Barry Eisler’s half-breed freelance assassin John Rain returns to Tokyo for a second outing in Hard Rain, the sequel to Eisler’s stunning debut, Rain Fall. 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. Summary and reviews of Hard Rain by Barry Eisler, plus links to a book excerpt from Hard Rain and author biography of Barry Eisler.
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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.
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rzin 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 barey even more fearsome than Rain himself–Rain knows he can’t All John Rain wants is to get out of the killing business.
So when an old nemesis from the Bargy 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. Kindle EditionNew Editionpages. Published February 5th by Barry Eisler first published July 14th To see barrj your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Lonely Resurrectionplease sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about A Lonely Resurrection. Lists with This Book. Feb 13, Andrew Smith rated it really liked it. But Tokyo is brought alive and a few bxrry layers are peeled off the John Rain onion. I am realising more and more what a complex and haunted man our anti-hero is. A convoluted plot, with the intrigue and complexity created by the actions of the various law enforcement agencies and underworld characters may or may not be your thing.
If not, I still believe these stories are multi-layered enough to fulfil most tastes. Rain is a fairly interesting character. I had this marked as having read it once before.
Must have been some time ago as it was all new to me. Jul 17, Daniel rated it liked it. I could accurately be labeled a ‘gorehound’ when it comes to movies. Give me viscera and splatter realized through practical effects, and I will crow with happiness. I’ve lost count of how many times I gave a resounding YES!
All of this said, there were moments when “Hard Rain” disturbed me. I’m not sure what it was.
I have read gobs of scenes in Full disclosure: I have read gobs of scenes in which someone puts the beat down on another person, sometimes to fatal effect. The way Eisler does it, though, got to me.
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When John Rain puts on the hurt, it freakin hurts to read about it. And Rain’s cool description of this punishment only adds to my heebie-jeebies.
Worst of all, Rain dispatches people whom he knows not at all. Somebody’s tailing him on the street and making him feel threatened? Someone challenges him to a sparring match? Based on the two books that I have read in this series, I see John Rain having two settings: Mortal Agony and Kill Kill Kill.
I did like this book. The plot is tangled up in other plots, and the nature of the enemy is unclear throughout. This is good espionage fiction that serves up healthy examples of the genre’s attractions. Rain’s asides about trade craft are nifty, and, yes, the action is exciting. Probably, I’ll wait awhile before stomaching book the third.
John Rain is a bad ass. Listened to this audiobook, read by Dick Hill who does a terrific job with pronouncing Japanese. At least it sounds authentic.
Eisler recreates an authentic Barru world and culture, at rakn the seamier side — apparently, as again, I have no experience with reality. But then, the book is a chimera, and creates a duality from contrast of Japanese culture Listened to this audiobook, read by Dick Hill who does a terrific job with pronouncing Japanese. But eislr, the book is a chimera, and eisoer a duality from contrast of Japanese culture with the protagonist, a paranoid can you really be paranoid if everyone is really after you?
That struck me as a substantial chink in his armor as his predilection for a particular artist. He also specializes in killing people so the result appears to be of natural or accidental provenance. One always wonders whether the intricate detail in books like this become prescriptions for some people. Eisler muses on Japanese political culture and the relationship between the United States and Japan. The CIA is also involved, running its own Iran Contra type of operation even setting up one of its own to take an Oliver North kind of fall.
As I read a particularly affecting scene as Rain recounts his first kill while a sniper in Vietnam, I realized that many of the aforementioned hitmen protagonists learned their trade in Vietnam and realized once out they had no marketable skills except killing, and that they had developed a particularly emotion-less view of life and death.
While one could read this as a standalone, I would recommend reading the first in the series, Rain Fallfor a better grounding in the back story of some of the characters.
Dec 31, Lance Charnes rated it liked it Recommends it for: The second installment of Eisler’s John Rain series offers more of the same, but less. The hit man-antihero is once again embroiled had the corruption and crime omnipresent in Eisler’s portrayal of Japan, once again caught between yakuza eislef one hand and the CIA on another, and once again finding inventive ways to kill the people who eislsr threats.
There is much double- and triple-dealing, skulking about in dark shadows, and conspiracy enough to spare. This is the good stuff. Where Hard Rain falls short of the series debut Rain Fall is in its subtle change in Rain’s portrayal. In the first novel, Rain was palpably a mortal man — very good at what he did, but fallable and certainly not indestructible indeed, he sustains significant injury in the finale.
This time around, Rain has become more of a killing machine, dispatching various targets without a great deal of either effort or reflection.
At no point are the outcomes of these encounters at all in doubt, which eislwr them of much potential tension.
The shortcomings of the first book also become more pronounced in this hhard If you enjoyed the series opener, you’ll probably like this one, perhaps not as much, though. If you’ve never encountered John Rain before, start with Rain Fall instead. I have another installment in the series Killing Rain queued up, hoping Rain will regain his humanity fisler reclaim the interest he held in Rain Fall.
Nov 15, Zoe and the Edge rated it it was raij Shelves: I liked the scenarios and Rain himself better in this one. The writing is overall eislsr intense. Rain uses everything in his box of tricks.
He doesn’t mind acting like a fool or suffering a little humiliation if it gets the job rin. He’s not uber-cool all the time. He’s direct and doesn’t put on unnecessary airs. His assessment of danger and opponents is logical and focused from a lifetime of experience. His ability to be such a normal person means that one of his greatest assets is that people I liked the scenarios and Rain himself better in this one. His ability to be such a normal person means that one of his greatest assets is barrg people underestimate him time and time again.
Naturally a part of me is shocked by Rain’s lack of sympathy, but the other part of me likes that Rain has the detached personality that one would expect from a hitman. His ruthlessness really is just practicality without feelings. I enjoy psychological musings and I appreciate that Rain employs them to full effect. The sensitivity in the relationships and dialogue is a treat.
I am very tempted to start up the next book in the series immediately, but I’ll save it May 06, Clark rated it really liked it Shelves: Another good one in the John Rain series, although I’ve been reading them out-of-order. I read this one under the name “Hard Rain” raij it is 2 of the John Rain series. I’ve now read 1 through 4. John Rain is a hard character to like. Hes a cold, calculating, killer for hire. Hes a bit of eksler paranoid. Hes basically someone you wouldn’t want to meet!
Barry Eislers writing is also sometimes hard to enjoy. Hes in love with Japan and takes you on a tour.