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Full Name: Dox
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Freelance Agent

Creator: Barry Eisler
Time Span: 2004 - 2019


Dox is a freelance sniper.

By that identification, I mean that he is an independent operative who specializes in long-range elimination and he is very, very good. He was trained by the U.S. Marines and when they did so, they were out to make someone who was already a fantastic shot into an extremely deadly force and they succeeded quite well.

After he had proven himself more than once, he was recruited by the CIA in their program of equipping and educating the Mujaheddin in Afghanistan during their fight to oust the Soviets back in the 80's.

Dox is not the man's real name, of course. What that is I never found out. The nickname of 'Dox' came from the fact that it seemed no matter what he was doing, be it fighting or training or exercising or even relaxing, he would find a way of doing it in an 'unorthodox' manner.

To most people meeting him, Dox is a country hick, eager to please, always there with an 'ah shucks', talking in an easy, friendly way saying a lot of words but really giving nothing away in the Texas twang he employed. He stands six feet tall and is a solid 225 lbs of muscle. He has sandy-colored hair with a goatee.

Dox makes his home in Bali and has loved the Southeast Asia area ever since he first set foot in it many years ago. He travels that region extensively and has made a lot of friends, and a few enemies in each country in the region.

One interesting quote of his which caught my eye: "Act as if a passel of nameless badasses is looking to punch your ticket even if you yourself can't imagine a single thing you've done to deserve it."


Number of Books:78
First Appearance:2004
Last Appearance:2019

1 Winner Take All Winner Take All
aka Choke Point, aka Rain Storm
Written by Barry Eisler
Copyright: 2004

Book 3 in the John Rain series.
Having abandoned Japan for Brazil to be free from the demands from too many sides, John Rain “reluctantly” agrees to take an assignment in Macao. Between the actions of a rival assassin and a beautiful woman who is far more than she seems, Rain finds himself caught in one heckuva storm. Luckily watching his six is Dox.
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2 Killing Rain Killing Rain
aka One Last Kill, aka Redemption Games
Written by Barry Eisler
Copyright: 2005

Book 4 in the John Rain series.
Finished with the Japanese FBI, the Yakuza, and the CIA, John Rain is hopeful he is free of the killing business. Until, that is, he is approached by the Mossad to do one simple job for them in Manila. Nothing is ever simple, however. This means he needs someone to help and that means he calls Dox.
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3 The Last Assassin The Last Assassin
aka Extremis
Written by Barry Eisler
Copyright: 2006

Book 5 in the John Rain series.
Learning that his former love, Midori, is living in New York with his son, John Rain feels compelled to see them, if only from a distance. But they are being watched in the hopes that Rain will do just that. Also watching him, though at Rain's request, is his friend and sometimes associate, Dox.
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4 Requiem For An Assassin Requiem For An Assassin
aka The Killer Ascendant
Written by Barry Eisler
Copyright: 2007

Book 6 in the John Rain series.
An old enemy kidnaps John Rain's best friend as leverage to force a mission which is almost certainly a suicidal one.
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5 The Detachment The Detachment
Written by Barry Eisler
Copyright: 2010

Book 7 in the John Rain series.
Though he wanted to retire, the offer from an old enemy was too good, several millions of dollars to take out three targets planning to attack America. To pull it off, Rain must call upon old friends to help.
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6 The Night Trade The Night Trade
Written by Barry Eisler
Copyright: 2018

Book 2 of the Livia Lone series.
Though she was pleased to be put on the human trafficking task force since it meant she had a change to find Sorm, the man responsible for buying and selling her and her sister, she is surprised to find she is not the only one on the lookout for this man. A former marine sniper named Dox is also out for this man's blood and he plays differently than she does.
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7 The Killer Collective The Killer Collective
Written by Barry Eisler
Copyright: 2019

Book 10 in the John Rain series and Book 3 in the Livia Lone series.
Seattle sex-crimes detective Livia Lone is the target of a hit, one that had been offered to John Rain. Worried that the FBI might be behind it, she appeals to Dox to help her out and he, in turn, looks to Rain and to Ben Treven and Daniel Larison to assist.
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8 All The Devils All The Devils
Written by Barry Eisler
Copyright: 2019

Book 4 in the Livia Lone series. For ten years, Homeland Security agent B. D. Little has searched for his missing daughter, a young girl with disappeared at the same time seven other went missing, all with the same m.o. Now that pattern has started up again and he appeals to Livia Lone to help find who is behind it. She discovered two very dangerous SpecOps men are deeply involved and one of them is a son of the Vice President.
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Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2012

1 The Khmer Kill The Khmer Kill
short story
Written by Barry Eisler
Copyright: 2012

Dox is working alone, this time in Cambodia for what should have been a simple long-distance sniper hit but the people Dox has to deal with are never simple and seldom very nice.
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Dox started out as a support character in the John Rain series and stayed that way for several years. As such I would not have given him his own entry in this compendium, even when a short story about him alone came out. When he showed up in the author's new Livia Lone series and played a major role with her latest adventure, I changed my mind and decided 'why not?'

I like the way the author lets him seem to almost breeze through situations; by that I am not meaning things are easy for him but rather he seems to take life as it comes. This definitely contrasts nicely against the earnest ways of both Rain and Lone and makes him a unique individual I would love to see more of (hint hint).


My Grade: A-


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