After killing a CIA officer who hunted him halfway around the globe, Rain goes underground, hoping to find the peace that has eluded him. But then Tatsu, his old nemesis from the Japanese FBI, comes to him with one last job: to find and eliminate a killer at large, a creature with neither compassion nor compunction, whose activities could tip the balance of power in Japan's corrupt politics and who seems to have designs on Rain's few friends.
To protect them, Rain will have to pursue his most dangerous quarry yet through the crosshairs of the CIA and the Japanese mafia, where the differences between friend and foe and truth and deceit are as murky as the rain-slicked streets of Tokyo.
©2003 Barry Eisler; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Eisler acknowledges the help of experts in many areas, but it's his own impressive literary skills that make his John Rain such a fascinating, touching and wholly believable character." (Publishers Weekly)
"Maintaining suspense and tension throughout, Dick Hill manages to capture a rhythm of speech that mirrors Japanese, lending authentic voices to the characters." (AudioFile)
Laughter is the best medicine, but if you are laughing for no reason, you may need medicine.
Having read one other Rain novel with Scott Brick at the mic, I can honestly say that this narrator was even better. The japanese pronounciations were wonderful and you felt more like you were actually in Japan than the other novel. The Action was a little slower but the further development of John Rain was very good.
I’ve never read a novel by Barry Eisler before, and the description sounded like something I would like, and I’ve heard Dick Hill read other novels: I enjoyed them; he is a generally good reader. THEN shortly into the novel, I found out that the main character is Japanese. Rain is actually part American/ part Japanese, but he lived most of his life in Tokyo. Now, had I known that going in, I would not have selected to listen to Dick Hill, with his marked American drawl voice this character. Rain is a “citizen of the world,” and I could buy him as virtually accent-less, but Dick Hill is just wrong, wrong, wrong for this character. The book itself is fine, and I’ll listen to the whole thing; I’m already into the plot. But I wish I were reading this one to myself.
I started the series with book one (Rain Fall) because of audible's 4.95 'check out a new series' promotion and really enjoyed it. (I'm hooked on yet another series. :-) I am really enjoying this book as well. However, I was a little disappointed to realize the narrator is different. (I quite enjoy Dick Hill's work - discovered him in another series starter I picked up for 4.95 - The Black Echo.) The first narrator (Brian Nishii) heightened the atmosphere in a way that Dick Hill does not. Nishii read with a distinctly non-American pacing (a LOT slower than I as an American am used to or expect). His inflections and tone coupled with the fact that he speaks Japanese without an American accent came together to take that audiobook to the next level.
While I think Dick Hill does a wonderful job here, I don't have that 'transported feeling'. I really miss Brian Nishii.
Hard Rain is the second novel in the John Rain series about a half-american, half-japanese assassin.
* Rain is still an anti-hero and that makes him an interesting protagonist. He has rules about the jobs he takes but he is willing to kill anyone that upsets him or that he perceives as a threat. This can make him unpredictable, which can be a good trait for an assassin to have.
* The book is well researched and the action scenes and internal dialogue are interesting.
* The pacing of the story is good. I understood who the antagonist was and what the larger picture was. I understood the overarching drama playing out in which Rain is more or less a willing pawn.
* This book is essentially the first book retooled. Characters from Rain Fall appear and provide (mostly) unsatisfying closure to the relationships formed in that book. But John Rain struggles with the same internal conflict from book one that I thought had been resolved at the end of book one.
* The 'romances' in these books are terrible. They feel rushed and obligatory and don't add anything to the story except dime-store titillation.
I selected this one because it has my favorite narrator, Dick Hill. Glad I did! John Rain is an interesting and complex character. The plot never stopped moving. Reminds me of Lee Child and Vince Flynn but set in Japan. I cant wait for more.
Protagonist was just too "full of himself". I got tired of him fairly early.
There are much better books out there.
If you are into espionage and the ultimate Hit man then you will love John Rain. Hope Barry Eisler keeps on writing more!
This ws my intro to "John Rain" and it was a delighful surprise. Good blend of action and characters, and there was a peak at Japan quite different from anyting I expected. Since I've never been there I can't attest to the accuracy, but it was descriptive enough that I'm looking forward to "visiting" with JR in DC, NYC, etc.
The unrelenting tour guides commentary on streets, hotels, clubs and directions to just about everything. If you are planning a trip to Japan, read this first. Heck, by the end of the book you might even speak Japanese.
I'm going back to Preston or James Lee Burke. I far prefer New Orleans.
Dick Hill is one of my top ten best. But when a talented quarter back plays with a lousy team it sometimes reflect back to the QB.
My shredder can only handle six pages at a time. Too much work.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Okay, I liked Brian Nihii's wonderful reading of Barry Eisler's first John Rain novel, Rain Fall. Liked it a lot. First off, this is book two and DEMANDS you read Rain Fall first to follow the narrative.
Okay, that'd not daunt me, in fact, I liked Rain Fall enough that a second part should have been GREAT. Well, it wasn't... isn't. First off Dick Hill, a very good reader elsewhere, just doesn't bring the same equipment to these characters that Brian Nihii did. Bad choice to change reader and lose the seeming Asian voice that Nihii affects.
BUT, the very large problem here is that Eisler wants us to believe that America's intelligence agencies are totally evil... staffed by evil, propelled by evil strategies, driven to evil ends. What could be accepted in the first part of this story... Rain Fall... jumped the shark in this second part. Sigh... Pity too since Eisler wrties well and has some intriguing analysis of human nature.
In a world agitated disproportionately by a homogenous terrorist threat, Eisler finds his threat to world order in America's foreign service. Sigh... Okay, maybe he wants to sell this stuff to the Hollywood which shares his life view (Just watch any Bourne flick for example). I'm tired of it... so, can't recommend Hard Rain.
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