• The Khmer Kill

  • A Dox Short Story
  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (920 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For former Marine sniper Dox, a long-range hit in Cambodia was supposed to be just business as usual. But when you find yourself mixed up with rogue intelligence operations, gorgeous bar girls, and the world's worst human-trafficking heart of darkness, business is anything but usual. And making it personal is the most dangerous business of all.

©2012 Barry Eisler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Excellent Dox short story by Barry Eisler!

While listening to The Night Trade, a new release in Eisler's Livia Lone series, I remembered listening to The Khmar Kill early in 2014. Former US Marine sniper Dox had already appeared in some novels in the John Rain series as assassin for hire (usually working for the CIA). Dox is a colorful and loud Texan. In The Night Trade Rithisak Sorm is the primary antagonist. Sorm's name appears in this short story as the child trafficker Dox is supposed to kill.

Repeating offbeat characters like Dox and Delilah are part of what makes the John Rain series one of the best.

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Eisler narrates a 'Dox' shortie

A very short and thus inexpensive (don't spend a credit on it..I do mean short!) story of Dox, John Rains buddy and an experience in Cambodia.

Worth the bucks, I enjoy Eislers narration a lot.

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Good Short Listen

I love the Dox character so this was a nice deviation from the typical book in the Rain series. He can be ruthless when needed, but inside he has a soft heart.

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Barry did his usual good job of telling a story.

Dox was an excellent character in the John Rain series and this short story shows that he can stand out on his own as a main character.

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Too Short and Not Enough Analysis on Dox's Part

If you could sum up The Khmer Kill in three words, what would they be?

Dox is too distracted until the very end. Dox is a very likeable sniper and you know he can shoot just about anyone from any distance so you knew he was going to walk away.

Would you recommend The Khmer Kill to your friends? Why or why not?

Hmmm. I don't like short stories but would recommend to anyone who has read the earlier John Rain books. It doesn't stand alone.

Which character – as performed by Barry Eisler – was your favorite?

Dox, of course. He is the bit burly sniper who everyone underestimates and thinks is a southern hick. But, he is smart and all of that is his cover. I love Dox. Apparently all the women do!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It was too short not to listen to in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I appreciate the short story as fillers between the bigger novels but Rain could have made a cameo appearance.

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A little fun with Dox

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So I gotta admit I was a little hesitant about whether Dox would at all be interesting without Rain, even in a short story. The good news is he totally is. And actually it was good having some one on one time with the sniper.

Frankly if you read the Rain stories, Trevan, Dox, etc., they’re all colors of the same story. Eisler is kind of like a two or three chord band jamming the hell out of them with an over all sound that might sound unintelligible from one another to the uninitiated.

1. Clients are always double agents of sorts. 2. The OP always has significant, plot propulsive blow back. 3. The SOP is repeated without a lot of nuance from one character to another (understandably since being SOP). 4. Always a flaw in the SOP that allows the real breath into the story.....and is always how Eisler differentiates a Trevan from a Rain or a Dox and Delilah (who I have to admit I didn’t have enough interest in to download her short story...I’ve had my fill from the novels, frankly, apart from the solid Paris Bitch).

We’ve always known there is a deeper intelligence to Dox underneath his country bluster. The revelation here is that he’s a lot more Rainy than I would have expected. A little disappointing there. Eisler could have done a little more to make a difference. Guess what? There’s this girl, you see. Rinse, repeat. (Sorry, Barry, let’s make that #5, come to think of it.)

But you know what? It’s an awesome little story. It’s the Ramones. Or Weezer? I don’t know. I like them both. (They’re “dessert” bands, at least for me.) They’re not the Stones or Iggy or My Bloody Valentine, but essential.

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good book but short

i really liked the book and was sad it was soooo short... i will read something rlse ftom this author because it was a good story line

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Fun

I enjoyed this short, fast-paced read. The author reads it nicely in the story was fun.

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Well written

I really enjoyed this short story. It was well written, well performed, and overall a very fun received.

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Good Short Listen

This was my first Eisler book. I enjoyed the characters. His story drew me in quickly and kept me listening. I thought he did a great job with a short story. Enough so that I plan to try another novel by him.

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