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Barry Eisler has given us a new hero - Japanese-American John Rain, the cynical, romantic, conscientious assassin - one of the most clever and vibrant protagonists we've seen in years.  In this new novel, Rain has fled to Brazil to escape the killing business and the enemies encircling him. But his knack for making death seem to have been from "natural causes" and his ability to operate unnoticed in Asia continue to create unwelcome demand for his services. His old employer, the CIA, persuades him to take on...

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Overview

Barry Eisler has given us a new hero - Japanese-American John Rain, the cynical, romantic, conscientious assassin - one of the most clever and vibrant protagonists we've seen in years.  In this new novel, Rain has fled to Brazil to escape the killing business and the enemies encircling him. But his knack for making death seem to have been from "natural causes" and his ability to operate unnoticed in Asia continue to create unwelcome demand for his services. His old employer, the CIA, persuades him to take on a high-risk assignment: a ruthless arms dealer operating in Southeast Asia." The upside? Financial, of course, along with the continued chimera of moral redemption. But first, Rain will have to survive the downside: a second assassin homing in on the target; the target's consort, an alluring woman with an agenda of her own; and the possibility that the entire mission is nothing but an elaborate setup. From the gorgeous beaches of Rio to the glitzy casinos of Macau to the gritty back streets of Hong Kong and Kowloon, Rain becomes a reluctant player in an international game far deadlier and more insidious than any he has encountered before.

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Editorial Reviews

David Montgomery
It is testimony to Eisler's skills that he has created a protagonist who might otherwise be repugnant and made him into a fascinating character with real depth, an intriguing, troubling man, made different from the rest of us by his unique and horrible skills.
— USA Today
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, clich -free character operating in a world created only for him, serving as both his folly and his foil. Agent, Nat Sobel. Author tour. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Having triumphed in Rain Fall and Hard Rain, John Rain is back-and desperate as ever to get out of the assassin business. But the CIA tracks him down in Brazil and convinces him to take on one more job. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Propulsive thriller plot plays second fiddle to an overarching tactical treatise: How does an assassin go about staying alive while getting the job done? In this third in a series (Hard Rain, 2003, etc.), John Rain, our scrupulous freelance murderer who gives his kills a natural look and whacks no women (well, almost no women) and no children, has an assignment from the CIA to cleanse the world of death merchant Belghazi, a French-Algerian seller of weaponry to the highest bidder, no questions asked. In tinder-crisp prose-Rain is not overly fond of exploring his emotions, though motives are always on his mind-we follow as he prepares for his task in what, given another context, would be considered a police procedural. There are lots of good tips here for the would-be assassin, as when Rain muses " . . . an injection of potassium chloride. I would try for the axillary vein under the armpit, or perhaps the ophthalmic vein in the eye, both hard to detect entry points." (He also vividly details how to fake an autoerotic asphyxiation.) Eisler occasionally sounds too enchanted with his own voice: "I realize these marks are signs, artifacts of lives and moments that were but are no longer, like ashes in an empty hearth, or bones cast aside from some long ago supper, or a tattered shape that might have been a scarecrow in a field grown over with weeds." But there's no denying that this author can bring a wicked martial-arts encounter right into the mind's eye (quite a feat, considering the need for speed and complexity of movement) or that he's surprisingly nimble with his love scenes. As for the background storyline, it is plausible, au courant, and creepy; readers will learn more about roguecommunities than they may want to know. Taut and generally skillful: fans will hope for more Rain in the forecast. Author tour. Agent: Nat Sobel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451215505
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: John Rain Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 238,593
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Eisler
Barry Eisler

Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler’s bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous “Best of” lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    A great series, well developed characters. Start with the first

    A great series, well developed characters. Start with the first and go through in sequence if you want to fully enjoy the story line that flows through the series. Although each book stands alone very well, there are a number of references to previous books, and Rain's transition (I don't want to give away to much) is very well done and interesting to follow. Very human.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2004

    Engrossing Thriller

    Colorful dialogue outweighs the action--but when violence does erupt, it's furious. An expert assasin gets caught in a power struggle between rival CIA factions. John Rain is a ruthlessly creative killer--his combination of quirks and lethal proficiency makes him a great, well-developed character. This is a truly enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2004

    ANOTHER TAUT, PROVOCATIVE THRILLER BY BARRY EISLER

    There's usually a frisson of excitement and pleasure when a reader comes upon an exciting debut author or a compelling new protagonist. For me, both were found in Barry Eisler's initial thriller, 'Rain Fall.' In a review of that book I wrote, 'Few fictional characters burst upon the scene fully realized, more than ready to take their place in the pantheon of unforgettable protagonists. Add one to that meager list with the creation of John Rain in Barry Eisler's dynamite debut 'Rain Fall.' In fact, Rain, an accomplished assassin doesn't just burst upon the scene - he steamrollers into it.' Both Eisler and Rain have been steam rolling ever since. First with the follow up to his debut, 'Hard Rain,' another thoroughly entertaining and suspenseful yarn that left readers pulling for an ultra cool killer, and now with the eagerly awaited 'Rain Storm.' Don't know how he does it but Eisler has created a hit man unlike any other - he's both sympathetic and scary, capable of breaking a large man's neck with an arm chop. The sympathy comes into play because John Rain does not seek out or opt for any of the tough assignments he's given, but rather they 'happen' to him. Such is the case with 'Rain Storm.' Rain has fled to Brazil in the hope of retiring from one of the world's most dangerous businesses. He's getting away from his enemies. However, he's the one man in the world with his capabilities (making death look like an accident) and able to blend easily into almost any Asian culture. Plus, he does owe a favor or two. It's payback time and the CIA wants him to 'retire' Belghazi, a brutish arms dealer in a Brioni suit with a curvaceous blonde on his arm. Belghazi makes a pile selling stolen arms to the most unsavory groups imaginable in Southern Asia. At this point Eisler scores again with his evocative scenes of that part of the world, the dark streets, the hidden bars, the steamy waterfronts. With a naive young prostitute for company and cover, Rain awaits Belghazi in one of Macao's plush hotels. But, taking out Benghazi isn't the easy task that Rain thought it might be as someone else wants to put him down, too. Who's the second assassin? The curvaceous blonde, Delilah, of course. She's almost a match for Rain. She's not the only roadblock - Rain soon has reason to wonder whether or not he's been set up by the people who hired him. This is the third time Barry Eisler's stepped up to the plate, and he's hit a home run each time. The complex Rain is more fascinating than ever before, the dialogue is rapid fire, and the action fast. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2004

    Fab=ntastic

    It is hard for an assassin to walk away from the business when one of your employere is the CIA but John Rain, a hitman with a conscience, tries. He obtains a new identity and travels to Rio where there is a large population of Japanese. For a time he got away clean although he is always looking over his shoulders until a CIA operative turns up with a job that pays very well. His identity compromised and unwilling to reinvent himself once again, John agrees to take the assignment................................. His assignment is to take out Belghazi, an arms dealer that is on the CIA hit list since 9/11. John travels to Macao where he scopes out the terrain prior to Belghazi¿s arrival and he believes he has everything covered. He does not count on a second hitman, Belghazi¿s lover who has an agenda of her own that is in conflict with John¿s as well as a Saudi hit team who are prepared to take John out. Even for John, the kitten who leaves no tracks, completing the assignment and getting out alive will take a miracle.............................. The world as seen through the eyes of a paid assassin is a fascinating place for a short visit; it is not a place to stay for along period without feeling tainted. Barry Eisler is a suburb storyteller who writes about a hitman with a heart and conscience, a man who will not kill women or children. The protagonist is a fascinating complex man who cannot always separate the various parts of his life leading to his inability to always tell friend from foe, which leads to trusting no one......................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted August 20, 2014

    My first Barry Eisler/John Rain book. It was highly recommended

    My first Barry Eisler/John Rain book. It was highly recommended and although an easy read with an interesting character there are aspects of the narrative, some of the details were about names of train stations and streets that had no meaning for me personally , did not add to the content and therefore, again for me, were unnecessary. Mr Eisler obviously has an excellent knowledge of Tokyo but the constant repetitions culd have been left out. I typically rate books on a 1-10 scale so for me this one is an 8. I am getting started on another one- Hard Rain and will see if this trend continues.

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    Posted November 9, 2012

    Wss news

    Anything that doesnt fit into the six other catagories can go here

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    Posted May 6, 2012

    Thunderflower

    Help im thunderflower my kits are coming

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    Posted May 2, 2012

    Shinypelt to silverflight

    Tell her i said bye.

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    Posted April 30, 2012

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    May i join?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Rp kits

    Go to shadow woods 13th result. Read the post called lightningeye

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    Posted April 28, 2012

    GreenDragon

    Ima green shecat with green eyes. May i join? My name is GreenDragon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Silverflight

    Ok im sorry Darkflame. If u see her tell her that Lightningstars quitting rp. Im being kicked out so...

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    Posted May 2, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2007

    A gread read

    Gosh, I wish I haad read the first 2 books in the series. How unusual to feel such compassion for a hired killer. And John Rain is so not stereotypical it was smart of Eisler to make him Japanese-American. I like the surprises that fit in well with all the loose ends neatly gathered at the end of the book but not in a far fetched way. Read it you'll like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2005

    I Couldn't Put It Down...

    Barry Eisler's book Rain Storm is a true page turner. The entire John Rain series (Rain Fall, Hard Rain, Rain Storm & Killing Rain) is fantastic, but this one is my favorite. John Rain is a Japanese American who does not feel comfortable in either culture, so the book looks at how a Japanese American deals with life. Rain is also quite technically savvy, and he uses many of the latest technical gadgets that many of us have only heard about. I highly recommend both this series and this book. But beware, once you start, be prepared for several sleepless nights spent pouring over this book...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2005

    Warning: Highly addicting!

    I cannot begin to do this book justice in only a few words. It is not only an incredable read, but also a very gripping story that keeps the reader turning the pages. Well written story with enough action to keep the reader coming back for (and wanting) more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2005

    Great book, Need them all!

    This is the 3rd book in this series, but the first that I read. I am hooked!! This is a very well written book that flows gracefully from scene to scene. I will definitely be buying the 1st two in the series. Barry Eisler has joined my list of 'to buy' authors with Rain Storm. This is a series dedicated to thrills dealing with John Rain who is an american-japanese operative that comes off as incredibly real. I would rate this at the level of Tom Clancy in feel for the subject and of a writing level of David Eddings or Stephen King. One other interesting point on this book is that it is backed by Penguin Groups 'Great Read Guarantee'. The publisher will refund your money if you return the book by Sept 1, 2005!! Now THAT is backing a book!

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