Choke Point

Choke Point

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Government assassin John Rain is a man trying to leave his violent past behind. But after tracking him down in Brazil, his former employers, the CIA, persuade him to take on a high-risk assignment and one to which his particular skills are well suited: to terminate with extreme prejudice a man who deserves to die. For Rain the death of an evil man offers a shot at redemption. But before he can even get close, Rain will have to draw on his formidable talents just to survive. Because he's not the only killer closing on the target and it could be that the entire mission is cover for an elaborate set up. From the casinos of Macao to the deadly backstreets of Hong Kong "Rain Storm" is a brilliantly realized international thriller: gripping, atmospheric, meticulously researched and adrenalin-filled. Martial arts expert and consummate covert operative, John Rain is, in the words of one reviewer, an action hero with all the right ingredients'. With shades of the Jackal, Bourne and Bond, thriller fans will recognize in John Rain a authentic new hero for the 21st century from a writer at the top of his game.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 110 x 180 x 32mm | 258.55g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141017635
  • 9780141017631
  • 1,407,779

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'Eisler combines the insousciance of Ian Fleming, the realistic detail of Graham Green and the prose power of John le Carre' News-Press 'Eisler is exactly my kind of writer and his deadly main character John Rain is exactly my kind of guy - highly recommended' Lee Childshow more

Review Text

Propulsive thriller plot plays second fiddle to an overarching tactical treatise: How does an assassin go about staying alive while getting the job done? In this third in a series (Hard Rain, 2003, etc.), John Rain, our scrupulous freelance murderer who gives his kills a natural look and whacks no women (well, almost no women) and no children, has an assignment from the CIA to cleanse the world of death merchant Belghazi, a French-Algerian seller of weaponry to the highest bidder, no questions asked. In tinder-crisp prose-Rain is not overly fond of exploring his emotions, though motives are always on his mind-we follow as he prepares for his task in what, given another context, would be considered a police procedural. There are lots of good tips here for the would-be assassin, as when Rain muses " . . . an injection of potassium chloride. I would try for the axillary vein under the armpit, or perhaps the ophthalmic vein in the eye, both hard to detect entry points." (He also vividly details how to fake an autoerotic asphyxiation.) Eisler occasionally sounds too enchanted with his own voice: "I realize these marks are signs, artifacts of lives and moments that were but are no longer, like ashes in an empty hearth, or bones cast aside from some long ago supper, or a tattered shape that might have been a scarecrow in a field grown over with weeds." But there's no denying that this author can bring a wicked martial-arts encounter right into the mind's eye (quite a feat, considering the need for speed and complexity of movement) or that he's surprisingly nimble with his love scenes. As for the background storyline, it is plausible, au courant, and creepy; readers will learn more about rogue communities than they may want to know. Taut and generally skillful: fans will hope for more Rain in the forecast. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

Author information

Ex CIA agent Barry Eisler has lived and worked extensively in Japan, and now lives in New York. He earned his black belt in Judo from the Kodokan International Judo centre in Tokyo. He has written two critically acclaimed John Rain thrillers, Rain Fall and Hard Rain. www.barryeisler.comshow more

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3 15% (738)
2 2% (103)
1 1% (30)
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