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Rain Storm (John Rain #3)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  3,832 ratings  ·  157 reviews
John Rain flees to Brazil to find peace-but inevitably finds himself with a new assignment: take out an arms dealer in Southeast Asia.
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 28th 2005 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published July 22nd 2004)
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Andrew Smith
I've got to like John Rain. He's a stone cold killer - assassinating someone never ruins his day. The broken necks are many, the martial arts skills thoroughly honed. But the true skill demonstrated here is how Eisler is able to develop Rain into a sympathetic character, one who appreciated good Scotch Whiskey, who love jazz and who is thoughtful and caring in his relationships with women. It probably shouldn't work but it does.

I can't get too excited about the story this time around - I drifte
**4.5 stars**

After the thoroughly depressing conclusion of Hard Rain (book 2 in the series) I sincerely hoped that the world would leave John Rain alone and I wouldn’t have to hear about him again. Not because I didn’t enjoy the books but because I thought the guy deserved some peace. You have to give some kudos to an author when he makes you feel like that for a hired assassin.

Rain Storm has a (very slightly) more positive outlook. Please don’t get the impression that the book is a ray of sunsh
this is the 250th book I've read this year.

if you like thrillers, you should really give these Eisler books a try.
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
Bill Lalonde
This is the first book I've read by Eisler (though note that it's not the first, but the third, in the series) and is was surprisingly really, really good. Eisler can really write, and has created a main character who is at the same time highly skilled and all-too-humanly flawed, exotic yet realistic. It takes talent to write about an assassin who's believably heroic. The book is fast-paced and action-packed but also deeply reflective. Well done.
Wow, picked ths one up on a lark and it was a good find. I had never heard of Barry Eisler before reading this book but it's great.

The main character (John Rain) is a high level, assasin who takes up what looks to be just another job. Well, it turn out to be anything but "just another job". So, John is out on an island on his own trying to complete the job and avoid becoming a targeted victom himself.

What makes this book even better than the plot and characters alone is that Eisler is an ex-CIA
I'll be honest, I bought the book because I knew it wouldn't hold me in a chair all night until I finished reading it. I read Hard Rain and was less than engrossed. But I did want to see how the conspiracy evolved.
Unfortunately the conspiracy does not continue in this book, so I still don't know and probably won't read another one.
Eisler is still bogged down in t0o much metaphoric imagery. Pages of descriptions of scenery while Rain takes long lonely walks to make sure he is being followed. I
"From Macao to Acapulco from Havana to Seville
We'll see monoliths and bridges and the Christ up on the hill"
--Pogues "Drunken Boat"

I'm a completist, so you'll see the other John Rain sequels appearing on my summer reading list. The series is getting better as the side characters start to play a larger role. This is in part due to their appearance in small sections of each book. John Rain is a pro, but he is a lot more interesting when he has to deal with people in other ways than his special tal
Joseph Akbrud
Despite the mediocre reviews that "Winner Take All" received on Goodreads I decided to give it a shot anyway. Having read the first two John Rain novels I assumed that I would have a greater appreciation for the character that would negate some of the criticism that the novel received.

Having read the previous two John Rain novels definitely helped make the book more relevant. It is completely understandable why someone who has not read any of the previous novels would be confused. I would even
Dave Levine
I guess I landed on 2.5 when I finished the book.Multiple times in the first half, I was tempted to just stop even though I really dislike doing that. The issue is that this book is harder work than it should be. Unless you are reading a text book, reading should be enjoyable.

The issue is that Mr. Eisler obviously has a very well formed vocabulary. The problem is that he backs up the truck and dumps it on you in its entirety and unnecessarily.

The plot was fine, the characters fine. If this was a
Brinn Colenda
This was my first Barry Eisler book...I met Barry last month at the Pike's Peak Writer's Conference...was impressed with the man and now am impressed with the excellent work...Barry is an intelligent guy, articulate and personable. His characters are well-developed, interesting, and worldly. His vocabulary is somewhat elevated from the usual thriller...I liked that. The plot was great, the commentary was interesting and illuminating. I learned a lot of useful information, as well as ...more
It was fun, contemporary spy/assassin novel. I think this was the second book with Rain in it & I haven't read the first. It stood alone well & was pretty good. There were a few too many digressions with Rain philosophizing over his life & situation, feeling sorry for himself due to the way he is cut off from having a close relationship with a woman. It got old by the end, but it was the major theme of the book & the overall hook. The paranoia in his life was severe & he did ...more
TJ Creamer
I so enjoyed Tom Wood's series with Victor, that I went looking for another to feed my fix/need.

I stumbled across Barry Eisler and have read the entire 8-book series. And was very pleased. As such, this is the same review for all 8 books.

The author reads his own work, and after listening to Tom Wood's series with Rob Shapiro as the wonderful narrator, this took me a while to adapt to the reading style.

But don't let that dissuade you. Barry Eisler does a really really fine job of narrating, and y
Alan Mills
Fast moving addition to the "Rain" series (this is the third book in the series, it was previously released under two other titles: Rain Storm and Choke Point). Rain has retired to Rio for some much needed down time, but is found by his CIA employers. He is sent off on a new mission, to kill a Middle Eastern arms dealer in Macau. He re-ups with Dox (a super-sniper, who also provides some comic relief to Rain's deadly seriousness), and mayhem ensues, along with a mysterious beautiful unknown, Del ...more
Casey Hampton
- Serviceable -

This is a fairly straightforward assassin-thriller-suspense story. I was in need of a sharp change in literary direction after having just finished up Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion, and thought Eisler would do the trick. And it did what I wanted it to do, primarily to yank me out of my post-Kesey warm-groove-fuzzy. I love the literary warm-groove-fuzzy (can't get enough).

This is the third volume in the John Rain series. In the previous two books, I was impressed with Eisler's s
Reinaldo Lourenço
Inicio cheio de ritmo, cenas de pancaria non stop...
Mas depois a acçao vai perdendo fulgor, daí nao ter dado as 5*.
Apesar de não perceber nada de judo e artes marciais, este gajo dá-lhe bem :) Gosto deste John Rain, é pena nao haver mais livros editados em português :( lá vou ter de recorrer ao bookdepository...
Mar 08, 2014 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jack Reacher and Spenser
Recommended to Carol by: Goodreads Members
Despite the somewhat mixed reviews that "Winner Take All" received on Goodreads I read it because I had already read the first two and I was moving along in the series. Assassin for hire protagonists are difficult to root for, but I find myself rooting for John Rain. In fact (dare I say it) these books are extremely violent but also great fun and I love it when Rain comes up against an impossible situation with four or five men trying to kill him -- and he manages to dispatch them all!

This time
Lend this in March 2014 with Amazon Prime. Struggled with it, paused for a few months (too long), picked it up, still not really into it and read a few 1 (there is only 1 review with 1 star? unbelievable) and 2 star reviews and abandoned it.
Not enough action, and the character thinks too much. Maybe it would have helped to read the first 2 in this series - I did not. And regarding the other reviews, I guess not.
Some parts of it read like a collection of short stories. I could not detect a whole
Action packed from the beginning until the end. Keeps the reader engaged at all times. Very entertaining.
#3 in the John Rain series. 2005 Barry Award for Best Novel. Rain Storm is AKA: Choke Point [2005]. John Rain is a half-America, half-Japanese Viet Nam veteran living in Tokyo as a freelance assassin.

John Rain retires from the assassin business and moves to Sao Paulo. Eventually he moves to Rio and reunites with Naomi, which allows the CIA, in the person of ex-marine sniper Dox, to find him. He is pressured to accept a contract on Algerian arms dealer Belghazi, accompanied by the beautiful and m
Dean Lombardo
Make It Look Like an Accident!
Ever wonder what it's like to live the life of an international spy and political assassin? Barry Eisler, a former CIA operative and intelligence hub, makes it as real for us laymen as it can be. In my opinion, this, the third in the John Rain series, is the best of the lot ... so far. Note: for some reason, the title "Rain Storm" is no longer the current title of this novel. I highly recommend this novel, and the characters, including Dox, Rain's enigmatic fellow o
Vincent Stoessel
Enjoyed! Like a sharp stiletto, Eisler gets the job done.
Cm Perkins
This book is called Rain Storm; I find many books retitled to include the name Rain and wish both titles were included in the list. That being said I enjoyed it so much - especially since it had been awhile since I had read Barry Eisler. I've decided to read them in order and recommend it. Once again John is tasked with taking out a bad guy, but this time he is reunited with a buddy from their war days and I see this becoming a good future pairing. Stayed up late when the action got heavy and th ...more
This was a good action/suspense novel, in the same vein as Lee Child/Vince Flynn. I couldn't find the first book in the series at the library, so I started with the this one (the third). Its a good story although not so captivating that I couldn't put it down. I think I'll go back and try to find the first two books and read the rest of the series in order, since this one definitely referred to past history. It stood ok on its own, but I think it would be more meaningful to read them in the corr ...more
João  Cardeira Jorge
Nov 15, 2014 João Cardeira Jorge rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: John Rain Fans!
These books have a formula. Eisler knows this and here, he gives us what we want. John Rain killing without remorse, being a cold, resourceful hitman. Theres all that good stuff about Johns usual paranoia with being followed, his security checks, his brutal way of dealing with any threat. John Rain is gritty, raw and even a bit scary but thats his appeal and its this sort of ruthlessness that his books are all about.
The book has a much better pace than the previous two in the series and some re
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Dopo "Pioggia nera" ed "Alba nera su Tokio", molto belli entrambi, ben strutturati, ecco il terzo episodio della serie, forse il migliore.
Ritmo frenetico, veloce, senza mai cali di tensione.

Il nostro killer di professione, il nostro anti-eroe non può dire di no alla Cia e malgrado tutto si ritrova ancora a lottare per la sua stessa sopravvivenza. Il personaggio cresce di storia in storia e non per niente Barry Eisler è salutato come la più grande rivelazione del thriller americano.

In questo lib
Kevin Kazokas
Solidly written first-person fictional account by an assassin-for-hire contracted by the CIA to take out a mysterious arms dealer. There are several incongruities that seem to get resolved by the book's dramatic end, though its hard to imagine various CIA agents working with such cross purposes, but I suppose in today's super-surveiled world it's possible. The author also did a nice job of leading the reader on with a few false leads without ruining the guessing game by way of a non-plausible en ...more
Khaleel Datay
This was the first of Barry Eisler's novels that I read under the old title of Choke Point. With a preference for novels in the first person, I took an immediate liking to the half American and half Japanese John Rain character. A contract killer with a conscience, Rain is former army, former CIA, and a specialist in making his killings look like deaths from natural causes.Rain hankers for the quiet life but is always drawn back into his former life for one last assassination. Tormented by atroc ...more
This is the third installment of the John Rain series - a half-Japanese/half-American trained assassin. This time, he's made his home in Brazil, hoping to blend in with the Japanese community in Sao Paolo/Rio and all places in between (it made me crave caipirinhas). But, not surprisingly, his Japanese employers will not let him off the hook so easily, and they have a lucrative assignment for him in Hong Kong. Eisler creates a bit of plot -- the target is an arms dealer supplying Southeast Asia a ...more
Judy A. Kuhl
Great as usual

I am reading the John Rain series in order after reading the book recently published that told of his beginning, It is an odd way to start but it is how I became hooked on John Rain. Mr. Eisler does such a great job of describing a place, I feel as if I were there. From Brazil to Macau to Hong Kong; the feel of the people, the atmosphere, it is all there. Oh, and there are interesting characters added to the story. Fun and quick read.
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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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