Book Review: Winner Take All by Barry Eisler

Book cover for Winner Take All by Barry Eisler

I’m kind of binge reading the John Rain series right now in an effort to get to book #10 in the series that I received earlier this month as part of the Amazon First Reads program. I’m glad I decided to start with this series at the beginning. It really helps that these books have all been a part of Kindle Unlimited too because it makes it easy to get to them as a member of that.

Winner Take All picks up a bit after the second book after John Rain has decided to escape Japan and start a different life in Brazil, but you don’t realize that right off because the book puts you right into the action with John working a mission on behalf of the CIA. I was a little surprised at how this book started out with John working for the CIA after spending the first two books avoiding “the agency.” So, it was weird with it opening up with that. It gets explained later.

So, this book ranks higher than book number two for me and probably right up there with the first book in the John Rain series, and it all has to do with John coming to grips with people actually caring about him as a person and less on the fact that he is a cold and ruthless assassin. Maybe it also has something to do with the other characters in John’s life. I have always liked Tatsu, and the addition of Dox coming into John’s life really made up for the loss of another friend of John’s.

I guess I like John, so I’m kind of rooting for him to find some roots. It seems people keep trying to befriend him, but John keeps pushing everyone away. It’s kind of nice to see some of the other characters in the book prove to John that it is okay to trust others from time to time. I realize he has his reasons for staying distant, but I feel for the guy. It seems like he could use someone in his life to lighten it up.

Winner Take All really adds to the series, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next one. I’m hoping we get to see more of Dox and his antics. It would be interesting to see how John might work with a partner.

Author’s website: http://www.barryeisler.com/