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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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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!

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-07-16

What a difference great narration makes!

Winner Take All was originally published as Rain Storm with Brian Nishi narrating. I listened to Rain Storm three years ago and rated it 4 stars, but did nor write a review. With Barry Eisler, the author, doing the narration (and also retitling the novel) it is a much better listening experience. Winner Take All is a solid 5 star John Rain novel with Eisler doing the narration. Eisler now narrates all of his own books.

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A very good listen

These books are getting better and better.. to the extent that I have now started the next in the series.. I love the new chapters he introduces..

Overall.. a very good listen.

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Another great book in the series

Another great book in the series. Well written very good characters good storylines and plots. Definitely worth the time

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  • JC
  • 11-24-17

John Rain, Who Else?

I chose a 5-Star rating because this book truly deserves it. I would recommend it to fans of the John Rain series. I liked that this book successfully built upon what had happened to John Rain (previously) and showed character development laced with intrigue and plots within plots within subplots. The introduction of two new wonderful characters (a woman and a man) was a complete joy, as they helped to really elevate the story even more. Heck, you could write a book just on the woman alone. The different locations that are featured in the book were just great. I definitely enjoyed when folks “cornered” John Rain and he gave taste after taste of his fury. Sinfully good! I highly recommend this book.

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little plowing of new ground

Rain visits some different locales, all well described. New characters introduced. Otherwise, not much different than the previous installment. Rain is still a killer with a heart of gold. Eisler's narration is above average for an author.

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Another Great Listen!

Enjoyed listening. Great story line, full of suspense and the narrator always does a great performance.

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Barry did it gains!

This book is wonderful.a tale worthy of the type. This is the 3rd of the series read by the author. A really good series.

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It will always be Rain for me

very good listen so so Glad I found Barry Eisler. beautifully written action packed and the narration is out of this world. loved every minute of it.

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Outstanding Read!

Loved the book. Highly recommend , glad that the series has additional titles to buy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-17

Excellent Narration

Again, my review does not change much. For Eisler books . Excellent narration, characters, full book emersion .
Gifted book many times . I am NOT a writer , so with a review all I can say is ? for this style of book series, it is very good . I got brave and gave this book to people who have not lived in Japan , as I have . I can no longer see well enough to read a book and appreciate very highly good narration .
As always - I state Eisler is one of the very few , who can actually narrate his own books to a high standard . I never reccomend author narrated books . Eisler is the exception.