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Requiem for an Assassin (John Rain, No. 6) Hardcover – May 22, 2007
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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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I found this one to be the most suspenseful because John’s good friend and partner in the last few books, has been kidnapped by a ruthless and sadistic rogue CIA operative named Jim Hilger. After they grab Dox and torture him by water boarding, they find out how to contact the secretive and very careful Assassin for hire John Rain. Hilger wants John Rain to use his special skills to assassinate three different people and then he would let Dox go. John Rain is no fool and realizes that he is being set up and that unless he can figure out how to rescue Dox, both he and his friend will be assassinated.
I never like to give away too much information when reviewing a novel because it spoils it for anyone who may want to read the book. If you are a John Rain fan you should check out this fast paced novel.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Pro-Systems Combatives Vol. 1,2)
Anyhow, it's a decent read. For those considering the audiobook, the reader is average. He does some of the voices really well, but when he is reading Rain's monologue, he often slips into this monotonous "sing-sing" type of voice, like he is reading an epic poem or something, which is pretty awful to listen to.
Look forward to reading maybe the last in the John Rain series , Zero Sum ?
Dox is kidnapped from his home in Bali. It took four men to do it, but do it they did. They didn't hurt Dox but he is now their prisoner.
Dox is "persuaded" by his old "pal" Hilger to give up the secure site he uses to contact John Rain.
Hilger lets Rain know that he has Dox and that Dox will continue to stay healthy as long as Rain does what Hilger needs him to do.
What does he need? The deaths of three people.
So begins one pretty damned good story.
Rain has loads of help on this one. Help from Kensaki, Delilah, Boeaz and the dead Gil's brother Nafti.
Rain has always worked alone and finds all this help rather disconcerting. He has to let these folks help him. A hard thing for a loner like him. He does, however, realize its help he desperately needs if he's going to save Dox.
He also has to deal with his feelings for Delilah. A Delilah who has told him that she loves him. He's got to put all that aside so he can deal with saving Dox. Food for thought though.
This story travels all over the world and ends in Rotterdam where Hilger is getting ready to blow a refinerly. Oh it won't be destroyed but it will be unafe to use for decades.
Just a really good story and unlike others on the list I could care about the authors politics. If he's a lefty then good for him. If he doesn't like Bush I must wonder what he thinks of the current jackass in chief??
Five Stars anyway. LOL