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Extremis (John Rain #5)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  5,116 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
Barry Eisler has been compared to Forsyth, Ludlum, le Carré, Ian Fleming, and Graham Greene. But his latest thriller brings Eisler into a league of his own.
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 tha

Kindle Edition, New Edition, 384 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Barry Eisler (first published June 1st 2006)
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Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story

Don't like this many killings, maybe I'm old female. But like the all the exotic place he goes and looking up those places and learning about them. Meantime learning little about the knifes characters using. He prepares in detail for what he's going to do, but every time something goes wrong, thankfully he has good friends around him to help. Melodrama, love triangle and sex are all in this book.
Andrew Smith
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’d just finished a thriller featuring a character who put me in mind of John Rain. Maybe I should check out the next book in the Rain series, I thought. I’d last read a book from this set, The Detachment, about a year ago, though in truth I didn’t much enjoy it. In a mess of a plot, events just seemed random and jumbled to the extent I felt Eisler had maybe come to the end of the line with this character. But I do like the complexity of Rain: he’s conflicted about what he does (killing people) ...more
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
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The "Iceman" is definitely back along with Dox and Delilah. Good action. He isn't going to retire.
Jim A
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.)
Tracie Payne
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This one was fantastic. Dox was once again brilliant. The relationship between Tatsu and Rain was so emotional. The action here was fun. I thought what Delilah did was sheisty, and she was pretty much an asshole. Midori was also quite the bitch and I'm not sad to see her go. On to the next.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, series, thriller
This was my first Barry Eisner and being #5 in the series there are some things I have missed but this was still an exciting read.
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, audiobooks
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
Narrator: Barry Eisler

I could do without Midori re-entering the scene but this installment still kept my interest despite my dislike of love triangles. I refuse to read them in Romances so there'd be no way I'd tolerate them in my non-romance genre. Two of the 3 always do something dumb and the 3rd (the guy, of course) is always clueless.

What saved this from being a wallbanger (the only reason I miss paperbacks! My Samsung is too precious to take my irritations
Aug 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: action
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
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Paul Anderson
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Eisler's style. I usually don't care much for first-person narratives, but occasionally an author makes first-person work. Eisler was able to make 1st person work in this John Rain novel. But reading a Barry Eisler novel is a lot like Chicago weather: wait five minutes, and everything will change dramatically. Even the POV changes as Eisler switches seamlessly between first and third person. If you love a fun and fast read, this book is for you.
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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

3rd read
Patty Westfall
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While Spy mysteries are among my favorites, John Rain is just not one of my favorite characters. This one was better than the last in the series; but none the less isn't compelling me to listen to the whole series. I have one more downloaded to my iPod. Unless it really brings a little more to the story, it will be my last.
Kerry Dillenburg
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional as usual

If I could get a stamp to place here I would because all of Barry's books are exceptional. I find myself impressed with numerous details as well as becoming attached to the main characters; which just happen to be murderers don't ya know.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read-books
Fast paced.
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ellen Keim
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christian, Kelanth, Scala
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
Joey Brockert
John Rain is a killer, a contract killer. He generally does his work for CIA or some such similar government organization, so, in a way, he is on the good side. He has a lover who is in the same trade, though she works for the Israelis.
The story opens in Barcelona. He does his assignment, then goes underground, meets his lover, and generally acts like a tourist. When they part, he tells her of his next stop – so see his son. He had an affair with another woman and she was impregnated. He found
Bob Wasserman
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like where this is all going, complex - personal and professional struggles - good stuff told well
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
TJ Creamer
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(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
“You keep telling yourself you’re just trying to do the right thing, or be with your family, or get out of the life, or whatever. But it always comes down to killing with you. Always… The rest is just excuses for what you want to do anyway.” (pp 98 & 99)

This is exactly how I had felt about John Rain before his partner Dox says it to his face. I guess that means I don’t subscribe to the “killer with a conscience” theory.

The Last Assassin (aka Extremis) is a light, action-packed revenge fanta
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 30, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Ville Halonen
Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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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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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