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The Killer Collective

(John Rain #10)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  4,620 ratings  ·  392 reviews
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 bar
Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Karen Kashian I truly enjoyed the book just as it was, and likely never would have read Barry Eisler if it wasn't for this book being offered as a Kindle First.…moreI truly enjoyed the book just as it was, and likely never would have read Barry Eisler if it wasn't for this book being offered as a Kindle First. This genre isn't my norm, but I'm excited to read any of the books that came before. I picked it up just fine, but it's really up to you.(less)
M R B Davis This is the first of his I have read. I didn't know it was part of a series, but that hasn't impacted on my enjoyment. Only half way through, but…moreThis is the first of his I have read. I didn't know it was part of a series, but that hasn't impacted on my enjoyment. Only half way through, but finding it absorbing (although the style of writing is a little sharp, then it is set in the USA!!) Thanks for the 'heads up'. I shall look out for his earlier books in the series.(less)

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Larry H
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-first

"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
I’ve read many of this author’s previous books & his Graveyard of Memories remains one of my favourites of the last few years. So when I heard there was a new John Rain, I got a tad excited. If you’re also a fan, you’ll be happy to know some other familiar faces tag along for the ride in this fast paced crossover with the Livia Lone series.

John has been trying his hand at retirement but with mixed results. So he’s more than a little intrigued when a mysterious job offer comes his way. One m
Donna Backshall
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all the John Rain, Dox and Livia Lone fans like me
First there was Livia and she was all kinds of badass. Here was a character of integrity I could totally get behind.

Then there was the pairing of Livia and Dox/Carl, the charismatic Texan sniper, which was genius. Who doesn't love to laugh with and at good ole Dox? Apparently even Livia gets this big oaf's charm and is uniquely qualified to understand his "je ne sais quoi".

But I spent the last two books in the Livia Lone series aching to get a glimpse of John Rain. Yeah, yeah, he's retired from
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
John Rain is a hitman offered a job targeting three individuals. He turns down the job, but is swept up in the action when one of the targets, Livia Lone, survives the attempted hit. Not only is John involved, but so are various others with connections to Rain and Livia.

Told using alternating points of view, this novel has a lot of characters and multiple storylines. Even though there was a lot going on, it was easy to follow and everything was wrapped up by the end.

This book is part of a series
Alex ♈
"The war to protect children from predators is a war everyone should fight."

This book includes the characters from this author's different series. I read only Livia Lone and she was my main point of interest in this story.

Flove this woman - a real fighter!
Strong female with a heart of gold.
They showed the vulnerable part of her, but still with a backbone of steal.

I respect the hell out if this author for touching the topic of child abuse with dignity and respect for victims, and telling the d
Adah Udechukwu
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Killer Collective was nice and action-packed. It's flaw was that there were too many protagonists.
Michael Hicks
My review of The Killer Collective can be found at High Fever Books.

Ever since Barry Eisler’s newest series character Liva Lone appeared on the scene in her eponymous 2016 debut, I was waiting for the day she would cross paths with the author’s original creation, John Rain. Finally, that day has come, and the two — along with their many and various colleagues — share page space in The Killer Collective.

Like Eisler’s 2011 novel, The Detatchment, The Killer Collective brings together all of the v
The Real Book Spy
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Andrew Smith
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I’ve been a fan of Eisler’s series featuring assassin John Rain for some time now. I’ve found him to be a rather more developed character than some other fictional exterminators. I also like the the fact that he appears to have at least some morals and shows appreciation for some of the finer things in life, such as a decent dram of whiskey. More recently I’ve also enjoyed Eisler’s new series of books which have introduced Seattle PD sex crimes detective Livia Lone, a feisty and independent woma ...more
Chuck Kechter
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Kevin Dowson
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an Amazon First Reads pick, and I came into it cold, not having read any of the author's previous works. As such, I was confronted with a large ensemble cast about whom I had no back story or history, but despite this the book was easy to get into in its own right. I didn't feel like I was missing pieces, or not "in on the joke", and thoroughly enjoyed the pace, the action and the characters. It has, though, certainly made me want to backtrack and fill in the history.

Like Michael Connel
I don’t normally read books like this, but thanks do NetGalley who provided an arc in exchange for honest review, I took a chance.

Glad I did!

This book follows a cast of characters through a high-octane, multi-region, high stakes suspense. There’s Livia, a strong, female Seattle cop who works on sex crimes (in this one she’s tracking down a child pornography ring). Rain, Horton and Larison are three unsavory, complicated, likable hit men. Some ansillary characters include Dox, Delilah, and Ben.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
EISLER is a skilled author that in this Killer Collective brings together main characters from his other series books. I have read all of the Livia Lone books and just love Dox! I have not read any of the John Rain books but he showed himself to be a complex character and no doubt why there are nine others in his series. "A copy of this book was provided by Thomas and Mercer via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." A book that has both the Good Cop - ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Not the worst book Eisler has written, but overall it’s disappointing.

Eisler wrote some very good paragraphs, some showing keen insight into the human condition. Ultimately, though, the book is tedious and simply goes on too long. Eisler, like many writers in the genre, goes to great lengths to establish credibility, such as providing detailed information on weapons and locations, but he fails to address, much less correct, fundamental issues such as the nature of his characters’ work and their
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely devoured this one, which is the tenth John Rain thriller, the third in the Livia Lone series, and the fourth Ben Treven outing. Like 2011's The Detatchment, Eisler, reminding us of "The Avengers," brings together all of the different characters we've grown to love over the years. Each of the characters already has well established relationships and networks all over the world. It was both great fun and edge of your seat suspense. I disagree with the reviewer that complained of too m ...more
David Highton
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A clever story which brings together all of Eisler’s main characters to deal with a major cover-up and a horrific child abuse ring. John Rain and Livia Lone are the two major characters from their two previous series but the collective concept with 4 others adds to the narrative. Enjoyed this one.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gut wrenching

Livia is trying to stop a child pornography ring. She has some personal connections that drive her passion for bringing these monsters to justice. She's also working a serial rapist case. One of these cases put out a hit on her. Soon after, she reaches out to a special friend she worked with in the past. Carl jumps at the chance to see her again, and plans to help keep her safe. Action and hair raising danger keep this book moving.
Debi Hawkes
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
An Amazon First selection for me. I had decided to try something out of my "norm" and didn't realize I had landed in the middle of not one, but 2 series! But, it really didn't matter, I soon picked up on previous relationships and was able to thoroughly enjoy the story. Lots of intrigue, action, and a despicable storyline. Fun read.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started out reading thrillers years ago through a book club where our first pick was THE GOLD COAST by Nelson Demille. I have continued enjoyed to enjoy the genre on a regular basis thanks to excellent writers and Megan Beatie of MB Communications who sends excellent novels for me to review.
Author Barry Eisler has written many thriller series, but THE KILLER COLLECTIVE is a standalone book. It does have protagonists John Rain, Livia Lone and Ben Treven from earlier series.
Livia Lone works fo
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Christopher Everest
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this... no spoilers but... You know how irritating it is when a writer creates a memorable character, then a series, and you love every book. Then he stops and writes another series and you love that, and then he stops and writes another series. You get annoyed because you have to wait for a bit longer each time. (Sorry Barry - not really complaining). AND THEN ....He does this brilliant thing and puts them all in the same book. Much appreciated Mr Eisler - now to persuade the Robert ...more
David C Ward
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Not bad, but there is still just a bit too much casual killing in these series; maybe get a little more surgical in the next one? This one is the tried and true “get the gang together” plot device after Lone discovers something nefarious with Nat Sec dimensions while investigating a pedophile ring. For all the killing there is also a bit too much Serious Talk on the relationship side. There’s a nice comic description of mansplaining in action though and some other good bits such as Delilah trapp ...more
Bill Powers
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my first John Rain novel. I like the Rain character and will likely go back to read some of the earlier John Rain stories. Most of the other characters, especially Livia Lone I didn't care for. And having most of the major characters using two different names that seem to switch randomly in dialog is annoying.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Starting it, it felt like trained assassins... there just like us kind of writing but I quickly forgot my snark and ran with it. It was worth it, fun book
John Fedele
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a free Kindle download this month so I didn’t have any expectations going. Turns out I couldn’t put this thriller down and am glad I had the day off to enjoy it.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eisler just keeps getting better. As excited as I was to see Dox in Livia Lone's last installment, here we have all the major characters: Dox, Livia Lone, John Rain, Delilah, Larisen and Treven. It's a testament to Eisler's writing ability that with all these killers in one place, each voice is individual without relying on stereotypes to establish character. And for some reason, I found this book to be more lyrical. It's not just the Basho thrown in here and there, but the language Eisler uses ...more
Carol Schaal
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
This thriller is a quick, easy page-turner. I haven't read any of Eisler's other books, and that was my problem with this one. I felt as though I was dropped in the middle of the story. Apparently the characters appear in other series written by Eisler.

The author is a good writer and knows how to create suspense, but if you want a stand-alone, I would not recommend this.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Rarely do I give five star reviews. The majority of my reading is purely my form of escape and I read virtually every day to relax and escape. I find so much repetition and narrowly focused plots in much of the published books today, and while entertaining, they lack in reality or creativity or are just another story about terrorists or some superman who kills everything.
This book was creative and centered on theme not well used in today's typical action novels. The characters are quit
Suzy Baba
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely a page turner with lots of full on action. When you have a bunch of Alpha military men and women, what else did we expect?
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great thriller that I liked for other reasons

It is a terrific thriller, fast paced, never boring, with a plot that, though complicated, never caused me to feel lost. It was obviously well researched, and never did I get that feeling I get with some books, of, “oh, please!” doubts.

One reason I liked it so much is that the characters were well developed, three dimensional, with characteristics to both admire and not admire so much. In other words, they felt real.

Another reason is the author’s w
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Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous " ...more
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“Men use these words to frighten us, Livia would tell them. To intimidate and paralyze. We need to habituate to what upsets us so we can fight through it. Deny our attackers the weapon of their words. And what was true for the verbal was true, too, for the physical.” 1 likes
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