Requiem for an Assassin (John Rain Series #6)

Requiem for an Assassin (John Rain Series #6)

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by Barry Eisler, Scott Brick
     
 

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When John Rain, "the most charismatic assassin since James Bond" (San Francisco Chronicle), decides to get out of the business, rouge CIA operative Jim Hilger forces his hand. He kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

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When John Rain, "the most charismatic assassin since James Bond" (San Francisco Chronicle), decides to get out of the business, rouge CIA operative Jim Hilger forces his hand. He kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

Editorial Reviews

Patrick Anderson
… it's an exciting, fast-moving tale, and logic be damned. Eisler makes it easy for us to buy into it because he writes good dialogue and action scenes and gives his characters a fair amount of depth.
— The Washington Post
Library Journal
What, John Rain is quitting the assassination business? Not before a rogue CIA operative kidnaps his best friend, threatening murder if Rain doesn't carry out three more hits. With a national tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
For a high-end assassin contemplating life changes, friends may be both assets and liabilities. In his sixth John Rain thriller, Eisler (The Last Assassin, 2006, etc.) has let his killer-for-hire protagonist grow emotionally. In terms of his budding romance with Mossad agent Delilah, that's a plus, although Rain finds his burgeoning sense of peace and relaxation unnerving. Such attachments prove dangerous, as well, when Rain's associate, Dox, another hit man for hire, is taken hostage. Dox's captor, former CIA operative Jim Hilger, wants Rain to do three hits for him, each on a deadline and each supposed to look like a natural death, Rain's specialty. Although Rain rightly suspects a set-up, and that the third hit will be him, his loyalty to Dox, who had saved Rain's life, draws him in. Killing used to be simply a job, and the fact that the first two hits seem to be innocent family men should be of no consequence. But Delilah has pointed out that Rain has choices, and that his choices have real-world repercussions. So when the half-Japanese Vietnam vet feels his inner killer taking over, he must contemplate what he is giving up, whichever way he chooses. Although this thriller edges the fascinating Rain series closer to its seemingly inevitable end, it is still full of fast, fun fighting and the kind of spycraft that will have readers watching for tails on the street. Action that jumps from Bali to Paris, San Francisco to Saigon, New York to Rotterdam, and that involves not only Rain's personal quests but also a possible dirty bomb, keep the story moving. A bang-up finale may happen too fast, but the teamwork involved plays up Rain's crisis. Along with the high-tech gadgetry and low-techblood and guts, Eisler has also let us into the head of a brilliant and extremely conflicted protagonist. First printing of 150,000

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143142034
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
05/22/2007
Series:
John Rain Series, #6
Edition description:
Unabridged, 8 CDs, 9 hours
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.53(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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