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Rain Storm (John Rain Thrillers) Mass Market Paperback – Bargain Price, June 28, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Eisler adds a fine new entry to his standout series starring freelance assassin John Rain, who tracks quarry across the Asian capitals of the Pacific Rim. In the third installment (following last year's Hard Rain), Rain is lured out of self-imposed exile in Brazil, where he had hoped to find shelter from the killing business, when his old employer, the CIA, dangles $200,000 his way for the elimination of an Arab arms supplier known only as Belghazi. Rain takes the job, promising himself it will be his last, and travels to Macao, a Portuguese peninsula and islands off the coast of China, to begin tracking Belghazi. But Rain, a meticulous hit man equipped with all the latest gadgetry, hardly hits town before he discovers that not only is another assassin stalking Belghazi but somebody is stalking Rain himself. Rain, who specializes in fatal neck-snapping wrestling holds, makes quick work of all the intruders, but Belghazi, aided by a beautiful woman named Delilah (who knows a lot about killing too), eludes him. The action shifts back and forth between Macao, Hong Kong and Tokyo, each setting rendered in intimately warm detail, before catapulting to a chilling finale in which Rain narrowly escapes bleeding to death on a shipping dock. Along the way, the usually detached hero shows a new dimension—the possible seeds of a fascinating friendship with a fellow hit man, a life-of-the-party type named Dox. The two complement each other like black and white. Yet what truly sets Eisler's series apart is its near total absence of formula and stereotype. Rain is a wholly original, cliché-free character operating in a world created only for him, serving as both his folly and his foil.
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John Rain, the Japanese American assassin for the U.S. government, is back. Currently living in Brazil in an attempt to retire from the business of killing, he is approached by his former masters, the CIA, who need him to do one more thing for them: take out an arms dealer who is equipping criminal organizations in Southeast Asia. As always, there's a fly (or two) in the ointment, namely, a second assassin gunning for Rain's target and the target's beautiful companion, who seems to have a program of her own. Can Rain navigate the labyrinth of deception and double-dealing and carry out his mission? This is the third Rain novel, after Rain Fall (2002) and Hard Rain (2003), and it nicely develops the character of John Rain, adding a few more layers of mystery and motivation. Eisler's storytelling skills, too, are developing as he becomes more familiar with his character and the world he lives in. The Rain series keeps on getting better. For espionage fans who favor adventure over ambiguity. David Pitt
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Top Customer Reviews
This 335 page hardcover novel begins where the second book ends. John Rain is again hired to eliminate Belghazi but to make it look like a natural death, which is Rain’s specialty. In the meantime, however, there seems to be some competition to Kill Belghazi by some guy Rain calls karate. He named this guy Karate because the guy liked to show off his kata skills in public. If karate gets to Belghazi before Rain can do his special thing, there will be no payment. Rain is going to make sure and winds up taking karate out.
There are numerous twists and turns and a whole lot of interesting characters to make this book move at a steady pace. John Rain keeps trying to start a new life under a new name and identity but keeps being contacted by those who appreciate his special skills and are willing to pay big bucks for them.
If you are a John Rain fan you should check out this third book in the series.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Tactical Principles of the most effective combative systems).
Rain goes to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Macao with Keiko, a Japanese escort girl that he hires for his cover as an older Japanese gambler with a young mistress. At the hotel, he encounters another assassin perhaps with the same target. In the meantime, Belhazi shows up with a beautiful woman companion. How does Rain get close and kill his target? This is of course the foundation of the John Rain novels, the tension of the kill.
The story shifts into retrospective mode, back to how the CIA (tongue-in-cheek nicknamed Christians in Action) contacts him and hires him for this mission. We find that John Rain had escaped from Japan to Brazil, where he makes himself as anonymous as possible. Not trusting in anybody, he goes from Sao Paulo to Rio, leaving false trails to make sure that nobody can find him and he would know if anybody tried. Then, one day, he encounters an old colleague from Afghanistan days and the offer of the job with the CIA.
Throughout the novel, you can witness the meticulous work that Eisler did for the book. He knew how many entrances the Lisboa casino has, where one can fight and kill somebody at the ferry terminal, that a Citibank branch is near the MTR station next to the Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong, and the fact that HK$50,000 was over the limit of cash withdrawal for Citibank. You can't know this kind of information without going there and doing it. Most people wouldn't notice such details but a former CIA operative would.
The conversations were remarkably written. Eisler not only has a keen ear for the American idiom but for Japanese idioms as well. Occasionally, he has the protagonist comment about the idioms. For example, a character says, "I'll level with you..." and Rain responds that he doesn't like this quip because it suggests that the person was bull-s***ting before. He knows what he can and cannot do. For example, he does not try to fake conversations in Portuguese or Arabic.
The fight choreography was based on authentic knowledge. The author description at the end of the book pointed out that Barry Eisler earned his blackbelt in the Kokodan International Judo Center in Japan. The acknowledgements thanked many expert fighters, including Savate and advanced sniper practice. Finally, the premise of America selling its soul for Saudi crude rang true. This is a very enjoyable book and hard to put down. The John Rain novels are also so well edited that you can read them out of sequence.
The fact that I'm picking up information about a culture I'm unfamiliar with, makes it that much better. I have a close friend that is Japanese-American with whom I'm able to bounce things off of. Mr. Eisler gets high marks there too. If there's a caveat necessary, the body count and the descriptive nature of the assassinations is likely to turn some folks off. In my opinion though, since I'm prone to reading these types of books, it fits and is entirely appropriate.
There is anticipation that additional quality reads such as these will be coming from the author.