A Lonely Resurrection

John Rain, Book 2
Narrated by: Barry Eisler
Series: John Rain, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,432 ratings)

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All John Rain wants is to get out of the killing business. But with his discretion, his reliability, and his unique talent for death by "natural causes," no one is willing to let him just retire. So when an old nemesis from the Japanese national police force comes to him with a new job - eliminate Murakami, a killer even more fearsome than Rain himself - Rain knows he can't refuse. Aided by an achingly desirable half Brazilian, half Japanese exotic dancer he knows he shouldn't trust, Rain pursues his quarry through underground no-holds-barred fight clubs, mobbed-up hostess bars, and finally into the heart of a shadow war between the CIA and the yakuza. It's a war Rain can't win, but also one he can't afford to lose - a war where the distinctions between friend and foe and truth and deceit are as murky as the rain-slicked streets of Tokyo.

©2003, 2013 Barry Eisler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Originally published as Hard Rain in 2003.

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Better the second time around

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Without a doubt! I have now relistened to all of the John Rain books. I really like this series a lot. I had previously listened to a couple of them by a different narrator and was not to impressed with the books but with Eisler narrating they are fantastic. I can not believe the difference. I had originally found them to drag but I do believe that was due totally to the narrator. These books really move right along at a fast pace. WOW!

What other book might you compare A Lonely Resurrection to and why?

The other John Rain books, the Gray Man books (Greaney),Victor the Assassin (Woods) and the El Ray books (Blake).

What about Barry Eisler’s performance did you like?

Excellent job narrating. He brings his characters to life.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this series now that they have been rereleased with the author narrating. They are at a lower price then they had been previously and are a much better listen.

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Not as good as the first one in the series

This book is true to John Rain but it really dragged in the middle. Also I understand why Eisler reads his own novels with all the Japanese phraseology , but his voice makes me doze off. Also he tends to read faster to express action and I find that annoying. The story line is okay but nothing exceptional. I will be taking a break from John Rain after this one.

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Wish there were more stars to give.

Barry Eisler not only has serious chops as a writer, his narration skills are on par with Scott Brick. Finding this series of audio books has been like Christmas in March.

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A talented writer and narrator

Rarely does a great writer ALSO make a terrific narrator. Barry Eisler is the best in the business in both regards. This series is brutal, honest and incredibly well written. The John Rain and Livia Lone series are about as real as it gets in the world of modern intrigue, murder and espionage. Get the first book and you'll be hooked!

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First author

In 20 years have never found the author of their book capable of quality narration...
Until now my # one narrator was Lou Diamond Phillips...
You are authentic, talented, able to wear many hats...GREAT JOB!

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Hard Rain

A Lonely Resurrection was originally published with the title Hard Rain, but like several other novels in the John Rain series it was later republished with a new title. Eisler also changed the narrator of the Audible editions to himself when he retitled the books. Eisler is an excellent narrator, but not significantly better than the prior one (Brian Nishii).

My review style here is to give my impression of the book without spoiling the plot. As such my reviews tend to be shorter than many.

John Rain results from the marriage of a Japanese father and American mother, but physically he looks Japanese. He served in the US military and later becomes a killer for hire. This book is the second in Eisler's John Rain series. After finishing his assignment in Book 1 he is dissatisfied with his life and is seeking to move permanently to Brazil, but he has some matters that he must complete before the move. The task proves difficult/impossible.

Barry Eisler writes good thrillers, but in my opinion he s in the second tier of modern action thriller writers. The first tier includes Brad Thor, Karin Slaughter, Lee Child, Vince Flynn, Daniel Silva, Mark Greaney, Louise Penny, Mark Dawson, Brett Battles, Ben Coes, Brad Taylor, Chuck Barrett, Dalton Fury, Brad Metzler, Bob Mayer,Don Winslow, James Rollins, Nelson DeMille, Lisa Gardner, Marc Cameron, Michael Koryta, Thomas Perry, Alex Barenson, Brian Haig, and others.

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Shows Great Knowledge of Japan

I have read, "listened on Audible" to a number of Barry Eisler books and have found them all to be well written, interesting, fast moving, and well narrated by the author himself. I am truly amazed by the author's knowledge and familiarity with Japanese society, I have only seen a similar knowledge of Japan in James Clavell's "Shogun" and Arthur Golden's "Memoir of a Geisha". This particular book was written in 2003, so it is a bit dated in some respects, nonetheless the various characters and places in the story are well developed and memorable. I only gave it four stars because the book seemed to lack some of the depth of his later books, but it definitely is worth reading.

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Thrilling 💛

Barry writes using an economy of words. He's concise, starkly descriptive, unpredictable, sobering and exacting, providing fast paced thrilling reading and listening.
This book is wonderfully educative on Japanese culture, martial arts Osaka and Tokyo itself.
I could happily listen to him narrating all day long and that's what I did.
This is my second Barry Eisler book, I'm pleased to have found this talented author and narrator.

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Disappointed

B E books are expected to be graphic and violent in
nature, but this particular book was disappointing with the depiction of the American pitbull terrier and the killing of the dog. Keep the story line based on the real animals who make the decisions for themselves to do harm. Definitely not a book i would recommend . Sorry Porter, Woody, Wobble and Britt. We know that your Wiggly, love hippos.

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Read all the books, now can't decide...

...which I enjoy more.
Excellent!You almost SEE Japan through the narrative.
There is at least one movie based on the series: Rain Fall
Three of the best Actors in the world! Kippei Shîna, Gary Oldman, Kyoko Hasegawa
Read the series, listen to the series AND watch the movie!
Will. Not. Disappoint!

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  • Joe Goodlad
  • 08-28-15

John Rain

I have gain a new appreciation for this character. I left John Rain after it became a formulaic.
My kind of anti-hero is a character who understands what he is and behaves accordingly.
Only other characters I have enjoyed immensely is Jack Reacher and Mitch Rapp. What adds to that enjoyment is the narrator George Guidal gave these characters life. I hate when a narrator changes. Barry Eisler is John Rain and I commend him for John Rain.
Thanks...

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  • Rob Roy
  • 08-06-19

Superb thriller

Top notch John Rain thriller. Superb descriptions, well informed and at times beautifully phrased. Excellent narration by the author. I will likely be reading and listening to Barry Eisler's novels very frequently over the next few weeks methinks.

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  • Mike T.
  • 09-19-18

Good book - great narration.

Again one of the very best author narrations I've listened to.
Again a very detailed and ambience thick Tokyo backdrop.
Again very violent. To be expected. I'm not disapproving.
Again (and increasing) political themes driving the action. Not sure I approve that much...
Will continue to follow this series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-17

Excellent Narration and Story Imersion

As always , Barry Eisler narrates excellently .
His writing emerses you into the story and places , the ideas and feelings of characters .
Although I have lived in Japan and understand , I have been brave and reccomended this series to many , many Aussies , who have not , and gifted the books frequently. Once your hooked , you are hooked .
My problem ? I would have to write the exact same review for every book .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-17

Great story exceptionally told

All round great storytelling. Enjoyed listening to the book from start to finish. A spy / undercover / conspiracy story as good as I've experienced reading the likes of Robert Ludlum. A real page turner or listener, in this case.