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The Detachment (John Rain)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2012
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2013
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2011
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2013
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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on September 18, 2014
I am reviewing all the John Rain novels with the same commentary. Absolutely loved the series, the character John Rain, lots of action and it's a real, sorry for the cliche, page turner. I liked all the books in the series as I read them all in the space of 3 weeks.
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on July 22, 2014
The detachment is a thoughtful well executed provoking fictional work about life as an assassin. This is an action thriller bot no mere thriller. Eisler gets more masterful with every novel.
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on July 26, 2014
This book is not as good as earlier book for John Rain series. The new friendship is quite forced.
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on October 2, 2014
not the usual intelligence thriller - good characterization, good tension, well worth the read
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on July 16, 2014
Love the character John Rain! Another great story!
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on July 22, 2014
Fast action, plausible concept.
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