This book is a excellent listen. The story is unique, the cast of characters entertaining. Seldom is rooting for the bad guy(s) so compelling. The book is full of action, yet not gruesome or gratuitous in any way.
The narration is awesome! Eisler easily slips from English to Japanese and has a warm, easy voice to listen to.
The only thing that kept this book from being 5 stars for me is that I would have liked to see more of an intimate side of the main character. He seems to be so cut off from the world and isolated that it gave me a twinge of sadness. However, I feel (hope) that the main character (Rain) is developing and we will see more involvement with him in the future. I hope so!
Maybe. Most of my friends don't like this type of story.(I am a 70 year old women and my friends read biographies and romance..)
Rain. He is smart, thoughtful and well prepared and likes adventure.
No. This was my first.
No, I just couldn't stop listening.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
This one is great fun and could only be improve by targeting Murdock & the Koch Brothers or a crew of Wall Street financial officers for real. John Rain is eliminating the real enemies of the American people for a change and does it with flair.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I think it's the best of the Rain series (and that's saying a lot since I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series). The story stands alone so you don't have to read the rest to get this one. I understand that one of the main characters in this book (Treven) is a recurring character in another of Eisler's series - one which I'm going to pick up now (even though Rain and Dox are still my favorites).
It has a much different flavor than the other books in the series in that there is a huge political "conspiracy" here which is the premise of the story. It's a convoluted and complicated plot, but you don't get lost en route, so the complexity is actually rather refreshing and enjoyable (and is why I didn't want to put it down).
If you have a problem with conspiracies that suggest the US government and the 'elite rich' have ulterior motives in the 'war on terror', you might be one of those readers who gave this book a low star rating. If you believe that the assassination of JFK was an inside job, you probably are one of those who give this book a high rating.
The plot is tight, the action is non-stop, the violence is detailed, and the characters are distinct and fully-fleshed and believable. All in all, it's exactly what I was looking for in a novel with an assassin as the main character. (If you like books with these kind of characters - you could also try Block's Keller series.)
I was leery of an author-read book but that concern was unnecessary. Eisler's narration was well paced and the characters were distinctly voiced.
I have listened to all books in the John Rain series and although I have enjoyed all of them I wish Barry Eisler had read narrated all of them. He does a great job.
Photographer, nature & water geek, music lover, book fiend.
I picked up the first John Rain book on sale & without great expectations, but Eisler's writing and - happy surprise- his narration, were great. Pulled me right in & the series has built upon the character dimensions in fantastic form.
With this type of book, one expects to suspend disbelief a bit. But this is the first book where in more than one area I found myself thinking ," Rain wouldn't be that stupid" or wondering why he didn't record his conversations with the antagonist or take other measures to protect himself, especially with all the foreword, layered thinking he is known for. I got past it, & still enjoyed the book, as well as the character developments, but it was the first of the series where I was taken out of the story to think about errors. If you enjoy the series though, it's a no-brainer. Of course give it a listen.
Barry did such a great job narrating this one so I guess that is why no new audiobooks by Barry have come out since the release of this one on 9-15-11, yes some short stories have been released but who is going to waiste a credit on a 45 min books.
So Barry we love your narration but how about delegating so you can turn out some great new books, we can't wait 2 or 3 yrs for each new book,
Barry Eisler's narration and character portrayals are so real and believable he is a consummate showman his storyline is tight and filled with visual impressions that remain on your senses.
His character Dox is the most believable and genuine , he makes the story less dark and adds some humanity to the carnage and body count.
Very interesting and insightful, he seems to have an insiders knowledge of the machinations of the dark side of politics and security organizations.
It is wholly believable and shows the dark side of the world intelligence community and the lengths they go to to achieve their misguided ideals and objectives.all in the name of patriotism and in the national interest.
Easily the best of the John Rain thrillers, though they are all good ... It's wonderful to hear Eisler finally narrating his characters ... there have been some winners and losers among narrators of previous Rain books.
I've read all the top writers in the genre, and most of their series books. This book is certainly in the top 5 I've had the pleasure to read. It taps surgically into the double-take reality we're living through in the count-terror world; Eisler has done his research, and understands the dynamics behind the headlines.
Would recommend the written version.
Mr. Eisler would be better served using aprofessional actor to read his story.