Requiem for an Assassin (John Rain Series #6)

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Overview

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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Overview

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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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: 9780451412577
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Series: John Rain Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 218,546
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Eisler

Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations. After leaving the CIA, he lived and worked in Japan, where he earned his black belt from the Kodokan International Judo Center. The Rain books-Rain Fall, Hard Rain, Rain Storm, and Killing Rain-have won the Barry and Gumshoe awards, been translated into nearly twenty languages, and been optioned for film by Barrie Osborne, the Oscar-winning producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Excellent read, another page turner

    I have loved the John Rain series since I founnd the first one for the action, suspense and great characters. This book continued that tradition. I couldn't put it down! The action and suspence were as good as ever and the charachters seem more real with every book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a fast paced action packed novel.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    A great series, well developed characters. Start with the first

    A great series, well developed characters. Start with the first and go through in sequence if you want to fully enjoy the story line that flows through the series. Although each book stands alone very well, there are a number of references to previous books, and Rain's transition (I don't want to give away to much) is very well done and interesting to follow. Very human. "Requiem for an Assassin" is one of my personal favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    So cool!

    I love John Rain. Sad there arent more books or any film adaptations. Good ones i mean.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

    A typical "thriller".

    Decent character development, but they still appear like cardboard cutouts at times. The plot is good, but tried and true. Not much new territory covered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great read, maybe the best of the Rain series!

    Barry takes us further into the mind of a "good" assassin and the struggles to fit into regular life. Very interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2007

    Filled with internal struggle.

    I have read the entire series of 'John Rain' novels and each one is better than the last. 'Requiem' fullfills everything expected of John Rain and adds a new character making this novel the most well rounded of the bunch.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Don't Quit, John!

    Fans of John Rain (and Barry Eisler) all no doubt hope that retirement is only a remote hope for our favorite killer. In Requiem For An Assassin, John Rain once more returns to do good and save the day, but his heart doesn't seem in it so much anymore. He's been to too many good hotels and fine cafes to see the down and dirty jungles and cesspools of crime anymore. Yet for all my love of his work, this time I think John could have tried just a little bit harder. Sure, killing can get old after a while. But for us readers, John, you can't go soft. In this book you start to slide a little. If you really want to retire, hurry up and train that Japanese guy to take your place so Eisler can keep writing the true grit and skip the Parisian fineries. Or is it Eisler who is going soft?

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great Rain thriller

    John Rain is an assassin ready to retire. He lives in Paris with his lover Delilah an Israeli agent who kills when the situation warrants it which doesn¿t make it easier for Rain to shed his old habits. Half a world away a mercenary group led by Jim Hilger has worked out a plan to kidnap Rain¿s friend Dox in order to get the professional killer to do three hits. When Dox is in their hands they contact Rain and order him to kill three people but if he makes it look like accidents they will free Dox. --- Rain doesn¿t believe Hilger will let Dox go but he agrees to do the assignment in order to buy time. He needs to locate where Hilger has stranded Dox and free him because he knows the man will kill him just as he knows that Jim plans to take him out as hit number three. The first hit is the CEO of a CIA funded neural net database company the second victim is Michael Accinalli CEO of petrochemical industries. After Rain kills the two targets, one of Hilger¿s henchmen tries to take him out and fails. Now Rain has to find Dox and rescue him and foil Hilger¿s plan that would cause panic throughout the world. --- Barry Eisler writes a great thriller with an unusual protagonist. Part of him is the cold murderer he calls the ice man while the evolving Rain starts to feel and care. There is plenty of action as Rain travels around the world trying to find his enemy¿s goal which is not what the audience believes it is. Hilger has become what Rain was and Hilger likes that person which makes the audience dislike him and root for Rain to take him out on top. REQUIEM FOR AN ASSASSIN is the quintessential cat and mouse thriller with fans wondering just who the rodent is and who the feline is. --- Harriet Klausner

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