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Samurai assassin John Rain returns in the national bestseller.

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

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"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)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Eisler unspools a plot full of warring secret government connections, cool spy paraphernalia, and vivid martial-arts sequences....But what makes Killing Rain worthwhile is the story's mostly first-person perspective: Even robotic vigilantes can have a human side. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly

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"[P]lenty of good action....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." Kirkus Reviews

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"Killing Rain is the weakest in the series, but it's by no means a failure. There's plenty of nicely detailed action here, and if the idea of a hard-edged professional killer with a conscience seems to be losing some of its oomph, Eisler is a skilled enough writer to resuscitate his hero next time out." Booklist

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Now employed by the Mossad to remove "problems" in Asia, Japanese-American assassin John Rain also has a new partner in former Marine sniper Dox. But when John botches an assignment, he finds himself on the run from both the Mossad and the CIA.

Synopsis:

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.…

About the Author

Barry Eisler's novels Rain Fall, Hard Rain, and Rain Storm have been translated into fifteen languages and have been optioned for film by Barrie Osborne, the Oscar-winning producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Edward Hahn, July 22, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
John Rain, the protagonist in Barry Eisler's novels, reminds me of Elmore Leonard's Hitman. He thinks. He doubts. He questions the value of what he does. He gets older and slower and compensates for that. He asks himself what "the greater good" really is? He hesitates when the man he is supposed to kill shows up with his son, a decision that almost costs him his life. He struggles with commitment and trust.

It is rewarding to see an assassin with a brain and an author who is not afraid to put Rain's thoughts on paper rather than depend on non-stop action to move the story forward.

This is the best of the John Rain books I've read so-far and in some way the most realistic and believable, although it's hard to imagine that people with Rain's range of skills really exist.

Perhaps I liked the fact that the story mostly takes place in Manila, Bangkok and Hong Kong, three cities I am very familiar with.

There is no dearth of action either, even some humor in the interplay between Rain and his new buddy/partner Dox. The ending is satisfying if just a little bit too neat.

I had already read the next book in the series, "The Last Assassin", out of order. I will also have to go back to the one preceding this one, "Rainstorm" before gifting myself with the last book in the series "Requiem for an Assassin".
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451412188
Author:
Eisler, Barry
Publisher:
Onyx Books
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Japanese Americans
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Technothrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
John Rain Thrillers
Series Volume:
04
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.76x4.24x1.04 in. .40 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 384 pages Onyx Books - English 9780451412188 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Eisler unspools a plot full of warring secret government connections, cool spy paraphernalia, and vivid martial-arts sequences....But what makes Killing Rain worthwhile is the story's mostly first-person perspective: Even robotic vigilantes can have a human side. (Grade: B+)"
"Review" by , "[P]lenty of good action....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."
"Review" by , "Killing Rain is the weakest in the series, but it's by no means a failure. There's plenty of nicely detailed action here, and if the idea of a hard-edged professional killer with a conscience seems to be losing some of its oomph, Eisler is a skilled enough writer to resuscitate his hero next time out."
"Synopsis" by , Now employed by the Mossad to remove "problems" in Asia, Japanese-American assassin John Rain also has a new partner in former Marine sniper Dox. But when John botches an assignment, he finds himself on the run from both the Mossad and the CIA.
"Synopsis" by ,
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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