What makes a legendary assassin? For John Rain, it was the lessons of love, war, and betrayal he learned in Tokyo in 1972.
Fresh from the killing fields of Southeast Asia, Rain works as a bagman under the watchful eye of his CIA handler, delivering cash to corrupt elements of the Japanese government. But when a delivery goes violently wrong, Rain finds himself in the crosshairs of Japan’s most powerful yakuza clan. To survive, Rain strikes a desperate deal with his handler: take out a high-profile target in the Japanese government in exchange for the intel he needs to eliminate his would-be executioners.
As Rain plays cat and mouse with the yakuza and struggles to learn his new role as contract killer, he also becomes entangled with Sayaka, a tough, beautiful ethnic Korean woman confined to a wheelchair. But the demands of his dark work are at odds with the longings of his heart - and with Sayaka’s life in the balance, Rain will have to make a terrible choice.
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John Rain-The Early Days
Barry Eisler brings us to the origins on John Rain, who is brash, impatient, impulsive and just out of Vietnam working as a bagman for the CIA and being played the pawn. It is brilliantly written and beautifully evokes 1970's Tokyo. Through the novel, Barry brings us deep into Rain's mind and soul and lays out the groundwork for the Rain we know today. It is tightly orchestrated and shows Barry at the top of his game. Barry also did the narration for this novel as well as re-recording all of his previous novels in his own voice. He brings it to life knowing how the novel should be interpretted. Great Job!