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5.0 out of 5 stars Long live the Rain, man!
John Rain is back as the lethal Japanese-American assassin in Barry Eisler's latest espionage epic. Motivated by personal losses (and the huge amounts of cash on offer) Rain returns to what he does best and accepts a lucrative contract to kill three targets. Unable to carry out the job single-handedly he puts together THE DETACHMENT. His ex-marine buddy and sniper Dox is...
Published on 27 Sept. 2011 by Miss Chloe S. Batten

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much teamwork
John Rain is a formidable character. When in Tokyo! Nota Bene. The first books were full of Tokyo flavor and Rains violent persona. Then something went terrible wrong. He was placed in other continents and cities. He got a child and a good friend and the plots where far fetched and unbelievable. Now Eisler is back with another book starring John Rain and it suffers the...
Published on 19 Dec. 2011 by Bill Bell


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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 24 Nov. 2012
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A fast paced, edge of the seat thriller. I haven't read Barry Eisler before but will be buying any titles of his from now on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barry Eisler. The Detachment, 13 Oct. 2012
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John Rain at his best. Barry Eisler is a great writer of thrillers, he writes with great detail & you get drawn into the story as if you we're there. Can' wait to read more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good To Have Rain Back But Not His Finest Hour, 20 Sept. 2011
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After two, in my opinion, inferior novels Fault Line and Inside Out, that introduced the characters of Ben Treven, Larison and Colonel 'Hort' Horton, with 'The Detachment' Barry Eisler has finally brought his Japanese-American assassin John Rain out of self-imposed retirement in Paris.

I will confess that its a welcome return; Rain has always been a great character, his mixed heritage and ice-cold, efficient demeanour lending him a unique, deadly exoticism. He remains a charismatic focus for this latest adventure and as bonus he brings with him former-sniper Dox, who for me is Eisler's most human and sympathetic character.

Its a pity however, that the adventure Eisler involves them in is one of his weaker efforts. One of the appeals for me of the previous Rain novels is that he has always operated in a covert world below the radar and away from global politics and grand plots. Potentially world changing or threatening geo-political conspiracies were left to other, often inferior authors. With The Detachment however, the actions of Rain, Dox and others will have potentially world-changing ramifications. Unfortunately with these increased stakes comes a reduction in plausibility. Put simply I didn't buy the plot Rain uncovers, its excessively convoluted and just doesn't ring true.

It doesn't help that in order to involve Rain in the various conspiracies Eisler has to, temporarily, make him incredibly naive. This character change feels entirely forced and unnatural. Whilst Rain retains his skills as a killer but apparently loses all the street smarts and instincts that he had dsplayed in the previous novels. Its glaringly obvious that he was being played, but the reasons Eisler gives for why Rain remains unaware of this or deliberately ignores his own suspicions feel weak. Its an ungainly way to get Rain back into the killing-game and dimishes the story that follows.

The final downside of The Detachment is the inclusion of Treven and Larison from 'Inside Out', neither of whom are Eisler's most well conceived characters. Larison is an unpredictable live-wire, which makes him more interesting, but with his various issues and hang-ups Eisler seems to be aiming for complexity that he fails to acheive. At no point does he behave or feel like a 'real' person, albeit one working in an unreal profession. Treven by contrast, who was introduced in Fault Line, is more grounded but also incredibly irritating in his naive stupidity, as he was in his two previous outings. The presence of both adds nothing to the book, and they suffer by comparison to the more rounded characters of Rain & Dox.

Were it not for the inclusion of the sort of solid action you'd expect from Eisler then The Detachment would be a very disappointing return for Rain indeed. A number of clever if brutal assassinations during the first half keep you hooked despite the book's weaknesses, and once the pace picks up and both Larison and Treven get a modicum of positive character development the second half is an improvement. It still comes nowhere near the likes of Rain Fall or The Last Assassin though.

It is however, great to have Rain back in the game and Eisler sets up a few nice threads for future novels. Its also comes as a welcome relief that he omits any of the toe-curlingly graphic and vaguely gratuitous sex-scenes he's included in some earlier novel. For that too I was very thankful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok book, 7 Oct. 2014
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Made for an enjoyable read in parts. The narrative was a bit stop and start and I feel a bit motherless on the bones would have made the book a lot more interesting.
Nevertheless!! A good book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Detached, 2 Nov. 2014
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Will suit conspiracy theorists in the USA. Slightly too far fetched to really make one feel it could happen.
Characterisation very thin and therefore difficult to become involved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could be based on fact!, 5 Dec. 2014
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A very good story, once started you feel you must see what happens next. Without too much difficulty, as real facts emergency, ask yourself, what does the author really know.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, 7 Jan. 2015
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A good thriller but as almost all the action takes place in the U.S.A. and much of it unbelievable this book will disappoint fans of the John Rain Japanese episodes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good read, 25 Oct. 2014
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Better than a lot of the fairly low brow stuff in the genre if a little predicable. An enjoyable read and would definitely read more by the author.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Throwaway, 3 Jan. 2013
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Lurching along, book was forgettable.
Not something I would recommend to a friend, cliches abound in a typically American romp.
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3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good, 1 Sept. 2014
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Not a bad read, perfect for my daily commute.
It's not going to win any awards but it's a satisfactory way to pass an hour or so.
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