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Hard Rain: A Thriller Hardcover – February 23, 2010

4.0 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
Book 3 of 6 in the Vin Cooper Series

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Starred Review. Maj. Vin Cooper, a special agent, or internal affairs cop, for the United States Air Force office of special investigations, and special agent Anna Masters, who recently broke up with Vin and is now swinging from the chandelier for some attorney from the JAG corps, deal with one lethal threat after another in Rollins's rip-roaring third novel to feature the tough, wisecracking Cooper (after The Death Trust and A Knife Edge). Vin and Anna have come to Istanbul to investigate the murder of Col. Emmet Portman, the U.S. air attaché to Turkey, who's been chopped into small pieces and laid out like a model airplane kit that requires assembly. As the pair seek answers in Turkey and later Paris and Iraq, they leave behind a lot of bodies, both friend and foe. The convoluted trail leads them to a plot involving many countries, none of which has America's best interests at heart. The exciting, violent ending promises more thrills to come. (Mar.)
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The gruesome murder of a U.S. attaché in Istanbul pits Special Agent Vin Cooper against the military establishment in this latest thriller from the popular Australian author (The Death Trust, 2007). The meticulous detail at the crime scene—the victim was carefully dismembered—suggests the work of more than one individual, but matters are complicated further when bones from the first victim turn up at the site of another grisly murder. Forced to work with an ex-girlfriend, stranded in a country where he has to learn the culture, and not knowing whom to trust, Cooper finds himself in way over his head, especially when the possibility of a wide-reaching international conspiracy is revealed. Tense and intriguing from the first page, the novel is driven not only by building suspense but also by a compelling new thriller hero. Cooper shows more personality than either Clancy’s Jack Ryan or Ludlum’s Jason Bourne, but he will definitely appeal to their fans. --Jeff Ayers

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553805363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553805369
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,610,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John O. Raab on March 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When first introduced to "Hard Rain"--the latest installment to the Vin Cooper series--I had no idea what to expect. Assuming that the book was going to be a typical military thriller was a huge mistake on my part. I never imagined that from the first few pages I would become glued to the book, racing along with Cooper and his partner as they met one disastrous situation after another.

When the US attaché to Turkey is murdered in gruesome fashion, Air Force Special Agent Vin Cooper and his partner--and ex-lover--Special Agent Anna Masters are tasked with solving the crime. In a foreign country, with little to go on and clear communication barriers, Vin and Masters do their best to keep the trail from drying up. The discovery of another body with ties to the US attaché seems to be a hopeful step in solving the crimes. However, as Vin and Masters soon discover nothing is straightforward in this case and trusting anyone could be life-changing mistake.

Overflowing with quick wit, sharp sarcasm and unanticipated jokes had me often stifling the giggles as the marriage between comedy and danger blend perfectly. With a staggering ending, even a reading warrior couldn't have anticipated, Rollins has produced an international gem. This book is proof positive that you should never judge one by its cover.

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This is an overly long book. Fortunately, Rollins writes well enough to hold interest. I read stories like these on my Kindle reader to fall asleep at night, so something too exciting won't work. However, there are some seriously scary moments with a few well-drawn nefarious characters that held my interest.

The author insults our intelligence when he takes the protagonists from near death to captivity, right back to action with little pause. It was ludicrous.

But the true intention of the author doesn't come into play until about the last third of the book. He displays a serious anti-Israel bias with hideous psychopathic killers, whose actions we see early in the book, as agents of Israel and former Mossad agents. These people and their cohorts think nothing of actions that cause childhood birth defects, the deaths of innocents, and other nefarious actions, to get to Iran to stop their nuclear development. All with the approval of Israel.

Rollins has the right to write what and how he likes. I have the right to never pay to support his work, which I'll gladly take.
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Investigating the murder of a U.S. attaché to Turkey, 34 year old Vin Cooper, a wise-cracking and humorous Special Agent, teams up with former lover, Anna Masters, to uncover a shadowy organization dedicated to toppling certain powers in the Middle East.
This is actually the first David Rollins novel I've read and found it to be both exciting and entertaining. Some of the situations that Vin Cooper and Anna Masters put themselves in seemed a bit ignorant, but they always seemed to get out of it. It's a little over the top but it's still a great ride. I liked the writing style and the humor. This author will go on my list.
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Much better than book #2 in the series. A very complex plot with a whole lot going on that keeps you on your toes. The ending (I won't ruin for you) leaves something to be desired though. I have become a big fan of David Rollins and his Vin Cooper character, I hope he is around for many more books to come. You could do far worse than taking the time to read this series if you like the spy/cop/military genre. I am now reading book #4 in the series, Ghost Watch. I will keep you posted on my thoughts.
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"Hard Rain", the third book in David Rollins' "Vin Cooper" series, was the first Rollins book I ever read, and it was pretty enjoyable. I particularly liked the conflicting aspects of Vin Cooper's personality. You see, Cooper is a longtime member of the U.S. Air Force, making him one tough, pro-military guy. But he works as an Internal Affairs officer in the Air Force, so he's also well aware, via his many investigations, that military personnel don't always do the right thing. Thus, the patriotic and cynical sides of Cooper's personality, often at odds with one another, make for interesting reading.

The main story here concerns the investigation by Cooper and his fellow investigator (and ex-significant other) Anna Masters into the apparent serial killing of the U.S. military attache to Turkey, who's found cut up into little pieces. The facts soon suggest, however, that there might be more to the attache's death than him simply being the victim of a bizarre ritualistic killer, especially when subsequent deaths occur involving other figures in the attache's sphere of influence.

Things move along nicely, with the investigation being supported by some good action, as well as a couple of spicy subplots involving a new romance for Vin and Vin's annoyance at Anna's new love, who Vin thinks is a creep. Also keeping things engaging is Vin's sarcastic attitude about just about everything (especially lawyers), and the frequent and pretty funny jokes he tells (again, especially about lawyers). Finally, there's also a related plotline, compelling yet sad, about yet another way the U.S. government is perhaps not properly protecting and caring for U.S. service people serving or recently home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
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