Barry Eisler’s Hard Rain is the sequel to Rain Fall, and surpasses its very good predecessor in every way–Eisler’s writing is tighter, the plot more mature, and the abundant descriptions of Tokyo and Japanese culture even more engrossing.
Hard Rain continues the tale of John Rain, now retired as killer-for-hire, as he is more or less willingly manipulated into helping Tatsu, a Japanese cop whose life’s quest is to fight the endemic corruption in Japanese society.
Unusually for this kind of thriller, Hard Rain is not plot-driven, instead focusing more on John Rain’s character. Rain is a man who has chosen a life devoid of the things most of us take for granted, such as friends and family, and is now growing older and beginning to second-guess himself. Which is not to say that the novel is anything but taut, lean, and laden with some exceptional pulse-quickening scenes.
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Posted Friday, 24 September, 2004 by Nic Lindh
All Nic wants for WWDC is sync that actually works
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.