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Publication Order of John Rain Books

Rain Fall / A Clean Kill in Tokyo (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hard Rain / Blood from Blood / A Lonely Resurrection (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rain Storm / Choke Point / Winner Take All (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killing Rain / One Last Kill / Redemption Games (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Assassin / Extremis (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Requiem For an Assassin / The Killer Ascendant (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paris Is A Bitch (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Detachment (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Graveyard of Memories (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zero Sum (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Killer Collective (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chaos Kind (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Ben Treven Books

Publication Order of Livia Lone Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Be the Monkey (With: J.A. Konrath) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ass Is A Poor Receptacle For The Head (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Barry Eisler, who currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area, is an author that is not afraid to let his opinions be known. This is a fact that can easily be conveyed by his presence on at least eight blogs and newsworthy sites throughout the Internet. He blogs on mostly politics and languages on his blog, Heart of The Matter, but also writes consistently about such topics for sites like the Huffington Post, and Truthout. All well producing multiple series of novels, some nonfiction books that think outside the box and winning a few awards along the way as well.

Barry Eisler was born in 1964 and after graduating from Cornell Law school in 1989, he immediately joined the ranks of the Central intelligence Agency, CIA. There he held a secret position with the Directorate of Operations, spending three years with the agency before moving on to other ventures.

Next Barry Eisler worked as a startup executive and technology lawyer in Silicon Valley and across Japan. While working at home and abroad he even earned his black belt at the Kodokan international judo Center. He did not start writing until 2002 and quickly had the rights to his first novel, Rain Fall, snapped up by a publishing company.

From there Barry Eisler has gone on to win the Barry Award and Gumshoe Award in the category of, Best Thriller of the Year. His books have been printed in over 20 languages worldwide and they continue to be a huge success, topping many Best Of lists around the globe, with well over 20,000 ratings on sites such as Goodreads.

Barry Eisler also is not afraid of making waves in the publishing world. He gave up a half a million dollar advance from St. Martin’s Press, in order to take the self publishing route. Barry Eisler wanted more control over his work, which can be seen further when the rights to his previous novels reverted back to him and he changed the titles of them, because he felt the current titles did not convey the story all that well.

It could be said that Barry Eisler enjoys causing waves, as he also write some nonfiction, maybe depending on who you ask, books, such as, The Ass Is A Poor Receptacle For The Head: Why Democrats Suck At Communication and How They Could Improve and BE THE MONKEY—A Conversation About The New World Of Publishing Between Barry Eisler And Joe Konrath. Both of which take a good hard look at politics and the publishing world, much like Barry Eisler’s blogging exploits.

Barry Eisler – A Novel of Secrets

Having had many life experiences across the globe, from the CIA to his work as a lawyer and work travels throughout Japan, it is clear Barry Eisler had much knowledge to draw on in his writings, making them all the better for it.

His first book, previously titled Rain Fall, now titled, A Clean Kill In Tokyo, follows the central character of, John Rain. He is a half American and half Japanese expert assassin, who is the best killer money can buy. He specializes in natural causes, making his hired hits look like nothing more than an ordinary death. One would think that a story about an assassin would be one-dimensional, but instead Barry Eisler makes sure to create a character that has so many dimensions it would make a science fiction’s story about hopping dimensions seem tame. The novel also gives a bit of insight into the mind frame of the aftermath of war for a soldier. The real life attentiveness and authentic appeal mixed with just the right amount of fiction makes, A Clean Kill In Tokyo, a compelling novel to read. Readers also have found the John Rain character to be so compelling that A Clean Kill In Tokyo has spawned numerous sequels with the character.

Another Barry Eisler novel, perhaps even more gripping than the John Rain series of novels, is Fault Line. It follows Ben Treven, a military expert who gets the job done, locating and finishing off high value targets that the American government hands to him. His brother calls him for help, having got caught up in a life or death situation, after barely escaping the first attempt on his life. From there the pair unravel a conspiracy that has remained in the shadows for so long. The brothers being complete opposites, bump heads from the get go, making the story have yet another added element to it. By the time you are done you will be wanting to read the next in the series, and what is sure to be many more to come.

Having already over 25 distinctive works published and too many blog posts to count, Barry Eisler shows no sign of slowing down. He lets his opinion be known through his novels and blog postings, unafraid to upset the status quo.

Barry Eisler – In Japanese Theatres

Barry Eisler has also had a movie made by Sony Pictures Japan. It was of his John Rain character, but the film did not turn out to be as much of a hit as his books. It opened in Japanese theaters in April 2009 starring mostly Japanese actors, with the exception of Gary Oldman, who many know from his work on The Dark Knight trilogy and the Harry Potter series of movies. It was released direct to DVD and North America May 2010. Many fans of Barry Eisler’s John Rain novels found that the movie strayed too far from the books and therefore rated it rather harshly.

To date it seems no more talk has occured of making any of Barry Eisler’s books into movies for theater or television. But with his books continually topping the New York Times bestseller list, it should only be a matter of time before Hollywood takes another crack at either the John Rain or Ben Treven characters.

Barry Eisler – No Finish Line In Sight

With his constant blog postings and promise of more novels in each of his highly successful series of books, there seems to be no stopping Barry Eisler. Even if he goes years without publishing a book, which is highly unlikely, readers will still be able to find him all across the Internet while he informs the world of his opinions on current events.

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4 Responses to “Barry Eisler”

  1. Dr Joseph Banoub: 2 years ago

    Love all your books and characters
    But sad for Ben Trèves

  2. Sarah: 2 years ago

    I’m a big fan, and have read almost all books written. Looking forward to more Rain and Livia Loan books… sad to see the story of one character come to end in one of his most recent publications. Hoping for more!

  3. Bwalsh: 2 years ago

    I’ve just discovered the John Rain series. I’m on book #2 so far. I’m really enjoying these books. They remind me of the series by Tom Wood about Victor the Assassin, which are my favorite at the moment. Can’t wait to get into more of John Rain!

  4. AntonyM: 5 years ago

    I was wondering about the multiple titles above. So far I’ve been able to find the first two titles in my local library under the first title given.


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