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A Clean Kill in Tokyo Audiobook

A Clean Kill in Tokyo: John Rain, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Name: John Rain.

Vocation: Assassin.

Specialty: Natural Causes.

Base of operations: Tokyo.

Availability: Worldwide.

Half American, half Japanese, expert in both worlds but at home in neither, John Rain is the best killer money can buy. You tell him who. You tell him where. He doesn't care about why… Until he gets involved with Midori Kawamura, a beautiful jazz pianist—and the daughter of his latest kill.

©2002, 2013 Barry Eisler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Eisler provides a cracklingly good yarn, well written, deftly plotted, and surprisingly appealing… Thomas Perry and Lawrence Block need not retire their hit men quite yet, but Eisler is clearly a challenger." (Boston Globe)

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    AudioAddict 04-01-16
    AudioAddict 04-01-16

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "A shark must keep swimming or it will die"

    STORY (suspense) - John Rain is half Japanese and half American. He was part of American special missions in Vietnam and experienced the atrocities of war. Now he finds himself having painful flashbacks and is unable to adapt to normal life. He sees himself as a shark who must keep swimming...a man who must keep killing. John makes his living as an assassin who specializes in making victims look like they died naturally, and he is sought by those who want to hire him and those who want to stop him. He is a likeable guy, and he has scruples. (Yeah, I know, an assassin with scruples?) You will like John and root for him.

    This story is set in Tokyo. John kills a man and then later meets his lovely daughter, Midori, who is a jazz pianist. He learns she is in danger and tries to protect her. They have a romantic relationship, but it plays a very small part in the story. There is quite a bit of action and intrigue, and the story is fast-paced. John is expert at surveillance and pretty bad a$$ at martial arts, and his assassinations are creative. I enjoyed "visiting" the streets of Tokyo and hearing bits of Japanese culture and language. And I loved the ending.

    PERFORMANCE - Barry Eisler, the author, performs his own work and does a great job. His Japanese sounded fluent, but I'm not one to judge. He had the perfect voice for John. Midori sounded a little masculine, but I was still glad that he gave her a distinctive voice.

    OVERALL - There is quite a bit of violence and cussing and a teeny bit of non-explicit sex. This is the first book in a series and the story stands alone. I probably won't continue the series further because it's not my particular cup of tea, but all the books are very highly rated. Recommended for adult listeners, especially guys.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tarike Ocala, FL, United States 03-16-14
    Tarike Ocala, FL, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful Flaws"

    The human mind is so complex, so vast, yet, so inherently primal. Barry Eisler captures this oxymoron in a very ingenious set of ways.

    This is the first audiobook that I have listened to that was narrated by the author, so I was a little skeptical at first. Eisler does a good job, not a superb one, but he nailed the protagonist, so in my humble opinion, that's all that really matters.

    The way the story is laid out takes you through the mind of an imaginary man that could be any one of us. Half american, half japanese, Eisler takes you through the struggles of being born of two cultures. Although the protagonist is mixed, his struggles are strikingly similar to any immigrant's story of living in two places, and having to adjust to both after living in one place for a while then returning to the land of their birth.

    Tons of action in this story, and the storyline has lots of coincidences, that in the end turn out to be beautiful flaws of not just the main character, but mankind in general.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 03-04-14
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 03-04-14 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Plus A Lonely Resurrection"

    These two books are the start of a new John Rain series when he has grown older but not too much wiser.

    John Rain learned to kill when he served in Vietnam. He was chosen to run recon operations and did them well. He found that after his first kill in Vietnam, although he didn't enjoy killing the man, he had no remorse. John did not have the nightmares and PTSD that can follow the men home from war. John never grew to love killing as a sport but as a profession, murder for hire fit him perfectly.

    He had a Japanese father and an American mother. Until John's father's death he had lived in Japan. He was the kid bullied because of his mixed heritage. Upon moving to America soon after the death of his father, John once again became the odd kid out and the bullying started again.

    John started becoming involved kin the martial arts at a young age and learned to defend himself. He was no longer the kid who could be used as a punching bag. He turned around and fought only when someone tried to fight him. The boys started to leave him alone because of the new skills he was learning.

    John's mother died while he was in Vietnam and he went back to Tokyo instead of the states to live after serving his time.

    The first two books are centered around murder for hire and his inability to having an extended relationship due to his job. There are ideas that run around in his brain once in awhile and John considers retiring. However, when the last job is finished there is always someone else who needs his services.

    The stories are full of action and suspense. I don't think that there are good or bad guys. Maybe it's bad and badder guys. I've read the books in the original series and enjoyed all of them. I actually like John Rain and even feel bad for him at times. Although he does put himself in a jam in, A Clean Kill in Tokyo.

    The books are an easy listen and go fast. The characters in this series have been well developed from the original series. There are always new characters are they are well developed. The book does bring a new listener up to date throughout the book about what took place in John's earlier life and beyond.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Miami, Fl, United States 02-26-14
    Tony Miami, Fl, United States 02-26-14
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    "A love affair with Toyko and an assassin"

    I enjoyed this more than I expected . The backdrop of Tokyo provides a complex and interesting background for a good, if not unique, storyline. I found it a little difficult to keep up with all the Japanese phraseology and names at first but after awhile it sort of sinks in and becomes familiar . The author is the narrator and his voice is a little sleep inducing. However, I liked him well enough to download the second book in the series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri Powers 01-09-15 Member Since 2015

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    "poetic, brutal, soulful"

    This is my first John Rain novel. ... loved it! I'm looking forward to listening to all of the books in this series! I enjoyed the description of Japan, and hearing the spoken Japanese. ... The conflict of this anti hero... I really like this guy John Rain... Just when I was running out of Jack Reacher novels, I listened to the short story by M. J. Rose, In Session, featuring 3 interwoven stories involving Reacher, Rain, and Cotton Malone..... Great book, got me interested in the other two characters, Rain and Malone. ... Nice. ... authors should do that type of collaboration more often!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    larry 04-20-14
    larry 04-20-14
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    "Thought I was getting something new. Not new!"
    What disappointed you about A Clean Kill in Tokyo?

    Duplicates!

    A Clean Kill in Tokyo, previous published as Rain Fall (2002)
    A Lonely Resurrection, previously published as Hard Rain in the US and Blood from Blood in the UK (2003)
    Winner Take All, previously published as Rain Storm in the US and Choke Point in the UK (2004)
    Redemption Games, previously published as Killing Rain in the US and One Last Kill in the UK (2005)
    Extremis, previously published as The Last Assassin (2006)
    The Killer Ascendant, previously published as Requiem for an Assassin (2007)
    The Detachment (2011)(w/ Ben Treven)
    Graveyard of Memories (2014)


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed. Heard that.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the John Rain Series. I even have the DVD. Not enough for twice.


    A Clean Kill in Tokyo, previous published as Rain Fall (2002)
    A Lonely Resurrection, previously published as Hard Rain in the US and Blood from Blood in the UK (2003)
    Winner Take All, previously published as Rain Storm in the US and Choke Point in the UK (2004)
    Redemption Games, previously published as Killing Rain in the US and One Last Kill in the UK (2005)
    Extremis, previously published as The Last Assassin (2006)
    The Killer Ascendant, previously published as Requiem for an Assassin (2007)
    The Detachment (2011)(w/ Ben Treven)
    Graveyard of Memories (2014)

    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie McGee 02-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Where have you been all my life??"
    Would you listen to A Clean Kill in Tokyo again? Why?

    Absolutely will because eventually I will finish all his books (have already purchased every one) and I will start the series all over again.


    Any additional comments?

    I spend much of every day ear-reading because I suffer major vision loss from diabetes, so I consider myself to have a WIDE experience in recorded books. Barry is one of the very best narrators I've ever heard. He brings every character to life and keeps you listening because you just can't wait to see what happens.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 06-02-14
    Richard 06-02-14
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    "Shame on the publisher!!!"
    What disappointed you about A Clean Kill in Tokyo?

    This is not a new book. All the books narrated by the Author have been published under a different title prior to this "New John Rain series". I already had the books in my library and thought I was downloading a new book...NOT NEW!


    What was most disappointing about Barry Eisler’s story?

    Previously published under a different title.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barry Eisler’s performances?

    Not unless I could be assured it's a new book...not just a reprint under a different title


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Definitely disappointed. The publishers of these newly titled John Rain books have joined the ranks of Beau LaAmour and trying to sell old titles as new stories.


    Any additional comments?

    I strongly dislike being deceived by the presentation that I'm buying a new storyline simply by changing the title of a formerly published title.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Cara 04-25-14
    Cara 04-25-14
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    "Cheap Shot, Barry-"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really enjoyed the Rain series - the first time. I purchased seven. When I saw all new titles, I was delighted and purchased five more! Until I realized they were the same books, Mr. Eisler just decided to rename them. A dishonest way to sell books, in my book! I'm done with Barry Eisler.


    12 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    N. Hawryluk 09-21-16
    N. Hawryluk 09-21-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Exciting But a Bit Derivative"

    Well-paced thriller, despite being built on clichés and fairly derivative scenarios. Also I found it weird how willing the main character was to murder people based on such limited evidence of their being enemy agents- makes it hard to sympathize. Narrator (who also wrote the book) did fine. [AUDIBLE]

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    "Not a Great First Book."

    I found this book to be little more than someone's research turned in to book form. I heard a great author once say something like, "the whole point of doing research, was so that you can leave most of it out." With "A Clean Kill in Tokyo" that certainly isn't the case. It's clear that the author is basing the main character, John Rain, on himself. Even that would be fine if it weren't so obvious.
    On a positive note, the narration by Barry Eisler wasn't too bad, and the basic storyline itself was ok. There was just too much pointless added research, disguised as information in between.
    Overall, even though I didn't like this book, I'd still be willing to give another Barry Eisler novel a chance. It didn't put me off so much that it made me want to stay away from anything else he has written. And I think that with a bit more subtleness, and character development, that the John Rain series could be good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Rifflart
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    "The authors narration dies his work proud"

    This is my first Rain book and I loved it and will listen to them all if I get the chance. The author has a great voice and its subtle tones work well with the subject matter set in Japan. The plot was excellent and Rain is likeable yet merciless when necessary
    Keep Raining on my parade!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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