After nearly dying while taking out a target in Hong Kong, Rain has a new employer, the Mossad, which wants him to fix a "problem" in Manila. He also has a new partner, Dox, whose good-ol'-boy persona masks a sniper as deadly as Rain himself. And he has a new hope: that 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 the Manila hit, he finds out the next problem the Mossad wants fixed is himself. Is Delilah, his Mossad lover, coming to help him? Or was she sent to finish him off?
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REDEMPTION GAMES redeems John Rain series
I've tried the John Rain books before and wasn't a big fan, but then I tried the Ben Treven series and wanted more (there are only two so far). So, I went back to John Rain now that Barry Eisler is narrating them - WOW! What a difference. I'm now on a marathon and Love this series. I guess the reader really does make all the difference. This was such a good book. Great story, easy to follow and fast paced. Can't get over the difference, last Rain book I listened to I thought was boring, I'm relistening now and want them all.
Barry Eisler narrates wonderfully. He did a smart thing reading his own works. I can't believe these are the same books. Five star listening material!
More of the same but now with a twist
I really dig Eisler’s John Rain series. I’m still plowing through them and enjoying the hell out of them. I reviewed the first novel in the series and there isn’t much for me to add, which is a bit of a problem for me. Being addictive and fun is one thing. It’s just that by this entry, the series has lost its freshness and feels like it’s reaching for ways to justify its continued existence. Luckily Eisley scores two major ways in amplifying the roles of Delilah and Dox, both part of Team Rain. I could honestly do without the heavy duty sex scenes, haha, but Delilah is a wonderful character. And Dox is a great counterpoint to John Rain, even if he feels sort of sprung from a Cracker Jacks box. What I mean by that is these kind of buddy characters tend to turn up a lot in stories involving guys who knew each other “back in the war.” It reminds me a little of Sean Penn’s brother in Footloose and Goose in Top Gun and that episode of Magnum where Magnum has to deal with a cowboy ex-special forces operator who comes to Hawaii to beat up somebody for turning out his sister or something along those lines. Good stuff, but Eisler feels a little more like he’s on autopilot. Still totally worth buying if you’re already a, uh, ‘Rain man’ or Rain woman.’
- Bradley P. Valentine "Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work."