Zero Sum : John Rain

  • by Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by Barry Eisler
  • Series: John Rain
  • 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Returning to Tokyo in 1982 after a decade of mercenary work in the Philippines, a young John Rain learns that the killing business is now controlled by Victor, a half-Russian, half-Japanese sociopath who has ruthlessly eliminated all potential challengers. Victor gives Rain a choice: kill a government minister or die a grisly death. But the best route to the minister is through his gorgeous Italian wife, Maria, a route that puts Rain on a collision course not only with Victor but with the shadowy forces behind the Russian's rise to dominance - and the longings of Rain's own conflicted heart.
It's a battle between kingpin and newcomer, master and apprentice, a zero-sum contest that can only end with one man dead and the other the world's foremost assassin.


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Customer Reviews

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Welcome back John Rain!

Oh Thank You Barry Eisler! I've been hoping that John Rain would make an appearance at some point and that the author hadn't given him up. Since he has been writing some other really good stand alone books I was curious if Rain had been retired.
Anyway back to this book. Basically this book is about John Rain being set up. He's given a difficult assignment of killing a politician by an unbalanced Russian ex spetznaz who is being used by an ex CIA honcho working the wrong side now. The plan is to have Rain complete the job based on intelligence provided by them and they will kill him afterward.
It's very interesting to listen to his introspective examination of his situation and his calculations of how he he will counterattack and his anxiety over whether he can pull it off. This being a much younger John Rain, he has not yet honed his skills to the lethal weapon he will become.
I think Eisler does a fantastic job narrating his own books.
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- shelley

Another solid Rain saga

Glad to have Rain back! Story was intriguing. I have only two small complaints. First, Rain seems a bit untouchable as a main character for me. He never gets hurt or seemingly close to injury which is a bit unbelievable. Second, while I like the narrator, his Italian accent was atrocious. But I enjoyed the book immensely and will listen to the next installment. Oh, last of the things I LOVE about the author is his use of the language. I always learn five or six words I have never heard with each new book!
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- J. Carver

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-27-2017
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio