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A Lonely Resurrection (previously published as Hard Rain/Blood From Blood) (John Rain Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Barry Eisler
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Book Description

Previously published as Hard Rain and Blood from Blood

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.

A Lonely Resurrection was previously published as Hard Rain in the US and Blood From Blood in the UK, the second in the bestselling John Rain assassin series.

“... a superlative job... entertaining and suspenseful enough to keep you turning the pages as fast as your eyes can follow.”
—Chicago Sun Times


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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 2002 debut, Rain Fall. Once again Rain is working with, or at least parallel to, Tatsu, a wily veteran of Japan's FBI equivalent, who aims to cleanse the Japanese government of its systemic corruption. To further this goal, he's persuaded the ever-cautious Rain to take out Murakami, a brutal gangster and hitman who specializes in making his killings look like suicide, a specialty Rain thought was his alone. Liquidating the dangerous and elusive Murakami proves to be a difficult task, however, one that leads to personal loss for Rain, and sets the plot on course for a climax that hits with the power of a well-delivered roundhouse kick.

Eisler builds on Rain's self-enforced isolation and loneliness as he expertly shows the reader Tokyo as channeled by Chandler, transforming the burgeoning metropolis into a noir catacomb of dimly lit hostess bars, scheming bureaucrats, shadowy intelligence agents, and outlaw martial arts dojos where thugged-up yakuza train for illicit death matches.

While the plot becomes complicated toward the novel's conclusion, Rain is a refreshing and complex character whom readers will want to see return for another installment. If you've a yen for a thriller that mixes suspense, intrigue, and action with a Japanese flavor and a hardboiled American attitude, Eisler's Hard Rain is an excellent choice. --Benjamin Reese

From Publishers Weekly

Rain Fall (2002), Eisler's first book about Japanese-American Vietnam vet John Rain, a hired assassin for government agencies in Tokyo and Washington, worked so well that the author wisely decided to keep all the elements intact in this captivating follow-up. Once again, the nightscape of Tokyo is painted in beautifully dark tones, scored to the live jazz of the clubs where Rain drinks from a menu of expensive single malt whiskeys. Once again, Rain knows everything about the arts of killing and avoiding surveillance-from the sound a man's ribs make when he's crushed to death trying to lift too much weight to how to use a container of very hot tea to ruin a would-be pursuer's day. Once again Rain has to decide whether any of the people he's working for-the shrewd Tatsu, a veteran agent of Japan's FBI who seems to be dedicated to battling high-level corruption; various shady American CIA agents-are to be trusted. And once again, Rain realizes how alone he really is, despite the promise of love and companionship from a couple of very interesting women. "I had understood even as a child that to be half Japanese is to be half something else, and to be half something else is to be... chigatte. Chigatte, meaning `different,' but equally meaning `wrong.' The language, like the culture, makes no distinction." The plot itself is a complicated one about a CIA scheme called Crepuscular, designed to clean up-or possibly further corrupt-Japan's tangled mess of business and politics. Eisler acknowledges the help of experts in many areas, but it's his own impressive literary skills that make his John Rain such a fascinating, touching and wholly believable character.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeper and More complex than the original... September 24, 2003
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Rain Fall ended with several loose ends around, "But if X and Y happened, wouldn't Z happen too?" There were several character holes, and a few logical consequences that needed to be followed.
Would the bad guys really believe John Rain's fake death? What would happen to Midori? Wasn't Harry traceable?
The book opens up more of John Rain's character, showing both his strenghts and some more obvious weaknesses. (Why can't spies like him not shag every girl they meet?) It also closes several loose ends hanging over from previous books. We learn more about John Rain's ruthlessness, as well as which rules he's willing to bend, and which not.
The plot gets complex near the end. You're left with enough "But what about this?" items to guarantee another episode. (At least I hope so!) If there's one downside of the book, perhaps a few of the supporting charachters (particularly in the CIA) were not as believable as I'd expect.
The equisite writing of Tokyo life continues to capture the reader. It'll introduce you in a very realistic way to one of the world's great cities. If you've been there, this should bring back some great memories.
Enjoy!
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94 of 104 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware the title switch June 24, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was suckered into buying this as a new title. The information does not clearly disclose that this is the previously published "Hard Rain" under a different name. Very bad performance by both the author and publisher.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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"Unpredictability is the key to being a hard target, but the concept applies to both time and place... Seriously protecting yourself calls for the annihilation of ties with society, ties that most people need the way they need oxygen. You give up friends, family, romance. You walk through the world like a ghost, detached from the living around you."
"I made a point of visiting some of the places near Osaka that I knew I would never see again... I supposed it was strange to feel the urge to say goodbye to any of this. After all, none of it had ever been mine. I had understood even as a child that to be half Japanese is to be half something else, and to be half something else is to be ... chigatte meaning "different," but equally meaning "wrong." The language, like the culture, makes no distinction."
Some authors create a fictional world, and then milk it for everything it is worth - but not Barry Eisler. In only his second novel, HARD RAIN, Eisler's interest lies in telling a tale of a character, not plot. Interestingly, plot is almost non-existent in HARD RAIN - which makes this novel that much better. HARD RAIN is more an examination of character, of society, of relationships, of the connections between people than the usual plot-driven thriller in which the characters move about duex ex machina.
Make no mistake, John Rain is a fully formed character: plagued by doubts, uncertainty, melancholy, even age in a world where he is an assassin with little forgiveness for others no matter how important each might be in his own life. (The novel's title assumes multiple meanings, shadings, intent.) There are many scenes (not enough, in my opinion) wherein John Rain thinks, recalls, reflects, becomes wistful, even regretful; all very Zen, existential... for a killer.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ride August 19, 2003
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Format:Hardcover
I loved Hard Rain! I'm neither a professional nor an amateur book reviewer, and I do not pretend to be. I agree completely, however, with the glowing reviews this book is receiving. After reading Barry Eisler's first novel, Rain Fall, I was doubtful the sequal would hold up, especially since I expected the novelty to have worn off. Boy, was I wrong. Tokyo's nightlife, with its driving rythem and flavor, comes to life. For those, like me, who have never been there, we finish the book feeling as if we had. It is a real talent to make the average person piture themselves as Rain -- a killer afterall -- while reading this story. This book is exciting and great fun. Although I've never surfed, reading this book is like what I imagine the feeling is when a surfer catches that wave and rides it all the way into shore. It doesn't get any better than that.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning-Graphic violence and sex January 6, 2011
By Dashir
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This is the second Barry Eisler book I read as part of the Rain series. I had previously read Rain Fall and liked the story even though I had some reservations regarding the somewhat graphic violence and sex depicted. This book is quite good. However, I was again struck by the graphic depictions violence (pointedly-Rain is a cold blooded killer even if he is a somewhat likeable hero) and I also found the parts involving Rain's sexual encounters to be even more graphic. An example would be the detailed description of the lap dance Rain has with one of the other characters. Truthfully, I don't see how these accounts really add much to the overall story. I am not a prude it is just that there are going to be some out there who will purchase this book for the Kindle and be a little put off or shocked by what they find. This is definitely an ADULT book. Though I like the story itself and found Eisler's accounts of life in Tokyo quite intriquing I have decided not to read the rest of the series.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Same Rain, not as strong a plot as the debut May 14, 2008
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In this sequel to the first John Rain novel, the excellent, "Rain Fall," Anti-hero rain is forced into action again as his old nemisis Tatsu tracks him down and recruits him to take care of a very tough character.

Despite the fact that he's a hired killer who specializes in making his hits look like natural causes, Rain is a very complex individual who has his own rules of engagement. He's intelligent, appreciates fine things and is a connoisseur of cuisine, single malt Scotches and beautiful women. He's able to laugh, cry, regret, and act from loyalty, and these contradictions make him not only fascinating but also so likeable the reader can not help but root for him to come out on top.

In "Hard Rain," the overall reason for Rain's presence is not as clearly defined, the enemies don't seem larger than life as they did in the series debut, the intervals between action scenes are longer and although the author's depictions of Rain's careful stalks are as vivid and satisfying as ever, the action itself seems less hard-edged. Still, the enemies are plenty dangerous and Rain is at his most engaging as he fights to save Harry, his electronics-genius collaborator and friend, and come to terms with the loss of Midori, jazz singing daughter of a man Rain killed before they met. Despite its shortcomings, this is the kind of read you fly through, then start looking around to the next one in the series. Not quite a five star, though.

Art Tirrell is the author of the 2007 adventure "The Secret Ever Keeps."

"Simply put...the best underwater scenes I've ever read." - reviewer Meg W.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another thriller about a hit man
I was blown away by how good this book is. John Rain is a fascinating, complex protagonist, and he lives a remarkable life as a socially-isolated, paranoid assassin who comes... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Brent Nichols
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
Well thought out plot, erudite, clever prose, I have found a jewel. Highly recommended!
Published 2 days ago by george callanan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 8 days ago by Terrance Ashenfelter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
An assassin with a conscience and high moral standards combined with intelligence, superior combat skills and technical savvy. How could you not enjoy following his adventures. Read more
Published 10 days ago by A. Arabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new action hero
This is my second John Rain book and I can't wait to read the third. Each on has gotten better. Great great story, great locations, great action.
Published 11 days ago by Michael Berryhill
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, ending dull
Throughout this book, the intensity builds. The climax was a letdown. Disappointed the author could not have been more imaginative. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Louis R. Cabana
2.0 out of 5 stars Can't carry the interest
Not up to some of his other books. This one tends to get muddled down in the explanations of why . . . when explanations of assassins are superfluous.
Published 1 month ago by Craig Gardner
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Read, but going nowhere!
Interesting characters, locale, and plot ... but for the main character who appears to be going nowhere! Read more
Published 1 month ago by F. E. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I never hear of John Rain before?
I stumbled upon the first John Rain book about a month or so ago (A Clean Kill in Tokyo) and was shocked at how exciting it was. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pat.99
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Just love the books from Barry Eisler. His Charactor John Rain is developed very well and it is fun to follow him through the different stories!
Published 2 months ago by Danielv
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A Note On The New Titles

Why have I changed the titles of the Rain books? Simply because I've never thought the titles were right for the stories. The right title matters--if only because the wrong one has the same effect as an inappropriate frame around an otherwise beautiful painting. Not only does the painting not look good in the wrong frame; it will sell for less, as well. And if you're the artist behind the painting, having to see it in the wrong frame, and having to live with the suboptimal commercial results, is aggravating.

The sad story of the original Rain titles began with the moniker Rain Fall for the first in the series. It was a silly play on the protagonist's name, and led to an unfortunate and unimaginative sequence of similar such meaningless, interchangeable titles: Hard Rain, Rain Storm, Killing Rain (the British titles were better, but still not right: Blood from Blood for #2; Choke Point for #3; One Last Kill for #4). By the fifth book, I was desperate for something different, and persuaded my publisher to go with The Last Assassin, instead. In general, I think The Last Assassin is a good title, but in fairness it really has nothing to do with the story in the fifth book beyond the fact that there's an assassin in it. But it was better than more of Rain This and Rain That. The good news is, the fifth book did very well indeed; the bad news is, the book's success persuaded my publisher that assassin was a magic word and that what we needed now was to use the word assassin in every title. And so my publisher told me that although they didn't care for my proposed title for the sixth book--The Killer Ascendant--they were pleased to have come up with something far better. The sixth book, they told me proudly, would be known as The Quiet Assassin.

I tried to explain that while not quite as redundant as, say, The Deadly Assassin or The Lethal Assassin, a title suggesting an assassin might be notable for his quietness was at best uninteresting (as opposed to, say, Margret Atwood's The Blind Assassin, which immediately engages the mind because of the connection of two seemingly contradictory qualities). The publisher was adamant. I told them that if they really were hell-bent on using assassin in a title that otherwise had nothing to do with the book, couldn't we at least call the book The Da Vinci Assassin, or The Sudoku Assassin? In the end, we compromised on Requiem for an Assassin, a title I think would be good for some other book but is unrelated to the one I wrote--beyond, again, the bare fact of the presence of an assassin in the story.

Now that I have my rights back and no longer have to make ridiculous compromises about these matters, I've given the books the titles I always wanted them to have--titles that actually have something to do with the stories, that capture some essential aspect of the stories, and that act as both vessel and amplifier for what's most meaningful in the stories. For me, it's like seeing these books for the first time in the frames they always deserved. It's exciting, satisfying, and even liberating. Have a look yourself and I hope you'll enjoy them.

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Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "Best Of" lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. To learn more, please visit www.barryeisler.com. Or Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter.



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