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Preview — Requiem For An Assassin by Barry Eisler
Requiem For An Assassin (John Rain #6)
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...more
Mr. Rain's best friend Dox is kidnapped by Rain's(and the world's) old enemy Hilger and is forced to make 3 hits to save Dox's life.
Rain is fighting with himself throughout as those who care about him are making him care about them and the walls he has built are crumbling around him, making him less numb, less of the killer he doesn't want to be, but needs to be to stay alive.
It made me laugh and it really made me cry and with the f-word at a higher ratio than ever bef ...more
In this, possibly the last book in the series, Rain regresses to his "iceman" personna when forced to kill two strangers in order to save the only man he trusts, Dox. In the process he is forced to trust additional people, his lover, Mossad operative Delilah, her as ...more
Some say there's too much angst, but I think it was what made him believable for me and kept me reading. He's an unusual man, an assassin who longs to be normal, to have what everyone else has. We often look at our lives in retrospect as we age.
I loved Dox, you always need some humor to the liven up the stoic ...more
You always see them at book signings or events hanging on and hoping for one last word with the author, or hoping to ask some asinine question... usually they look a little suspect to begin with....
So each time I have seen him i refuse to linger and be a hanger on... That being said I love this guy's writing and his signings... he knows how to work a crowd and truly enjoys answering questions about hi ...more
John was commenting how how good the photos from Google Earth were and said something like "used to be Keyhole would have never been available to the public." Google Earth photos are great, but they are from commercial satellites.
WOW! WOW! WOW!!! I'm so overwhelmed right now that I don't know what to say. The story was so psychologically complex and the narration was brilliant. The conversation with the Ice Man was chilling (for a lack of a better word.) I'm in freaking awe of Mr. Eisler.
Narrator: the author
The Narration: The series is a pleasure to listen to because of Eisler's narration. I'm so glad he re-released the audiobooks and narrated them himself, though the earlier narrators were A-Listers like Dick Hill and Scott Brick. Jeff Harding narrated a few, too. It was a mistake on the part of the audio producers not to stick to one narrator so, thankfully, Eisler had the smarts (and the skills) to tackle the issue successfully. This install ...more
This is the first in the series where Eisler took Rain to locales that were wholly unfamiliar to me, Amsterdam and Saigon. Initially, I had my doubts. The essence of Eisler’s previous Rain installments has been that Eisler has traveled to parts near and in many cases dear to the travel geek in me. As a result, I have been able to relive my experiences in those locales th ...more
John Rain is a captivating protagonist, and the fast-paced plot mixed with assassinations, torture, and lots of action kept me enthralled. Not to mention the supporting cast is, for the most part, a riveting bunch (the womanizing Dox, the ex-patriot turned domestic terrorist Hilger). I'll definitely be reading ...more
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 Eisle ...more
I thought this was the best of the series but really they're all good.
If you're an audiobook junkie, I highly recommend that you grab the kindle or paperback and read the earlier books in the series because the narrator will ruin it for you.
If you've never read Barry's books you should ...more
Came back to these series about Rain, because of action. It's like watching 007/Bond movies, but Rain has only one girl. Radical Islamist Hilger, dirty bomb and control of oil prices. Author narrated book himself and makes it better.
I've loved these books from the start, but this one was clearly the best in the series so far IMO!
My only problem is that reading how Rain works when he's scoping out his assignments is a bit boring, and he does it on 3 separate times in this particular book. I found myself skimming over whole passages because it was more or less a repeat of how it was done on the first assignment.
I liked the exploration of Rain's growing internal conflict and his growing reliance on Delilah.
An easy and enjoyable read.