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Zero Sum Audiobook

Zero Sum

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Publisher's Summary

Returning to Tokyo in 1982 after a decade of mercenary work in the Philippines, a young John Rain learns that the killing business is now controlled by Victor, a half-Russian, half-Japanese sociopath who has ruthlessly eliminated all potential challengers. Victor gives Rain a choice: kill a government minister or die a grisly death. But the best route to the minister is through his gorgeous Italian wife, Maria, a route that puts Rain on a collision course not only with Victor but with the shadowy forces behind the Russian's rise to dominance - and the longings of Rain's own conflicted heart.

It's a battle between kingpin and newcomer, master and apprentice, a zero-sum contest that can only end with one man dead and the other the world's foremost assassin.

©2017 Barry Eisler (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 06-28-17
    shelley Raleigh, NC 06-28-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Welcome back John Rain!"

    Oh Thank You Barry Eisler! I've been hoping that John Rain would make an appearance at some point and that the author hadn't given him up. Since he has been writing some other really good stand alone books I was curious if Rain had been retired.
    Anyway back to this book. Basically this book is about John Rain being set up. He's given a difficult assignment of killing a politician by an unbalanced Russian ex spetznaz who is being used by an ex CIA honcho working the wrong side now. The plan is to have Rain complete the job based on intelligence provided by them and they will kill him afterward.
    It's very interesting to listen to his introspective examination of his situation and his calculations of how he he will counterattack and his anxiety over whether he can pull it off. This being a much younger John Rain, he has not yet honed his skills to the lethal weapon he will become.
    I think Eisler does a fantastic job narrating his own books.
    This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
    If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
    Thank You.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Techdiverdown Denver, Colorado United States 08-08-17
    Techdiverdown Denver, Colorado United States 08-08-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Not quite up to par with the other books"

    For whatever reason I found this book hard to finish. It's a cerebral thriller, well written and the narration is fine. The story just seems to drag and at times the dialog is oh so boring. Too little action for this character.

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    Amazon Customer 07-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Love my Barry"

    This wonderful production has many smiling, then fast-paced thrilling/scary moment.. TONS of all sorts of info to educate and elucidate us all

    Totally wonderful way to drive to and from orlando on a cpl weekend afternoons

    Barry, WRITE ON

    LOVE LOVE LOVE

    BEKKI SHANKLIN

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    pbbelly 07-25-17
    pbbelly 07-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Another fantastic Rain story!"

    I really enjoyed this Rain book. Mr. Eisler is an exceptionally talented author AND narrator!

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    Amazon Customer 07-18-17 Member Since 2017

    Teen Writing Teacher

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    "Eisler is the Best Narrator for hosting Books"

    Eisler's pronunciation of Japanese (maybe with a hint of American accent) is certainly a plus. It's nice to have Rain as. "player" again instead of wanting to quit all of the time. It gives the books that take place later in time more depth.

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    Nellene 07-15-17
    Nellene 07-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "When the Rain began"

    I have not read that many John Rain books, but I always like to know where things got started. This is a good one for background. Eisler gives enough history, without boring the reader, and writes a very good story at that.
    Another thing I love, is the fact that the book is written in 80's. I always think that spies and crooks alike had to be a lot clever before all the technology we are overwhelmed with today, while at the same time they had more opportunities to get away with stuff.
    I loved the story as well as the performance and I hope to read, or listen to, many more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rick 07-14-17
    rick 07-14-17
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    "The best of this genre"

    I can't think of another author who can get into a character's head and express their feelings like Eisler. Serious thoughts, strategy, humor, etc.
    I listen to two to three books per month. Eisler is the best in my opinion. His narration is spot on.
    We need more of the same more often!

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    L.W. 07-13-17
    L.W. 07-13-17

    Say something about yourself!

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    "John Rain, I just can't help loving him"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Zero Sum to be better than the print version?

    I am blind. I have no idea. But I love Barry Eisler's narration


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Rain has become my favorite character of well, maybe always. I am not sure. It was odd for me as this book goes back to when he and Tot's were together. That was poignant.
    I wish you could keep John Rain books coming for the rest of my life. I know Barry Eisner has other stories in him but I just have such an attachment to Rain.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I find questions like this pointlessa


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it


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    Alan 07-10-17
    Alan 07-10-17
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    "One of my favorite series"

    I have listened to or read the entire John Rain series. Eisler's writing, character development, and plot lines are all excellent. This book is no exception. But, he should give away the narration. One of the main characters in this book is an Italian woman. Eisler is absolutely horrible at managing her voice and accent. I winced whenever it was her turn to speak.

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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 07-08-17
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 07-08-17 Member Since 2012

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    "John Rain Back in Tokyo--Back in 1982"

    I was thrilled to see a new John Rain novel. This one was a bit disappointing in that we didn't learn anything new about what made Rain become an assassin. His connection to Tatsu was poignant and we know that in the future they remain 'friends.' You can't help feeling sorry for Rain because he feels like he can never have a permanent relationship with a woman. Maybe he is right but Maria certainly lights his fire. I find listening to the author read his own words very revealing. Mr. Eisler skill as a writer is beyond compare and he is an excellent narrator. This books left me wanting more and I hope there will be more revealing novels coming along. A character like John Rain is too good to not continue his story.

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    8/2/17
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    "Brilliant"

    Once again a fantastic story, and amazing audio. Barry has an amazing voice and his stories are gripping

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  • H. M. Markham
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    "Great book filling in interesting background."

    Barry Eisler has now established himself as best narrator of his own audiobooks. Story some interesting background about how Rain developed as the go to man for lethal dark ops.

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