Killing Rain by Barry Eisler


  • Narrator: Michael McConnohie – Excellent
  • Genre: Thriller, Espionage, Assassins and Terrorists (oh my!)
  • Writing: Good for this Genre
  • Story: Inventive
  • Time: 9 hours 55 minutes

So many people have recommended Eisler’s books I can’t remember who to thank.  This is the first one of the “Rain” series that I listened to or read and I had a blast.  John Rain, a Japanese-American good-guy assassin definitely makes my top-ten list of fictional super-hero saviors of life as we know it (the American way).  Neither the hero nor the story are too complex in any way – the geo-political back-story is interesting, but the setup is not Nelson DeMille or Tom Clancy-esque.  Rain is also no Jack Ryan (Clancy), his lone talent seems to be in killing bad people (mostly with his bare hands) and then fretting about it.

Eisler is a thesaurus of adjectives – almost comical at first, but I got used to it quickly as I wanted to know Rain even better.  The last few chapters of the book are soft and are a complete setup for subsequent books.  While this would normally bother me, Eisler makes the story flow nicely and quickly even as he sets up the mundane baseline for the next novel in the series.

Certainly no mental challenge here, but totally enjoyable reading/listening.  I found every excuse for listening as often as possible and finished the audio book very quickly.  Highly recommended.

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