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4.0 out of 5 stars A slight slip but still ahead
Rain Storm, the third in Barry Eisler's series starring the eponymous John Rain, is a great thriller. It just isn't quite up to the the quality of the previous two books, Rain Fall & Hard Rain.
Its still a great read. John Rain remains a marvelous creation; enigmatic, a modern day Ronin or masterless Samurai. The plot is cleverly constructed and holds your...
Published on 20 Aug 2004 by C. Green

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3.0 out of 5 stars Violent, well-researched... and a bit slow
This solid thriller offers much to appeal to lovers of the genre: exotic locations, masses of convincing detail, gadgets galore, and a ruthless yet anguished professional assassin, John Rain. There are several good action set-pieces, and various villains meet suitably sticky ends. Despite all this, I found the book surprisingly easy to put down: it's all a bit wordy, with...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slight slip but still ahead, 20 Aug 2004
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C. Green "happily low brow" (Quenington, Glos, UK) - See all my reviews
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Rain Storm, the third in Barry Eisler's series starring the eponymous John Rain, is a great thriller. It just isn't quite up to the the quality of the previous two books, Rain Fall & Hard Rain.
Its still a great read. John Rain remains a marvelous creation; enigmatic, a modern day Ronin or masterless Samurai. The plot is cleverly constructed and holds your interest. The supporting characters are, like Rain, suitably enigmatic. The action sequences are taught and coherent.
The only real problem is Eisler's decision to almost completely excise one of the major characters from the previous two books; namely Japan itself. Its like the Third Man without Vienna or Woody Allen without New York. As portrayed by Eisler the place had an identity all of its own that complimented and supported Rain. It added a richness to the narrative and a real sense of exoticism. Without its presence Rain Storm feels somehow lighter and less substantial, in turn highlighting other weaknesses such as the comparatively slight nature of the plot and the loss of recurring characters such as Midori.
Eisler tries to compensate by using Macau, Hong Kong and Rio as surrogates but you can tell that his familiarity with these places, and his affection for them is not as great. They are poor substitutes.
So, not a real loss of form. All the essentials are there and unp to scratch bar one. As long as Rain returns to Japan soon and ceases to wander the world all will be right as r.....no, that's one joke too far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why stop the Rain Storm, 17 Aug 2005
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C. Green "happily low brow" (Quenington, Glos, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Choke Point (Hardcover)
For those who are unaware, Choke Point is the UK title for the third in Barry Eisler's excellent series of John Rain books. In the US it was published under the title 'Rain Storm'. Why the publishers saw fit to change it here is unknown. Either way, if you've been waiting for the next installment in the adventures of the modern-day 'Ronin' John Rain then purchase and enjoy. If you've already picked up an import copy of Rain Storm then save your money for Killing Rain, the fourth in the series, recently published in the US.
For those who have not yet had the opportunity to catch up on Rain's third adventure the question will be 'is it any good?' The answer is 'yes, it's a great thriller'. Unfortunately it must be added that at the same time it fails to live-up to the the quality level of the previous two books, Rain Fall & Hard Rain.
Its still a great read. John Rain remains a marvelous creation; enigmatic, a modern day Ronin or masterless Samurai. The plot is cleverly constructed and holds your interest. The supporting characters are, like Rain, suitably enigmatic. The action sequences are taught and coherent.
The fundamental flaw is Eisler's decision to almost completely excise one of the major characters from the previous two books; namely Japan itself. Its like the Third Man without Vienna or Woody Allen without New York. As portrayed by Eisler the place had an identity all of its own that complimented and supported Rain. It added a richness to the narrative and a real sense of exoticism. Without its presence Rain Storm feels somehow lighter and less substantial, in turn highlighting other weaknesses such as the comparatively slight nature of the plot and the loss of recurring characters such as Midori.
Eisler tries to compensate by using Macau, Hong Kong and Rio as surrogates but you can tell that his familiarity with these places, and his affection for them is not as great. They are poor substitutes.
So, not a real loss of form. All the essentials are here bar one and those that are are up to scratch. The next installment, when it appears and whether Rain returns to Japan or not, will almost certainly be worth buying. This is a compelling series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rain drops the best of them, 10 April 2009
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Michael Watson "skirrow22" (Halifax, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Choke Point (Paperback)
The third in the series and it's a darn site better than the previous novel, 'Hard Rain' (see my review). The man, John Rain, is back in action and for his fans, myself included, he meets out death and destruction in his unique style. This book brings into play two extra characters, 'Dox' a super sniper and Deliliah, a Mossad agent.

These two, managing eventually to gain Rain's nervous trust, really bring the action to the fore and it is in this genre that Eisler writes so well. He's not quite so good when trying to make Rain a conscientuous assassin but, no matter, the book reads well and I'm glad he's back on track: I was slightly worried after the last book that Rain was going nowhere. In fact, in this book, he goes to many cities worldwide which makes the story a little less exciting, as the atmosphere of Tokyo is missing regrettably. Anyway, I did enjoy the book and am now heading for 'One Last Kill' or 'Killing Rain' as it's billed in USA.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another gripping John Rain book, 1 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Winner Take All (previously published as Rain Storm/Choke Point) (John Rain) (Kindle Edition)
Sorry its more or less the same as my other reveiws on the John Rain series but to me the 6/7 books are really one big book as they are so linked up. Excellent read! I have read all 7 John Rain books, including the Rain/Delilah short story in less than 10 days. Couldnt put the man Rain down! I like the way they are all seperate stories but linked. The man is an assassin but you cant help but like him, even if he is not stuck together properly. Read them all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Action Novel, 20 Dec 2013
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Lee Hanley (London, England) - See all my reviews
This is my first John Rain book and I liked it a lot. I've missed a few in the sequence but it didn't detract from the read although there were a few back references.

Its an excellent story of a man sent on a complex assassination mission. There is lots of interesting tradecraft plus martial arts details. This is coupled with an excellent Rio - Macau - HK setting and some devious twists and turns in the story.

Something different in terms of theme - a complex character who feels guilt and some loneliness yet ruthless and capable of human contact at the same time - well worth reading - very engrossing
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Barry Eisler novels are good, 24 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Winner Take All (previously published as Rain Storm/Choke Point) (John Rain) (Kindle Edition)
Yes, a. Good read - all his books that I have read so far were good - I am reading them in order of issue - good value for money too
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER TAUT, PROVOCATIVE THRILLER BY BARRY EISLER, 18 Aug 2004
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Gail Cooke (TX, USA) - See all my reviews
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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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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Violent, well-researched... and a bit slow, 27 Mar 2006
This review is from: Choke Point (Paperback)
This solid thriller offers much to appeal to lovers of the genre: exotic locations, masses of convincing detail, gadgets galore, and a ruthless yet anguished professional assassin, John Rain. There are several good action set-pieces, and various villains meet suitably sticky ends. Despite all this, I found the book surprisingly easy to put down: it's all a bit wordy, with many lengthy discussions between hard-man Rain and some rather stereotypical secondary characters, and no real sense of tension drawing you into the narrative.
Upside: quite a bit of action. Downside: not enough.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rain Storm, 29 July 2005
This book has also been released under the title "Choke Point".
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