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Winner Take All Audiobook

Winner Take All: John Rain, Book 3

John Rain has disappeared to Brazil to escape the killing business and the enemies encircling him in Japan. But the CIA isn't willing to lose its premier "natural causes" contract killer, and they force Rain to take on a high-risk assignment: eliminate a ruthless arms dealer operating in Southeast Asia. The upside? Financial, of course, along with the ongoing chimera of moral redemption. But first, Rain will have to survive the downside: a second assassin zeroing in on the target; the target's consort, an alluring and dangerous woman with an agenda of her own.
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John Rain has disappeared to Brazil to escape the killing business and the enemies encircling him in Japan. But the CIA isn't willing to lose its premier "natural causes" contract killer, and they force Rain to take on a high-risk assignment: eliminate a ruthless arms dealer operating in Southeast Asia. The upside? Financial, of course, along with the ongoing chimera of moral redemption. But first, Rain will have to survive the downside: a second assassin zeroing in on the target; the target's consort, an alluring and dangerous woman with an agenda of her own; the possibility that the entire mission is nothing but an elaborate setup. From the gorgeous beaches of Rio to the glitzy casinos of Macau to the gritty back streets of Hong Kong and Kowloon, Rain becomes a reluctant player in an international game far deadlier and more insidious than any he has encountered before.

©2004, 2013 Barry Eisler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Originally published as Rain Storm in 2004

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    Mark 03-03-14
    Mark 03-03-14
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    "Good stuff"

    Barry Eisler does a good job narrating his own books, I prefer his versions over the others. Rain is a fun hero character, and the stories are always exciting. It's easy to get tired of a series if you keep listening to the same one book after book, so I take breaks and go elsewhere, then return. This series is as entertaining as Mike Connelly, Vince Flynn or Brad Thor material, great authors but I can also tire of them. It's like anything else I guess. This idea targets a review that said Eisler's series was same old, same old. They all are after a while. Anyway, glad I found John Rain! If you like thrillers, give this a whirl, you won't be disappointed!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Van Vleck rancho murieta, california United States 04-23-16
    Kelly Van Vleck rancho murieta, california United States 04-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Best yet in the John Rain series"

    I LOVE these books - they have it all - exciting, interesting, educating and beautifully written. I'm obsessed ! John Rain is the best "bad" guy I have ever met. This should be a movie ! All of them should !

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    Lawrence Shelton 04-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Most enjoyable"

    Barry Eisler does an excellent job pulling together the characters and story. Worth a listen

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    Peggi 02-14-16
    Peggi 02-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Author reading is brilliant"

    Barry is talented at writing and equally good at reading his works. I love that the Japanese culture and language are brought forth clearly, rather than being obliterated by a narrator with less knowledge of the subject.

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    Maggie McGee 02-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This series just keeps getting better!!"
    What about Barry Eisler’s performance did you like?

    The introduction of Dox and the interplay and dialogue between him and Rain is not only inspired writing, but Barry's narration brings them both to life, and I just couldn't get enough of them. Makes you want to get to know them both better and pray that Dox will return.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I think I laughed out loud almost every time Dox said anything!
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    Any additional comments?

    I am SO glad there are so many books to look forward to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 08-11-15
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 08-11-15 Member Since 2012

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    "John Rain Is Terrific"
    What made the experience of listening to Winner Take All the most enjoyable?

    Listening to the author speak got his character. The nuanced actions of the character make it all believable.


    Which character – as performed by Barry Eisler – was your favorite?

    When John meets Delilah.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoy everything about these books. Read them in order.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Starkey 02-26-15
    E. Starkey 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this series"

    Another solid effort by Mr. Eisler and John Rain. This is an entertaining read. Dox is the best supporting character I've read in a long time.

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    Amazon Customer 12-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "No one does it better-story or reading."

    I love the way this author tells his stories. The plots are filled with intrigue and his narration is excellent.

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    Buffy 11-24-14
    Buffy 11-24-14
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    "Overall it has everything this genre should have!"
    If you could sum up Winner Take All in three words, what would they be?

    Great in-depth characters & action


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    lots of twists and turns


    What about Barry Eisler’s performance did you like?

    his ability with the different languages and ascents were up there with the likes of Hill & Guidell just to name a few


    Any additional comments?

    It was great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cara 04-25-14
    Cara 04-25-14
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    "Cheap Shot, Barry-"
    What would have made Winner Take All better?

    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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