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
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!
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 !
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.
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.
I think I laughed out loud almost every time Dox said anything!
I am SO glad there are so many books to look forward to.
Listening to the author speak got his character. The nuanced actions of the character make it all believable.
When John meets Delilah.
I enjoy everything about these books. Read them in order.
Great in-depth characters & action
lots of twists and turns
his ability with the different languages and ascents were up there with the likes of Hill & Guidell just to name a few
It was great
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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