These two books are the start of a new John Rain series when he has grown older but not too much wiser.
John Rain learned to kill when he se..Show More »rved in Vietnam. He was chosen to run recon operations and did them well. He found that after his first kill in Vietnam, although he didn't enjoy killing the man, he had no remorse. John did not have the nightmares and PTSD that can follow the men home from war. John never grew to love killing as a sport but as a profession, murder for hire fit him perfectly.
He had a Japanese father and an American mother. Until John's father's death he had lived in Japan. He was the kid bullied because of his mixed heritage. Upon moving to America soon after the death of his father, John once again became the odd kid out and the bullying started again.
John started becoming involved kin the martial arts at a young age and learned to defend himself. He was no longer the kid who could be used as a punching bag. He turned around and fought only when someone tried to fight him. The boys started to leave him alone because of the new skills he was learning.
John's mother died while he was in Vietnam and he went back to Tokyo instead of the states to live after serving his time.
The first two books are centered around murder for hire and his inability to having an extended relationship due to his job. There are ideas that run around in his brain once in awhile and John considers retiring. However, when the last job is finished there is always someone else who needs his services.
The stories are full of action and suspense. I don't think that there are good or bad guys. Maybe it's bad and badder guys. I've read the books in the original series and enjoyed all of them. I actually like John Rain and even feel bad for him at times. Although he does put himself in a jam in, A Clean Kill in Tokyo.
The books are an easy listen and go fast. The characters in this series have been well developed from the original series. There are always new characters are they are well developed. The book does bring a new listener up to date throughout the book about what took place in John's earlier life and beyond.
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 wer..Show More »e 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.
Eisler writes competently and his plots are interesting enough to carry a reader along nicely. Unfortunately once you have read one of the Rain novel..Show More »s, the next one sounds entirely familiar with little in the way of further character development. Essentially that adds up to extremely detailed descriptions of the martial arts techniques Rain uses to dispatch his usually faceless adversaries and extensive bouts of introspection about how difficult it is to have a normal relationship while you are cutting a lethal swath through the world of international intrigue.
There is no nuance here and not much humanity, but if you are primarily looking for action and interesting settings, John Rain may be worth your time and credit. In addition there might be a special attraction here for martial arts aficionados, and Nishii does a nice job of reading the books.
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 ..Show More »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!
The outstanding feature of this book is that from the first sentence, listening to this book was a great pleasure. If I buy a book I finish it whethe..Show More »r the book is effortless or laborious, a pleasure or a pain. This book was a real pleasure, a book you can't put down, not simply because it is full of action, or because the story is interesting, or because the characters were well developed and true to life, but for all of these reasons and many more. This book was simply a joy to read. I have relatives who are probably not spies, but they work in the American intelligence community and because of my conversations with them I?m fairly certain the author?s background working in the CIA has added greatly to the accuracy of his fiction. His descriptions of the orient also are very accurate and reading this book brought back many pleasant memories of Bangkok. He captures the true flavor of the city where the smell of garbage is overpowered by the sweet smell of flowers or the enticing aroma of wonderful food that pervades the city. Bangkok has always reminded me of Dickens's opening line in A Tale of Two Cities, "It was the best of times, it the worst of times ...", but reminiscence of the pleasures of Bangkok, the exotic places, the happy people, and the wonderful food, overpowers my memories of the worst aspects of Bangkok. The author captures this dichotomy as I remember it. You will not regret buying this book. I give it my highest rating, without qualification or reservation. The narrater is also outstanding.
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 McCon..Show More »nohie (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 probably wouldnt have purchased this if i hadnt already listened to "killing rain." i hadnt expected to enjoy the characters of Rain, Dox and Delil..Show More »ah as much as i did, enjoying their interactions in both books. it is true that various assassinations are realistically protrayed, but then what would one expect of a story with the title "last assassin"? detailed enough to bring the locales and action vibrantly to life, but not unnecessarily gory .... plus a nice balance of psychological aspects included in the edgy lives of the assassins, themselves, pleasingly portrayed by narrator McConnohie.
Fast pace book which is read by the author. Loved the book. Love the author.
I did rate the peformance with 4 stars to indicate that he ..Show More »is not really professional reader. He performs many of the characters very well but a few of them it gets confusing which character is speaking. I might also say I graded very hard...
This is a continuation of the John Rain character which started in the book Rain Fall. This book stands on it's own, but I recommend that your start with the first book.
This is the prequel to the other seven John Rain tales. This novel is similar in pace and tone to the earlier Rain novels, seems that Eisler reveals m..Show More »uch of his own personal experience in this novel which made the story very realistic and intimate, and we thank the author for sharing of himself and for his hard work in both writing and narration and look forward to his future novels.