Book Review - The Detachment by Barry Eisler
Whenever a new Barry Eisler novel comes out, I'm chomping at the bit to get my hands on it as soon as possible at the library a block away from where I live. His latest novel, The Detachment, changed the rules a bit, however. The ebook version on Amazon was available a month before the dead tree version. Do I wait for the library stock to come in, or do I buy the ebook early?
Duh... Let's hear it for One-Click purchasing of ebooks. :)
The Detachment was one of the best ebook purchases I've made. Eisler brings together Rain, Dox, Treven, and Larison in a mission run by Colonel Horton, one that offers a huge payday if they can pull it off. Horton tells them he's trying to head off a planned coup of the US by "eliminating" key players. While no one in the group has any issues with wet work and black ops, they're all well aware that Horton is never forthcoming with the entire story. Given the level of targets and what's at stake, the cost of being wrong will be paid with their lives. If that's not enough, Rain and Dox are not entirely comfortable with having to work with Treven and Larison (and vice versa). Can they trust each other long enough to eliminate their targets, collect their payments, *and* still be alive at the end to spend the money? Or instead, will they end up being loose ends that need to be tied up?
It's great to have John Rain back. Even though Rain and Dox are complete opposites, they form a perfect team. Treven and Larison don't resonate quite as well for me, but Eisler creates the right level of tension between two teams of killers who are very adept at what they do. Eisler layers the plot on a number of levels. There's the question of what Horton is really up to, and whether he can be trusted. There's the trust factor amongst the team, where loyalty, personal ethics, and money create a constant strain on emotions and planning. Finally, there's the question as to whether the country is being set up for or saved from a takeover by those who want to make the Constitution a thing of the past.
If you're new to the John Rain series, you should probably read the earlier Rain novels in order to understand the Rain character and the nuances. If you're already a fan of Eisler's novels, dive right into The Detachment. Bringing Treven and Rain together is a treat, and I hope it's not the last time Eisler pairs them up.
Obtained From: Amazon