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Hard Rain (John Rain Series #2)

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  • Posted July 30, 2014

    Very cool sequel. Two thumbs up.

    Very cool sequel. Two thumbs up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Hard r Hard to put down

    Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Great spy story

    Love the whole series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2006

    From another author

    Let me start by saying that I'm a huge Eisler fan. I loved his first book (Rain Fall), and I really enjoyed Hard Rain too. In fact, his first book inspired me to finally publish a novel I'd been working on for years. My book features a Judo/Kenpo master hunting a world-class sniper whose killing presidential candidates. It's more of a mainstream thriller inspired by Lustabader's early 'erotic martial arts stories.' See 'Process of Elimination' if you're looking for something new to read. End of shamelesss plug! As for Hard Rain, it does a good job of picking up where the first book left off. John Rain is a complicated, ruthless character, willing to kill just about anyone. But in this book, Tatsu (a superbly clever Japanese detective) has successfully recruited him to fight for his causes. Seeing little choice, Rain agrees, and quickly finds himself looking for the optimal way of 'accidentally' dispatching of a meathead Yakuza. In the end it is the barbell that finally gets him - seems fitting. But the story goes way beyond a simple 'must kill stupid bad guy.' Rain is brought in to kill another, much more powerful adversary, Murakami - the owner of a special kind of club. And if it hadn't been for the tragedy befalling Rain's socially-inept friend, Harry, I suspect Rain would have disappeared without a trace, leaving Tatsu to deal with his own problems. I especially liked the scene where Rain deals with a Yakuza thug and his ferocious pit bulldog. Right so, Rain realizes that the dog is more of a threat than the man. Hard Rain is a very enjoyable book for this genre. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    AN ELECTRIFYING JOURNEY

    Veteran voice performer Dick Hill imbues his reading of this Tokyo based thriller with just the right amount of suspense and shock. His performance is tight and perfectly paced. Following on the heels of his wildly successful debut novel, Rain Fall, Barry Eisler brings back his intriguing protagonist John Rain. A freelance assassin, a loner by necessity, half Japanese and half American Rain makes the globe his home. After disposing of a CIA agent who had been pursuing him Rain is now ready for a better life, wishing never again to have to orchestrate a murder that appears to be an accident. He's spent almost a quarter of a century doing this, and enough is enough. Enter Tatsu, a Japanese FBI agent who persuades him that he must do one final job. There is a rabid murderer on the loose with absolutely no scruples; unless he's stopped his evil machinations could mean the collapse of Japan's financial system. A ripple effect could then cause global recession. Rain's tracking of this fiend is Eisler at his brilliant best capturing the sights, smells and sounds of underground Tokyo. 'Hard Rain' is an electrifying journey through a netherworld of deception and danger.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great thriller

    Half-American half-Japanese assassin John Rain knows his murder for hire business has given him a delightful lifestyle when he is not on a job. However, the freelance killer with a deep personal code of ethics that often irks his employers feels ready to retire. If he gets out of the dirty cleansing business, he leans towards relocating from Japan to Brazil.<P> Retirement is placed on hold, as he must kill a sociopath peer considered deadlier than John is and he wants John¿s scalp. In addition to eliminating this lethal rogue agent, his Japanese law enforcement friend Tatsu tries to enlist John into scrutinizing a person running an illegal underground fight circuit. Meanwhile, the CIA, who detests John due to his ethics, wishes to use his particular problem solving skills on another delicate matter. When it rains it pours as the demand for his craft makes it hard to stop working.<P> The suspense-laden story line takes a secondary role to the Burke-like lead protagonist and to the Japanese setting. The story line is loaded with action, but never grips the reader due to the audience fascination with the survival killing-machine with a morality that seems ill fitted for his work. Fans of macho heroes will enjoy this thriller that stars a super stud.<P> Harriet Klausner

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