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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.
©2017 Barry Eisler (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By shelley on 06-28-17

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.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-18-17

Eisler is the Best Narrator for hosting Books

Eisler's pronunciation of Japanese (maybe with a hint of American accent) is certainly a plus. It's nice to have Rain as. "player" again instead of wanting to quit all of the time. It gives the books that take place later in time more depth.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-02-17

Brilliant

Once again a fantastic story, and amazing audio. Barry has an amazing voice and his stories are gripping

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5 out of 5 stars
By H. M. Markham on 07-16-17

Great book filling in interesting background.

Barry Eisler has now established himself as best narrator of his own audiobooks. Story some interesting background about how Rain developed as the go to man for lethal dark ops.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mark W on 11-05-17

A great book but a bit too romance heavy.

Eisler continues the John rain series with John this time facing off against Victor.

I've read all 9 Rain Novels and love them all and I would say Victor is an exceptional enemy, one of the best Rain has faced. This book is good and stands well with the series, but is faulted heavily by the absolute non-stop romance sub-plot (that probably has twice the page count as the actual main plot).

When the enemy is as well written and mysterious as Victor, it should have really being a cat & mouse chase throughout the book. Instead it's likely the most romance heavy of all the Rain novels.

Rain's popular because of the grit, spy craft and twits - I hope the series slows down on the romance and continues to be what is should be, a spy novel.

Overall it's still a great book and I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys the rain Novels, but I really hope Barry slows down on the romance.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Shayne on 07-06-17

What happened

This was a really poor storyline compared to other novels in this series. Disappointing read.

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