Zero Sum

Zero SumZero Sum (John Rain, #9) by Barry Eisler
on January 1st 1970
Pages: 288
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4.5 stars

I was so excited when I saw that there was going to be another book in the John Rain series. I was first introduced to Barry Eisler’s John Rain series years ago through a site called bzzagent. I was selected to read a book and give my honest opinion. That book was the 4th in the series (Killing Rain now known as Redemption Games). I was hooked!!! I quickly read the first three books in the series and have been a Barry Eisler (and John Rain!) fan ever since. I have read Eisler’s other books as well but the John Rain series remains my favorite! Eisler never disappoints – the action is fast, the plot moves at a great speed and there will be intrigue, mystery, fighting, sex, and plot twists along the way. It is no wonder that he has such a huge fan base. I find Eisler’s books to be intelligent, fun, dark, and suspenseful.

In this book, a young John Rain has returned to Tokyo after spending a decade in the Philippines working as a mercenary. The year is 1982 and Rain has been given the task of eliminating/killing a Japanese politician by a man named Victor. Victor is half Japanese- half Russian thug who controls the “killing” business in Tokyo. But is Victor really in charge or is someone controlling him? As Rain goes about completing his task, the bodies begin to pile up and Rain begins a relationship with the politician’s wife.

Rain relies on some friends along the way to fill in some background info as he determines his best course of action. Speaking of action, there is a lot of it in this book. I have always enjoyed the fight scenes. They are really vivid. The Author has spent time in Japan, has a covert position with the CIA, and has martial arts experience. It is no wonder that his action and story lines feel real, descriptive and vivid.

This book is a prequel and does a good job showing how John Rain became an assassin. It also works well as a stand alone book but I think hard core Rain/Eisler fans will especially appreciate this book! This book will get your heart pumping and your fingers turning the page.

I received a copy of this book from Thomas and Mercer and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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