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Mon, 07 Nov 2005

Killing Rain / Barry Eisler
Killing Rain One of the pleasant surprises of running this blog is the occasional email I get from musicians. Sometimes it prompts a review; more often it's a response to one I'd done a while back. And so far at least, the reactions have all been positive. Which is nice, because I've always tried to say what I believe without fear of recrimination or hope of favour. No pandering here.

Well, until now at any rate. Because the author of this audiobook is a good friend, a fellow survivor of one of the more inept Silicon Valley startups ever to waste millions of Other People's Money. He's turned from that to best selling novelist; me, I write blogs. Fortunately, he's better at novels than I am at reviews. And I can recommend Barry's John Rain series without reservation; I'd be reading them even if I didn't get my copies for free.

This audio edition is of the fourth and latest book in the series. Sadly it's the only one to show up in the iTMS so far. I'd start at the beginning, with Rain Fall . Besides, your internal voice is likely to be more compelling than the guy they got for this reading. I know the character's a killer, but it's his victims who are supposed to be lifeless.

But whether you read or hear these books, be prepared for one hell of a ride. And if you run into Barry, tell him he owes me one.

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