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!
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.’
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.
Well, I listen to 5 to 7 books a week, have bought well over 200, and I have to say, Barry Eisler is fast becoming one of my favorite authors, and he's definitely in my top three favorite narrators--just brilliant!
The developing characters of Rain and Dox and their growing friendship and trust is totally absorbing and believable and complex and funny and moving and I just want more and more and more!
My favorite so far (I insist on reading a series in order, so the next one will probably instantly become my NEW favorite.
Oh YES. I hated to stop for anything!
Please sir, I want some MORE!
It took me awhile to really get into this series because Rain's an assassin and killers suck. But obviously I'm an American and we're okay with killers as long as they're fun and do the impossible. Oh and don't kill kids and puppies. Impossible? Ya because if he truly was this quality of assassin discribed here why would he not take out Osama bin Laden for a 26 million dollar payday? But the price is right for this series maybe we get a discount on this bunch of audio books, I'm guessing because the author does the narration. Which he's actually very good at. Then the other things he does like write about actual settings in the books and detail real events and politics is interesting. I recommended because it's enjoyable.
John Rain Character+Good Story+Good Performance= Good Book
Up to this book, The John Rain series of books have been enjoyable. I am starting the next one now!
We really love Barry's books. We have downloaded all of them and working through them quickly. After this series of John Rain, we will listen to the others. Thanks BARRY. Good job. How fun to read a book where you can't quite figure out what will happen!
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
Barry Eisler has done it again. Redemption Games was an edge of my seat listen. The book was filled with continuous action and suspense. He did a great job narrating his own book. John Rain is one of my favorite character's. The characters in the book were well developed. I would have liked to finish the book all in one day but took two. I've told friends about the John Rain novel's. I realize that being a mercenary isn't that rare in today's world with wars, assassinations, etc.
John Rain had called Dox to come with him on the mission. Dox was more than happy to be a part of the operation. They were to kill, Manny because, having been a chemist, he had defected from Israel and now made bombs for anyone that was in the market. As the bombs were purchased, he would attribute learned information and try to improve on the next bomb made to increase the number of people killed.
Rain and Dox botched the job and were given another opportunity in Bangkok to not only take Manny out but two other men who were corrupt.
Delilah had recommended John Rain awhile back when they had done a job together. Therefore, when the mission was botched, she was to go back and put Rain in a compromised position whereby their assassin, Gil, would take him out.
I read the first series of John Rain when he was younger. This series is a continuation of the other series but when John has aged. He has found that having Dox as his partner proved invaluable. Start this new series from the first book if possible. However, the author, Barry Eisler, brings the reader up to date with what has happened in the past. I'm sure if you would start to read the series you would pleased. Redemption Games is worth the purchase. The book was a great listen. Enjoy!
older, more philosophical, still justas poetic and just as deadly. .. He gets better with age. loved this continuing saga. ... As usual, Eisler does a beautiful breathtaking job narrating this tale
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