Thursday, October 4, 2007

Getting to know John Rain

I’ve written before about one of my fictional heroes, Jack Reacher. Whilst he reigns supreme, I have come to know another interesting character over the last two years. Barry Eisler has invented the most charismatic, interesting assassin since Ian Fleming gave us James Bond. John Rain is a Japanese-American struggling with his own humanity and his contradictory persona of an iceman. I have followed John Rain through six books now, starting with Rain Fall and going on to a book I finished yesterday, Requiem for an Assassin. Rain's complex character builds through the series, and Eisler takes us on journeys through, what has become for me, a typical itinerary: Singapore, Tokyo, New York and San Francisco. Eisler himself has a very interesting background. He worked for the CIA and lived in Japan, where he earned a black belt in Judo. I understand the books have just been optioned for film by Barry Osborne, who worked with Peter Jackson on Lord of the Rings. John Rain is a fascinating amalgam of hot and cold, Asian and Caucasian, man and assassin. Ideal airplane fodder.

4 comments:

Barry said...

Kevin, thanks for the kind words about the Rain books -- really glad you're enjoying them and I love the graphic you included with your post. But why the character for wild boar (inoshishi)...?

Cheers,
Barry

Kempton said...

By the way, Thanks for introducing us to Barry and his books.

In the following PDF file, you get to read chapter one of Rain Fall (the first book) and some good insight in story-telling in novel vs screenplay. Enjoy.

http://www.barryeisler.com/novel_screenplay.pdf

Plus here is a nice video interview of Barry (including some exercises that the assassin John Rain does!),

http://www.barryeisler.com/media/barry_10.mov

P.S. Barry showed some easy to do body weight calisthenics and you will feel the effect after you do 100 of them! (my legs hurt! smile.)

Susan Plunkett said...

Do you like West Side Story Kevin?

Kevin Roberts said...

Hi Barry – It’s great to hear from you. Ding Hai, it’s the Year of the Pig.