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John Rain - half-Japanese, half-American, raised in both countries but at home in neither - is trying to leave his life as a freelance assassin. After killing a CIA officer who hunted him halfway around the globe, Rain goes underground, hoping to find the peace that has eluded him. But then Tatsu, his old nemesis from the Japanese FBI, comes to him with one last job: to fi...more
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Published June 10th 2004 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2003)
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Daniel
Full disclosure: I could accurately be labeled a 'gorehound' when it comes to movies. Give me viscera and splatter realized through practical effects, and I will crow with happiness. I've lost count of how many times I gave a resounding YES! in the middle of movie theater while others cringed from the gory spectacle on screen (the last time was during, oh yes, "Prometheus").

All of this said, there were moments when "Hard Rain" disturbed me.

I'm not sure what it was. I have read gobs of scenes in...more
Eric_W
Listened to this audiobook, read by Dick Hill who does a terrific job with pronouncing Japanese. At least it sounds authentic. Not having any clue, I wouldn’t know, but the perception of authenticity is as good as reality. And, of course, I’ll misspell all the names.

Eisler recreates an authentic Japanese world and culture, at least the seamier side -- apparently, as again, I have no experience with reality. But then, the book is a chimera, and creates a duality from contrast of Japanese culture...more
Larry
Having reread "Rain Fall" (2002), the first of the series of six novels, I've finally gotten around to the series. "A Lonely Resurrection" (international title is third in the series (Rain Storm" in the US, I think). John Rain, the child of a Japanese father and an American mother, grew up in two cultures, but was never a part of either. Largely as a result of that isolated state, he has worked as an assassin, though one with rules (no women, children, or collateral targets). Having created a ne...more
Kellie
#2 of the Rain series- I am definitely on the fence on this one. First, the good things…Eisler is a master at describing fight scenes so that it’s almost like watching it on a TV screen. He walks thru moves like a color commentator. I enjoy reading about Japan, it’s culture, the language. You would think the author is a native. He is American. What bothers me is what happens with a lot of authors who write series. They don’t give recaps about the history of the series. This is frustrating for th...more
Zoe and the Edge
I liked the scenarios and Rain himself better in this one. The writing is overall more intense. Rain uses everything in his box of tricks. He doesn't mind acting like a fool or suffering a little humiliation if it gets the job done. He's not uber-cool all the time. He's direct and doesn't put on unnecessary airs. His assessment of danger and opponents is logical and focused from a lifetime of experience. His ability to be such a normal person means that one of his greatest assets is that people...more
Lance Charnes
Jan 14, 2012 Lance Charnes rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series, fans of espionage stories
The second installment of Eisler's John Rain series offers more of the same, but less. The hit man-antihero is once again embroiled in the corruption and crime omnipresent in Eisler's portrayal of Japan, once again caught between yakuza on one hand and the CIA on another, and once again finding inventive ways to kill the people who become threats. There is much double- and triple-dealing, skulking about in dark shadows, and conspiracy enough to spare. This is the good stuff.

Where Hard Rain falls...more
Harry
All right, so I appear to be hunting for a specific character: from Jack Reacher (Lee Child), to Jonathan Quinn (Brett Battles), onto John Rain (Barry Eisler). From ex military, to cleaner, to assassin.

How do we as readers gain empathy for a killer? Simple enough, join John Rain in his voyage from assassin for hire to conscientious killer (kill bad guys) to wanting to get out of the business...but unwilling to leave his perspective of the world (no worries, this transformation takes place acros...more
Horizon
The second John Rain book and the action keeps on rolling. I love the John Rain character, a half American half Japanese killer for hire disillusioned by his time in both cultures. He is a realist and a killer, yet has not lost his humanity or a deepset sense of justice. I really enjoyed how this book piggybacked the end of the first in the series and continued to follow the loose ends left in the first book. The thing that stands out the most for me in Eisler's writing is the descriptive nature...more
adri patamoma
eu já tinha lido, há algum tempo, o primeiro livro desta série, que achei mais ou menos. acontece que, mesmo não tendo achado o livro ótimo, ele foi um livro que deixou mais recordações que o normal, e eu vivia lembrando dele, com vontade de ler mais da história -- então me rendi, e comprei o volume 2 pra ler. adorei, adorei! este livro é bem sperior ao primeiro! tudo flui tão bem que li tudinho em dois dias bastante movimentados, em filas, em taxis, em esperas, no cabeleireiro, e à noite na cam...more
Casey Hampton
The second John Rain novel, A Lonely Resurrection tells an assassin's tale set in the haunting cityscape of Tokyo. Picking up where A Clean Kill in Tokyo left off, Barry Eisler paints another striking canvas crowded with jazz clubs, single malts, rainy nights, and an assassin who never blinks first.

Eisler has his finger on the coursing pulse of Tokyo's arteries. The city's life beat becomes palpable.
The early morning air of Nogizaka was cool and slightly damp. Light from streetlamps lay in wea
...more
Temple Dog
Eisler’s 2nd novel in the John Rain series, Hard Rain was a sheer, unadulterated delight. Eisler takes Rain to a different level and expands on the character depth in his debut novel in the Rain series, Rain Fail.

Hard Rain picks up where the first novel left off. Now Rain has to make a choice “should I stay or should I go.” Again, nothing new here, the mercenary/assassin with the dark side but a conscience, (no women, no children, principals only) has to decide to pursue a normal life or well yo...more
Hudson Murrell
Good stuff here--I'll read more of the series. Eisler recently re-titled the series. I wondered 'why' at first, but probably just to re-generate interest. A friend (Ben S) re-read it, and that got me to thinking--'why.' Why would you re-read a book? Was he thinking about the book, or did he learn of it being re-titled, and interest was tweaked? Either way, it's a good read. In the clandestine spy world, there are assassins. Rain is one who takes every precaution to remain isolated, but is a bit...more
João  Cardeira Jorge
John Rain is a hard character to like. He´s a cold, calculating, killer for hire. He´s a bit of a paranoid. He´s basically someone you wouldn't want to meet!
Barry Eisler´s writing is also sometimes hard to enjoy. He´s in love with Japan and takes you on a tour. You read about subway stations, train stations, streets, the characters use japanese expressions which are then translated to english. It gets tiresome and annoying fast.
With all this its surprising just how compelling this book is. Rai...more
Skip
I liked this book better than the first one (Rain Fall.) The plot was more interesting, and resolved one of the threads from the first book. Also, Eisler began to show more of the protagonist John Rain's inate goodness. Does a nice job of making Tokyo come alive too.
Leon Mare
Another excellent book by Barry Eisler. His meticulous research and attention to detail is more than just impressive. The plot is intricately woven, and there are some devious minds at work here. I would hate to have Mr. Eisler as a chess opponent.
Denise
This was the book through which I discovered this great thriller series years ago, so I really enjoyed reading it again. Every bit as good as the first in the series and recommended to everyone who likes the genre!
Kris
The book is a decent sequel to the first one, though with a bit more killing than the first one. Eisler cuts back on the long rambling internal monologues about Rain's childhood and time in Vietnam, however the book does suffer from pacing issues. Most of the real action is crowded into the last seventy-five or so pages.

As in the first book, Eisler has created a likeable protaganist that you spend a lot of time wondering "HOW can I like this guy? He KILLS people for a living!" and yet you find y...more
Faye
I can't believe I enjoy reading a book about an assassin. But he does have scruples. Good read.
Zeke Chase
Rating: 7.5 / 10

I’m not sure why Eisler is re-releasing the John Rain series under new titles. I became aware of this series back when this was still named “Hard Rain”, and I rather like the puns of the titles, even if “A Lonely Resurrection” is a one-liner reference from the book itself and “Hard Rain” is just a pun. To me, this will always be “Hard Rain.”

I’m also not sure why Eisler has decided to re-record all the audiobooks, this time with himself as narrator. Although I read the first one i...more
Ana
*3,5 stars*

Podem ler a opinião completa em português, no blog Floresta de Livros.

After reading the excerpt (+80 pages) I was really into the story and wanted to read the rest. It took me almost a year to be able to buy the book, so I'm guessing the time apart wasn't the best. Maybe if I'd read this all from the start, I would've enjoyed it even more.

The book has a good story, complex and not always predictable. Fleshed-out characters, that aren't good nor bad (and this is good for the reader tha...more
Sara
The book is not well paced. In fact it sort of drags. Eisler enjoys using metaphor for describing the scenes around him. He does have a nice touch for it and you do get a good feeling for Toyko as he describes it to you. And he describes it a lot. I would have preferred less of background description, but that is a matter of taste.

Eisler occasionally writes in excruciating step by step detail the various movements of his character. On the one hand, it is in keeping with the character who is an...more
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Secondo episodio del killer di professione "John Rain". Ancora amabilmente ambientato nei sobborghi e nei quartieri più affascinanti di Tokyo, ritroviamo il nostro personaggio alle prese con un nuovo "incarico" che non ha richiesto personalmente. Il libro inizia quasi dove finiva il precedente e possiamo dire che ne è la diretta conseguenza; ritroviamo il nostro John che ha dovuto trasferirsi a Osaka per far perdere le proprie tracce e con il pensiero di inscenare la propria morte per poter scom...more
Hans
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Jon
The publisher backed at least 5 John Rain books for publication, and this one has a high enough Goodreads rating that I feel like I missed something.

At one point, a cop and John Rain are talking. The cop asks Rain if he knows what "pride fighting" is.

Normal conversational answer: "The mixed martial art? Sure."

Book answer: "Sure," I said. The Pride Fighting Championship is a mixed martial arts sport, based in Japan, with televised bouts held every two months or so. The idea behind the so-called...more
Zach
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Candice Hughes
I found this book on the "recommended by librarian" shelf at my fabulous local library.

It was a bit of departure from what I usually read, being a thriller in an organized crime setting. I seem to be on a trend though as this is the second organized crime thriller on my book pile.

The thing I liked most was the Tokyo setting plus a look at Japanese politics and crime (granted this book was published ten years ago).

The central character is a hard-fighting, workaholic, hit-man. Although he is som...more
Patricia  Scholes
How does a killer live his life? He is cautious in the extreme.
Enemies could be anywhere, friends are scarce, love is a hazard.

John Rain had one love, and one only—Midori. But he could no longer see her. She lived in another country altogether, and Rain was getting older, planning to retire.

Even so, he knew he could not retire in Midori’s arms. She thought he was dead.

And so he was. Each job, however, did not seem to be bringing him closer to retirement. Instead, he seemed to be finding his wa...more
Sam
Hard Rain, the second in author Barry Eisler's series of novels about contract killer John Rain, has had three titles, but none of them have accurately summarized what the book is all about. Best titled Unfinished Business, Hard Rain reads as an extended epilogue to the first Rain novel, Rain Fall, and has little identity of its own.

Those things that were positive about Eisler's debut novel remain positives here. The John Rain character is not uninteresting and the authentic details of Tokyo, wh...more
Joe Stamber
I'm torn between "liked it" and "really liked it" but as I gave the first book in the series 3 stars I've acquiesced and thrown this a 4. Like Rain Fall Hard Rain is an experience in cultural musings from an American/Japanese contract killer. Interspersed with these reflections on Japanese culture are brutal and mortal confrontations that leave the reader/listener in awe of Rain's capacity for calm in the face of circumstances that would leave the rest of us in knock kneed terror.

Eisler does a b...more
Walt Mccluskey
A Lonely Resurrection

A Lonely Resurrection

Another detailed story following the line established originally by Eisler. The verbalization of the sights and sounds of Japan make for a mental image of things that fortunately were not part of my memories from Japan but led credence to the tale. Easily recommended for all who are looking for a good adventure story that might have really occurred.
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Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "...more
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