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.
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.
"Better the second time around"
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!
The other John Rain books, the Gray Man books (Greaney),Victor the Assassin (Woods) and the El Ray books (Blake).
Excellent job narrating. He brings his characters to life.
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.
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.
"Issues in Japan"
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.
"Hard Rain Redux"
Another great Rain novel. Great performance by the author and great story line filled with good plot twists and realistic tradecraft.
"Engaging, instructive, and a bargain!"
Among the best series I've read or listened to. Notice how inexpensive they are.
I wrote an enthusiastically positive and extended review for Book 1: "Clean Kill in Tokyo."
Eisler is a smart and accomplished guy. Checkout his website and his Wikipedia bio.
"As gripping as Frederick Forsythe"
Barry Eisler matches his writing and story telling skills with excellent narration. Through out all of his books, Eisler keeps his stories fresh and John Rain interesting.
I could not put it down! The way he describes the violent actions was very descriptive and scary.
I truly enjoy this series can't stop listening to them! Suspense, intrigue and a "killer" sorry line really make this book!
"Rain Seems Softer In This One Until....."
I liked that we got to see the softer side of John Rain. He winds up helping his friend in the Tokyo FBI and getting even with the other side for some of their bad works. I think the back and forth between Rain and his 'friends' made the story more touching. You keep hoping that he is going to change.
When Rain goes to the aid of Naomi, the dancer he met and ultimately gets injured himself.
John Rain of course. Barry Eisler is a good narrator. Who would think the author could also make the reading so good.
It made me sad in places because John Rain sounds so alone and sad and unable to do anything about his situation. I keep hoping.
"I'm totally hooked!"
The emerging trust between "Tots", the young CIA chief (I don't know how to spell his name and I probably didn't spell "Tots" correctly either) and John Rain. It gives him some sort of support system in his ghost-like existence.
Only the other books in the John Rain series. These books are unique.
Yes, and I rally like them. For someone who didn't have a background as a professional narrator he does really well with altering his voice and being able to characterize both women's and men's voices as well as different ages. It surprised me! Who better than the author to put the feelings and knowledge of his subject into words? Also, his personal knowledge of Japan and the language enables him to pronounce the place names and language exchanges between characters perfectly.
I would have liked to, because it was hard to stop listening. But they are way too long to listen to in one sitting. That is actually good, because I look forward to picking up where I left off, the next day. I'm sure I will listen to these books again and again because there is so much detail to the stories.
I came across books 4,5, and 6 at my library audiobook section. I was hooked right from the start but the library didn't have any others. I knew that Audible would. I'm not usually into novels about assassins, but there is so much more to these books than just that. I've learned so much about the Japanese culture, the changes that are happening there, the traditions that are disappearing and so much more. Also, the characters aren't stagnant from book to book. They grow and change, they make mistakes that they regret or that they learn from. The author has such insight into human nature and is so knowledgeable about how bureaucrats align with big business and crime syndicates to enrich themselves and manipulate other governments. Although these are fiction novels, they ring very true to what we see going on worldwide. After listening to the 3 books of the series, mentioned above, I am now going back to the beginnings of John Rain's story and then will go on past there. They just get better and better!
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