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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Book Review: Rain Fall

I picked up a copy of Rain Fall by Barry Eisler while I was at a convention in Pittsburgh. This techno-thriller set in Tokyo lay in my TBR pile for far too long. It was an excellent read with a very intriguing premise in that the hero is a former CIA agent turned assassin who specializes in hits that look like death by natural causes and is told in first person. Mr. Eisler gave him a unique voice, which evolved and changed as the story progressed. Incorporating several different writing styles, from terse and suspenseful to flowery and sweet, the story creates a bevy of emotions I assume must be raging within the once cold heart of Junichi “John” Rain.

John Rain is a Japanese American konketsu, or half-breed, born to an American and a Japanese Father. This mix gives him characteristics that make it difficult for him to be accepted by either culture. Living is life as an outsider makes it that much easier to follow the path that lead him into the jungles of Vietnam where he honed his killing skills. Twenty Five years later, he is a world weary hit man still thriving off the heightened sense of self that only a man who’s been in combat will know and the only way to maintain it is to constantly be at war. It is a system that works for him. Well, it worked fine until he met a woman. Though this is a common theme throughout history, this one is different in that she is the daughter of his latest victim. Complicated? Absolutely and it is this sort of “out of the box” thinking that sets this book apart from the cookie cutter thrillers I all too often stumble across.

The story provides a fascinating glimpse into Japanese culture and a horrifying glimpse into government corruption at its worst. This is the first book in the series, so you know the hero will survive. The questions is what will he do with his newfound awareness and conscious? I have a feeling he’ll now use his powers to better the world, becoming a solution rather than part of the problem. I look forward to reading the next adventure of John Rain.


John Rain Kills people for a living. His specialty: making it seem as though death by natural causes. But he won’t take out just anyone. The job must be an exclusive. The target must be a principal player. And he’ll never murder a woman. Half American, half Japanese, but out of place in both worlds, Rain bases his operation in Tokyo, where even a crowded subway car is filled with opportunities—like slipping a pacemaker-jamming device onto a victim. John Rain may not be a good man, but he’s good at what he does. Reliably discreet, coldly efficient, Rain is the best hit man money can buy… until he falls for the beautiful daughter of he last kill.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars



At 5:27 AM, Blogger lime said...

sounds intriguing.

At 7:05 AM, Blogger Kelly Kirch said...

I saw that guy. Haven't read his work yet though. I'm usually not one for first person but there are exceptions. I can think of an RP writer who does writes first person too and I'm dying to get to her book too.

I have soooo much reading to do when I finish this book.

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Donnetta Lee said...

Oh, my. What a guy. Sounds like a good novel. Author has quite the imagination.

Probably leaving for Florida on Monday. More house cleaning and packing to do. Ugh.

Anything planned for the summer?



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