Requiem For An Assassin (John Rain, #6)
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Requiem For An Assassin (John Rain #6)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  2,316 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Previously published as Requiem for an Assassin

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 th...more
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Published April 20th 2007 by Penguin Audiobooks (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jan 15, 2008 Cami rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my dad if he'd read the first one I gave him
Wow! This book is amazing!
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
Oct 04, 2008 Andreea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a strong stomach
Shelves: reviewed, 10th-grade
Honestly, I chose this book because it had a cool-sounding title and I was looking for an action book. It did not let me down in the "action" department. The main character, John Rain, is a paranoid assassin trying to get out of the business while destiny itself seems to be against him. His best (and only) friend, Dox, is kidnapped and in order to save him, Rain has to do three jobs. Feeling he has no choice, he starts stalking his victims, knowing that the third job may well be a setup for hims...more
The 6th and perhaps final or next-to-last John Rain book. By far the most emotional, Rain is fighting a more and more dangerous inner conflict between the man who wants out and the "iceman" that keeps him alive. The cracks in his hard exterior are beginning to show and he has gone from an absolute loner in the first couple of books, to a man who will risk it all to save his friend and partner, Dox. He is falling harder and harder for Delilah, and she may be the only thing that keeps th...more T...more
Oct 20, 2008 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller fans,
How does one humanize an assassin? Elmore Leonard does it in the "Hitman" series with humor and a light touch. Barry Eisler takes a darker road and introduces self-doubt and introspection as a way of showing us John Rain's human side.

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
Seriously, these John Rain books keep getting better and better. I am sad that I have reached the end of the series as it now stands, but hope that Eisler is busy writing installment #7. In this one, Rain's best (and perhaps only?) friend Dox has been kidnapped by Rain's enemy Hilger. In order to get him back, Rain must assassinate three men. But, of course, Rain knows that it won't be that easy. There's no guarantee Hilger won't kill Dox once the assassinations are complete. And, even more tric...more
Jodi Langston
One of the few books I finished this year. This is my first John Rain and I have a feeling it won't be the last. The story had an interesting plot, with plenty of action to keep me engaged.
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
John Rain is a professional assassin who is trying to retire and lead a somewhat normal life. However, to force him to come out of retirement, rogue CIA operative Hilger kidnaps Rain’s best friend Dox. Hilger knows that Rain is an expert assassin. To save his friend, Rain agrees to do the jobs Hilger asks. Following Rain as he plans and accomplishes his missions with precision is fascinating. He travels around the world, Saigon, Los Angeles, New York, Amsterdam, rents cars, melds into whatever e...more
I have now met Barry Eisler on two occasions and each time I refuse to be one of 'those' fans...
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
Brian Rueger
I have been pretty pleased with Mr. Eisler technical knowledge up until this edition of John Rain.

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.
Temple Dog
Eisler truly hit all of the thriller pre-requisites, intrigue, spy craft and unbridled excitement with Requiem for An Assassin.

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
Michael Sova
It's always interesting when the hero of the story is a cold blooded killer. It becomes even more interesting when that same hero struggles against an unbreakable moral code, fierce loyalty and his own tortured soul. In Requiem for an Assassin (also titled The Killer Ascendant) by Barry Eisler, the sixth novel in a series featuring Joe Rain, a half Japanese, half American assassin who specializes in making his victims appear to have died from natural causes, Rain is thrust back into the life of...more
I love this series, but I am a bit concerned (and maybe even annoyed) because over the last couple of books Rain seems to be ready to quit the assassin business. As we begin this story, our hero has a new identity in Paris with his lover, Mossad agent Delilah. It looked like he was beginning to leave the killing-for-hire behind. But then Rain received a message from rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger that he had kidnapped Rain's only real friend, the sniper, Dox (short for unorthodox). Hilger wants...more
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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
This one was called requiem for an assassin back when I read it. Eisler has since become his own publisher and renamed all of his books so it's a bit confusing to those of us who've read them prior to the change.
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
Thomas Arvanitis
A very good thriller, fast paced and, although thoroughly-researched and detailed, hardly ever boring. John Rain is an assassin that you grow to care about and root for over this series of books. Eisler has a knack for making all Rain's feats plausible through training, experience and common sense. All in all, a worthwhile addition to the series.
Luke Hammond
I came across these books a year or two ago and I'm so glad I did. I love John Rain. I've really enjoyed these books. For me, they are not as good as the Mitch Rapp series, but definitely a close second. An assassin who enjoys high end scotch...I mean, what's not to like.
Bernard Mcdonnell
An assassin with an inner conscience, The iceman vs. a man who might care about life. A struggle for a soul and a deadly search for a friend. John Rain is a bewildering character. We often get to peer into his conscience and what I see troubles me. What a way to walk through life. Always on guard and having to analyze your every move for fear of being killed. John Rain is a brilliant killer and his mind is like a steel trap when preparing to do his work; however, on the emotional side he is a sh...more
The 6th and perhaps final or next-to-last John Rain book. By far the most emotional, Rain is fighting a more and more dangerous inner conflict between the man who wants out and the "iceman" that keeps him alive. The cracks in his hard exterior are beginning to show and he has gone from an absolute loner in the first couple of books, to a man who will risk it all to save his friend and partner, Dox. He is falling harder and harder for Delilah, and she may be the only thing that keeps the "iceman"...more
Scott Bagley
More like a 3.5 star book.

This is the first in this series that I have read, and I like that the author gives the reader enough back story so that the other volumes are not necessary to read first...with one exception. The parts about the Ice Man I felt needed some explanation. I definitely got the gist of what was going on, but it was a little vague.

A good action thriller, with pretty good but not great characters. I saw what was coming at the very end (and I won't give anything away here), a...more
Eric Eden
Exciting mental chewing gum. The writing is a bit rough (but then, I just finished Tenth of December, so most books would come of badly in a comparison). The "hero" is a more-or-less amoral killer.
Never quite got why this series got a renaming. I read them under the original titles which I thought were quite cleverly done. Great series and a character I enjoy!
This is by far the darkest one yet, I also found out that Keanue Reeves is starring as Rain in a new TV series and honestly I can't wait for that to premier!
Excellent. I am not sure if this is the last in the John Rain series, but it is easily one of the best and arguably the best in the series. Here Eisler has a great balance of the elements of the series, technical detail, suspense, and occasionally a bit of humor (Dox offering one of his torturer's better opening threatening lines and suggesting that they guy re do it are especially good as are Boaz's attempts at American humor and slang). Also, here Eisler does the best job of conveying Rain's p...more
Amazing story of freelancer assasin, John Rain, with advance knowlege of over 20 difertent martial arts and fighting styles, be it with a knife, a gun, a bicycle, a speargun or with clean fist, he'll make it look like an accident. Ounce Rain has decided your his next victim, you are dear before you know it. And he is not alone. He has his seductive and gorgeous ireali spy girlfriend Delilah and his bestfriend that used to be a navy seals comander and is full of dirty jokes Jim Dox.
There are ove...more
Somehow I skipped ahead. Rain had a child with the woman he met in the first novel but she is now his ex living in the US, while Rain has met a blonde bombshell Mossad agent whom he lives with in Paris. All the involvement with women actually makes him seem more human, and less of a robotic killing machine. I could never watch a dramatization of these stories, which would, I imagine look something like a Tarantino film - buckets of blood squirting everywhere. Thank goodness for the printed word...more
Martin Streetman
Dec 05, 2008 Martin Streetman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Martin by: NG
Hell, I'll kill a man in a fair fight... or if I think he's gonna start a fair fight, or if he bothers me, or if there's a woman, or if I'm gettin' paid - mostly only when I'm gettin' paid.

I think this was the last Eisler book that I had yet to read. It was a quick and enjoyable read. I might have liked it more because of the transformation of our loner into someone with friends. As I like to think I could count on my friends like Rain.

I liked all the real gear and have decided I might need a Fr...more
Lynette Barfield
I think John Rain is now in the running for My Favorite Assassin along with Thomas Perry's Butchers Boy (name escapes me at the moment) Mitch Rapp and, of course, Gabriel Allon. I wonder if it is o.k. to have a favorite assassin. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I also would like to congratulate Barry Eisler on his narration. I usually find that authors narrating their own works is the kiss of death for me, but this was actually quite good. Don't know how he would do with female voices. There was...more
I must say that I was a little disapointed by what I assume is the final book about John Rain. The premise of the book is interesting and the action sequences are well thought out and executed. But somehow this book is different from the previous five in the series and it bugs me. Perhaps it's the constant 'discussions' between... what shall I call it... dual personalities of Rain. Or perhaps it's the fact that the man was simply starting to go soft.

Still, it's a good conclusion of a fun series...more
Wayne Wilson
So far pretty darn good!

It turned out to not finish as strong as it started. Way too much angst for the Assassin, John Rain, and he was pretty stupid for a cunning assassin. I could figure out stuff well before our super assassin and his constant worries about his girl friend and worries if he is a good guy or a bad guy seemed incongruous to a 50 plus year old assassin who had been killing people since Viet Nam.

Still I enjoyed the plot and for a time found Rain to be a compelling protagonist. Th...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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