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Rain Fall (John Rain Book 1) by Barry Eisler

Rain Fall (John Rain Book 1) (original 2002; edition 2003)

by Barry Eisler

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Title:Rain Fall (John Rain Book 1)
Authors:Barry Eisler
Info:Signet (2003), Edition: First, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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A Clean Kill in Tokyo by Barry Eisler (2002)

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    Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child (BeckyJG)
    BeckyJG: John Rain is a hero who is similar in many ways to Jack Reacher. A man of action and of few words, deep, lonely (even if he doesn't realize it). Rain is perhaps more morally ambiguous than Reacher; both kill without hesitation and little remorse, but Rain is, after all, an assassin, and gets paid to do so.… (more)
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    Lost Light by Michael Connelly (Jestak)
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    Killing Floor by Lee Child (crazybatcow)
    crazybatcow: Lee Child's series starring Reacher starts with Killing Floor. If you like Rain's no-nonsense doing of whatever job it is that needs to be done, you'll probably like Child's series too.

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A good blend of pulp, noir and mystery, set in Tokyo (mostly) and told from the traditional first-person point of view. A brief stumble into bad cliché near the end (and one that's a personal pet peeve, making it stand out for me) is the only thing that mars an otherwise terrific story, and everything else--including the ultimate resolution--is well done. Well above average both in terms of setting a scene and in characterization. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to care about a professional assassin, but Eisler does a good job of making John Rain human and likable. How can you not like someone who appreciates jazz and single malts? All that's missing from the trifecta is a love of baseball... ( )
  jimgysin | Jun 19, 2017 |
I read the Library of Congress talking book version of this novel, and the narration of John Haag is superb! The book is well written and the main character, though an assassin for hire, is someone I came to love. Smoothe flowing prose nicely portrays his professional side and his very human side. John Rain has been inducted into my "favorite characters " hall of fame. My digital book contains the first five Rain novels, and I will be reading them all in one sitting...something I usually don't do. There are now two authors only that I can read continually until series completion: Barry Eisler and Ridley Pearson. Mr Eisler, do not take this lightly. Pearson has been my top author since the mid nineties. Only now does he share that spot...with you sir. ( )
  briellenadyne | Jan 15, 2017 |
Review: A Clean Kill In Tokyo by Barry Eisler.

The story takes place in Japan and I thought the author did a good job of creating the hard atmosphere of the dark side of Tokyo and developing interesting characters. Eisler takes his time creating scenes that allows the reader to visualize the dark crevices and the grave environment of Tokyo. The novel gives the reader a little bit of shady whiskey bars, packed and claustrophobic subway trains, graphic realistic violence, muscle men lurking in the shadows and most of all a cold blooded killer.

The story is about John Rain, the son of a Japanese father and an American mother who introduced him to both cultures which he never felt comfortable in. He found himself most comfortable when at war. Years after Vietnam, Rain remains at war as a modern day Japanese warrior who works as an assassin for hire. He’s smart and is very good and careful of what he does, specializing in deaths that are made to appear as natural causes.

The novel provides a lot of background on Rain, the demons that haunt him, and the career that makes intimate relationships impossible. This is where Rain recklessly lets his guard down and becomes involved with a recent victim’s daughter…..
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
"Rain Fall" is a terrific debut about a Japanese-American hit man who works his profession under cover of being a "market-entry consultant" in Tokyo. John Rain is an efficient killer who will take on any assignment where the death needs to appear natural. But he's a killer-for-hire with particular rules of engagement, he only accepts contracts to eliminate principal parties and he will not touch women or children.

John Rain is a remarkable creation, a multifaceted killer with the soul of a poet. He is easily one of the most interesting characters to come along in some time. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
good but not the best in this series ( )
  PaulRx04 | Apr 15, 2016 |
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John Rain, a Japanese American konketsu, or half-breed, learned his lethal trade as a member of the U.S. Special Forces. Although tortured by memories of atrocities he committed in Vietnam, he has become a paid assassin, a solitary man who lives in the shadows and trusts no one, even those who pay extraordinary sums for his ability to make murder look like natural death. But the aftermath of an otherwise routine hit on a government bureaucrat brings Rain to the attention of two men he knows from the old days in Vietnam: a friend who's now a Tokyo cop and an enemy who betrayed Rain long ago and is now the CIA's station chief in Japan. Like the gangster who hired Rain to kill Yasuhiro Kawamura, they want something the dead man had--a computer disk containing proof of high-level corruption, information that could destroy Japan's ruling political coalition. The search for the disk leads them to a woman Rain has come to love, a talented young jazz musician who also happens to be Kawamura's daughter. In this taut, brilliantly paced debut thriller, set in a vividly rendered Tokyo, the author manages an unlikely feat; he earns the reader's sympathy and concern for his protagonist, an amoral assassin who is one of most compelling characters in recent crime fiction. --Jane Adams

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Half American, half Japanese, John Rain is based in Tokyo -- where he kills people for a living. But he won't kill just anyone. And never a woman. Rain may not be a good man, but he's good at what he does -- until he falls for the beautiful daughter of his last kill.… (more)

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