Killing Rain (John Rain Series #4)

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Now Rain has a new employer, the Mossad, which wants him to fix a “problem” in Manila with the aide of his new partner, Dox, whose good-ol’-boy persona masks a sniper as deadly as Rain himself. He also has a new hope: By using his talents in the service of something good, he might atone for all the lives he has taken. But when Rain’s conscience causes him to botch an assignment, he finds that he’s the Mossad’s next target.…

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Overview

Now Rain has a new employer, the Mossad, which wants him to fix a “problem” in Manila with the aide of his new partner, Dox, whose good-ol’-boy persona masks a sniper as deadly as Rain himself. He also has a new hope: By using his talents in the service of something good, he might atone for all the lives he has taken. But when Rain’s conscience causes him to botch an assignment, he finds that he’s the Mossad’s next target.…

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
...what makes Rain worthwhile is the story's mostly first-person perspective: Even robotic vigilantes have a human side. B+
Publishers Weekly
At the start of Eisler's taut and compelling fourth thriller to feature John Rain (after 2004's Rain Storm), the freelance assassin's latest employer, Israeli intelligence, has sent him and his longtime associate, Dox, to Manila to kill weapons dealer Manheim Levi. Just as Rain is about to make his move, however, Levi's young son suddenly appears on the scene; Levi's bodyguards wind up shot while Levi and his son escape. The dead bodyguards turn out to be ex-CIA; and Jim Hilger, the renegade Company man with whom they were also working, is upset enough to ask his own specialists to exact revenge. Trying to find a way to complete his mission, Rain contacts Delilah, a fellow intelligence agent with whom he's been involved. But her Mossad colleagues, who have lost their trust in Rain's reliability, are setting up their own plan to take care of him. The plot has enough twists and turns to satisfy, and Eisler is an adept hand at pacing and suspense. The dialogue generally rings true, though the switching back and forth between first- and third-person narrative can be distracting. Various exotic Asian locales add to the appeal. Agent, Nat Sobel. 20-city author tour. (June 23) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Trying to assuage a guilty conscience by lending his unique talents to a good cause, expert assassin John Rain begins working for the Mossad-and soon finds himself running from his bosses and the CIA. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Freelance assassin Rain, now an established presence on the thriller scene (Rain Storm, 2004, etc.), confronts both menace and morality. "Killing isn't the hard part . . . Christ, an ape could do it. Getting close to the target, though, that takes some talent." Rain has that talent in abundance, especially when the death has to look natural. Here, he's hired by the Israelis to extinguish a national who is selling his designer-bomb-making talents to terrorist networks. The hitch is that the target may be a CIA asset, and the Israelis don't want to incur the agency's wrath, so they need an unaffiliated party to do the job. But Rain's best-laid plans unravel when a child enters the assassination scene-he won't harm women or children-and the Israelis come stalking him, afraid he'll expose their intentions and anger their American benefactors. The action sequences are straightforward, with plenty of nitty-gritty tactical material for those who enjoy special ops work, while Eisler never clutters his story with red herrings or circuitous plotlines. Still, for the first time in any extended fashion, he makes Rain take stock of his vocation. He kills truly heinous figures for a living, but he starts to wonder why his solutions always involve violence. His brand of nihilism is beginning to taste like ashes in his mouth, and the line is blurring between his acts and those of the madmen he's hired to whack. Eisler doesn't burden the story with these musings, but lets them pass like a veil over the action. And plenty of good action there is, involving Rain's old friends Dox, his ex-Marine sniper friend, and Delilah, the honey-pot agent for the Israeli secret service, both returning to give Rain evenmore of a human face. A thriller as straight as an arrow, even when mildly deflected by the winds of conscience. The ending leaves much unanswered, so, thankfully, expect more Rain. Author tour
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451412188
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/6/2006
  • Series: John Rain Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 215,611
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Eisler

Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations. After leaving the CIA, he lived and worked in Japan, where he earned his black belt from the Kodokan International Judo Center. The Rain books-Rain Fall, Hard Rain, Rain Storm, and Killing Rain-have won the Barry and Gumshoe awards, been translated into nearly twenty languages, and been optioned for film by Barrie Osborne, the Oscar-winning producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Confronting Menace and Morality

    Eisler has created an intellectually engaging paradox: a hired killer who has developed a conscience. The plot manages to explore the resulting cognitive dissonance while taking the reader throuhg several twists and turns. The results are believable characters and and action grounded in reality. I !ove all the Rain books and Eisler's writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    Another outstaning performance!

    Barry Eilser has once again out done himself. His style of writing captivated me once again and when I picked the book up I just could not put it down. For anyone who enjoys action novels riddled with suspense and espionage, look at Eilser's John Rain series before you choose any others. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2005

    ANOTHER HIT IN A PHENOMENAL SERIES

    John Rain is dynamite, and totally real. Seldom does an author paint such a pin point accurate portrait of a character, both physically and psychologically, that you feel you know him well. You'd know Rain instantly if you saw him on the street. Since he's a hired assassin, capable of killing and making it look like a natural death, you'd undoubtedly give him a wide berth. Nonetheless, you'd be intrigued by him, irresistibly drawn to an individual so complex and compelling. Rain is an anomaly, someone who can be vicious and also kind, a man who wants to but cannot trust. He's a loner whose remembrances of his parents tug at your heart. His resourcefulness amazes his knowledge confounds his ruthlessness appalls his vulnerability touches. John Rain is surely one of the most exciting fictional characters to blaze across a page. And, author Eisler is a master craftsman. His attendant characters are outstanding, as is evidenced in the first three novels in this series. The inclusion of contemporary issues gives his stories a very timely feel, and his familiarity with the martial arts allows him to write fight scenes that make strong readers wince. Further, there's no need for 'Lights, Action, Camera!' when Eisler depicts a location. His descriptions are so dead-on accurate, so true that you're immediately transported to a gritty back alley in Tokyo or a luxe suite at the Four Seasons. Did I say 'Killing Rain' is a terrific? It is and more - spellbinding, a stay-up-all-night read as Eisler explores competition and backstabbing among intelligence agencies, and how the CIA has altered its methods following 9/11. This time out Rain is hired by the Mossad, Israeli intelligence, to eliminate one of their people, Manny, who has become wealthy by selling bomb-making secrets to enemies of Israel, terrorist groups. What might have been an easy hit for Rain is fouled when Manny's young son by a Filipino wife appears. For Rain, the sight of the boy brings back the nightmares he suffered following his own father's death. Blood is shed, but not Manny's. Fortunately, here and throughout, his erstwhile partner, Dox, is at the rescue. With a bit of a Western twang and country humor Dox adds a lightness to Rain's life that he hasn't experienced before. Nonetheless, the situation becomes more complex for both of them when, in order to protect themselves after the job is botched, Mossad wants Rain killed. Enter Delilah, the gorgeous blonde Israeli agent, with whom Rain was once involved. Is her sudden reappearance a coincidence or is she, too, after Rain's life? He would very much like to believe she's there for him - not against him. As if his future weren't tenuous enough, there's also a group in the U.S. that has its own reasons for wanting Rain dead. Heading this operation is Hilger, a particularly venomous character if there ever was one. Rain's chances for survival seem to be growing slimmer and slimmer as Eisler skillfully weaves not only a blockbuster finish but also tantalizes with a surprise from old friend Tatsu. Steeped in suspense, 'Killing Rain' is one more hit in a phenomenal series.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    When it Rains it pours action, action, and more action

    The Israeli Mossad needs an unaffiliated freelance assassin to eradicate an individual peddling a special bomb to the highest bidding terrorists. However, because the target appears to have CIA connections, he may actually be an agent and not wanting American fury, the Israelis need an outsider. They hire Rain who cannot be connected to the Mossad although he sleeps with one of their agents deadly Delilah. --- Rain sets up the execution perfectly and enters the kill zone to complete the assassination. A child enters the locale ad though he has killed many times sometimes with justice not on his side, he refuses to murder when children are involved. However, failure is unacceptable to the Israelis and besides they fear he will inform the Americans of his assignment; the Mossad comes calling with the objective to kill Rain. --- When it Rains it pours action, action, and more action. KILLING RAIN is an exhilarating fast-paced tale that sets speed records so much so that readers better be aware of G-Force. The story line is action-packed from the get go and never slows down even when Rain questions his work, his methodology, and his personal death toll. Don¿t worry his conscience is sort of a sidebar to the reader as he methodically does what he does best, assassinate the enemy although this time the Mossad may prove to overwhelming.--- Harriet Klausner

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