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London Twist: A Delilah Novella [Kindle Edition]

Barry Eisler
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For Delilah, the Mossad's top seductress, the parameters of the assignment were routine. The contractor: MI6. The objective: infiltrate a terror network, this one operating out of London. The stakes: a series of poison gas attacks on civilian population centers.
There's just one wrinkle. The target is a woman--as smart, beautiful, and committed as Delilah herself. And for a cynical operative thrust suddenly out of her element, the twists and turns of the spy game are nowhere near as dangerous as the secrets and desires of the human heart.
This story is approximately 36,000 words--the equivalent of about 145 paper pages. It is a novella, not a novel.

About the Author

Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA, 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. To learn more, please visit www.barryeisler.com. Or Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 312 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (19 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BD72MIM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,710 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Note On The New Titles

Why have I changed the titles of the Rain books? Simply because I've never thought the titles were right for the stories. The right title matters--if only because the wrong one has the same effect as an inappropriate frame around an otherwise beautiful painting. Not only does the painting not look good in the wrong frame; it will sell for less, as well. And if you're the artist behind the painting, having to see it in the wrong frame, and having to live with the suboptimal commercial results, is aggravating.

The sad story of the original Rain titles began with the moniker Rain Fall for the first in the series. It was a silly play on the protagonist's name, and led to an unfortunate and unimaginative sequence of similar such meaningless, interchangeable titles: Hard Rain, Rain Storm, Killing Rain (the British titles were better, but still not right: Blood from Blood for #2; Choke Point for #3; One Last Kill for #4). By the fifth book, I was desperate for something different, and persuaded my publisher to go with The Last Assassin, instead. In general, I think The Last Assassin is a good title, but in fairness it really has nothing to do with the story in the fifth book beyond the fact that there's an assassin in it. But it was better than more of Rain This and Rain That. The good news is, the fifth book did very well indeed; the bad news is, the book's success persuaded my publisher that assassin was a magic word and that what we needed now was to use the word assassin in every title. And so my publisher told me that although they didn't care for my proposed title for the sixth book--The Killer Ascendant--they were pleased to have come up with something far better. The sixth book, they told me proudly, would be known as The Quiet Assassin.

I tried to explain that while not quite as redundant as, say, The Deadly Assassin or The Lethal Assassin, a title suggesting an assassin might be notable for his quietness was at best uninteresting (as opposed to, say, Margret Atwood's The Blind Assassin, which immediately engages the mind because of the connection of two seemingly contradictory qualities). The publisher was adamant. I told them that if they really were hell-bent on using assassin in a title that otherwise had nothing to do with the book, couldn't we at least call the book The Da Vinci Assassin, or The Sudoku Assassin? In the end, we compromised on Requiem for an Assassin, a title I think would be good for some other book but is unrelated to the one I wrote--beyond, again, the bare fact of the presence of an assassin in the story.

Now that I have my rights back and no longer have to make ridiculous compromises about these matters, I've given the books the titles I always wanted them to have--titles that actually have something to do with the stories, that capture some essential aspect of the stories, and that act as both vessel and amplifier for what's most meaningful in the stories. For me, it's like seeing these books for the first time in the frames they always deserved. It's exciting, satisfying, and even liberating. Have a look yourself and I hope you'll enjoy them.

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Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA, 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. To learn more, please visit www.barryeisler.com. Or Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome return of Delilah 25 Feb 2013
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I have to admit, I will pick up anything by Barry Eisler - he writes so well, his scripts are taut, great stories brimming with stunning locales and best of all, the characters. Another admission: Delilah isn't my favorite character. As Rain's partner I felt she took him away from what he does, blunted his edge and I was relieved when they parted ways in 'Paris is a Bitch'.

However, London Twist has changed my view on her in a big way. Like Eisler's other books it has the locales and the 'operator trade craft' his books are so loved for, but it is so different in a good way as it's not just about 'taking out' a subject. Like Rain is better off alone, so is Delilah, Mossad's top 'honey trap' agent - who is coerced into helping British Intelligence get close to an activist. What makes the story so well written is that the war on terror is viewed objectively by Eisler and his criticisms of his own governments actions are quite refreshing to read. Delilah's mark is an engaging individual and you feel for her, just as you feel for Delilah and her situation and the inevitable aftermath.

If you like the Rain-verse and Barry's other books I simply can't recommend this enough. I look forward to his next book AND Delilah's return.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delilah 6 Mar 2013
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Wonderful book. Eisler has a way, even in Novella form, to transfer a story into unbelievability yet keeping the suspense of the plot ongoing. His theme of Delilah and target are brilliantly portrayed with a short descriptive narrative. Involvement with the FBI and MI6 add to the importance and subterfuge of the story. Who is innocent? Read and find out.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always 7 Mar 2013
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Excellent as always which I've come to expect from Mr Eisler's novels.

This book is based upon Delilah one of Mossad's ummm most effective agents, who is tasked with getting information from a Muslim activist.

It was good to catch up with Delilah again, and setting most of it in London, (one of my favourite cities) was just a bonus. Although the London Delilah experienced is quite a bit different from the one I go to. As a semi-regular visitor to London everything rang true which is a credit to the writing and research.

It also made me think about both the war on terror and the way the West is fighting it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not well written 17 April 2013
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story mundane and obvious and totally unbelievable. Main characters far too glamorous and all over the top - daft! Won't get any more of Eisler's books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can take it or leave it 26 Mar 2013
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Was OK for a quick read, but not enthralling. The main character is typical of this type of story. In fact, one has to wonder if there are any "less than stunning looking" female spies in existence while reading this genre of book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars London twist 25 Mar 2013
By tamtam
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Average thriller not very well written and it concentrates on too much detail to the detriment of the plot.It did not make me want to read any more of the series of novels
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4.0 out of 5 stars London twist 10 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Is a good background story to the Barry Eisler series. It fills in the gaps! Try it and enjoy.
K&K Tavictock
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok 19 April 2014
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The story is quite good and is interesting if you read Barry Eisler books, but I found it a bit slow and heavy going to some of his previous novels.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sort of lightweight but enjoyable.
I've read quite a few of Eisler's books and as with this one, I enjoyed the tail. It's a bit lightweight, and Delilah is perhaps a little too glamorous for her role, but this is a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Roger Cave
4.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Novella With A Couple Of Issues
I've been a fan of Barry Eisler's work since he first published Rain Fall (now re-titled by the author asA Clean Kill in Tokyo (previously published as Rain Fall)). Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. Green
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
Reasonably pacy read. I wouldn't say I loved it but it was worth finishing for sure. I would reccomend. ...
Published 11 months ago by Stephen Allcock
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
A follow on from Paris bitch. Again very readable and woulkd recomend it for an easy read. Will probably read it again
Published 11 months ago by Rosemary Hemmett
2.0 out of 5 stars London Twist(ed)
Not a brilliant story, mainly because it lacked credibility. At the core of the novel is the fight against terrorism using a heroine who can bat for both sides. Read more
Published 11 months ago by JR
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
My first Barry Eisler. And not my last.
Intriguing to the last. Delilah Novella will be one of the next Kindle books that I buy.
Published 13 months ago by Richard Strevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense read
It was a good story that illustrated a good cross section of emotions among some believable characters. Read more
Published 13 months ago by jenard dyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I found this book very much a "page turner" and have read it twice. The first time I have come across two women as the heroines in one book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ken OK
4.0 out of 5 stars A real twister
What an enjoyable read with twists and turns all the way through to keep you enthralled.
Loved it so well done.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. E. M. Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
would like to read more of this series not long enough to get a feel for the characters in this story
Published 15 months ago by Margaret Ross
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