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The Killer Ascendant (Previously Published as Requiem for an Assassin) (A John Rain Novel Book 6) (English Edition) von [Eisler, Barry]
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In Eisler's predictable sixth thriller to star half Japanese, half American assassin John Rain (after 2006's The Last Assassin), Rain's longtime rival, rogue CIA agent Jim Hilger, kidnaps Rain's sniper friend Dox and threatens to kill Dox unless Rain murders three people Hilger wants dead. Despite his ambivalence about his chosen trade, Rain carries out the hits with little remorse. Rain's adventures take him to the usual glamorous locales—Paris, London, Amsterdam—while throughout he remains nostalgic for his Japanese heritage. In a subplot, Rain's Mossad agent lover, Delilah, enlists some Israeli colleagues in an attempt to foil a major terrorist plot. The revelation of why the three murder victims were selected comes as the book's one real surprise. 150,000 first printing; author tour.
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Pity John Rain. All the Japanese American contract killer wants to do is retire and live happily with his girlfriend, a beautiful Mossad agent. But little things keep getting in the way. For instance, his close friend and sometime partner, Dox, has been kidnapped. The abductor is Jim Hilger, a CIA agent whose schemes have been foiled by Rain a few times in the past, and who is now looking to use Dox's life as leverage to force Rain to commit a series of assassinations. But Rain is nobody's fool: he knows he can't trust Hilger to live up to his end of the deal, and there's only one way to make sure Dox stays healthy. Readers may wonder how many stories there are to tell about a hit man who wants to get out of the life, but so far Eisler hasn't run out of believable scenarios. This one is as good as its five forerunners, and here's hoping the author has a few more stories to tell. David Pitt
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Most thrillers seem like fables of super heroes straight out of the comic books. While those tales are fun, they lack a credible connection to reality that can make a story more gripping. Authenticity was part of the appeal of the Ian Fleming books about James Bond when they first appeared. Not since those Bond books do I recall a thriller as solidly based in real places, actual tradecraft, accurately presented martial arts, and the psychology of killing as Requiem for an Assassin.

This is my first John Rain book and I expected to be a little bit lost because I hadn't read the first five. But Mr. Eisler does an excellent job of referring to past developments and characters enough to make this story work just fine as a standalone.

Naturally, having liked this one so much I'm sure to go back and read the earlier books as well. A lot of the action in those books is referred to in Requiem for an Assassin; if you don't want those stories spoiled for you, it may be a good decision to start with the beginning of the series. The order of the series is Rain Fall, Hard Rain, Rain Storm, Killing Rain, and The Last Assassin.

As this story opens, former CIA agent and rogue operative, Jim Hilger, has assembled a team in Bali to kidnap John Rain's friend, Dox (said to be short for "unorthodox" . . . a characterization tied to his service in Reagan-era Afghanistan). The purpose? To black mail Rain into performing three assassinations. Hilger has been an arch-foe of Rain's in prior books. Dox isn't fully on his guard and is easily captured during a routine shopping trip. A little Bush-style torture quickly "persuades" Dox to contact Rain for Hilger.
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Rain's about the best one can get.

My advice: buy all Rain books (starting with Rain Fall all the way until this one), take three days off and get lost in the always exciting and thrilling world of Rain.
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Ich bin nach wie vor veheistert von der John Rain Reihe. Jedes Buch hat eine Story, die sich stark von den anderen unterscheidet, und trotzdem hält sich das Niveau.
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Wahrhaftig kein große Literatur aber kurzweilig für das Lesen kurz vor dem Einschlafen oder bei reisen im Flugzeug und im Zug.
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HASH(0x8a48a63c) von 5 Sternen From another Martial Arts author 23. Mai 2007
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For those of you who might have stumbled on this book without knowing the full scope of things, you will want to start the John Rain series from the beginning. The books in order are: Rain Fall, Hard Rain, Rain Storm, Killing Rain, the Last Assassin, and now Requiem for an Assassin. All are outstanding reads. If you pick up in the middle or here at the tail end, you will really be doing yourself a disservice. Get to know the characters in the same order as Barry Eisler did.

I'm a big John Rain fan. The books have done an excellent job of addressing a previously unfilled niche - not since Lustbader's early works anyway. John Rain, the protagonist, is the cool international ex-CIA operative, half Japanese, half American - patriot, father, and remorseless killer. Trained in classical Japanese Judo, and master of assassination via accidental causes. The killing style is unique and different - comparable to what Trevanian brought to Shibumi with his killing with common items (e.g. ballpoint pen, cards, etc.).

The latest installment is in my mind an improvement. I've really enjoyed all the books, but I felt the Last Assassin had a bit too much drama and fell slightly short of high-octane action seen in early books. In one review, it was compared to Desperate Housewives... unfair but funny. Fortunately, Requiem remedies that complaint in high fashion. I definitely can't agree with any "wussification" claim, because Rain is as ruthless and brutal in this Requiem as any of the pevious ones. That said, there is clearly a struggle between his "iceman" killer self and a softer emotionally-reachable person. But I in no way found that to detract from the character.

Like most good stories, John Rain is the reluctant actor. He wants to escape his role as a killing pawn (something he fears defines him), and take on what might be even more difficult challenges - regular life with women who both love and hate him, and a child who doesn't know he's his father. Of course that wouldn't make much of a story, so in steps Jim Hilger (the ex-CIA bad guy). He snatches the fun-loving sniper, Dox, who at times can't tell men from women, and uses him as leverage to get Rain to do three final kills. Fortunately, John Rain is experienced enough to ask the tough questions, like why does Hilger want them dead, what are their connections, and what assurances are there that he can be trusted to release Dox. With help from Kanezaki, Boaz, Delilah, and others, they go about setting things right.

Like all of the books, this book merges both international intrigue (in this case it involves oil) with Rain's personal challenges. That's one reason I recommend you start from the beginning. If you're looking for a stand alone thriller, you might be disappointed or at least not fully appreciate the character development. But if you're looking for a great addition to an outstanding collection, this one is a pure gem. Five stars!

Written by Arthur Bradley, author of "Process of Elimination" - an erotic martial arts thriller that pits a Kenpo Karate/Judo expert against a world-class sniper out to shape the presidential election.
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HASH(0x8a48a888) von 5 Sternen Rain unable to escape "the life" 7. Juni 2007
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Harboring excessive emotional baggage, a by product of his lucrative profession, affluent, elite assassin John Rain is attempting to retire from his trade. He's struggling acclimating himself to a peaceful existence living with his gorgeous girlfriend Israeli Mossad agent Delilah in Paris. Any notion that his stressful former lifestyle can be put behind him is suddenly shattered in Barry Eisler's latest outstanding novel "Requiem for an Assassin".

The anitsocial Rain is alerted that one of the few people in the world he considers a friend, burly, wisecracking ex-Marine sniper and former associate Dox has been kidnapped. His captor, former nemesis Jim Hilger, a rouge ex-CIA agent is now running his own private intelligence enterprise. Hilger and his well trained cabal snatched Dox to coerce Rain into performing three assassinations which will assure his trusted friend's release upon completion. Not certain of the veracity of the deal, Rain however must play along after receiving a proof of life.

Rain is conflicted in sharing his burden with the few people he trusts but ultimately must recruit the aid of Tom Kanezaki, a Japanese FBI agent and protege of Rain mentor, the now departed Tatsu. His lover Delilah convinces him to ally himself with lethal Mossad agent Boaz who also has no love for the deceitful Hilger. With all these additonal resources Rain hopes to discover the location where Dox is being held before he completes the three sanctions.

Rain after completing two of the killings realizes that he himself will actually be the third victim. Being a cool calculating tactician, Rain is able to decipher the reason that Hilger is forcing him to kill. Hilger's nefarious plot is designed to pose a serious worldwide threat, being set into play by virtue of the assassinations.

Amazingly, the talented Barry Eisler is easily able to evoke empathy for unconventional but likeable anti-hero John Rain, a professional killer. Eisler is able to get inside Rain's psyche and allow us to feel the turmoil that resides within as he struggles with his identity and his desire to change his life. In this action packed, stirring, globe trotting novel, Rain strives to reinvent himself while trying to save his friend's life.
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HASH(0x8a48aac8) von 5 Sternen The wussification of John Rain is complete. 2. Juli 2007
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The first four novels featuring the cold-blooded, nihilistic, contemplative Japanese/American assassin John Rain were true page turners. Rain was a killing machine, his specialty arranging murders that looked like "natural causes". He free-lanced, working for any client who met his flexible standards. He had only one rule: no women or children. But even that had a little leeway. Rain was a superb character: remorseless, nihilistic, but thoughtful and contemplative. He was a loner with only one or two people that might be called "friends" and even then Rain was always suspicious.

In the fifth novel, Rain discovered paternal love for the child he had conceived with Midori, a Japanese singer whose father Rain had assassinated. Rain started developing a conscience, a desire for another life, one where murder wasn't the order of the day. Rain, frankly, started losing his allure. The action that made the first four books pulse-pounders ebbed away.

In "Requiem For An Assassin", author Barry Eisler has effectively killed John Rain and it doesn't look like natural causes. In fact it looks like hubris. Barry Eisler apparently has bought into his own publicity.

Eisler hasn't lost his skill with words. He is still readable and a newcomer to Eisler and John Rain might very well find this book a passable read. Anyone familiar with John Rain may find this novel very disappointing. It took me more than six sessions to make my through this, often wondering why I was bothering. I hoped that Eisler would redeem himself in a successive chapter, but he didn't.

The plot is simple and can be described without spoiling it for anyone else. Former Marine sniper Dox, Rain's buddy on a couple of missions, is kidnapped from his island paradise by Hilger, the ex-CIA rogue Rain was chasing, but missed, in the last novel. Hilger contacts the always elusive Rain and tells him he must carry out three assassinations or Dox will die. Rain is in Paris, living with his current paramour Delilah, a Mossad agent. To save his friend, Rain reluctantly sets off on a series of assinations, but he is troubled: the old ice cold killer just doesn't come as easily any more.

There's a global chase that this time is boring. There are a few redeeming - to few - where Rain is in action, but otherwise the book is a bore. Way too much time is spent on Rain's thoughts about Delilah, including a gratuitous several page sex scene which does nothing to advance the story, but does lead one to question who Eisler thinks his audience is. Rain spends a lot of time reliving his youth in the army in Vietnam, including a visit to Saigon. Rain contemplates his relationship with Delilah, with Midori and the son he has held only once. Rain thinks way too much.

Eisler, unfortunately, injects his political thoughts way too often into the manuscript. Bad mistake since Eisler's political thinking is neither original nor necessary to the story. It's more a conceit: he's the author - he can put anything he wants in his book. But readers don't have to stand for having their own views attacked in a thriller. In short, if Eisler wanted to write a political polemic, that's what he should have written.

Eisler's ultimate sin in my eyes is one that most readers won't catch. Eisler thanks 54 people (and a deli) in his acknowledgements. He's got experts in bar room brawls, medical experts, experts in martial arts - but no experts in computer technology, which plays a big part in the story.

Put bluntly Eisler is ignorant of computer technology. Pathetically ignorant. Instead of consulting experts, he makes things up. Asking readers who may be conversant with the technology, as I am, to swallow his nonsense is an insult to readers that could have been avoided. And, in my opinion, should have been.

But Eisler simply makes his technology up out of whole cloth.

I won't detail all of Eisler's misstatements. If you don't know the technology, you probably won't recognize the nonsense.

One of the more irritating things Eisler does is have Rain purchase an Apple iPhone. Pity that the iPhone - which was neither available nor fully described at the time of Eisler's writing - won't do many of things that Rain does with it. Oh well, just more arrogance on the part of Eisler.

The ending of the book is unacceptable on several levels. For fear of spoiling, I won't get into a lot of detail, but the end result is to push Rain more and more in the direction of becoming an accredited metrosexual, wuss, wimp or whatever the current term is. Rain makes mistakes totally out of character for him - and, frankly, I was waiting for a chorus of "Kumbaya" to break out.

As a character, Barry Eisler has essentially killed off John Rain. Too bad - I enjoyed John Rain's single-minded ruthlessness and his skills as an assassin. As a wimp, Rain won't be getting any further attention from me. The first-time reader may find this a moderately acceptable time filler. If they don't read any or all of the first four novels, they will never know how rich the John Rain character was.

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HASH(0x8a48ae28) von 5 Sternen A great character indeed! 29. Mai 2007
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Requiem for an Assassin is the latest in the John Rain series by Barry Eisler. Rain combines the Eastern mind of Trevanian's killer Nicolai Hel with the cosmopolitan aura of James Bond. A great character indeed!

The formula is similar to the Last Assassin - John Rain wants out of the killing business. Two things drag him back in: his inner drive, and blackmail over someone close to him. This time the scenery changes: Palo Alto, Singapore, Vietnam, and even Rotterdamn. As usual, Eisler writes from experience. He lived the life of a CIA operative, and is writing about the locations and tactics from experience. One part of John Rain is certainly based on Eisler's life experience.

The book leaves several loose ends open. We can only hope Eisler will keep to his "1 a year" schedule, so we won't have to wait too long for him to close them.
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HASH(0x8a48f060) von 5 Sternen "Mr. Softy" John Rain has got to go! 5. Oktober 2007
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I love John Rain the Bad guy..and have looked forward to Barry Eisler's new book being release; so, am disappointed with his efforts to show John Rain's emotional side..if he is going to make John Rain soft, then he might as well kill him off. Better yet, kill off his new girlfriend..the blond, what's her name..don't like her at all! Dox is great in this book and without him it would not have been worth reading. As always, the descriptions of all the exoctic places John visits are wonderful and the action scenes are great gadgets, intrigue..still works..I just don't need to worry that Rain is going all soft and mushy on us.
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