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Winner Take All (previously published as Rain Storm/Choke Point) (John Rain Book 3) (English Edition)
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Winner Take All (previously published as Rain Storm/Choke Point) (John Rain Book 3) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Barry Eisler
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Eisler adds a fine new entry to his standout series starring freelance assassin John Rain, who tracks quarry across the Asian capitals of the Pacific Rim. In the third installment (following last year's Hard Rain), Rain is lured out of self-imposed exile in Brazil, where he had hoped to find shelter from the killing business, when his old employer, the CIA, dangles $200,000 his way for the elimination of an Arab arms supplier known only as Belghazi. Rain takes the job, promising himself it will be his last, and travels to Macao, a Portuguese peninsula and islands off the coast of China, to begin tracking Belghazi. But Rain, a meticulous hit man equipped with all the latest gadgetry, hardly hits town before he discovers that not only is another assassin stalking Belghazi but somebody is stalking Rain himself. Rain, who specializes in fatal neck-snapping wrestling holds, makes quick work of all the intruders, but Belghazi, aided by a beautiful woman named Delilah (who knows a lot about killing too), eludes him. The action shifts back and forth between Macao, Hong Kong and Tokyo, each setting rendered in intimately warm detail, before catapulting to a chilling finale in which Rain narrowly escapes bleeding to death on a shipping dock. Along the way, the usually detached hero shows a new dimension—the possible seeds of a fascinating friendship with a fellow hit man, a life-of-the-party type named Dox. The two complement each other like black and white. Yet what truly sets Eisler's series apart is its near total absence of formula and stereotype. Rain is a wholly original, cliché-free character operating in a world created only for him, serving as both his folly and his foil.
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John Rain, the Japanese American assassin for the U.S. government, is back. Currently living in Brazil in an attempt to retire from the business of killing, he is approached by his former masters, the CIA, who need him to do one more thing for them: take out an arms dealer who is equipping criminal organizations in Southeast Asia. As always, there's a fly (or two) in the ointment, namely, a second assassin gunning for Rain's target and the target's beautiful companion, who seems to have a program of her own. Can Rain navigate the labyrinth of deception and double-dealing and carry out his mission? This is the third Rain novel, after Rain Fall (2002) and Hard Rain (2003), and it nicely develops the character of John Rain, adding a few more layers of mystery and motivation. Eisler's storytelling skills, too, are developing as he becomes more familiar with his character and the world he lives in. The Rain series keeps on getting better. For espionage fans who favor adventure over ambiguity. David Pitt
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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 590 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 300 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : B002BNPSME
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00BC8T0NM
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 toujours aussi haletant! 4 septembre 2011
Par azka85
La suite des péripéties de l'infatigable John Rain ! Avec une dimension psychologique qui ne vous laisse pas indemne lorsque l'on ferme le livre. Exaltant pour qui veut lire en anglais un polar ultra-réaliste et hyper bien ficelé !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 James Bond, Asian style. 27 septembre 2004
Par E. Bukowsky - Publié sur
John Rain is the Japanese-American action hero of "Rain Storm," Barry Eisler's third installment in his series about a deadly killer for hire. This time around, the CIA has hired Rain to take out an arms dealer named Belghazi, who is supplying munitions to fundamentalist terrorists groups. If Rain wants to be paid, however, he must make the hit appear "natural" to the outside world. Since Belghazi is a suspicious man and a martial arts expert who is heavily guarded, Rain has his work cut out for him.

"Rain Storm" is everything a spy novel should be. It takes place in exotic locales, such as Macau, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Brazil, and, using vivid descriptive writing, Eisler takes the time to describe each place in detail. Rain is a terrific protagonist. He is strong, cunning, schooled in exotic martial arts, and he trusts no one. Wherever he goes, Rain watches his back, and he has many weapons in his arsenal to deflect attacks from potential assailants. Rain, like so many other killers for hire, is at heart an isolated man who cannot sustain a relationship for long. He has to keep moving to protect himself from his enemies, and he is tormented by the many killings that he has committed over the years.

What would an action novel be without beautiful women? There are several in this book, and one is a mysterious operative with impressive credentials, both in and out of the bedroom. There is also a dizzying plot, with twists and turns galore, complicated political machinations, and exciting fight sequences. It's fun to observe Rain conducting surveillance, tracking his prey, or adopting a clever disguise at the drop of a hat. John Rain is a tough man with a sharp mind, who practices his craft with uncommon skill. His exploits make "Rain Storm" a very entertaining and absorbing novel.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rain Storm is drenched in intrigue 15 octobre 2004
Par David Montgomery - Publié sur
John Rain is a hit man, and he's very good at what he does.

In Rain Storm, the third book in Barry Eisler's terrific series of international thrillers, Rain is once again in the employ of the CIA. His assignment: Eliminate Achille Belghazi, a French-Arab arms dealer who is known for supplying several Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian terror groups.

What was supposed to be a simple job, however, turns out to be much more complicated. Belghazi proves easy enough to get close to, but removing him without leaving any evidence behind is far tougher. One of the reasons Rain is the best at what he does is his mastery of the "natural causes" hit: When Rain kills you, nobody even suspects you were murdered.

It is testimony to Eisler's skills that he has created a protagonist who might otherwise be repugnant and made him into a fascinating character with real depth, an intriguing, troubling man, made different from the rest of us by his unique and horrible skills.

So much about Rain Storm recommends it: exotic settings, gripping suspense, thrilling fight scenes and a stellar supporting cast, along with one of the most compelling lead characters in the genre. They all combine to make this a book sure to please even the most discriminating reader.

Reviewed by David Montgomery, USA Today
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rain in Brazil 27 juillet 2004
Par Operator - Publié sur
Having read all of Eisler's Rain series I can only say that the already entertaining and thrilling series is getting better. Eisler has really done himself proud with his last outing. The price Rain pays to live the life he does really shows and the inevitable circle a man like this will draw has shown itself (both for good and ill). Rain is a complex character and at times I find myself rooting for him while other times I feel the desire for him to fail and be punished. It is a rare work that makes me loath and admire the same character in the same work.

On a more technical level Eisler really describes his scenes involving violence in a realistic manner. I have been a SOG member for the government for 10 years now and, while Eisler takes certain liberties for dramatic license sake, the violence he portrays and the price one pays to engage in said violence/lifestlye is very well portrayed and realistic. It is obvious he has both had some experience in the field and has done his homework.

It seems to be a foregone conclusion that Eisler is a rising star and an up-and-comer. It will be interesting to see where he goes from here and where Rain's travels, both those without and within, will take Rain, Eisler and the rest of us.

I for one look forward to the journey.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An assassin you can like 28 août 2004
Par Jerry Saperstein - Publié sur
Barry Eisler's John Rain is a perfectly delightful assassin. Certainly not a man you would cross - that could be lethal - but one you'd enjoy knowing. Not a superman and certainly not an oppressed cog in the great game, Rain has left Japan for Brazil where his former employer seeks him out for a project.

For John Rain, gainful employment means that one or more people shuffle off their mortal coil. The corpses are plentiful, nearly all of them dispatched after short exposure to Rain's martial arts skills. The idea of finding a hired killer likeable may seem a stetch for some, but Eisler's John Rain is likeable, even if he does kill easily and often.

Rain finds himself in Macau, needing only to terminate a certain Belghazi in order to collect a substantial paycheck.

Of course things don't go smoothly. There are bodyguards, a mysterious blonde, an old buddy from Afghanistan and enough twists and turns to make a mountain goat nauseous.

But Eisler never fails. His characters are rich, particularly the conflicted Rain. The plot flows smoothly and the bodies fall frequently as Rain seeks his quarry, while staying alive himself.

Rain Storm is a wonderful read for thriller buffs.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thriller lovers give thanks 7 décembre 2004
Par Reacher Fan 1909 - Publié sur
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For those of you who like the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, give Eisler's John Rain a try. Introduced in Eisler's first book in the series, Rain Fall, John Rain has left his beloved Japan and is now living as quietly as possible in Brazil. His background as a half Japanese half American in the US military black-ops and CIA with a speciality is assassination that looks like natural death, Rain as long lived in the gray after his supposed death years earlier. Staying off the CIA's radar is impossible and he's sucked back in for the classic 'one more job'. The carrot, much needed money. The stick, revealing he's alive to the Yakuza who want him dead. An old noir novel premise, but still viable here.

What follows is a deft series of crosses and double-crosses and triple-crosses that leave a nail biting trail across the Macao, Hong Hong, Japan and back to the US as Rain unravels the real reasons for his former CIA controller's sudden interest in his existance

Eisler handles the atmosphere of the Orient like Hillerman does the Southwest, breathing life into his locations and giving it the atmosphere to make his story more than just another spy/assassin story. Attentention to the little details of spycraft, martial arts and eight million ways to kill a person combined with surprisingly snappy dialogue and odd little details about everything from brewing the perfect cup of coffee to the proper etiquette for handling a bar hostess in a high priced scotch bar add that little extra that raises this book well above the level of the typical thriller.

Anyone who loves the off-beat anti-heros like John Sanford's Kidd, Lawrence Block's Keller, even Andrew Vachss's Burke, will want to add all of Eisler's John Rain books to their 'must read' list.
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