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Book Title: Requiem For An Assassin|
The author of the book: Barry Eisler
ISBN 13: 9780143142034
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 2.67 MB
Edition: Penguin Audio
Date of issue: May 22nd 2007
Reader ratings: 3.3
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This is the sixth John Rain book and I have to say that far from getting tired of the format I’m growing ever more appreciative of how Eisler has grown the character and has developed the stories into something much more, much deeper than a simple action yarn. Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself. For those yet to meet Rain I’ll just say that he’s an American/Japanese Vietnam war veteran who now plies his trade as a self employed hit man. His speciality is making his victims appear to have died of natural causes. He's an expert fighter, in the vein of Jack Reacher, though his skills are more refined martial arts than sheer brute force. There’s also a touch of Mitch Rapp about him, though much as I’ve enjoyed Flynn’s books I'm beginning to think the Rain series is superior.
I won't say too much about the plot - it's always the least engaging element of these books to me – other than to say that Rain is coaxed out of ‘retirement’ to save a friend of his (Dox, who readers of the series will know from earlier books). The action takes us all over the globe and is competently handled, as always. But the really powerful undercurrent to the book is our hero’s battle against his inner self. He is haunted by his choice of profession and of memories of Saigon and the things that happened there which spawned this killer. He desperately wants to control his urge to kill again but isn't sure he can.
There is an excellent section where Rain recounts tales of Crazy Jake, a childhood friend who also fought in Vietnam. We know of his fate from a previous book and it's left a profound impact on Rain. And he battles too with his feelings for the woman in his life. Can he give up this violent existence and share his life with another? Is he really capable of love? These, in fact, are the really the dominant themes of this book.
I’ll certainly read the remaining books in this series because I really do want to see what happens to John Rain. I'm not too worried about the killing and the espionage that fills some of the pages, this is just in-fill between the good stuff. So if you’re a fan of Lee Child or Vince Flynn and haven't tracked down this series yet, do yourself a favour and grab a copy of the first book – I promise you won't regret it.
Read information about the authorBarry 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 "Best Of" lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. Eisler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and, when he's not writing novels, blogs about torture, civil liberties, and the rule of law.
--from the author's website
* John Rain
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