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Hunted and finally cornered, John Rain faces his deadliest enemy ever: himself. For Rain, "the most charismatic assassin since James Bond" (San Francisco Chronicle), getting out of the life was never going to be easy. But with a new identity in Paris, and the help of his lover, Mossad agent Delilah, he was beginning to leave the killing business behind. And then he receives a message from rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger: we have your friend Dox. Do as we tell you, or he dies. For a professional like Rain, the choice ought to be easy: do the job - a series of three hits - and save his friend and partner. But how does Rain know Hilger won't kill Dox, anyway, once the assignment is complete? How does he know each of the hits isn't simultaneously a setup for Rain himself? Most of all, how can he control the killing rage Hilger's lethal game of extortion reignites inside him? From the deceptively tranquil beaches of Bali, to the backstreets and boulevards of Paris, to the urban canyons of Silicon Valley and New York and the old killing fields of Vietnam, Rain must grapple with his age, his enemies, and, most of all, with the killer inside himself in a battle not even Rain can hope to survive intact.

©2007, 2013 Barry Eisler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • shelley
  • 23-04-2014

Barry Eisler narrates perfectly

What made the experience of listening to The Killer Ascendant the most enjoyable?

In this book Dox made it really great! His character is so humorous. I love the sense of humor attributed to him. Even through his brutal interrogation he maintains his sarcastic and cutting remarks. I truly hope there are no plans to kill him off anytime soon, he is a great addition to this series.

What does Barry Eisler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The tones and inflections he intends when he wrote it.

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Having Eisler read his own works was the best thing he could have done. I had tried listening to this series previously and was not impressed with the narration and gave up. When I started listening again now that Eisler has redone them all, I've been on a marathon and have listened to 5 in a row. I plan to repurchase the one I have only now with Eisler narrating. This really is such a good series, I am so glad I decided to give it another try.

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  • joan
  • 18-05-2018

Love anything Eisler writes

John Rain is a hero of very mixed feelings and his inner monologues are very useful to fleshing out his character. And if you haven't tried it, try Livia Lone as well as the John rain novels.

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  • Wayne
  • 16-06-2016

Action thriller listeners owe Barry Eisler a lot!

I listened to this John Rain #6 novel 2 years ago. It is an outstanding espionage/action thriller novel narrated by the author who is as good at narrating as authoring. Barry Eisler was an established author who nevertheless was a leader in the move to independent publishing resulting in lower average prices allowing avid readers/listeners access to more good books for less money. Thanks Barry!

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  • Dr. Robert Longo
  • 26-02-2018

Another great book,

Another great story, great details. I hope they make a John Rain movie, a good movie. Not just a movie, but a great movie. We will have to wait and see.

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  • Cholmondeley
  • 04-07-2016

They've got Dox.

Among the best series I've read or listened to. Notice how inexpensive they are.

I wrote an enthusiastically positive and extended review for Book 1: "Clean Kill in Tokyo."

Eisler is a smart and accomplished guy. Checkout his website and his Wikipedia bio.

In Book #6 Dox is "taken" to draw Rain out so he can be murdered. Dox is a wonderful captive.

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  • Fred H
  • 29-08-2021

great but

I really enjoy these Rain books. But sometimes him wrestling with things is a bit much. but great overall .

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  • Pastor GR
  • 22-06-2021

The Iceman

John Rain is a complex human being. He, the Iceman, or both are cold. He’s in personal turmoil. Not the side of him that has been seen. The fighting scenes are not as graphically detailed as some other novels. But the reader gets the picture.

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  • Steve Peretz
  • 07-09-2020

Couldn't stop

The Best Rain book yet. I couldn't stop after chapter two. If you're a fan of the series you'll love this one.

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  • Arthur N.
  • 10-07-2020

Love this book

But not this version. I was looking for the Scott Brick version I used to have on CD and I guess I will keep looking.

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  • Scott Partridge
  • 04-06-2020

worst one yet

the first 4 books I REALLY liked but the 5th book wasn't quite as good. But now this one is just terrible. I'm only half way through the book and I'm posting this already. There is WAY too much flash back usage in this book. Especially with the main character, remembering things in the past. Plus the author describes to just now start having the main character using names for himself: "the Ice Man". is like he just read about Richard Kuklinski and said "That's a cool name, I think I'll start using it!!!". Even though Rain had NEVER used the name, he's more using it over and over. oh... Rain is also talking to himself like he never used to do. is a VERY slow book and it of character for the whole series.

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  • Mike T.
  • 13-04-2019

A darker, deeper and more believable John Rain.

In this book John Rain undergoes a bit of a personality change. He's more ominous, scary, unpredictable and thus more believable as a character. Not just the noble and ethical assassin. Might not be as easy a listen as the previous books, but I approve. It's better writing.

As usual Barry Eisler's narration is outstanding.

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