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December 18, 2008 / C.T. Henry

REVIEW: The Last Assassin by Barry Eisler

last-assassinAfter two sub-par novels in the John Rain series, Barry Eisler is finally back on track. In this thriller, Rain takes on an arch-nemesis from the first two books, Japanese gangster Yamaoto. After learning that Rain has a baby son in New York, Yamaoto tries to flush Rain out into the open. Knowing there might be a trap, Rain must decide whether he should see his son.

Everything is pitch perfect from the intense action sequences to the relationships between the characters. I’m most impressed with Eisler’s treatment of Dox in this book. As a fan of the first two books in the series, I liked Rain as a lone assassin, much like Batman, when he was the lone Dark Knight. But when Dox becomes his partner in the third and fourth books, it’s like Batman using Robin as a crutch. Nevertheless, the entertainment value of Dox’s sense of humor in this novel is crucial, especially after the high-octane action sequences. Dox develops into someone who can be Rain’s true friend. At the end, Rain must make a tough decision, and it’s Dox who points him in the right direction.  If you are a fan of the first two books, you will love this one!

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