Rain Storm (John Rain Series #3)

Rain Storm (John Rain Series #3)

by Barry Eisler

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ISBN-13: 9780451215505
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Series: John Rain Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.36(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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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"Stunning action...and a blood-soaked finale."—New York Daily News

"Furious and creative...the stuff great characters are made of."—Entertainment Weekly

"All in all, everything you'd expect from a cool guy like Rain."—San Francisco Chronicle

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Rain Storm (John Rain Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
DeadMuleJohn More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Penforhire on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This book continues and expands our insight into John Rain. Eisler's prose is great, as usual. And yep, I'm still looking up a couple of words I don't know in each of his books, lol. That man is literate!Okay, I rated this book down slightly compared to others in the series so far. Some aspects of the plot, digging around in the CIA, felt tedious to me. Also, Eisler is getting more ambitious in describing some fight scenes. That made them harder for me to follow. Also, if Rain had a concern about his girlfriend Naomi at the start of the book, why wouldn't he dig around on his own(plant a bug, or use his hacker skills, claimed in previous novel) to confirm them before ruining the relationship?I very much enjoy seeing Rain's weaknesses (women & lifestyle habits) and exploring why they remain. They make a lot of sense to me, being willing to risk a lethal weakness for the benefit. But maybe I'm just a guy, ha ha.Given how Rain talks about knives, even in the last book, I think it is silly he walks around without even a pocket knife. If that was because of a legal issue in Macau or Hong Kong I didn't spot that explanation.The rest of Eisler's research shines through. His writing exudes authenticity regarding locations, people, cuisines, and such. That takes work and especially to integrate into a pleasing piece of fiction instead of a travel article.Loved the Dox character and how you don't know if he is really a friend until the very end. Eisler makes all the main characters memorable. They feel three-dimensional and vivid.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing 2 days ago
A lot more "soap-opera" in this one than in the first 2 of the series - John Rain is questioning his life-choices, his life, his future, his "friends", heck, even his capabilities as he ages. This doesn't make the story bad, however, if you haven't read the first books in this series, you won't care very much for John Rain's ponderings 'cause you don't know him yet.Normally I don't like the soap-opera behaviors of kick-butt protagonists (they should fight, not think) but in this case, Rain asks himself the same questions I wanted answers to - like, how can Eisler have additional books in this series when Rain is aging and will end up getting his butt physically handed to him by some young bad boy.Of course, these questions aren't answered here, but at least we know they've been thought of.I'll definitely read more in the series 'cause I like Rain.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing 2 days ago
It was fun, contemporary spy/assassin novel. I think this was the second book with Rain in it & I haven't read the first. It stood alone well & was pretty good. There were a few too many digressions with Rain philosophizing over his life & situation, feeling sorry for himself due to the way he is cut off from having a close relationship with a woman. It got old by the end, but it was the major theme of the book & the overall hook. The paranoia in his life was severe & he did find he could trust one person, much to his surprise. The lead to it was a bit heavy handed, though.I doubt I'll ever want to read it again, but it was an enjoyable diversion.
Hartman762 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Utterly plausible espionage thriller with interesting characters and situations. Peppered with interesting facts and tourist destinations (did you know 18 people, on average, die in the US due to strangulation while masturbating? I did not) its quite entertaining.
MSWallack on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Another fine entry in the John Rain series.
ursula on LibraryThing 4 months ago
The third entry in the John Rain series. At the beginning of this one, Rain is trying to disappear and relax in Brazil, but of course, he can't manage to disappear completely and is offered a job. The job introduces two new people into his life -- an old acquaintance from Afghanistan, Dox, and a mysterious operative who may or may not be helping him, Delilah. Stronger than the second book, I thought.
leathchair More than 1 year ago
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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