If you have been following my posts, you know that I have been working on reading through the John Rain series by Barry Eisler. I started reading from book one last month when I picked up book #10 in the John Rain series from Amazon First Reads. I figured I might as well start at the beginning, which has been going well. I love the character. The series has been really good, and I’m currently on book 4.
Today I got an email from Goodreads announcing new books by authors I follow. Since I started following Barry Eisler on Goodreads, I got the email about his new book The Killer Collective, which is the book I already have since you get books on First Reads a month early, but the email added something that I had not seen before when I looked at the book on Amazon. The subject line read: The Killer Collective (John Rain #10; Livia Lone #3; Ben Treven #4).
Wait … John Rain #10, Livia Lone #3, and Ben Treven #4? The Killer Collective is a book that falls into three different series?! I had to check this out. Sure enough, Barry Eisler has also been working on a series following a character known as Livia Lone and one called Ben Treven. Well this though a wrench into the engine because my goal was to read all the John Rain books before I read the 10th one. Now I find out that I need to read the others (I don’t have to, but I like to read stuff in order), so I started trying to figure out the read order from where I was at. I started going off by published dates and figured out a read order and stumbled across a second book that includes both John Rain and Ben Treven.
Holy cow. I have never encountered this by an author before. I am fascinated by this development and can’t wait to see how this plays out. I also have to chuckle that my 10 book reading binge has now turned into a 15 book (technically 14 and 1 short story) reading binge of Barry Eisler stories.
And for those of you that are curious, here is the reading order list I came up with for Barry Eisler’s books:
- A Clean Kill in Tokyo (John Rain #1)
- A Lonely Resurrection (John Rain #2)
- Winner Take All (John Rain #3)
- Redemption Games (John Rain #4)
- Extremis (John Rain #5)
- The Killer Ascendant (John Rain #6)
- Fault Line (Ben Treven #1)
- Inside Out (Ben Treven #2
- Paris Is A Bitch (John Rain 6.5)
- The Detachment (John Rain #7, Ben Treven #3)
- Graveyard Memories (John Rain #8)
- Livia Lone (Livia Lone #1)
- Zero Sum (John Rain #9)
- The Night Trade (Livia Lone #2)
- The Killer Collective (John Rain #10, Ben Treven #4, Livia Lone #3)