After nearly dying while taking out a target in Hong Kong, Rain has a new employer, the Mossad, which wants him to fix a "problem" in Manila. He also has a new partner, Dox, whose good-ol'-boy persona masks a sniper as deadly as Rain himself. And he has a new hope: that by using his talents in the service of something good, he might atone for all the lives he has taken. But when Rain's conscience causes him to botch the Manila hit, he finds out the next problem the Mossad wants fixed is himself. Is Delilah, his Mossad lover, coming to help him? Or was she sent to finish him off?
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I've tried the John Rain books before and wasn't a big fan, but then I tried the Ben Treven series and wanted more (there are only two so far). So, I went back to John Rain now that Barry Eisler is narrating them - WOW! What a difference. I'm now on a marathon and Love this series. I guess the reader really does make all the difference. This was such a good book. Great story, easy to follow and fast paced. Can't get over the difference, last Rain book I listened to I thought was boring, I'm relistening now and want them all.
Barry Eisler narrates wonderfully. He did a smart thing reading his own works. I can't believe these are the same books. Five star listening material!
Story is great and narration is excellent
Toss up! Rain and Dox. Rain for his depth, Dox for lightheartedness.
Dox. Nailed the accent and mannerisms of the character.
Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.
I really dig Eisler’s John Rain series. I’m still plowing through them and enjoying the hell out of them. I reviewed the first novel in the series and there isn’t much for me to add, which is a bit of a problem for me. Being addictive and fun is one thing. It’s just that by this entry, the series has lost its freshness and feels like it’s reaching for ways to justify its continued existence. Luckily Eisley scores two major ways in amplifying the roles of Delilah and Dox, both part of Team Rain. I could honestly do without the heavy duty sex scenes, haha, but Delilah is a wonderful character. And Dox is a great counterpoint to John Rain, even if he feels sort of sprung from a Cracker Jacks box. What I mean by that is these kind of buddy characters tend to turn up a lot in stories involving guys who knew each other “back in the war.” It reminds me a little of Sean Penn’s brother in Footloose and Goose in Top Gun and that episode of Magnum where Magnum has to deal with a cowboy ex-special forces operator who comes to Hawaii to beat up somebody for turning out his sister or something along those lines. Good stuff, but Eisler feels a little more like he’s on autopilot. Still totally worth buying if you’re already a, uh, ‘Rain man’ or Rain woman.’
An author that has the special talent and can also read his own work in an entertaining manner. John Rain the star of the book is believable, human, talented and is involved in suspenseful, enthralling, secretive adventures around the world. I have enjoyed each and every book Barry Eisler has written.
Finally completing his task of dealing with Manny in the exclusive club and the unplanned meeting of and subsequent chase to the death of a major terrorist planner. That was John's redemption. Shame Gil died and Hilger got away.
I have read the first 4 of Barry's books. He seems to mature more with each new book into a more intense and suspenseful writer. He has added that special James Bond always gets his girl twist that adds a special extra bit of intrigue while keeping all of the characters real.
This book wore me out and required a break to absorb, and fully appreciate all of the twists and how John Rain would deal with each of them. It was fun getting into John's head and try and figure out his next move.
People don't realize book tapes are a true performance maybe not as good as a movie but better then reading a book your self. Writers are generally not great readers of their works. Barry is the exception as he has the voice the inflections and the understanding of the characters that makes him a great reader bringing his story to life. Barry how did you do Delilah?
Normally, I avoid listening to stories narrated by the authors themselves because they are almost always terrible!! Not only is Barry Eisler a good writer, but his narration is great! In fact, he's one of the best narrators I've listened to. He can do several types of accents and even does well with the women's roles. His voice is well modulated and smooth, his enunciation is clear, and I seldom have to rewind to catch any words.
I started the John Rain series with book One and so far I have liked them all. Although I don't really like the idea that Rain is an assassin, it's interesting to see how he has evolved. I do like the fact that he is so well versed in different types of martial arts and can appreciate his paranoia. The stories are full of excitement and take place in exotic locations, which Mr. Eisler does a good job of describing. You almost feel like you are walking along with John Rain as he moves from place to place.
Looking forward to the remaining books in the series.
Lots of ups and downs. A lot of Moving around; getting used to John having a partner.
He starts to look like a man with a heart and not just a killer. Good series.
I was hopeful that this book, outside of my normal genre choice, would be a refreshing change of pace. It wasn't.
Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).
I love this series but this book has been languishing on my To Be Read pile for a couple of years because I didn't like the narration by Michael McConnohie (see Killing Rain.) I even tried reading it in print several times but I stopped after a few pages. It just never felt right.
I knew the author had narrated book #7 but I never even bother listening to the sample until I learned he had re-recorded the whole series - in my experience, authors don't make good narrators and some don't seem to realize that it's a completely different skill. I'm so glad I took the chance.
Mr. Eisler was FANTASTIC as the narrator. His voice has that soulful quality that I expect in the John Rain books. The different personalities and their emotions were extremely well portrayed - you can hear Dox' mischievousness and amusement in almost every word and the part where Rain is trying not to laugh at Dox because of the katoey felt so genuine! The accents and voices were above average as well. You've made a believer out of me, Mr. Eisler!
As usual, the story was full of action and introspection. I found myself tearing up in parts and bookmarking dozens of paragraphs. Mr. Eisler has a way with words that is full of depth and beauty.
"And trust, I was discovering with Dox, is a dangerous narcotic. I thought I had weaned myself from its rapture, gotten the monkey off my back. But then I had a little taste, and that thing I'd live without for some many years was suddenly indispensable."
Unlike past books, Rain is not as isolated. Dox provides both companionship for Rain and lots of levity to the story. I laughed a lot at his quips:
"Sounds like unsafe sex to me, partner. And I’m not sure I want to be the condom.”
"Where I come from, gentlemen just shot each other."
Once I was done, the story made me think of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. I didn't realized that was the theme of the book (sort of) until finished the book! Very well done, Mr. Eisler. I also loved the setup for the next book even though I'm afraid there's going to be some heartbreak for Rain.
Moving forward, I will only be listening to the versions narrated by Mr. Eisler - I have already purchased the next one and I can't wait to start listening.
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.
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It could be a book impresses you due to timing, I am sick of romance. Many writers of suspense are too gory for me. I love good narration. It is rare to find an author with such a gift for narration. This story grabbed me and I loved it. Now I have to listen to all of them. This book was well written. I won't forget this one!
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