Published February 5th by Barry Eisler (first published July 14th ) .. I read this one under the name “Hard Rain” and it is #2 of the John Rain series. Rain #2. Previously published as Hard Rain (US) and Blood From Blood (UK). ” a superlative job entertaining and suspenseful enough to keep you turning. Summary and reviews of Hard Rain by Barry Eisler, plus links to a book excerpt from Hard Rain and author biography of Barry Eisler.

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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 eisoer 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 sisler 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 yard to see return for another installment. If you’ve a yen for a thriller that mixes suspense, intrigue, and action with a Japanese flavor and a hardboiled American attitude, Eisler’s Hard Rain is an excellent choice.

Rain FallEisler’s first book about Japanese-American Vietnam vet John Rain, a hired assassin for government agencies in Tokyo and Washington, worked so well that the author wisely decided to keep all the elements intact in this captivating follow-up.

Once again, the nightscape of Tokyo is painted in eisker dark tones, scored to the live jazz of the clubs where Rain drinks from a menu of expensive single malt whiskeys. Once again, Rain knows everything about the arts of killing and avoiding surveillance-from the sound a man’s ribs make when he’s crushed to death trying to lift too much weight to how to use a container of very hot tea to ruin a would-be pursuer’s day.

Once again Rain has to decide whether any of the people he’s working for-the shrewd Tatsu, a veteran agent of Japan’s FBI who seems to be dedicated to battling high-level corruption; various shady American CIA agents-are to be trusted.

And once again, Rain realizes how alone he really is, despite the promise of love and companionship from a couple of very interesting women. Eisler acknowledges the help of experts in many areas, but it’s barty own impressive literary skills that make his John Rain such a fascinating, touching and wholly believable character. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?


Trying to end his career as an assassin-for-hire, Japanese-American John Rain goes underground only to be approached by nemesis and Japanese FBI agent Tatsu to eliminate a sociopathic killer who could tip the balance of power in Japan towards the mafia.

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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Not as good as the first in the series which I raib was excellent. This one is a bit slow to start and the glimmer of humanity shown by protagonist John Rain- an assassin in the first novel is now absent.

I feel this detracted considerably from the characters appeal. Still it’s a good book, but be aware, this novel is very much a sequel and anyone trying to read it without first reading A clean kill in Tokyo, is going to find much of the story confusing.

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A very good read. John Rain is doing a job of his pal Tatsu. Tatsu is head of the Japanese FBI. To do bsrry job Rain has to get close to the guy.

He’s an iron freak named Ishihara who worked out every day at a gym he owned. Rain started going to the gym and one thing leads to another and he “gets” his man. Rain meets with Harry, his nerd computer guru. Harry has a girlfriend. Harry with a girlfriend?? That just doesn’t compute as far as Rain is concerned. Eialer decides to check this “girlfriend” out. She works at the Damask Rose a social club where pole dancing and lap dances and other things are the norm.

Rain gets a good look at eilser girl. Yukiko is way, way, way out of Harry’s league. Suspision abounds for Rain. He starts watching Harry to see if anyone is following him. He ambush’s Kanezaki and his companion. Seems Kanezaki, an American Japanese, has been tasked with finding Rain. He works for the CIA. He wasn’t supposed to contact Rain, just find him. He tailed Harry to find Rain. Of course Rain found him. Kanesaki tells Rain about a program, Crepuscular. A program thats supposed to remove impediments to reform.


Reform that would help the Japanese economy. The CIA wants Rains assistance. Assistance to “remove” impediments. Tatsu also has another favor eislwr wants Rain to do.

This one abrry a MMA killer. This guy is also a dog fighter and a murderer. So begins another really good read where Rain loses a friend, and ends up going head to head with a murderer. Five Stars and then some.

I love the Rain series!

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I’ve read them before but it it was great to come back and read this one again. Having lived in Japan for three years it’s nice to hear all the places that hagd goes to. It brings back so many memories. Iesler think that is one of the things I enjoy the most, the attention to the details and the descriptive writing.

Also I esiler that John Rain is such a complex character. He is at times very American and yet he’s so Japanese. He can be so heartless and cold, but then he cares too deeply.

You feel for the main characters. I stumbled upon the first John Rain book about a month or so ago A Clean Kill in Tokyo and was shocked at how exciting it was.

I hadn’t expected much since I never heard of this series before. But it was a really fun book. This second had was also exciting and fun. A lot of pop authors are really not up to par, but a few can really tell a tale, and I have to say that Barry Eisler is one of them.

Along with Harlan Coben and Lee Childs, and very few others.

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My main complaint about the book is that the character’s age jard not jibe harc the new-improved timeframe of the book. However, John Rain was a Vietnam vet, and this book mentions his interactions with his father as a child inall indicating that he was born in about So his highly expert physical moves surely should start to degrade now that he hadd in his 50’s? Plus, sleeping around with girls in their 20’s and 30’s and they just love him?

Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. In this sequel to the first John Rain novel, the excellent, “Rain Fall,” Anti-hero rain is forced into action again as his old nemisis Tatsu tracks him down and recruits him to take care of a very tough character.

Despite the fact that he’s a hired killer who specializes in making his hits look like natural causes, Rain is a very complex individual who has his own rules rqin engagement.