Anyway, I loved reading Barry Eisler's website and enjoyed learning about him and read all of his information. His protagonist, John Rain, is one of those guys who is bigger than life and seems to always know what's around the corner.
Glen
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.
Dan Smith
Is Rains job as assassin over? His friend Tatsu is dead, his arch enemny, Yamoato, is dead. Midori has told him to stay away from her and his son!!

This was a great story, but there is another story coming, it has too.

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.


TD
Gary Van Cott
The author has managed to keep this series fresh in every book so far. At least one of the main plot threads that began in the first book ends here so it will be interesting to see where he goes next.
Ben
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
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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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