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)
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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.
I usually only do audio books
Yes! I couldn't put it down!
The authors actual experience as a spy and amazing descriptions of foreign locales makes for an amazing read. I've read the whole series now and can't wait for the next book.
The John Rain series is new to me, I decided to read them in order and this is the second book and it compares well to the first book, which I loved. The writing is still well done, Eisler is very good at his craft, is able to paint the scenes and bring the reader into the the story and the relationships. I think some people find the stories a bit slow but I do not, there is a realism to events that I really enjoy, Eisler's description of martial arts and the neighborhoods are all beautiful and exact - it is real not Tom Cruise in a mission impossible episode. Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators, and I cannot ever imagine anyone else doing "Jack Reacher" in Lee Childs stories and he does a good job here as well but I have to say that I enjoyed the narrator in the first of the series a bit better because of the Japanese setting and characters, but Hill has his own style and soon I was fine with it. I am going to start the third book as soon as I am done writing this and still have this on my "must read" list of action / suspense series.
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