Barry Eisler Books

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Barry Eisler is an American writer and an experienced novelist who was born in 1964 which is approximately 51 to 52 years ago. His books are mainly characterized as thrillers and he is a bestselling author who has gained a lot of recognition around the world. He also has a blog where he writes about language, which is entitled Heart Of The Matter. Apart from languages, his blogs also focus on politics.

The author walked away from half a million dollars which was to be paid in advance by Saint Martin’s Press, so that he could be able to publish his work by himself. He took a deal which was worth six figures, so that he could publish a novel entitled The Detachment, in 2011 which was the seventh in the John Rain series. His debut book was Rain Fall but he later sold the rights. His novels featured John Rain who was an anti-hero former soldier who was both half-American and half-Japanese. He became an assassin who worked as a freelancer. The second featured Ben Traven who was a black ops soldier.

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Order of John Rain Series

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1 Rain Fall / A Clean Kill in Tokyo 2003 Description / Buy
2 Hard Rain / Blood from Blood / A Lonely Resurrection 2003 Description / Buy
3 Rain Storm / Choke Point / Winner Take All 2004 Description / Buy
4 Killing Rain / One Last Kill / Redemption Games 2005 Description / Buy
5 The Last Assassin / Extremis 2006 Description / Buy
6 Requiem For an Assassin / The Killer Ascendant 2007 Description / Buy
7 Paris Is A Bitch (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
8 The Detachment 2011 Description / Buy
9 Graveyard of Memories 2014 Description / Buy
10 Zero Sum 2017 Description / Buy
11 The Killer Collective 2019 Description / Buy
12 The Chaos Kind 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Ben Treven Series

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1 Fault Line 2009 Description / Buy
2 Inside Out 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Livia Lone Series

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1 Livia Lone 2016 Description / Buy
2 The Night Trade 2018 Description / Buy
3 All the Devils 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Barry Eisler Standalone Novels

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1 The God's Eye View 2016 Description / Buy
2 Amok 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Barry Eisler Short Stories/Novellas

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1 The Lost Coast (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
2 The Khmer Kill (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
3 London Twist (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Barry Eisler Non-Fiction Books

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1 Be the Monkey ( With: J.A. Konrath) 2011 Description / Buy
2 The Ass Is A Poor Receptacle For The Head 2011 Description / Buy
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Barry Eisler Awards:

Barry Eisler has won various awards, most notably The Gumshoe Award. He also won an award in 2005 for his novel Rain Fall which was voted as The best thriller novel in the Barry Awards. His book entitled Fault Line was ranked in the 18th position on the bestseller list of the hardcover of The New York Times.

Barry Eisler Books Into Movies/TV:

In 2009, Sony Pictures in Japan released a film which was mostly in Japanese language, that was a version of Barry Eisler’s novel, entitled Rain Fall. The film starred Gary Oldman as the nemesis of Rain and Shiina Kipei who played as Rain. William Holtzer played as the Central Intelligence Agency chief. In 2014, Slingshot Global Media announced the launch of a television mini-series which was entitled Rain and based on Eisler’s book. It’s only been announced so far with Keanu Reeves to star as John Rain.

Best Barry Eisler Books:

His best book is Rain Fall which was his debut novel that first introduced John Rain, who was an assassin that worked as a freelancer. John Rain was both half-Japanese and also a half-American businessman who worked in Tokyo. Few knew that he had been trained as a United States Special Forces soldier who was a businessman specializing in death caused by natural causes. He mostly worked alone and maintained anonymity so that his business could stay in the dark. His world came under siege following the assassination of a government official in a subway car that had been crowded. Agents from international and local agencies began searching for him after connecting him to the death of the government official. Efforts to find him didn’t bare any fruits until a jazz pianist drew him away from his private life . The death of the daughter of this jazz pianist , who is actually the key to secrets of her father which he had tried to reveal before his death , brought John Rain out of the shadows.

The second best book by Barry Eisler is Fault Line which was ranked 18th in the New York Times Bestseller list. The novel is about an inventor in Silicon Valley who was murdered in a drug deal which had gone bad. An operator who is undercover then receives a call from his scared brother who believes that he might be the next victim. Alex Treven is a brilliant inventor who has enjoyed a lot of success in a tech firm where he had just made partner. An inventor in a tech firm which he used to bank on is murdered and he narrowly escapes an attack which had been made to his home. He decides to seek help from his brother Ben Traven,who is an undercover soldier who gets paid to fix, finish and find terror suspects. Ben lives a life in the shadows but only comes out to help his brother in San Fransisco after receiving his call. Ben and Alex have to work with Sarah who is both an Iranian and American lawyer.

Fault Lines is mainly about a conspiracy which can only be solved or stopped by three people. These three people have different perspectives about the world, and have different motives. They have to unite and work together so that they can defeat the forces working against them.

When Does The Next Barry Eisler book come out?

Barry Eisler doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Amok and was released on December, 6th 2022.

1 thought on “Barry Eisler”

  1. I know a lot of people compare the John Rain series to the Bob Lee Swagger (“Shooter”) series, but I have to say that I like John Rain a lot better, and this series doesn’t seem to get the credit it deserves. Rain is much more complex of a character, being half Japanese, half American; he worked in Japan as a businessman but now is a hit man specializing in “natural death” kills? Wow. Sign me up!
    I checked out Barry Eisler’s blog as mentioned above as I wasn’t aware he had a blog, and it’s a good read, but not as captivating as his books.

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