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Killing Rain Mass Market Paperback – June 6, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
In this latest novel, John Rain runs around Hong Kong, Manila, and Thailand searching for his latest victim - an Israeli explosives expert under the protection of the CIA. Who better to create an "accidental" death than John Rain. It's a busy ride, where the hunter and hunted are ambiguous, elusive loyalties are tested and you never know what turn is coming next. The climax is strong, but leaves you breathlessly waiting for the next one. (More Caffiene for Mr. Eisler - one a year is a fast pace, but we'd like them even quicker!)
Similar to previous books in the series, you'll finish this one within a day or two of buying it. (I picked it up at a signing on Friday and finished it by the following Monday) It's just too hard to put down.
One suggestion for the reader is to start with book one (Rain Fall) if you're really interested in the series. You can read this one standalone, but the history of Rain as well as the context of his personal changes play out over multiple novels. This is not as purely episodic as the James Bond series.
I really hope someone acts on the option to put this series on the big screen. Beat Takeshi - are you listening???
Through a intermediary, a gorgeous Israeli intelligence agent who specializes in seduction to serve her country, Rain is hired to kill an Israeli who sells knowledge of explosives to terrorists. Rain has acquired a sort-of partner, known as Dox (as in "unorthodox"), a large, verbose American. Dox's specialty is as a sniper.
The two track down the target, Manny, to Manilla and in Rain's typically painstaking (and thrilling way) set the scene for his demise. The ambush goes wrong and among the dead are two men who might be CIA agents. Rain's concern for Manny's young son is what makes the assination go wrong. Rain has scruples: he isn't just anyone's murderer.
The beauty of reading Eisler is that he takes you into the very complex mind of John Rain and some of the people he interacts with. Their is Deliah, the beautiful Israel agent. Dox who appears to be superficial, but is not. Even with minor characters, Eisler manages to evoke depth in them.
The action moves from the Phillipines to China and is unrelenting. Now Rain and Dox are being hunted by the Israelis and a mysterious organization that may or may not be connected to the CIA.
It never stops. Eisler keeps pouring it on and Rain keeps thinking and thinking.Read more ›
Rain is hired by the Mossad to eliminate an Israeli arms dealer operating in Manila. At the crucial moment, though, the target's young son appears on the scene, causing Rain to freeze. The arms merchant escapes and Rain's hesitation haunts him, his conscience plaguing him for the first time with self-doubt.
After three action-packed adventures, culminating in last year's stand-out Rain Storm, Eisler has taken his latest book in a slightly different direction, focusing less on the adrenaline, and more on the psyche of John Rain. The result is a more introspective and deeply nuanced story, and a richer look into the heart and mind of this compelling killer.
Even given that change of focus, Killing Rain still features plenty of thrills and tense moments, as well as the beautifully rendered exotic settings that have become the series' trademark. All in all, Killing Rain is a satisfying step forward for one of the genre's most gifted writers.
This novel takes Rain to Manila, Bangkok, and Hong Kong. He is working with a partner, Dox, an ex-US Army sniper with a good-old boy manner, loud and abrasive, living large every minute, but who somehow, when he goes into sniper mode, disappears into the woodwork. Rain got a referral for this job through his Mossad contact and sometime-lover, the blonde bombshell Delilah and part of the story, particularly after the job goes sour, is whether he can trust her and whether he can ever let down his guard around her. Often, their goals are similar, but she has allegiances that he ultimately does not have.
Rain is not your typical assassin (as if you know what a typical assassin is like).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best of the John Rain books, an ageing assassin who contemplates getting older, losing skills, and befriending associates that he never countenanced before. Read morePublished 13 days ago by robert schmuke
A killer who develops a conscience. Well done. Leaves reader waiting for the next installment of Rains' journey. Thank you.Published 29 days ago by James Pazol
John Rain is one of the most real and well written characters ever. Mr. Eisler's knowledge of tactics truly shines when describing the habits of operators.Published 1 month ago by p and a
After reading five of his books, I'm quite certain that Barry Eisler was an assassin and after retiring, decided to write books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Malcolm M.
I just discovered this series on Kindle Unlimited. I binged read them and love the whole series. This series has a compelling narrative that is pertinent to today's events and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by RubyK
This is the fourth novel in the (Killing Rain by Barry Eisler) John Rain freelance assassin for hire series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joseph J. Truncale