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All John Rain wants is to get out of the killing business. But with his discretion, his reliability, and his unique talent for death by "natural causes," no one is willing to let him just retire. So when an old nemesis from the Japanese national police force comes to him with a new job--eliminate Murakami, a killer even more fearsome than Rain himself--Rain knows he can'tAll John Rain wants is to get out of the killing business. But with his discretion, his reliability, and his unique talent for death by "natural causes," no one is willing to let him just retire. So when an old nemesis from the Japanese national police force comes to him with a new job--eliminate Murakami, a killer even more fearsome than Rain himself--Rain knows he can't refuse.Aided by an achingly desirable half Brazilian, half Japanese exotic dancer he knows he shouldn't trust, Rain pursues his quarry through underground no-holds-barred fight clubs, mobbed-up hostess bars, and finally into the heart of a shadow war between the CIA and the yakuza. It's a war Rain can't win, but also one he can't afford to lose--a war where the distinctions between friend and foe and truth and deceit are as murky as the rain-slicked streets of Tokyo."... a superlative job... entertaining and suspenseful enough to keep you turning the pages as fast as your eyes can follow." --Chicago Sun Times...

Title : Hard Rain
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ISBN : 9780399150524
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 342 Pages
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Hard Rain Reviews

  • Andrew Smith
    2019-04-18 03:15

    This is the second in the series of books featuring John Rain, the America/Japanese soldier turned freelance assassin. This time Rain is up to his neck in a complex web featuring an underground fight club and a collection of some of the most unpleasant characters you’ll ever wish not to meet. You’ll have to keep your wits about while it plays out as a multitude of interlinking characters created, for me, a foggy plot. But Tokyo is brought alive and a few more layers are peeled off the John Rain onion. I am realising more and more what a complex and haunted man our anti-hero is.The descriptions of Rain’s journey of self-discovery, his interactions and the expert way the action scenes are laid out are the real strengths of this series. A convoluted plot, with the intrigue and complexity created by the actions of the various law enforcement agencies and underworld characters may or may not be your thing. If it is then Eisler’s career history ensures there’s plenty of authentic detail. If not, I still believe these stories are multi-layered enough to fulfil most tastes. I’ll certainly be going back for another helping.

  • Jim
    2019-04-20 07:58

    I liked that it was set in Japan & apparently was accurate both geographically & in many other instances. Rain is a fairly interesting character. I enjoyed it, but it's pretty much another assassin thriller & I guess not terribly memorable. I had this marked as having read it once before. Must have been some time ago as it was all new to me.

  • Daniel
    2019-04-06 03:20

    Full disclosure: I could accurately be labeled a 'gorehound' when it comes to movies. Give me viscera and splatter realized through practical effects, and I will crow with happiness. I've lost count of how many times I gave a resounding YES! in the middle of movie theater while others cringed from the gory spectacle on screen (the last time was during, oh yes, "Prometheus").All of this said, there were moments when "Hard Rain" disturbed me.I'm not sure what it was. I have read gobs of scenes in which someone puts the beat down on another person, sometimes to fatal effect. The way Eisler does it, though, got to me. When John Rain puts on the hurt, it freakin hurts to read about it. And Rain's cool description of this punishment only adds to my heebie-jeebies. Worst of all, Rain dispatches people whom he knows not at all. Somebody's tailing him on the street and making him feel threatened? Dead. Someone challenges him to a sparring match? Bone-break. Based on the two books that I have read in this series, I see John Rain having two settings: Mortal Agony and Kill Kill Kill.I did like this book. The plot is tangled up in other plots, and the nature of the enemy is unclear throughout. This is good espionage fiction that serves up healthy examples of the genre's attractions. Rain's asides about trade craft are nifty, and, yes, the action is exciting.Probably, I'll wait awhile before stomaching book the third.

  • Tracie Payne
    2019-04-02 00:06

    John Rain is a bad ass. Good series.

  • Eric_W
    2019-03-26 01:09

    Listened to this audiobook, read by Dick Hill who does a terrific job with pronouncing Japanese. At least it sounds authentic. Not having any clue, I wouldn’t know, but the perception of authenticity is as good as reality. And, of course, I’ll misspell all the names. Eisler recreates an authentic Japanese world and culture, at least the seamier side -- apparently, as again, I have no experience with reality. But then, the book is a chimera, and creates a duality from contrast of Japanese culture with the protagonist, a paranoid (can you really be paranoid if everyone is really after you?) assassin, hired by a government spook, Tatsu, his former nemesis to undertake some selective murder, but it’s all in a good cause. Rain spends most of his time and effort in avoiding detection and circumventing security devices and people, a life which seems devoid of entertainment -- and here Rain is different from Parker and Quarry and Thomas Perry’s nameless assassin, -- except for his love of piano jazz. That struck me as a substantial chink in his armor as his predilection for a particular artist. Midori, daughter of one of Rain’s previous hits, would imply easy entry into his world. Nevertheless, Eisler’s description of Rain’s world is rich and revealing of Japanese cultural differences.Rain has his own code (no children or women and the targets must be principals, not just “to send a message”) and few friends whom he trusts, one being Harry, the electronics genius, who figures prominently in this story. He also specializes in killing people so the result appears to be of natural or accidental provenance. (One always wonders whether the intricate detail in books like this become prescriptions for some people.) Eisler muses on Japanese political culture and the relationship between the United States and Japan. Here one of Japan’s top policemen is embarked on a personal crusade to eliminate corruption, yet, as Rain points out Japan’s true power lies in the bureaucracy, and politicians are merely paid lip service. The CIA is also involved, running its own Iran Contra type of operation even setting up one of its own to take an Oliver North kind of fall. The plot is complicated with numerous subplots all nicely tied together by Tokyo’s ambiance.As I read a particularly affecting scene as Rain recounts his first kill while a sniper in Vietnam, I realized that many of the aforementioned hitmen protagonists learned their trade in Vietnam and realized once out they had no marketable skills except killing, and that they had developed a particularly emotion-less view of life and death.My sole complaint would be the the writing/reading descriptions of hand-to-hand combat and extreme violence are hardly credible as they often border on caricature. While one could read this as a standalone, I would recommend reading the first in the series, Rain Fall, for a better grounding in the back story of some of the characters.

  • Zoe and the Edge
    2019-04-05 05:19

    I liked the scenarios and Rain himself better in this one. The writing is overall more intense. Rain uses everything in his box of tricks. He doesn't mind acting like a fool or suffering a little humiliation if it gets the job done. He's not uber-cool all the time. He's direct and doesn't put on unnecessary airs. His assessment of danger and opponents is logical and focused from a lifetime of experience. His ability to be such a normal person means that one of his greatest assets is that people underestimate him time and time again. Naturally a part of me is shocked by Rain's lack of sympathy, but the other part of me likes that Rain has the detached personality that one would expect from a hitman. His ruthlessness really is just practicality without feelings.I enjoy psychological musings and I appreciate that Rain employs them to full effect. The sensitivity in the relationships and dialogue is a treat. Rain's friend/enemy Tatsu is more present in this book and he adds a good dynamic to the storyline.Verdict: I am very tempted to start up the next book in the series immediately, but I'll save it

  • JoãoJorge
    2019-04-20 05:05

    John Rain is a hard character to like. He´s a cold, calculating, killer for hire. He´s a bit of a paranoid. He´s basically someone you wouldn't want to meet! Barry Eisler´s writing is also sometimes hard to enjoy. He´s in love with Japan and takes you on a tour. You read about subway stations, train stations, streets, the characters use japanese expressions which are then translated to english. It gets tiresome and annoying fast. With all this its surprising just how compelling this book is. Rain is like that disaster you cant help but look at. By disaster I mean the devastation that surrounds him. He kills without mercy, tortures, manipulates or threatens people and you can hardly wait to turn the page and see what he will do next. Then you get his walks through Tokyo, the night time, the bars, and suddenly you find yourself immersed, like you´re really there, through Eisler´s vivid descriptions. You can almost “smell” the whiskey Rain´s drinking, listen to the Jazz and feel the danger he´s in. Its an elegant journey to a seedy, bloody existence. The plot follows the events from the first book. This time Rain is a bit more human. Its a story of revenge. The enemy is ruthless. He´s a true “monster” and Eisler, who has made Rain an almost unstoppable killing machine manages to create a worthy foe, someone you truly believe is a threat and may be even better than our “hero”. Its a fantastic duel and an awesome build-up of tension until the satisfying conclusion. The rest of the plot relies on a bit of spy stuff and its interesting enough. But John Rain is the star and the reason to read. By now you get used to his way of thinking, his paranoid behavior and his own code of conduct. To be honest, John Rain scares me. I just cant turn away. There´s something brutally raw in Eisler´s writing and the violence here has weight, feels real and even shocks you. Its a feat.The book has a better pace than the original and there´s a bit more action. Its still not a book for everybody. You need to be patient with the still somewhat slow rhythm. You also need to be a bit twisted to be honest. But be warned. You just might get addicted to the world of shadows where John Rain is waiting!

  • Leftbanker
    2019-03-24 02:11

    The big plot thing just sort of bores me which is why I hate James Bond and Jason Bourne. Why does everything have to be some huge geopolitical maneuver? Whenever the story started hashing out the “Crepuscular” (rhymes with Treadstone) angle my eyes started rolling back in my head and I couldn’t wait for another action scene. For my tastes the more complicated the plot the stupider it is.He is much too casual with killing in these first two books. Rain murders a CIA agent in full view of another agent simply because they were following him. So he’s going to incur the full wrath of the world’s largest spy agency simply to make a point to the other agent he is interrogating? It doesn’t make much sense.When he goes to the underground dojo to train and breaks the guy’s ankle was pretty stupid. I don’t care how hardcore your training you won’t get very far if both people are out to hurt the other. A broken ankle isn’t like a black eye or a fat lip; it’s a career-ending injury and not something anyone who isn’t a sociopath would inflict on someone they are training with, even if there are “no rules.” I’ve only met one fighter in my life (and never even heard of another) who probably wouldn’t hesitate to go toe-to-toe with anyone in the world: Rickson Gracie. I’ve spent a few years deconstructing the martial arts myself and when it comes to randori, or sparing, or whatever you want to call it you just never really know what might happen. I’ve beaten dudes much, much better and infinitely stronger than I am, at least once in a while but just enough to give them pause. Sometimes you just get lucky.For the life of me I don’t understand why the author has bothered to change the titles of these books as both the old and new titles aren’t very good or reveal much concerning the contents of the individual novel.

  • Lance Charnes
    2019-04-07 06:10

    The second installment of Eisler's John Rain series offers more of the same, but less. The hit man-antihero is once again embroiled in the corruption and crime omnipresent in Eisler's portrayal of Japan, once again caught between yakuza on one hand and the CIA on another, and once again finding inventive ways to kill the people who become threats. There is much double- and triple-dealing, skulking about in dark shadows, and conspiracy enough to spare. This is the good stuff.Where Hard Rain falls short of the series debut (Rain Fall) is in its subtle change in Rain's portrayal. In the first novel, Rain was palpably a mortal man -- very good at what he did, but fallable and certainly not indestructible (indeed, he sustains significant injury in the finale). This time around, Rain has become more of a killing machine, dispatching various targets without a great deal of either effort or reflection. At no point are the outcomes of these encounters at all in doubt, which leaches them of much potential tension. The shortcomings of the first book also become more pronounced in this one: name-checking districts in Tokyo isn't the same thing as showing us those places; the endless menu of high-end whiskey makes connoisseurship tedious; and his conquests of women half his age continue unabated.If you enjoyed the series opener, you'll probably like this one, perhaps not as much, though. If you've never encountered John Rain before, start with Rain Fall instead. I have another installment in the series (Killing Rain) queued up, hoping Rain will regain his humanity and reclaim the interest he held in Rain Fall.

  • Jon
    2019-03-31 03:51

    The publisher backed at least 5 John Rain books for publication, and this one has a high enough Goodreads rating that I feel like I missed something.At one point, a cop and John Rain are talking. The cop asks Rain if he knows what "pride fighting" is. Normal conversational answer: "The mixed martial art? Sure." Book answer: "Sure," I said. The Pride Fighting Championship is a mixed martial arts sport, based in Japan, with televised bouts held every two months or so. The idea behind the so-called mixed martial arts, or MMA, is to pit against each other a combination of traditional martial disciplines: boxing, jujitsu, judo, karate, kempo, kung fu, Muat Thai, sambo, wrestling. Audiences for Pride competitions have been growing steadily since the sport was founded, along with King of the Cage..." And long after I've drifted off, it just. keeps. going.It felt like a paranoid Joe Friday having a conversation with himself that was frequently interrupted with extended exposition or Japanese to unnecessarily translate. I frequently fell asleep during the first 127 pages before giving up entirely.

  • Larry
    2019-04-09 08:02

    Having reread "Rain Fall" (2002), the first of the series of six novels, I've finally gotten around to the series. "A Lonely Resurrection" (international title is third in the series (Rain Storm" in the US, I think). John Rain, the child of a Japanese father and an American mother, grew up in two cultures, but was never a part of either. Largely as a result of that isolated state, he has worked as an assassin, though one with rules (no women, children, or collateral targets). Having created a new identity, he is disappointed to be roped back into doing the company's business, as lucrative as it is. In this case, his target is an international arms dealer who is playing the tables in Macau's gambling palaces. There are complications, though, for the target is heavily protected and the target of at least two other groups. Rain is very smart, so he is constantly interesting, but so are some of his adversaries, especially a woman named "Delilah," who works for another intelligence system. But which one? Finding out is part of the many pleasures in this book.

  • Kellie
    2019-04-14 05:13

    #2 of the Rain series- I am definitely on the fence on this one. First, the good things…Eisler is a master at describing fight scenes so that it’s almost like watching it on a TV screen. He walks thru moves like a color commentator. I enjoy reading about Japan, it’s culture, the language. You would think the author is a native. He is American. What bothers me is what happens with a lot of authors who write series. They don’t give recaps about the history of the series. This is frustrating for those of us who read the previous books long ago and can’t remember what they are about and for those of us who are jumping into the middle. There should be a rule. If you are going to write a series, give us a recap of what has happened before. Eisler’s plot in this book was a bit complicated to follow. I enjoyed the story and I like the main character, I just thought there were parts of the plot that were a bit far fetched. I don’t think I’m going to give up on the series just yet. I like this character and this is the only set of books I have read about Japan.

  • Harry
    2019-04-07 02:53

    All right, so I appear to be hunting for a specific character: from Jack Reacher (Lee Child), to Jonathan Quinn (Brett Battles), onto John Rain (Barry Eisler). From ex military, to cleaner, to assassin. How do we as readers gain empathy for a killer? Simple enough, join John Rain in his voyage from assassin for hire to conscientious killer (kill bad guys) to wanting to get out of the business...but unwilling to leave his perspective of the world (no worries, this transformation takes place across many books, more than enough to satiate the most avid genre reader)I devoured these books as I did the others above (more to come as I continue hunting). You'll just have to see for yourself.P.S. If you've read this review, you've read all my John Rain reviews. There are no discrepancies in Eisler's work. Every novel is top notch, provided you share my predilection for this sort of character.HR

  • adri patamoma
    2019-03-27 01:53

    eu já tinha lido, há algum tempo, o primeiro livro desta série, que achei mais ou menos. acontece que, mesmo não tendo achado o livro ótimo, ele foi um livro que deixou mais recordações que o normal, e eu vivia lembrando dele, com vontade de ler mais da história -- então me rendi, e comprei o volume 2 pra ler. adorei, adorei! este livro é bem sperior ao primeiro! tudo flui tão bem que li tudinho em dois dias bastante movimentados, em filas, em taxis, em esperas, no cabeleireiro, e à noite na cama, antes de dormir. foi uma leitura gostosa, rápida, e que fez com que meus dias ficassem mais curtidos mesmo com muitas filas e esperas :-) super recomendo! e já vi que lerei os outros livros da série...

  • Horizon
    2019-04-18 05:06

    The second John Rain book and the action keeps on rolling. I love the John Rain character, a half American half Japanese killer for hire disillusioned by his time in both cultures. He is a realist and a killer, yet has not lost his humanity or a deepset sense of justice. I really enjoyed how this book piggybacked the end of the first in the series and continued to follow the loose ends left in the first book. The thing that stands out the most for me in Eisler's writing is the descriptive nature of it. His action and plots are as fun and twisting as any action writer, but his descriptions are much more elaborate without being over done. Because it is written in first person, the descriptions are attributed to Rain's character and help to define this enigma of a contract killer

  • Kenny Bellew
    2019-04-09 05:02

    This is book 2 of Eisler's John Rain spy series. It's 352 pages, rated 4.09/5.0 and I rated it 4.0. I really like the pace of this book. It's just the right mix of story to action. The story is set in Japan and has the added benefit of discussing a lot of Japanese culture. In the story, John is tasked with eliminating a really bad and cruel criminal. Along the way, people in his life are affected by his work in a way that causes John a lot of internal struggle, so we watch John long for a normal life, normal love, normal day, but it's not so easy for John.

  • Hastings75
    2019-03-28 23:53

    Second book that I have read in this series and this novel did not let me down after a great first novel.John Rain remains the quintessential assassin who manages to protect his anonymity, kill the bad guys, work out who those bad guys are, slowly building a group around him that he trusts - all while finding time for the odd romantic liaison!Eisler has created a great character in John (and Tatsu - love that relationship) and I personally am glad I have the next 4 novels in the series awaiting me in my library!

  • Neil Plakcy
    2019-04-18 01:05

    I read all the Rain books under their original titles and didn't realize I was re-reading for a while. But that didn't matter; John Rain is such an intriguing character and the books have such a strong sense of place in Japan that I just kept on devouring the book. Sometimes the political stuff gets a bit much for me, but the writing is just beautiful.

  • Eliot Peper
    2019-03-26 01:54

    A Lonely Resurrection by Barry Eisler is a delightful, gritty espionage thriller set in Tokyo. This is Eisler's second novel starring John Rain, an ex-CIA agent turned assassin who specializes in "natural causes." Eisler himself is ex-CIA, an expert martial artist, and lived in Tokyo for many years. Personal experience gives his page-turners a sense of reality that never ceases to mesmerize me.

  • Leon Mare
    2019-04-17 03:05

    Another excellent book by Barry Eisler. His meticulous research and attention to detail is more than just impressive. The plot is intricately woven, and there are some devious minds at work here. I would hate to have Mr. Eisler as a chess opponent.

  • Denise
    2019-03-30 06:06

    This was the book through which I discovered this great thriller series years ago, so I really enjoyed reading it again. Every bit as good as the first in the series and recommended to everyone who likes the genre!

  • Skip
    2019-04-22 00:15

    I liked this book better than the first one (Rain Fall.) The plot was more interesting, and resolved one of the threads from the first book. Also, Eisler began to show more of the protagonist John Rain's inate goodness. Does a nice job of making Tokyo come alive too.

  • Faye
    2019-04-16 03:51

    I can't believe I enjoy reading a book about an assassin. But he does have scruples. Good read.

  • Mike
    2019-04-12 01:16

    The second John Rain book, it was slow getting started, but really took off about a third of the way in, with the customary violence and some extra romance.

  • Dave
    2019-04-15 04:03

    This is a really great read. I highly recommend it. If you haven't read the first John Rain thriller, " A Clean Kill In Tokyo,," I advise you to open that up first. It gives a lot of background as to who Rain is, who Harry is, and who Midori is. This book picks up where the first leaves off. John Rain is an a former Vietnam War commando who grew up in both Japan and in the states. He is also a deadly assasin. The book details his life underground and the links from his past that lead him out into dangerous waters. There is spy stuff, political intrigue, judo, mixed martial arts, hostess clubs, and blackmail. It's John rain against the whole Tokyo underworld. As with the first Rain book, this one takes the reader on a journey into the depths of Tokyo, a place that I for the first time find fascinating.

  • Tom Stamper
    2019-04-15 04:12

    John Rain returns in the second book to continue the fight he started against Japanese political corruption. He makes a few uneasy alliances and encounters the Japanese mob and the CIA along the way. Eisler explores the paradox of being lonely in a big city and how belonging to two cultures is the same as belonging to none. Eisler does as good of a job as anyone explaining how one becomes a killer and the character John Rain demonstrates the urge on several occasions in this telling. Yet the part of the book I like best is the journey through the cities and the techniques to escape detection. It's also a great look into the modern culture of Japan even if the geopolitical outlook is overwrought.

  • Krister
    2019-04-12 03:17

    The descriptions of Rain’s journey of self-discovery, his interactions and the expert way the action scenes are laid out are the real strengths of this series. A convoluted plot, with the intrigue and complexity created by the actions of the various law enforcement agencies and underworld characters may or may not be your thing. If it is then Eisler’s career history ensures there’s plenty of authentic detail. If not, I still believe these stories are multi-layered enough to fulfil most tastes.OK but not more.

  • Gabriel King
    2019-03-30 05:19

    This is my third John Rain book including the first prequel and I'm stilling loving this character. The author gives you amazing look into Japanese culture and really makes you feel like you in the city with John. I loved that we see both the professional and personal kills with John in this book. The way the author describes not just the physical act but the psychological aspect of it as well. It makes all the more human rather then less human.

  • Gerard
    2019-03-29 06:57

    The book depicts an interesting look on Japanese politics and its issues. The author writes with authority on Japanese culture and his description of the landscape. The storyline is good but the theme is common. What make this book standout for me was a look inside Japan from the authors insight. If you are interested in modern day Japan and a viewpoint of it today this is worth a read.

  • Michael
    2019-03-31 08:06

    I just can't get enough of these pulpy Japanese assassin turned good guy books. Even though they aren't exactly classic literature they're still fun and easy to read. I love the setting and all the little details, even if the writing isn't amazing. I look forward to devouring the next one and seeing how John Rain's semi-crusade against corrupt politicians continues to unfold.