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Rain Storm (John Rain #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  5,414 Ratings  ·  207 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 loves 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 drift
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
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is the 250th book I've read this year.

if you like thrillers, you should really give these Eisler books a try.
I read this as an ebook 8 years ago & reviewed it here. It was out of order & is on its third title, so no wonder there is some confusion. I hate it when books are renamed. In my other review, I gave it 3 stars & doubted I'd read it again. I am because now I'm listening to the books in order.

It was pretty good this time. It helped having the background of the first 2 books. Rain is a very careful character who is aging a bit & coming to terms with that plus other complications in
**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
Sep 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Real Dead Review
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Catarina A. C. Magalhães
Gostei do livro.
As descrições dos cenários levam o leitor a acreditar ter estado mesmo lá; o personagem principal, por mais cruel, insensível e solitário que seja, obriga-nos a adorá-lo; o enredo é interessante, se bem que se pudesse ter revelado mais surpreendente. Esperava uma reviravolta mais emocionante no final; esperava uma personagem mais forte e traiçoeira no que toca à Delilah – a espiã israelita com que John se depara no decorrer da sua missão. Foi bom, só não achei suficiente – podia
Bill Lalonde
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Elsa Ramos
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sei que levei imenso tempo para ler este Livro, mas a Culpa não é do Autor, mas sim da Gravidez que me dá um Sono Desgraçado. Gostei Muito deste Livro, especialmente das partes passadas em Macau um país que muito me fascina e que desejo um dia visitar. Vou procurar por mais Livros deste Autor em especial os com o Personagem John Rain. Recomendo. Leitura leve, mas empolgante.
May 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Brinn Colenda
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having just finished the previous novel, I couldn't wait to start this one!

It follows on nicely and I liked the plot of this one, as well as the introduction of the character, Dox. Eisler is slowly building a group of "supporters" around John which allows the John character to further develop - though I am also personally hoping that he can find a way to "go off the radar" again! Like all good assassins!!!

Bring on the next one!
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continúan las aventuras de un asesino profesional tan lógico y pegado a su código ético que le acabas cogiendo cariño.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Action packed from the beginning until the end. Keeps the reader engaged at all times. Very entertaining.
It was an average book, to be honest. Simple & one plot, not deviating into any side plots, start and end as a quick short read. Nothing stands out in the book, nothing lingers in your mind as an afterthought or picks on your brain, a straight read from start to the end.

John Rain has been living in Rio in hiding from his past involving CIA, Japan & Midori, created a separate identity for himself and manages to live below the radar. But when he gets in touch with his old gf in Rio, CIA fi
Joseph Akbrud
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A CIA contact killer who specializes in making it look like natural causes (and happens to be Caucasian/Japanese) is on the hunt in Macau. Someone else is after the mark and they work together. There are connections with the CIA and the Japanese Yakuza.

It’s hard to characterize this writing style of the ‘action’ genera. Nevertheless, I find it interesting. There are very detailed explanations of hand-to-hand fighting. The author writes in a way that is always very 'calm’ – in a Zen kind-of way.
Alan Mills
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
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
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
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#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
Reinaldo Lourenço
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-2015
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...
Vincent Stoessel
Enjoyed! Like a sharp stiletto, Eisler gets the job done.
Mike Finn
"Winner Take All" was an enjoyable continuation of the John Rain series but it lacked the impact and or depth of the first two books "A Clean Kill In Tokyo" and "A Lonely Resurrection".

The encouraging thing is that it seems to have managed a transition from John Rain from a lone wolf to someone who may have people he can trust. This should open out future books and increase the momentum of the character development.

John Rain is an assassin, particularly gifted at making his kills look like deat
Christopher Coster
This series has been a guilty pleasure, but this one didn't hold my interest very well and took me far too long to finish.

If you've been following the series to this point, you know exactly what's going to happen once things kick off. These books are a mix of the protagonist verbosely describing mundane aspects of spycraft or city travelogue, someone getting brutally murdered for "crossing a line", pining after a girl that got away but not really - and the bad guys getting summarily dispatched w
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the 'how many necks can the protagonist break?' book.

Drink every time he does!

Also, his spy techniques are a bit dated. He is still (for example) leaving a hair on the door. This is called a 'tell tale'. Of course, a hair is not the thing for leaving when you want to avoid DNA.

And the knowledge of bombs is limited to trip wires. As opposed to lasers which set off the bomb when the door is open.

This book would have been more current in the '80's.

And the protagonist is way way too horny fo
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly entertaining as per usual, but the final showdown was quite a let down. John's character ambivalence remains an intriguing part of the story, but you shouldn't read this expecting a profound study of a hitman's nature.
In sum:
+ easy, accessible read, even if you're new to the series
+ no more cringeworthy dialogues in Portuguese
+ Dox
- lack of progression in Midori's story
- lackluster ending
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this one really went downhill compared to the two previous books. I appreciated the change of location but in retrospect, I might have appreciated more of the same. This book seemed a lot more like John Rain was channeling the author's political opinions, which felt wrong. I plan to read the sequel since I have the physical book, but I don't know if it's worth continuing beyond that. Also, the ending was somewhat confusing and seemed like a cop-out.
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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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