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Livia Lone

(Livia Lone #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  6,798 ratings  ·  676 reviews
“An absolutely first-rate thriller.” —New York Times Book Review

Seattle PD sex-crimes detective Livia Lone knows the monsters she hunts. Sold by her Thai parents along with her little sister, Nason; abused by the men who trafficked them; marooned in America…the only thing that kept Livia alive as a teenager was her determination to find Nason.

Livia has never stopped lookin
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Thomas & Mercer
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Mike McGowan Yes- Livia Lone- Night Trade has just come out and as an added extra bonus, Dox- from the john rain series- will be in it as well, working with her.…moreYes- Livia Lone- Night Trade has just come out and as an added extra bonus, Dox- from the john rain series- will be in it as well, working with her. (BTW- if you haven't already done so try Barry Eisler's John Rain series!series- It's phenomenal!)(less)
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Bruce Dolfman It's worth reading to the end unless you believe that a terribly abused child who was sold by her parents and murders all who she feels are sexual…moreIt's worth reading to the end unless you believe that a terribly abused child who was sold by her parents and murders all who she feels are sexual abusers of children including herself despite being a police officer as well as gets sexual satisfaction from hurting men and killing them is your type of woman.(less)

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Elyse Walters
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Exceptional!!!!! Exceptional!!!!! Exceptional!!!!

The opening scene in this novel is impossible to pull away from. When it completed itself -I wanted to stand up and cheer!!! It took less than 5 minutes for
Barry Eisler's leading female character, Livia Lone, ( aka Labee), to show her colors....her power...her sheer force of purpose!
Immediately, I couldn't help but compare Livia to Lisbeth Salander, from Steig Larsson's Millennium series.....only because I recognized another memorable 'kick-ass'
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arah-Lynda by: Elyse Walters
Whoa!  First off, I have never before read anything by Barry Eisler, so I was not predisposed to either like this or not.  I mention this because it sure did not take me long to realize that I was holding a book in my hands that I would consume in big gulps.  The opening chapter grabs you by the jugular and does not let go.  But slow down, I am getting ahead of myself here.


Labee grew up in the rural mountainous forests of Thailand along with her sister Nisan.  One day  her sister and her are
Larry H
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Barry Eisler has done it again. The author of the fantastic series of thrillers featuring John Rain has created another memorable, kick-ass character.

Growing up in Thailand, Labee protected her younger sister, Nason. Labee was brave, feisty, independent, good with tools and with weapons needed to hunt food. One day she and Nason are abducted by a group of traffickers to whom her parents sold them. Labee doesn't understand why they were sold, or what is going to happen to them, but she knows abov
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4+ stars. I'm not quite sure what genre Livia Lone falls into, but I know that it really rocked my boat. It's somewhat of a thriller, but really it's about Livia Lone -- a strong, fearless, disturbed and disturbing character. The story is told in two alternating timelines. The book starts in Thailand where Livia and her sister are sold into slavery by their parents. They are taken to North America. Not surprisingly, terrible things happen along the way and in their early life. In her 30s, Livia ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Livia Lone is a fast-paced, action packed thriller that highlights the horrors of human trafficking. At times, I found it hard to read because of the graphic descriptions of sexual assault and violence, but its easier to read when you know that these images are included to give the reader a realistic glimpse into the world of trafficking.

The novel switches back and forth in chapters titled “Now” and “Then.” "Then" opens with 13-year-old Livia (then known as Labee) and her sister, Nason, living
Andrew Smith
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm a big fan of Eisler’s long running series featuring assassin John Rain. The books are a brilliant mix of strategy and action whilst also taking time to explore the inner workings of this complex man. So, when the opportunity arose to grab a copy of a new work from this author, featuring a new character, it took me a nanosecond to make up my mind: yes please!

Labee (she later changes her name to Livia) grew up in a small village in Thailand. Her parents were poor, so poor in fact that they ch
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Barry Eisler is an Author who does not disappoint. I have been a fan since I read his first book about John Rain. When reading an Eisler book, one can always count on a few things: complex interesting characters, in depth fight scenes, some violence and my favorite: strong female characters.

Labee (Livia) and her younger sister, Nason, grew up in the hills of Thailand. They came from a poor family and Labee was always on the lookout for th
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book, one which takes you in and keeps you rivited until the end. It is also a story that will pull at your heart strings due to the subject matter. Thirteen year old Labee was born in Lahu and has an eleven year old sister Nason, both girls born to parents who are incredibly poor and life is a daily struggle to survive. Labee's parents make the decision to sell their daughters, who unfortunately now fall into the hands of human trafficers. Labee does everything she can to p ...more
It’s clear early on Livia Lone is not a woman you want to cross. She’s a Seattle PD detective, jiu jitsu master & motorcycle mechanic. She’s also a killer.
But if you’re not a rapist or human trafficker, no worries. Chances are she’ll leave you alone.

Livia was once known as Labee & in flashbacks we learn how she & her sister were snatched from their tribe in rural Thailand & sold to human traffickers. What they endure is horrific but for Labee, the worst is yet to come. The girls
Alex ♈





The most dark book I ever read.
It deals with human trafficking, children trade, rape and abuse.

I won't even put it under the spoiler tag.

Warning: there are detailed scenes of child rape and molesting.

There is a violence, but there is a vengeance!

One of the strongest heroines I read: a
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing an uncorrected digital proof of this book for review purposes.

First off, it must be said that Livia Lone is the polar opposite of an easy read. This is dark, grim, unpleasant stuff that nightmares are made of. I was initially turned off by the somewhat ridiculous title - the alliterative "lone wolf" reference, I thought, seemed somewhat contrived. As a reader, I like to be shown that a badass female protagonist is a badass female prot
Charles Green
Oct 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Your reaction to Livia Lone is likely to depend on your capacity for reading long passages describing the horrors of people trafficking and/or the ongoing sexual abuse of a young woman, both of which form significant parts of this latest novel by Barry Eisler.

Personally, whilst not squeamish, and although Eisler studiously avoids sensationalism or crass gratuity in his treatment of either topic, I can't say that I found the subject matter particularly entertaining. I finished Livia Lone because
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

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Livia and her sister are both sold by their parents and trafficked from Thailand to the USA.
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Their ordeal is terrifying and disturbing.
Once Livia is rescued she realises that her sister has been separated along the way.
Taken in and given a home by Mr and Mrs Lone, finding her sister is all she cares about.
She will never give up...... but as the years pass she knows that the only one she can rely on is herself and decides to take matters into her own hands.
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My thoughts...
Well that was a
Terence M
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook - 10:16 hours - Narrator: Barry Eisler
4.0 stars out of 5.0

Having demolished all of Barry Eisler's "John Rain" series, reading a few of them twice, I was awaiting a new protagonist to play a vengeance/assassination role in a new Eisler series. I no longer have to wait as I think she has appeared as "Livia Lone", in "#1 Livia Lone".

This novel is pretty obviously the 'set-up' novel for a series as it spends a good deal of time in establishing the background of Detective Livia Lone, with c
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and the Crazy)
Buddy read with Alex

Although she finished this book way way before me.

This book is and it’ll probably be the hardest book I’ve ever read in my entire life. Strongest heroine I’ve ever read. And it’s also has been the first book that has taken long to read. I kept putting it down. It was very hard for me to read about a 13 year old girl being violated. I’m not going to lie, I cried for this little girl and for every kid that was kidnapped. I cried when her sister was also raped. I fucking cheere
I liked this better than I thought I would. Beyond all of the abhorrent behavior of these horrible people, there was a fantastic story of survival and justice. I liked how the story took me along on a ride through a young woman’s life of adversity and triumph. The story flips back and forth between then and now but it is done well and kept me interested equally between the two. This is not for everyone.
Michael Hicks
Livia Lone may be the darkest, and most accomplished, book from Barry Eisler yet. I’ve been a long-time reader of Eisler’s work, and a big fan of his series character, John Rain, but early on into his latest I found myself already needing more Livia Lone books. It may be heretical, but as much as I love Eisler’s mournful assassin, if, for whatever reason, we never hear from John Rain again, I’ll be OK as long as there’s plenty more of Livia Lone to fill the gap.

Livia is a tragic, tortured, and p
3.5 stars, rounded up

This is not really my preferred genre, although, occasionally, I indulge.

I don't think I enjoyed this as much as my other two GR friends, who'd read it before me.
The blurb says a lot about what this novel is about. It's basically Livia's Lone quest to find her little sister.She's also seeking revenge for all her suffering.

I feel like I should have liked this much more than I did, especially given that the main character is a strong, take-no-prisoners young woman. I would li
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book shows the development of a young 13 year old girl who goes from being a victim of human trafficking to being an adult who as cop fights for justice for victims.

The book does jump from Livia's past showing what she endured as a child to her present in which she is searching for her sister who was separated from her when they were being transported for "sell". Due to the subject matter, this book has various emotional triggers which could be difficult for some readers.

Livia is sold to hu
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
I liked this better than Eisler's last novel, God's Eye View. However, the graphic nature of the novel and the subject of human trafficking is gut wrenching. Two young sisters from the hills of Thailand (13 year-old Labee and 11 year-old Nason) are sold by their parents to traffickers. They are shipped overseas with others, bearing indignities and much worse, and are eventually separated. Rescued by the police, Labee is adopted by a wealthy local businessman, becoming Livia Lone. The book moves ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4-5 Livia is a female super-duper hero-she is intense and delighted to give villains what they deserve with no remorse. "She has heart, is brave, tough mentally and physically, passionate"(adjectives lifted directly from Larry Hoffer's excellent review). Read Elyse's and Larry's wonderful reviews
PS Think I added 1/2-1* because I so loved her "kick-assedness" and she made made me think of Lisbeth Salander.
Wow. I'm not entirely sure how to review this book. Let me just start by saying that the journey was intense. I immediately felt an affinity for Livia (Labee) and her strength of will and determination. The ability to find a place inside herself to keep to herself amidst such horrifying experiences. As an older sister with a younger sister I have always tried to protect, I could definitely identify with the emotions of protection, justice and never being able to give up, no matter how bleak the ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Warning: Children kidnapped and raped in chapters marked "Then". I recommend skipping them through chapter 14 or so. They exist in lurid detail only as justification for the later chapters of "Now - justice". You already know what's in the "Then" chapters. These contain very unpleasant child abuse and peril to start, but become more developmental from chapter 16 on...

To Mr Eisler:
Livia Lone #1
Mr Lone and Livia sex scenes

More child abuse! Why do writers feel the disgusting need to make this so
Donna Backshall
Thrilling action, expertly developed characters, a strong (seriously BADASS) protagonist, and flawless writing came together to make Livia Lone without a doubt the best novel I've read this year. I especially appreciate how the story was thoroughly and satisfactorily wrapped up, yet openings were left for new interest in a next installment in the series. I'll now be searching for anything and everything by Barry Eisler that I can get my hands on.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow… first I have to say thank you to Elyse for the review you had on this novel!!! I was definitely not disappointed in this novel!! I would give this book a 10 if it was available!!!

This book was fan----tastic!!!!! What I really liked about this book was Livia Lone's character. Holy crap is she a spit fire strong woman! Damn… Livia I appreciate your character so much! The determination and power that she had to find her sister Nason and to go through hell and back to get revenge for the things
debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
Great Read! I did not know what to expect from this. I had only read a short story by Barry Eisler prior to this book. Livia is a character you are constantly cheering for. She and her sister are sold to be trafficked when they are 10 and 13 by their parents. The story goes back and forth between "then" and "now".

I hated reading what all happened to her while growing up. As the plot continued, I was mortified to learn why it happened. She is a strong character and a fighter. While there is a lo
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Eisler book in a short period of time and I am becoming a fan. Definitely will read more of his books.

Livia Lone was an excellent book that kept engaged from beginning to end.

Judy Collins
A special thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Excellent cover!

Barry Eisler returns following (2016) God’s Eye View with non-action thrills to the first in his new explosive series, LIVIA LONE (#1) assured to be one of the "darkest" thrillers, like no other; starring a female sex-crimes' cop, who hunts monsters and makes them pay.

Have also pre-ordered the audio narrated by the author (always a treat!)

A kick-ass heroine. A female vigi
Jan 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read about a third of this book and just couldn’t get into it. Maybe it’s me because that’s two dnf in a row.
Nayan Patel
Disgusted, repulsed, sickened, nauseated. These are just some of the emotions that I went through while reading this ARC that I received via netgalley. This was a book which made me feel all this and more while still keeping me hooked enough that I read it in a single sitting (appx 5 hours)

Starting with the gorgeous cover and a very interesting blurb, I was hooked onto this story. Unlike other books where I give a 5* rating only if I am ever interested in reading it again, I am probably never go
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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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“Most people are like sheep. Nice, harmless creatures who want nothing more than to be left alone so they can graze. But then of course there are wolves. Who want nothing more than to eat the sheep.

But there’s a third kind of person. The sheepdog. Sheepdogs have fangs like wolves. But their instinct isn’t predation. It’s protection. All they want, what they live for, is to protect the flock.”
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