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All John Rain wants is to get out of the killing business But with his discretion his reliability and his uniue 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 fearso. I'm on a real Barry Eisler spree at the moment; I've read three books in the Livia Lone series love them and this second book in the John Rain series read the first one some time ago but forgot how much I enjoyed itAll of these are fast paced hard hitting super violent high action books and I'm really loving Eisler's styleI love the details about tacticsweapons and the blow by blow account of how Rain gets the upper hand in a seemingly unwinnable situation Help me but I really like the problem solving elementThere is some character assessmentbackground which gives the story a little depth and I do want to find out about what happens to John but any emotions explored are of the rawreactionaryinstinct kind rather than complex lovey stuffwhich suits me just fine I love the Tokyo setting tooI understand there will be some crossover between John Rain Livia Lone so I'm looking forward to thatThis was a very satisfying and entertaining read if you are into actionthrillers audio recommended

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Me than Rain himself Rain knows he can't refuseAided by an achingly desirable half Brazilian half Japanese exotic dancer he knows he shouldn't trust Rain pursues his uarry 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 I. Listened to this audiobook read by Dick Hill who does a terrific job with pronouncing Japanese At least it sounds authentic Not having any clue I wouldn’t know but the perception of authenticity is as good as reality And of course I’ll misspell all the names Eisler recreates an authentic Japanese world and culture at least 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 with the protagonist a paranoid can you really be paranoid if everyone is really after you assassin hired by a government spook Tatsu his former nemesis to undertake some selective murder but it’s all in a good cause Rain spends most of his time and effort in avoiding detection and circumventing security devices and people a life which seems devoid of entertainment and here Rain is different from Parker and uarry and Thomas Perry’s nameless assassin except for his love of piano jazz That struck me as a substantial chink in his armor as his predilection for a particular artist Midori daughter of one of Rain’s previous hits would imply easy entry into his world Nevertheless Eisler’s description of Rain’s world is rich and revealing of Japanese cultural differencesRain has his own code no children or women and the targets must be principals not just “to send a message” and few friends whom he trusts one being Harry the electronics genius who figures prominently in this story 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 Here one of Japan’s top policemen is embarked on a personal crusade to eliminate corruption yet as Rain points out Japan’s true power lies in the bureaucracy and politicians are merely paid lip service 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 The plot is complicated with numerous subplots all nicely tied together by Tokyo’s ambianceAs 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 deathMy sole complaint would be the the writingreading descriptions of hand to hand combat and extreme violence are hardly credible as they often border on caricature While one could read this as a standalone I would recommend reading the first in the series Rain Fall for a better grounding in the back story of some of the characters

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T'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 a superlative job entertaining and suspenseful enough to keep you turning the pages as fast as your eyes can follow Chicago Sun Times. I liked the scenarios and Rain himself better in this one The writing is overall 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 done 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 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 feelingsI enjoy psychological musings and I appreciate that Rain employs them to full effect The sensitivity in the relationships and dialogue is a treat Rain's friendenemy Tatsu is present in this book and he adds a good dynamic to the storylineVerdict I am very tempted to start up the next book in the series immediately but I'll save it


10 thoughts on “Hard Rain

  1. says:

    I'm on a real Barry Eisler spree at the moment; I've read three books in the Livia Lone series love them and this second book in the John Rain series read the first one some time ago but forgot how much I enjoyed itAll of these are fast paced hard hitting super violent high action books and I'm really loving Eisler's styleI love the details about tacticsweapons and the blow by blow account of how Rain gets the upper hand in a seemingly unwinnable situation Help me but I really like the problem solving elementThere is some character assessmentbackground which gives the story a little depth and I do want to find out about what happens to John but any emotions explored are of the rawreactionaryinstinct kind rather than complex lovey stuffwhich suits me just fine I love the Tokyo setting tooI understand there will be some crossover between John Rain Livia Lone so I'm looking forward to thatThis was a very satisfying and entertaining read if you are into actionthrillers audio recommended


  2. says:

    This is the second in the series of books featuring John Rain the AmericaJapanese soldier turned freelance assassin This time Rain is up to his neck in a complex web featuring an underground fight club and a collection of some of the most unpleasant characters you’ll ever wish not to meet You’ll have to keep your wits about while it plays out as a multitude of interlinking characters created for me a foggy plot But Tokyo is brought alive and a few layers are peeled off the John Rain onion I am realising and what a complex and haunted man our anti hero isThe descriptions of Rain’s journey of self discovery his interactions and the expert way the action scenes are laid out are the real strengths of this series 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 it is then Eisler’s career history ensures there’s plenty of authentic detail If not I still believe these stories are multi layered enough to fulfil most tastes I’ll certainly be going back for another helping


  3. says:

    Full disclosure 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 in the middle of movie theater while others cringed from the gory spectacle on screen the last time was during oh yes PrometheusAll of this said there were moments when Hard Rain disturbed meI'm not sure what it was 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 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? Dead Someone challenges him to a sparring match? Bone break Based on the two books that I have read in this series I see John Rain having two settings Mortal Agony and Kill Kill KillI 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 excitingProbably I'll wait awhile before stomaching book the third


  4. says:

    I liked that it was set in Japan apparently was accurate both geographically in many other instances Rain is a fairly interesting character I enjoyed it but it's pretty much another assassin thriller I guess not terribly memorable I had this marked as having read it once before Must have been some time ago as it was all new to me


  5. says:

    Listened to this audiobook read by Dick Hill who does a terrific job with pronouncing Japanese At least it sounds authentic Not having any clue I wouldn’t know but the perception of authenticity is as good as reality And of course I’ll misspell all the names Eisler recreates an authentic Japanese world and culture at least 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 with the protagonist a paranoid can you really be paranoid if everyone is really after you? assassin hired by a government spook Tatsu his former nemesis to undertake some selective murder but it’s all in a good cause Rain spends most of his time and effort in avoiding detection and circumventing security devices and people a life which seems devoid of entertainment and here Rain is different from Parker and uarry and Thomas Perry’s nameless assassin except for his love of piano jazz That struck me as a substantial chink in his armor as his predilection for a particular artist Midori daughter of one of Rain’s previous hits would imply easy entry into his world Nevertheless Eisler’s description of Rain’s world is rich and revealing of Japanese cultural differencesRain has his own code no children or women and the targets must be principals not just “to send a message” and few friends whom he trusts one being Harry the electronics genius who figures prominently in this story 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 Here one of Japan’s top policemen is embarked on a personal crusade to eliminate corruption yet as Rain points out Japan’s true power lies in the bureaucracy and politicians are merely paid lip service 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 The plot is complicated with numerous subplots all nicely tied together by Tokyo’s ambianceAs 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 deathMy sole complaint would be the the writingreading descriptions of hand to hand combat and extreme violence are hardly credible as they often border on caricature While one could read this as a standalone I would recommend reading the first in the series Rain Fall for a better grounding in the back story of some of the characters


  6. says:

    John Rain is a bad ass Good series


  7. says:

    John Rain has left Tokyo and is contemplating giving up his role as an assassin when the head of the police asks him to do a job which leads to another favor kill another assassin This new target is highly dangerous and it seems the few friends John has left are wrapped up in the danger I listened to the audio version and it's well done The author is the narrator and seems to know a lot about the Japanese language and culture Because I find that subject interesting it doesn't bother me that the author sometimes explains things in detail than might be necessary I am also becoming rather fond of John Rain's character as he develops Poor John suffers some loses in this book that I think will bother him in the next one I look forward to seeing if he makes any new relationships in the next book that will ease his loneliness


  8. says:

    The second installment of Eisler's John Rain series offers of the same but less The hit man antihero is once again embroiled in the corruption and crime omnipresent in Eisler's portrayal of Japan once again caught between yakuza on one hand and the CIA on another and once again finding inventive ways to kill the people who become threats There is much double and triple dealing skulking about in dark shadows and conspiracy enough to spare This is the good stuffWhere 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 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 leaches them of much potential tension The shortcomings of the first book also become pronounced in this one name checking districts in Tokyo isn't the same thing as showing us those places; the endless menu of high end whiskey makes connoisseurship tedious; and his conuests of women half his age continue unabatedIf 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 ueued up hoping Rain will regain his humanity and reclaim the interest he held in Rain Fall


  9. says:

    I liked the scenarios and Rain himself better in this one The writing is overall 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 done 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 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 feelingsI enjoy psychological musings and I appreciate that Rain employs them to full effect The sensitivity in the relationships and dialogue is a treat Rain's friendenemy Tatsu is present in this book and he adds a good dynamic to the storylineVerdict I am very tempted to start up the next book in the series immediately but I'll save it


  10. says:

    This is a really great read I highly recommend it If you haven't read the first John Rain thriller A Clean Kill In Tokyo I advise you to open that up first It gives a lot of background as to who Rain is who Harry is and who Midori is This book picks up where the first leaves off John Rain is an a former Vietnam War commando who grew up in both Japan and in the states He is also a deadly assasin The book details his life underground and the links from his past that lead him out into dangerous waters There is spy stuff political intrigue judo mixed martial arts hostess clubs and blackmail It's John rain against the whole Tokyo underworld As with the first Rain book this one takes the reader on a journey into the depths of Tokyo a place that I for the first time find fascinating