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The Last Assassin

(John Rain #5)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  7,485 ratings  ·  241 reviews
(Previously titled Extremis)

When freelance assassin John Rain learns that his former lover has been raising their child in New York, he senses a chance for reconciliation, perhaps even redemption. But Midori is being watched by Rain's enemies, and Rain's sudden appearance puts mother and child in mortal danger.

Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Onyx (first published June 1st 2006)
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Cynthia The first of the books were written in the early 2000s, so a Vietnam vet would be in his early to mid-60s! The author has a very high opinion in regar…moreThe first of the books were written in the early 2000s, so a Vietnam vet would be in his early to mid-60s! The author has a very high opinion in regards to Rain's physical abilities at his age, which I really like. (less)

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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 (Ms. Feisty)
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
Donna Backshall
Extremis is probably my favorite of the John Rain series. (thus far, anyway!) The partnership of Rain and Dox solidified here, and those two scoundrels had me laughing hysterically from beginning to end.

When big, burly sniper Dox was reminded a normal person should be traumatized and he ran out of a public men's room shouting much too literally "I'm scared! I'm scared!", I thought I might die choking on the Mexican Coke I was drinking. (That pure sugar cola is better than sex, my friends)

If you
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The "Iceman" is definitely back along with Dox and Delilah. Good action. He isn't going to retire. ...more
Betsy Ashton
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Japanese yakuza + Chinese triads + long-time enemies make for a complex thriller that can only be solved by John Rain, Barry Eisler's Japanese-American assassin. Let's hope the title of the book is incorrect, and that the reader has not seen the last of John Rain.

Spellbinding. Page turner. You will not see the twist at the end coming
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. ...more
Jim A
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.)
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul Anderson
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Without ruining it for everyone else, I love you and hate you Barry. Seriously, good book and great series so far.
Jon Dean
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite John Rain books.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This is by far one of the best John Rain novels yet. Barry Eisler had created a very strong and dangerous team that Rain has assembled over the books, with Delilah and Dox each adding their own take to the situation at hand. Eisler has always been excellent at building suspense, but this book took that to a whole new level when John finds that Midori has been with a child without his knowing. John tries to go see them, only to realize that enemies have been watching him, and that is when things ...more
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
Aug 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Eisler has a new fan.

Every once in a while as I browse my local library, I pick up a novel by an author I’m unfamiliar with. I am looking for someone new. More times than not, I am disappointed.

Not this time.

I recently picked up my first novel by Barry Eisler, “The Last Assasin.” And loved it.
I did think it was a bit slow-moving early on but perhaps that was because I was unfamiliar with John Rain, Dax and the backstory.

However, this book has everything I like: Good crisp writing, action,
Jan 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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! ...more
Kenny Bellew
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There comes a point in a series like this that the author doesn't give you a new story. Instead, he or she addresses a long-running personal issue in the main character's life. That is this book. It kept my interest, but not as interesting as the last book that had a complex story of historical interest. Still, I look forward to the next in the series. ...more
Kerry Dillenburg
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.
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
John Rain #6. Dox, Delilah, and Tatsu help Rain battle his archenemy Yamaoto when Midori and Rain's son are threatened. Rain wrestles with leaving the assassin business to become a father. ...more
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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

3rd read
The 5th book in the John Rain series by Barry Eisler. Interesting characters. Fast-paced and exciting read.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Last Assassin aka Extremis
(The assassin John Rain book series)

• by Barry Eisler

John Rain aka Jun is a Japanese-American assassin and is now contemplating getting out of the business. This may be his last job, but if Dox or Delilah ever needs help--yeh, he'd help. His targets have been really bad hombres and as he tryed to explain to Midori, he's preventing the next 9-11.

The story starts a bit dull with John and lover Delilah meeting in Barcelona. She's an Israeli Mossad agent and has set h
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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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