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Hard Rain Paperback – 2 Dec 2004

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Airside ed edition (2 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141010118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141010113
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 3.1 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,381,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barry Eisler's half-breed freelance assassin John Rain returns to Tokyo for a second outing in Hard Rain, the sequel to Eisler's stunning 2002 debut, Rain Fall. Once again Rain is working with, or at least parallel to, Tatsu, a wily veteran of Japan's FBI equivalent, who aims to cleanse the Japanese government of its systemic corruption. To further this goal, he's persuaded the ever-cautious Rain to take out Murakami, a brutal gangster and hitman who specializes in making his killings look like suicide, a specialty Rain thought was his alone. Liquidating the dangerous and elusive Murakami proves to be a difficult task, however, one that leads to personal loss for Rain, and sets the plot on course for a climax that hits with the power of a well-delivered roundhouse kick.

Eisler builds on Rain's self-enforced isolation and loneliness as he expertly shows the reader Tokyo as channeled by Chandler, transforming the burgeoning metropolis into a noir catacomb of dimly lit hostess bars, scheming bureaucrats, shadowy intelligence agents, and outlaw martial arts dojos where thugged-up yakuza train for illicit death matches.

While the plot becomes complicated toward the novel's conclusion, Rain is a refreshing and complex character whom readers will want to see return for another instalment. If you've a yen for a thriller that mixes suspense, intrigue, and action with a Japanese flavour and a hardboiled American attitude, Eisler's Hard Rain is an excellent choice. --Benjamin Reese, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A gripping, coherent thriller. Rain is a classic character' -- Times

'An adrenaline-soaked thriller ... Eisler knows how to keep the pages turning' -- Observer

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I love "action" books, that is thrillers that involve a bit of action. There are so many titles out there that have promise, you read the blurb and it sounds good, until you actually read it and it is just poorly written, totally unbeliveable or just plain bad. (If you can finish a Clive Cussler this book is not for you).

I really enjoed this book, it was very well written, weaved a good story and was set in an exotic location (Japan). It had a good pace - built the tension well and had the odd bit of violence (but it wasnt over the top supercar chases, jumpin out of planes without parachutes, etc).

I recommend it and have just ordered 2 more by the same author via Amazon. (The Anti Hero John Rain is just so interesting).

ps I didnt read the first in the series and it was esay to jump into this one.
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Previously published as Hard Rain / Blood from Blood, as the author didn't agree with his former publishers about the title. I'm impressed that the author begins by listing the previous names given to the book - fans could easily assume that they have picked up a new book by the author otherwise. Very honest.

John Rain is an assassin and tough guy (Hard Rain, geddit?) and the book opens with him bumping off a Japanese mobster. Rain's speciality is making it appear that his subjects die of natural causes. Interspersed with the ultra-violence are detailed descriptions of the trade-craft of the assassin - evading surveillance and tracking down his targets. The character's introspection dominates - never trust anyone, not even his friend (singular) and lovers (plural, but only just).

Far from a sympathetic subject, even though the novel is written in the first person. But endlessly fascinating, not least because it is set largely in Tokyo.
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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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This book kept my attention and did not suffer from poor editing for which I am grateful. I quite liked the main John Rain character and, although Japan is not a place I feel a desire to visit, the setting was a change and I enjoyed the political-cultural observations.
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By Michael Watson VINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2009
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After reading Eisler's first 'John Rain' thriller, 'Rain Fall' I was desperate to find a copy of his second story to feature the half Japanese, half American assassin. Regrettably, I was disappointed. This novel is much slower, much more introspective and rather long on the security procedures the man takes to avoid detection. Frankly, we know he does all this, so why repeatedly tell us? The story features many of the characters from the earlier book; evidently, some will not reappear in the third story which tends to suggest the author's view on life - as seen through his characters - is pretty transient.

That said, on the positive side, I continue to appreciate Rain - he is a man you will either like or hate. Since I already have the third book, 'Choke Point', I fall into the fan club side of the readership. I hope this one will have more action and less ruminations about what Rain is going to do next and why. So far, he's been considering moving to USA, now Brazil; I wait for his next destination with some interest, though I suspect Japan will win out yet again.
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Can't believe I've not read any Eisler before. This book was done and dusted in 2 days. Already half way through next in series. A real page turner from first to last. A must if you're into crime thrillers..
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By NeuroSplicer TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2007
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Boy,can this guy create a cool character! I liked his first book better,this one is a bit darker and slower, yet can't wait for more!
Keep them coming Barry!
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My favourite book in the John Rain series but why do they need to keep changing the titles?? This is the third title change for this book and it can be a little confusing. I already have two copies of one book in the series for this reason!
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