The Killer Collective (John Rain #10; Livia Lone #3; Ben Treven #4)
A fast-paced, page-turning novel of betrayal, vengeance, and depraved secrets in high places from the New York Times bestselling author of the John Rain and Livia Lone series.When a joint FBI–Seattle Police investigation of an international child pornography ring gets too close to certain powerful people, sex-crimes detective Livia Lone becomes the target of a hit that barely goes awry—a hit that had been offered to John Rain, a retired specialist in killings appearing to be from “natural causes.”Suspecting that the FBI themselves were behind the attack, Livia reaches out to former marine sniper Dox. Together, they assemble an ad hoc team to identify and neutralize the threat: Rain; Rain’s estranged lover, Mossad agent and honey-trap specialist Delilah; black op soldiers Ben Treven and Daniel Larison; and their former commander, SpecOps legend Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton.Moving from Japan to Seattle to DC to Paris, the group fights a series of interlocking conspiracies, each edging closer and closer to the highest levels of the US government.With uncertain loyalties, conflicting agendas, and smoldering romantic entanglements, this group is hardly a team. But in a match as uneven as this one, a collective of killers might be just what they need.

The Killer Collective (John Rain #10; Livia Lone #3; Ben Treven #4) Details

TitleThe Killer Collective (John Rain #10; Livia Lone #3; Ben Treven #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2019
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction

The Killer Collective (John Rain #10; Livia Lone #3; Ben Treven #4) Review

  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    "The killing business has its own gravitational pull, and if you get too close, or stay too long, you'll never break free."Man oh man, Barry Eisler knows how to write thrillers! His books featuring "retired" hitman John Rain, and his newer books featuring troubled sex crimes detective Livia Lone are fantastic, but this one really hits a home run. Way to get my heart pounding!Livia is leading the Seattle Police Department's involvement with the FBI in a joint investigation of a child pornography "The killing business has its own gravitational pull, and if you get too close, or stay too long, you'll never break free."Man oh man, Barry Eisler knows how to write thrillers! His books featuring "retired" hitman John Rain, and his newer books featuring troubled sex crimes detective Livia Lone are fantastic, but this one really hits a home run. Way to get my heart pounding!Livia is leading the Seattle Police Department's involvement with the FBI in a joint investigation of a child pornography ring when she and a consultant discover that there are some pretty influential people caught in this horrible, tangled web. But as Livia searches to identify the culprits, the investigation is quickly shut down.Of course, Livia is not one to be easily dissuaded—until she finds herself the target of an attempt on her life. If it weren't for her police-sharpened instincts and her martial arts skills, she probably would have been killed, but instead, you should see the other guys. Still, it doesn't take an investigative genius to know that she has stirred up a hornet's nest, and it's one that is going to get infinitely more dangerous if she doesn't drop the matter. And the likelihood of Livia walking away from children being put in the worst kind of danger is nil.Ironically, the hit on Livia, along with two other people, was originally offered to John Rain, who refused, both on principle (he never kills women) and because he didn't like the attitude of the person trying to hire him. This refusal proves to be a bit dangerous for him and two former colleagues who connected him with the potential customer. Suddenly Rain's retirement looks to be a thing of the past, as he tries to figure out what is behind all of the violence.When Livia calls on former Marine sniper (and Rain's best friend) Dox for help out of her predicament, he turns to Rain. It doesn't take long before they've essentially created a squad of highly trained killers to try and go after the mastermind of the whole circle of violence. In addition to Rain, Dox, and Livia, there's Rain’s estranged lover (and Mossad agent) Delilah, lethal black ops soldier Daniel Larison, and their former commander, Colonel Scot “Hort” Horton. No one should want to cross this group—but they know all too well someone will, soon enough.The race to kill before being killed, and capture the person behind the hit on Livia and the squelching of the child pornography investigation takes the group across the world, before everything explodes in Paris. Lives are at stake, but so are some complex emotions—love, anger, fear, loyalty, betrayal, and revenge.The Killer Collective meshes together Rain, Livia, and characters from Eisler's previous books so well. While there are references to previous books, even I didn't read some of them, and yet I didn't find that a problem at all. Not only is there some fantastic action, double-crosses, and impressive weaponry, but Eisler doesn't just give you stock characters—these are complex characters with layers of emotional baggage and, in some cases, long-standing friendships and relationships. This makes the book so much richer.The book takes a little time to build up momentum as it sets everything up, but once it does...boom! There was just so much to like about this book, the same way I've felt about every one of Eisler's books I've read through the years. For me, having Rain, Dox, and Delilah together felt like dropping in on old friends, and adding Livia to the mix added to the book's complexity and emotion.Essentially, Eisler has created a more literary version of The Expendables—that movie series that brought together Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis, and other action heroes.Amazon First Reads and Thomas & Mercer provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html.
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  • The Real Book Spy
    January 1, 1970
    New York Times bestselling author Barry Eisler (The Night Trade) merges his two most popular franchises in his latest action-packed thriller. This time around, Detective Livia Lone of the Seattle PD sex crimes unit has her eyes set on bringing down an evil child pornography ring. Because the ring has gone international, though, it’s a federal case, and Lone is forced to partake in a joint investigation between the Seattle police department and the FBI.After making headway on the case, Lone is th New York Times bestselling author Barry Eisler (The Night Trade) merges his two most popular franchises in his latest action-packed thriller. This time around, Detective Livia Lone of the Seattle PD sex crimes unit has her eyes set on bringing down an evil child pornography ring. Because the ring has gone international, though, it’s a federal case, and Lone is forced to partake in a joint investigation between the Seattle police department and the FBI.After making headway on the case, Lone is the victim of an assassination attempt, narrowly escaping with her life. Things take a turn, however, when she discovers that those behind the attempted hit may be linked to the FBI. Searching for help, Lone turns to former Marine sniper Dox, whom she partnered with in The Night Trade, and the duo realizes that someone tried to kill Lone in order to keep her from exposing a bigger conspiracy. Worse, the people she’s after prove to be nearly unreachable and impossible to get to, though Lone isn’t one to give up or shy away from such a challenge.As the story unfolds, it’s revealed that retired hitman John Rain (The Zero Sum, 2017, etc.) previously turned down the job to take out Lone, paving the way for their paths to cross. Rain, an elite killer who specializes in making it appear as though his targets died of natural causes . . . Continue reading this review here: https://therealbookspy.com/2018/11/25...
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  • Chuck Kechter
    January 1, 1970
    This may be one of the best books I've read in the last (linear) year!I devoured the book in a twenty-four hour period - something I haven't done in the last few years.The Killer Collective brings together a bunch of Eisler's characters: John Rain, Livia Lone, Dox, "the angel of death" Larison, Ben Treven, Colonel Horton, Delilah (yay!)... For me - having Rain, Dox, and Delilah together felt like seeing old friends, and adding Livia into the mix added to the book's complexity and emotion - as we This may be one of the best books I've read in the last (linear) year!I devoured the book in a twenty-four hour period - something I haven't done in the last few years.The Killer Collective brings together a bunch of Eisler's characters: John Rain, Livia Lone, Dox, "the angel of death" Larison, Ben Treven, Colonel Horton, Delilah (yay!)... For me - having Rain, Dox, and Delilah together felt like seeing old friends, and adding Livia into the mix added to the book's complexity and emotion - as well as providing the impetus (based on real types of crimes) for the novel.There are references to several of Eisler's previous novels, but even if you didn't read some of them, it wouldn't be a problem. There is great action, impressive gadgetry and weaponry, intrigue, and romance. This book reminds me of a literary version of the Expendables, but deeper and with more heart!While I could go on about the specifics of the book, I won't. I wouldn't want to spoil anything for anyone. :)I will say that I would recommend this to pretty much anyone I know!
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  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    This was a pretty ambitious project for author Barry Eisler since he weaved together most of the characters in his previous books into a seamless story line. I liked the Detachment which required him to do the same thing, but I thought he did it here much better, and with more characters to boot.Eisler sets the scene well from the very beginning by introducing one of the main villains from the first act. He quickly introduces him without making him cartoonish. He quickly establishes all of his p This was a pretty ambitious project for author Barry Eisler since he weaved together most of the characters in his previous books into a seamless story line. I liked the Detachment which required him to do the same thing, but I thought he did it here much better, and with more characters to boot.Eisler sets the scene well from the very beginning by introducing one of the main villains from the first act. He quickly introduces him without making him cartoonish. He quickly establishes all of his previous characters in the book without letting any of them monopolize the entire book. A lot of his characters have grown since he last wrote about them and he establishes this too in a very economical way.There is also a lot of practical information in this book. I would highly recommend the bibliography. I was definitely happy that this was in Amazon's First Reads selection. Not that I won't be getting the physical book the second it comes out.
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  • deep
    January 1, 1970
    PW Starred: In this crackling-good thriller from bestseller Eisler (The Night Trade), Seattle PD sex crimes detective Livia Lone, assassin John Rain, and former Marine sniper Dox form a testy alliance to combat a vile conspiracy involving corrupt and toxic government agencies. When Livia survives an assassination attempt while investigating an international child pornography ring, she learns that those behind the hit may work for the FBI. Livia recruits Dox, her partner from The Night Trade, to PW Starred: In this crackling-good thriller from bestseller Eisler (The Night Trade), Seattle PD sex crimes detective Livia Lone, assassin John Rain, and former Marine sniper Dox form a testy alliance to combat a vile conspiracy involving corrupt and toxic government agencies. When Livia survives an assassination attempt while investigating an international child pornography ring, she learns that those behind the hit may work for the FBI. Livia recruits Dox, her partner from The Night Trade, to aid and abet her. Meanwhile, Rain—who originally was offered the hit on Livia—must come out of retirement to assemble a world-class team of black ops all-stars to battle a parallel threat. Persuasive action sequences lead to the merging of the two forces midway through the story. The feisty interplay among these killer elites is as irresistible as if one combined the Justice League with the Avengers, swapping out the superhero uniforms for cutting-edge weaponry and scintillating spycraft. By the satisfying conclusion, the world has been scrubbed a bit cleaner of perfidy. This is delightfully brutal fun. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Feb.)
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  • Rob Erman
    January 1, 1970
    Eisler knocks it out of the parkI've been an avid fan of Barry Eisler's work for a long time. When I heard he was working on another team up book in the vein of his previous 'The Detachment' that included Livia Lone, plus a couple of other characters not in the previous book, I was excited and knew that my expectations were going to be high. I'm happy to say he blew way past what I had hoped for. This may be the best novel he's written--and after the last two Livia and Rain prequel books that's Eisler knocks it out of the parkI've been an avid fan of Barry Eisler's work for a long time. When I heard he was working on another team up book in the vein of his previous 'The Detachment' that included Livia Lone, plus a couple of other characters not in the previous book, I was excited and knew that my expectations were going to be high. I'm happy to say he blew way past what I had hoped for. This may be the best novel he's written--and after the last two Livia and Rain prequel books that's an exceedingly high bar. The characters are all written well and stay faithful to their existing identities, but they also feel more fleshed out this time. I may be wrong, but it seems like since 'The God's Eye View', Eisler has expanded on the internal reflections and dialogues if his characters. Being inside John Rain's mind is a treat. He is, by now, an old friend of sorts. And his internal growth and burgeoning wisdom and maturity are great to see from first person. Livia is as multi-layered and complex as ever, and I'm happy to see her learn and open up and heal some, or at least be coming to terms with who she is(I'm still waiting for the friendly grappling match with Rain, Mr Eisler!). Dox is the class clown who has become counselor and dispenser of philosophical insights with his typical rakish charm and humor. Larrison in this outing is the most human, yet lethal, I've seen him--he perhaps grew on me more than any of the other characters this time around. I was very happy to see Delilah show up and add her skillset to the team. I'm not 100% on board with Ben Treven's contribution, but it was satisfying nonetheless. I knew the plot would involve sex-trafficking of some sort with Livia being one of the main characters--and boy did it, the revelation of hurt-core subculture was disturbing. All the moreso because of it's reality outside the pages of the book. As an aside, I'm pretty confident I had more of an emotional reaction to this part of the plot than the plots of the two previous Livia books. In fact, overall, I found myself more emotionally invested in this book, and the interplay between the characters, than previous books. I think Barry Eisler is a great writer, and I really think he shines better than ever here. On to the mostly spoiler-free plot; the team comes together over a large portion of the book in an organic and well-paced way. As the story builds they work with, against, and tangential to various agencies, both inside and outside the law, to uncover a plot that reaches to some of the highest levels of power all the while engaging shadowy international private contractors. The main story and personal plotlines all wrapped up very well. I initially thought it ended a bit fast, but upon reflection, it ended exactly how it would have in the real world after the protagonists completed their goals. There were some great references to real world events(like Snowden), a few inside jokes for those with the eyes to see it, some foreshadowing of what I assume is the next Rain prequel, and a little political commentary. In fact, if I had any criticism--and to be clear, criticism is too harsh a term, quibble would be more accurate--it would be that there were several stabs at the media and political over-infatuation with the narrative of Russia-as-bogeyman in the 2016 election and beyond. I get the reasons for this and it's a common critique from segments of the blogosphere that I read. It's even most definitely accurate criticism to some unknown extent--enough so I chuckled at some of the references and one character's obsession. But they felt oddly placed and stuck out to me as unnecessary for the story. And perhaps somewhat dismissive after what's been revealed by the Mueller investigation and researchers like Renee DiResta about the Internet Research Agency, and it's multi-front assault on social media since 2014-15. Again, less a criticism and more like something I'd love to discuss with the author to explore data points. Anyway, the research was meticulous, as always. The notes at the end provide a trove of avenues to go down for those who want further education on real-world inspirations for parts of the book, safety, tactical considerations, etc. All that to say I cannot recommend this book enough, though I would recommend all the previous books first so you don't have to play catch up.
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  • John Simmons
    January 1, 1970
    Eisler has written another page turner, and like “The detachment”, there is something satisfying about being all of the past characters together - more satifying than when gobs of Marvel characters are in the same movie by far. MINOR SPOILER ALERT.As usual, Eisler’s realistic view of black ops and technology makes the book better than most other spy stories. He is up there with LaCarré at least.I have previously complained on the old forum, and even to Barry in person, that his attentio. To deta Eisler has written another page turner, and like “The detachment”, there is something satisfying about being all of the past characters together - more satifying than when gobs of Marvel characters are in the same movie by far. MINOR SPOILER ALERT.As usual, Eisler’s realistic view of black ops and technology makes the book better than most other spy stories. He is up there with LaCarré at least.I have previously complained on the old forum, and even to Barry in person, that his attentio. To detail was lacking for motorcycles. He appeared to correct this oversight in one of the “retro-rain” stories. but he still has poor Dox riding a tiny Honda Rebel! I told him that it is more likely that Dox would ride a dual-purpose rice rocket, because it would blend better on local streets, have an easier time on rice paddy roads, and most importantly, it would provide the ability to buy out on any terrain with plenty of power.Here’s the kicker: in this novel he is dismissive of a Piaggio MP3, saying that he would prefer a “real motorcycle”. But the MP3 has twice the displacement power of the tiny rebel! Barry - please!If you are an Eisler fan of any kind, this one must not be missed!
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  • Jkane
    January 1, 1970
    This book was just so much fun. I didn't want to put it down. After reading so much Barry Eisler over the years, it was just an absolute pleasure to have Rain and Dox and Livia and Larison the Angel of Death and Delilah together. I hope Barry brings them all back for the Killer Collective II (though he'll obviously come up with a better name given his self-imposed compulsion to ensure his books have the right titles. The book starts off strong, adding in character after character brilliantly, wi This book was just so much fun. I didn't want to put it down. After reading so much Barry Eisler over the years, it was just an absolute pleasure to have Rain and Dox and Livia and Larison the Angel of Death and Delilah together. I hope Barry brings them all back for the Killer Collective II (though he'll obviously come up with a better name given his self-imposed compulsion to ensure his books have the right titles. The book starts off strong, adding in character after character brilliantly, with a great plot, great tension between our players, and the novel picks up speed throughout, and never lets go. I want to go back and listen to these books on audible, having read them all, since Barry is the narrator (and since he does such a phenomenal job).
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  • Kim Beardsley
    January 1, 1970
    Wow I could not put this book down!I was hooked from the first page and could not put the book down.Each character is described with just enough information for the reader to connect with that character and understand their thought process.Just enough details were given though out the book that allows the reader to develop a picture in their mind without over doing it.Lots of action, companionship, and even lost love.Ties up all lose ends at end of book.Really good book and look forward to readi Wow I could not put this book down!I was hooked from the first page and could not put the book down.Each character is described with just enough information for the reader to connect with that character and understand their thought process.Just enough details were given though out the book that allows the reader to develop a picture in their mind without over doing it.Lots of action, companionship, and even lost love.Ties up all lose ends at end of book.Really good book and look forward to reading more from this author.Highly recommend if you like fast paced page turners.
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  • Jeff Cochrane
    January 1, 1970
    Rain and Company To my surprise, it’s been awhile since I had read about John Rain. I have all of the early books and enjoyed them. Somehow I had gotten away from him. This book reminded me of how good the series is. It was good to see everyone together in one book. Happy to report no one has lost a step. As per usual, the characters are well defined and have developed nicely, especially Rain and Dox. The plot was good. Lots of action. The book was satisfying on several levels. Highly recommende Rain and Company To my surprise, it’s been awhile since I had read about John Rain. I have all of the early books and enjoyed them. Somehow I had gotten away from him. This book reminded me of how good the series is. It was good to see everyone together in one book. Happy to report no one has lost a step. As per usual, the characters are well defined and have developed nicely, especially Rain and Dox. The plot was good. Lots of action. The book was satisfying on several levels. Highly recommended.
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  • John Bastin
    January 1, 1970
    A fast-moving story involving John Rain and Livia Lone, two individuals from the collection of Barry Eisler books, along with other friends with short fuses and fast trigger fingers. The team tackles a problem with child pornography and endangerment/torture practiced by a small group of agents from the Secret Service and some members of Congress.A very interesting and scary story that once you start reading is hard to put down.
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  • Peter Baden
    January 1, 1970
    Another Excellent Book Barry Eisler creates vivid characters in exotic locations that are real page turners. Well researched, the plots are up to date, the ops well choreographed and the knowledge of the City of Light amazing. After reading Barry's books you have a special relationship with Paris (In this book), Tokyo, Seattle and other cities. Barry Eisler is a must read for lovers of action, romance and spies.
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  • Marian
    January 1, 1970
    Recommended.I have been slogging through books lately and, man, it was a delight to start this one. This book grabbed me immediately and never faltered. I very much like the characters in this series and hope to see more of them. Mr. Eisler writes books that are fast paced, fascinating, and terrifying in their glimpses of governmental shenanigans. His notes and bibliographies alone are interesting and worth perusing.
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  • Clark
    January 1, 1970
    This was 5-Stars and, in my opinion, the best of the John Rain Series. It brings together all the old characters, including Rain, Dox, Livia, Delilah, Scott Horton, Ben Treven, and his CIA buddy, Kanezaki and the plot is interesting from cover-to-cover.Thanks to David who introduced me to John Rain!
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  • Tj Edmonds
    January 1, 1970
    Worth the CollectiveI had a blast reading this book. From assassination attempts, vigilantism and kick a** protagonists, to glimpses to tantalizing backstories, the action keeps coming. It felt like I was reading The A Team. Even though I didn't really know the characters from previous novels, it made me want to them. So I'm off to read Eisler's other works. A++
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  • John Rumery
    January 1, 1970
    My second book featuring Livia Lone. She is certainly one of the more unique and interesting protagonists in fiction-land. This book was good. Shades of "The Magnificent Seven". It dragged a bit in the middle and my plausibility meter was red lining several times. But overall a good read with plenty of loose ends and characters to continue the saga of The Dragon.
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  • Mary Rowe
    January 1, 1970
    Oddly Delightful Porn-Busting, Politically Iconoclastic RevengeProcedural with painstaking research combined with superhero derring-do and spooky firearms instincts. Also a well-deserved nod to Jigaro Kano’s “gentle way” although the Master might have been appalled at its evolution. I do not mete out four stars lightly!
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  • Tj
    January 1, 1970
    a fantastic culmination of multiple series and characters that have all been must-read. Eisler has created a handful of complex and developed characters, and having them all interacting and working together made for an excellent read. hope this isn't the end of the line for some of these characters, but it would be a fitting send off if so.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Well Done!Eisner really fleshes out all the characters even more than usual. Dox is the most intriguing and endearing to me. The story moves along at a fast pace. I stayed up past my bedtime to finish it.
  • Dennis Reynolds
    January 1, 1970
    A good bookThis book started slow for me, it took some time to understand the characters and the plot, but it began to come together after a few chapters. I really did enjoy reading it. The "plot" really hit home to me, and I was pleased in a great ending.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    The 4 stars are for the action sequences-adrenaline filled and exciting. The plot was less exciting but enjoyable. It was my first foray into Eisler's series and I will definitely want to read more. Hope starting with the most recent episode won't ruin the storylines of early books.
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  • carol sidoti
    January 1, 1970
    A good storyI almost didn't choose this book because of quite a few negative reviews. I'm glad I did. This book had a good story and I can't figure out what was so wrong. I liked having the story told from different points of view.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Hooked As an Amazon first free book this was awesome! I was hooked from the start and had difficulty putting it down. I really liked all of the characters and the way the author detailed the story. I’m going to look for more from this author
  • Leeann
    January 1, 1970
    CaptivatingReally enjoyed this one, was hard to put down. The author really held the readers attention with descriptive rationalist making you feel like you could see and feel the action.
  • Judith Colbo
    January 1, 1970
    Hard to put down!I've read a lot of Barry Eisler's books, and have enjoyed them all! This one did not disappoint. When I saw it on the Prime January First Read list, I grabbed it!
  • Jorn Barger
    January 1, 1970
    An enjoyable read that doesn't hold up plotwise. First, Delilah would have been identified and forced into hiding worldwide. But worse, the mcguffin driving the plot turns out to be a low-probability chance for serious blackmail someday, wildly unworthy of all the missiles and corpses.
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  • Robyn
    January 1, 1970
    Another fantastic book by this author. Why is this man not more famous? I think I have read all,of his books, and they never disappoint. They could be made into great movies, hie characters are wonderfully written and detailed.
  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    This was an Amazon first reads. Also a first read of Barry Eisler for me. Easy to read as a stand alone and interesting enough to make me want to read more from this author. Lots of action and well rounded out characters.
  • Michael E. Hoffman
    January 1, 1970
    Wonder what took so long to put all of these characters in on storylineFast paced. The narrative style gives sense of riding alongHope this is not the end of these characters together or individually.
  • Richard E. Emery
    January 1, 1970
    Another Eisler good readI have read everything that Barry Eisler has published. John Rain is one of my favorite characters. Over time his circle has grown to include a group of dysfunctional killers that are actually likable. Nice job, keep going
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