The Detachment

The Detachment

Book - 2011
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John Rain is back. And "the most charismatic assassin since James Bond" (San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy.

When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott "Hort" Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can't resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the "natural causes" demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America.

But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone. He'll need a detachment of other deniable irregulars: his partner, the former Marine sniper, Dox. Ben Treven, a covert operator with ambivalent motives and conflicted loyalties. And Larison, a man with a hair trigger and a secret he'll kill to protect.

From the shadowy backstreets of Tokyo and Vienna, to the deceptive glitz and glamour of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and finally to a Washington, D.C., in a permanent state of war, these four lone wolf killers will have to survive presidential hit teams, secret CIA prisons, and a national security state as obsessed with guarding its own secrets as it is with invading the privacy of the populace.

But first, they'll have to survive each other.

The Detachment is what fans of Eisler, "one of the most talented and literary writers in the thriller genre" (Chicago Sun-Times), have been waiting for: the worlds of the award-winning Rain series, and of the bestselling Fault Line and Inside Out , colliding in one explosive thriller as real as today's headlines and as frightening as tomorrow's.

Publisher: Las Vegas, NV : Thomas & Mercer, c2011
ISBN: 9781612181554
1612181554
Call Number: F EISLER B
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 23 cm

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ChristchurchLib Jul 11, 2016

As in the Gabriel Allon novels, there's an engaging group dynamic at work in Barry Eisler's John Rain thrillers, as well as plenty of spycraft, though Rain is an enigmatic (and, in The Detachment, semi-retired) assassin and Allon an Israeli intelligence agent. In this 7th novel (of 8 so far), Rain and his team are presented with a list of three high-level U.S. government targets plotting to stage a coup by manufacturing attacks that will be blamed on Islamic extremists. Tense, twisty, often politically complex, and well-researched, this series from a former CIA covert agent starts with Rain Fall.

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gb2k
Jun 09, 2012

Eisler's John Rain action sequence (7 books) is among the best thrillers I've read -- as good as Bond or any other current spy thrillers.
Barry Eisler worked in CIA operations over ten years, lived in Japan, and has a judo black belt. He's an expert in weapons and all the modern spy tech.
Incredible detail, with nail-biting suspense and romance - a plausible Bourne.
Have fun.

MaryBee Mar 08, 2012

EPL has all of his books except for "Hard Rain" which we will replace right away.

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emerge
Jan 12, 2012

Eisler always serves up an intelligent, well researched thriller. This one is interesting because it brings together characters from different books including John Rain from his great series. Disappointing that EPL doesn't carry all his books.

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