All right, all you Rain fans, we're only about a week away from the launch of The Last Assassin, the fifth book in the award-winning series. Reviews so far have all been terrific:
"Author Barry Eisler scores nothing but net with The Last Assassin... Whereas John Rain ages in these books—his reflexes slow, his mind roams about over unfamiliar terrain—Eisler grows in authorial talent. And where the earlier novels carried a punch with each new episode, this novel lingers on the palate like the single malts Rain favors, as it explores in increasing depth several characters but especially Rain, Delilah, Dox, and Tatsu. Eisler is at top form."
—David Gordon, The Deipnosophist
"Rating: A. I love these books. They contain everything I look for in a great thriller. Long live John Rain--and Barry Eisler!"
—Deadly Pleasures Magazine
"Read this because it's everything a thriller should be, but don't be surprised if it stays with you longer than you might expect."
—Sarah Weinman, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind
"A consistently fine series, and its latest installment is no exception. Rain, the killer who wishes he could stop killing, is an engaging protagonist, and the author's depiction of the world of the assassin is vivid and well imagined. A rousing success."
"...combat scenes full of lovingly detailed descriptions of knives, guns and other martial paraphernalia. Amid the threats to life, limb and loved ones, Rain finds time to enjoy good food, better whiskey and even better sex.
"Wicked action sequences, smoothly delineated local color and moments of introspection capture Rain in fine, fraught form."
And in what for me is the ultimate honor among possible reviews, The Economist, enormously selective about fiction they critique, did a glowing write-up on the first four books in their March 2 issue, saying the series is "...written with a delightfully soft touch and a powerful blend of excitement, exotica and what (ever since John le Carré) readers have known to call tradecraft."
I'll be promoting the book coast-to-coast and back throughout June and July. Check the events schedule on my website and if you're around, come on by. It would be good to see you.
And if you want to learn more about where Rain gets his ideas about politics, international events, and language, check out my new blog. I hope you'll enjoy it.