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.
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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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.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed the book, the first one was better, I am going to of course read the next books, I would recommend it, the characters are good, story is good, this one wasn't that great
Barry Eisler is my favorite reader, oh and he writes pretty good too! I'd recommend him to anyone.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The second book (this one) is even better than the first. The bad guy in this book was as great as Avi Bachmann in the John Milton series. After reading the entire John Milton series by Mark Dawson, I didn’t think I’d be able to find something as awesome. This is where Barry Eisler’s John Rain steps in. What a phenomenal series! I recommend this book to folks who like intrigue and skilled operatives who operate best in the shadows.
Almost abandoned this one when I realized it was read by the author. Eisler comes off as attempting to shake the Earth with his novel. However, once sped up to 1.25 or so, it is quite listenable.
Starts out well, though one has to swallow the hired killer with a heart of gold trope in order to proceed. Author uses an expansive vocabulary and provides much detail about Japan, especially various parts of Tokyo. Story doesn't maintain velocity and the violent encounters become predictable and underwhelming. Subtracting the "love" story and the sex scenes would have not done any harm to this effort. I may follow up on the next in the series to see if it gets better.
I have enjoyed every book by Barry Eisler and as long as he writes and narrates them I will continue to be a fan.
good insight into the issues that Japan is struggling with today and how they compare with the issues in other developed countries around the world.
Another great Rain novel. Great performance by the author and great story line filled with good plot twists and realistic tradecraft.
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.
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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 .
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.