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The Detachment (John Rain Thrillers) [Kindle Edition]

Barry Eisler
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John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” (San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy.

When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America.

But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone. He’ll need a detachment of other deniable irregulars: his partner, the former Marine sniper, Dox. Ben Treven, a covert operator with ambivalent motives and conflicted loyalties. And Larison, a man with a hair trigger and a secret he’ll kill to protect.

From the shadowy backstreets of Tokyo and Vienna, to the deceptive glitz and glamour of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and finally to a Washington, D.C. in a permanent state of war, these four lone wolf killers will have to survive presidential hit teams, secret CIA prisons, and a national security state as obsessed with guarding its own secrets as it is with invading the privacy of the populace.

But first, they’ll have to survive each other.

The Detachment is what fans of Eisler, “one of the most talented and literary writers in the thriller genre” (Chicago Sun-Times), have been waiting for: the worlds of the award-winning Rain series, and of the bestselling Fault Line and Inside Out, colliding in one explosive thriller as real as today’s headlines and as frightening as tomorrow’s.

About the Author

Barry Eisler, author of the acclaimed Rain Fall, is an American lawyer who has lived and worked extensively in Japan.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 846 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612181554
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (Sept. 15 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CDHZS0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rain's return is a must read Jan. 15 2012
By MwsC
Format:Paperback
I picked up Barry Eisler's Rain Fall years ago and was immediately hooked. Since then I've read all of the books in the John Rain and Ben Treven series; and have been eagerly awaiting the return of Rain ever since his come back was revealed in Inside Out: A Novel.

As with previous books, The Detachment is a thrilling page turner that I couldn't put down. Reading it through once was not enough - I immediately read it again! Eisler's compelling storyline, engaging characters and attention to detail draw you into a world of excitement and intrigue. Once immersed, you never want to leave.

It's the characters that I love most about the books. The main characters may be ice cold assassins, but their battles with personal demons make them all too human. The Detachment felt like catching up with old friends (Rain and Dox), while revealing more about the newer characters (Treven and Larison) in an action packed adventure.

As an avid reader (and a librarian), I don't read thriller/suspense novels more than once; and I rarely buy books opting to borrow the library's copy instead. Eisler's books are among the rare exceptions. I want my own copies to enjoy again and again.

Can't wait for the next installment!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Detachment, bu Barrie Eisler Sept. 8 2013
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I had not read Eisler's book's before, but came away impressed with his military knowledge and planning. His characters in the book are four men , very different in personality. and they maintain these differences throughout the book. Four men on a mission to precipitate civilian unrest, by killing leading figures in government and blaming it on "terrorists" in order to permit the perpetrators to take over the leadership. Things do not work out as planned and the perpetrators turn out to be the bad guys, but are they all bad?
The four killers have their own personality differences and the plot thickens. A very detailed story, well told and for me enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barry Eisler - The Detachment Oct. 30 2011
Format:Paperback
I was looking forward to The Detachment because I had read and loved the entire John Rain series. I really wanted to see him back in action, and also wanted to get more about some of the key characters that were involved in the series at different points (e.g., Dox). I was thrilled to see that Ben, Larison, and many of the other characters were woven masterfully into a story line that kept me awake until I finished. My only issue is that I now have to wait for his next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always! Jan. 25 2013
By matthew
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Like all of Barry Eisler's books, it's top notch. It incorporated characters from his previous books and as always it was action packed, very well detailed and well written. I've read all of the books and short stories Barry has written and I've enjoyed all of them. I would recommend reading some of his other John Rain books to get a feel for the characters then read this, all though this book can stand alone. I rather look forward to any more books or short stories Barry writes! He's a talented author.
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136 of 152 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I wish I felt differently... Sept. 25 2011
By agent210 - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read all of Barry's books, starting with Fault Line followed by Inside Out. I then read all of the Rain series. Some of his books I read twice. I recommended Inside Out to students, friends, and have given it as a gift. I am Dox's #1 fan and hope a novel will be written about his back story. I anxiously anticipated the release of The Detachment. I even bought a Kindle due to Barry's recent deal with Amazon and that the ebook would be released before the paper version. (I prefer the feel of a real book but I know I am losing that battle. I read the book twice before writing this review.

So writing how disappointed I am with The Detachment was not an easy choice to make. If you have not read any of Barry's books, you will enjoy the book and the camaraderie between the men. I feel that I know these characters very well and it could be because of that connection, I expected more.

This relationship between the characters felt forced which is one of the reasons I had a hard time believing the story line. Without giving anything away, knowing the characters from other novels and putting them together, in this way, did not work for me.

I also agree with the previous reviewer who mentioned the peachiness of the novel. All writers have their opinions and Inside Out has a definite opinion expressed. Given I had waited so long for this book and had such high expectations; I just wanted escapism and a hot sex scene for Dox. I didn't get either.

I am sure I will read Barry's next novel but my expectations have been tempered so there will not be the anticipation that there was with this one.
152 of 172 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wait is over, Rain and company are back! Sept. 15 2011
By Andrew Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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The author, Barry Eisler, scores another dramatic hit with this latest, and much anticipated, installment in the John Rain series. An exceptional read and proof once again, as though any more were needed, that Eisler stands firmly atop the genre. The Rain series has been a personal favorite since book one and it just keeps getting better with each new addition to the canon. With his trademark hyper-realism Eisler once again draws the reader into the murky world of globe trotting spies and assassins. The combination of characters from previous works was engaging, entertaining and fantastically well done. The best parts of Eisler's novels has always been the attention to detail he puts into each scene and the humanity he brings to his characters. It is so easy for an author to fall into the trap, in this genre in particular, of making his characters two dimensional cookie cutter action heroes with zero soul. Eisler has been able to avoid this completely with each of his finely wrought characters through an entire excellent series. The reader genuinely cares about what happens to these guys, and girls, as they deal with betrayal, power, corruption, personal loss and all of the other very human failings and pitfalls Eisler sets before them. The methods and means his characters employ to do what they do are always spot on and refreshingly realistic. The settings and situations too are exceptionally well researched and frighteningly plausible. Barry Eisler is beyond a doubt my favorite modern author of espionage fiction. The long awaited return of John Rain and company was well worth the wait. Five stars for this up-all-night page turner!
Andrew Brown
Author of:
The Grey Line: Modern Corporate Espionage and Counterintelligence
79 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indulge your dark side. Read it. You know you want to! Sept. 16 2011
By K. Rosenberg - Published on Amazon.com
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"Sir, I guess there's just a meanness in this world." - Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska

It's rare when I pick up a book and read it cover to cover in one day. But that's what happened when I opened up Barry Eisler's 9th novel. I simply couldn't put it down.

If you've read his other books, then you know that he has written a six book series for John Rain (so far!) and a two book series for Ben Treven. Characters from both series are brought together in The Detachment. So from the perspective of a long time fan, this book was the perfect blending of two story lines.

I don't want to give out spoilers, so allow me to describe my reaction to the book without actually providing plot details. What I especially appreciated in this story is how intricate and layered it is. I'm no writer of novels, but I can guess that having four very different main characters traveling together and practically in every scene together is no easy story to write. Keeping it realistic, suspenseful, and entertaining is something only writers at the top of their craft can do. Eisler succeeds in abundance. The issue with these four main characters is that they are all bad guys. Let's face it...they kill people for a living. Getting inside their head; being an observer to their insecurities, their doubts, their fears, is simply intense. But you end up rooting for them nonetheless.

One thing to note is that Eisler doesn't hold back his opinions about global (especially U.S) politics and policy. Being a former CIA agent, he sheds a scary visibility on things we read about in the news, but from another angle. He's either hyper-cynical or hyper-realistic. I am concerned (for him) about the former a scared (for all of us) by the latter. For he writes fictional novels about things that are real. Does he have access to information that the common citizen doesn't? If so, then damn. I think I need a shot of one of Rain's recommended scotch/whiskeys! What I think Eisler does - and does it so well - is to scour the best news sources (be they "establishment press", blogs, subject matter experts he personally knows, etc) and consolidates it into a plausible story that is current and insightful. What I especially appreciate is that he doesn't take our "protagonists"(??) and make them Jack Bauer superheroes. These are conflicted real characters being exposed to the belly of the beast and acting as brave as they are paranoid.

Lastly, I'll add that a day after finishing The Detachment, I continue to be emotionally satisfied. Yes, this is good fiction. But it's also like watching a good friend. What Eisler has succeeded in beyond everything else, is to take us to the abyss, and bring us back craving more.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boilerplate pageturner diminished by preaching Oct. 30 2011
By mysteryreader - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read all of Eisler's books and enjoyed the Rain series as a taut, original twist on the hitman genre. Since I like to collect hardback books (old school), I was surprised to find this only available in ebook or paperbook. The plot is typical for Eisler and enjoyable in its execution until the blatant and consistent propaganda about the loss of American liberties. John Rain is most believable as a hitman with few moral hangups (no women or children) - now he is a left-wing cynic? I can't help but believe that a publishing house with a good editor would help Eisler avoid most of the rhetoric since it diminishes his characters and insults his audience. If we want lectures we can tune into talk radio or cable news.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long live the Rain, man! Sept. 27 2011
By Miss Chloe S. Batten - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
John Rain is back as the lethal Japanese-American assassin in Barry Eisler's latest espionage epic. Motivated by personal losses (and the huge amounts of cash on offer) Rain returns to what he does best and accepts a lucrative contract to kill three targets. Unable to carry out the job single-handedly he puts together THE DETACHMENT. His ex-marine buddy and sniper Dox is the only one he can really trust in the group as the other two seem slightly suspect to say the least. The suspense is as good as the action as they battle seemingly insurmountable government forces to terminate their objectives. Uncovering inner turmoil and a political conspiracy on the way the plot thickens and the suspense and pace mount to a gripping conclusion.

The locations and characters are brilliantly described as the team moves from one exotic location to another. The writing is great with a perfect blend of story, action and character development. Rain reminds me of one of Eric Van Lustbader's main characters in that they were both of mixed heritage and were unstoppable assassins, unfortunately I can't remember the name (In my defence I did read the Lustbader book about 25 years ago).

One I honestly couldn't put down, long live the Rain, man!
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