The Khmer Kill: A Dox Short Story (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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Dox has appeared before in the John Rain series; here's a complete list of those novels for folks who like a checklist:
Hard Rain (John Rain Thrillers)
Rain Storm (John Rain Thrillers)
Killing Rain (John Rain Thrillers)
The Last Assassin [Unabridged] (John Rain Thrillers)
Requiem For An Assassin
The Detachment (John Rain Thrillers)
All fast paced and fun to read; Eisler writes that they are all stand-alone, but I recommend that you read them in order: "Each book is written to function as a standalone, so you can read them in any order you like (though of course you should read them all ;-)). In the John Rain books, there is an arc to Rain's character as he goes from being a cynical loner to someone with attachments--attachments that often present complications, given the life he leads--so, other things being equal, you might as well start with the first: Rain Fall."
Eisler sort of apologizes for "The Khmer Kill"; he says that it will never appear in paper because of the economics of publishing, and he emphasizes that the story can be read on any of the eReaders, not just the Kindle.
But he has nothing to apologize for. The story really is worth reading, not only for the clever plot -- which I cannot disclose for fear of spoilage -- but even more I think for the depth and breadth of Dox's personality. Dox appears early for an appointment, for example:
"Back in his oo-rah days, he'd sometimes waited through a half-dozen sunsets in a sniper hide -- cold, wet, whatever it took. A few hours on a cool and shady veranda was nothing by comparison, just a cheap and easy insurance policy that might prevent an unpleasant surprise."
Little CIA type details: "He preferred not to turn a bag into a hostage for the airlines when he traveled, which meant gearing up locally."
Exotic scenery, interesting details, pretty girls -- and Dox, growing more and more real with each page. A page turner, that's what this is.
Robert C. Ross
A five hour flight later and I haven't lifted my head from the book. Totally hooked from that point on.
His most recent book, Grave Yard of Memories, was a prequel exploring John Rain's past.
This book had such a great story line and introspective look as Rain's past. Over all though, the way he (Barry Eisler) paints a picture of the locations in this book gives you almost enough insight that you could draw a map of Tokyo just from reading this!
I couldn't put this book down and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a read.
For my money, The Khmer Kill was the best of Barry Eisler's pieces of short fiction thus far. It was interesting to follow the story of a fan favorite character whose brain, as best as I can recall, we as the reader have never gotten a chance to peer into in all of the stories in which he has appeared. One of the interesting facets of the character is that, unlike John Rain or many of Eisler's other operators, Dox isn't adept at neutralizing threats up "close and personal." How Dox handles threats on his own is another part of the fun.
If you enjoy any of Barry Eisler's books, much like what happens to people on the wrong end of Dox's rifles, enjoying this one is a no-brainer.
Note: Regarding the person that complained they paid too much for the story: I'm curious as to how dire their situation might be if they can't part with 3 measly dollars? If 3 dollars is really going to break their bank, they may want to consider selling their kindle for food, water, or a place to stay for the night. Unless, of course, they traveled here in a time machine from the 60's when 3 dollars went a lot farther. In that case, stop complaining... You have a TIME MACHINE.
This is Eisler's third short story and I look forward to there being enough of these for an anthology. I also highly recommend that you spend .99 cents on the discussion between Eisler and Konrath that produced, "Be the Monkey - Ebooks and Self-Publishing: A Dialog Between Authors Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath". Why is it .99 cents and not several dollars? What is the future of legacy publishing? You will find the answers to those and other questions about e-publishing, in this entertaining discussion.
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