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Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "Best Of" lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. Eisler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and, when he's not writing novels, blogs about torture, civil liberties, and the rule of law. www.barryeisler.com
on Oct. 14, 2011 :
The prelude for Detachment. As a hard fan of Mr. Eisler's works on the Rain series, I need to read all the books in the series before coming to this one. Hence the long delayed review.
Anyway, despite being a short story, still superbly delivers the Rain saga as I know and love. I am anxious to find out more how the relationship between Rain and Delilah will develop after this.
Strong writing, enchanting, magical, realistic, great attentions to details not only on environment but also on character development that make you believe they truly exist. Hard to forget and put down once you begin reading.
Very highly recommended!
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
on July 12, 2011 :
This is the first book I've read by Barry Eisler and it works well as a standalone short story. The Ile St Louis location is atmospheric and the authenticity is strong as can be expected, in particular the close combat scenes. Overall an enjoyable story and makes me keen to read the other books involving these two main characters - there is definitely room here for Delilah to manipulate Rain.
As for the introduction to The Detachment, it is intriguing, particularly as it has similar concepts to the books I am writing.
(reviewed 78 days after purchase)
on May 03, 2011 :
Good short story, although it feels more like a prologue for Eisler's next novel than a stand-alone. Still, Rain has a nice arc that seems true to the character even though it will probably piss off a lot of the long-time fans of the Rain books. The ebook also includes the first three chapters of the next Eisler novel, which were great. Definitely looking forward to it.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)