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The Killer Collective

(John Rain #10)

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  20,437 ratings  ·  1,159 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
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Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Paul Baggaley Yes, stop reading now, and go back to the first of the John Rain books and go from there. I'm sure Killer Collective would be entertaining enough on i…moreYes, stop reading now, and go back to the first of the John Rain books and go from there. I'm sure Killer Collective would be entertaining enough on it's own but there would be big spoilers if you decide to go back and read the rest of Eisler's works.(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 find…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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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
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Sandy
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 milli
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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
Darinda
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
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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
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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.
Glen
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

Eisler is somewhat hit and miss with me. The first four books of the John Rain series were some of the best books of the period, but in 2006, something happened, and it felt like he lost something.

I'm not a big fan of Ben Treven or Livia Lone.

When Eisler brings his characters together, it seems like he gets his mojo back.

Livia Lone is involved with an FBI-Seattle investigation of a child pornography ring, and the FBI shuts it down. Shortly afterward, appa
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Jon
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
So I was hoping this would be the greatest book ever. This is the 10th book to feature John Rain and the 3rd to feature Livia Lone and it includes five other characters from past Eisler novels. So expectations were high. It is more a Lone book than a Rain book and I am okay with that. The problem is that there is more talk than action, too much happens in explanation, and I don't need the sex. There are two great action set pieces and the comradery is lots of fun. Definitely for fans of the auth ...more
The Cats’ Mother
I’ve sped through the Livia Lone series in the past month, because I have an ARC of book four, which is published this week, and it seemed important to read them in order. I haven’t read any of the John Rain or Ben Treven books, but will be rectifying that in due course. This book is like an Avengers ensemble of all Eisler’s assassins, which I’m sure would mean most to those who already know the other characters, but there’s enough backstory that it wasn’t a problem that I didn’t. It was still p ...more
Eric_W
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I've read a couple in the John Rain series and generally liked them. This one, ostensibly in that series, was told from the POV of several of Eisler's other characters. Oddly, even thought those chapters were told in the first person, they all seemed the same with very little differentiation. The idea that a group of mercenaries could band together, leaving havoc in their wake, is implausible at best. There was little subtlety in any of the characters and the attempts at love scenes were painful ...more
Skip
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Livia Lone is working jointly with the FBI on breaking up a child violence/pornography ring, when their tech guy sees his own program being used to cloak identities. It's a program he sold to the Secret Service, and before they can find the culprits, their operation is closed down. Meanwhile, assassin John Rain is contacted via a former adversary, Colonel Horton, to eliminate three people via his signature kills (to look like suicides.) Rain declines when he learns one is a woman, breaking one o ...more
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
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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
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Christine
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
Laura Noggle
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
It's pretty hard to beat the first two Livia Lone books, especially the first. This book was a fun quick read (2 days), but the one drawback would probably be the over abundance of characters.

Not having read any of the John Rain or Ben Treven books, it was a little hard to keep track/catch up with all the characters and their backstories/interactions.

Still, this book was fun and I am here for more Livia and Dox. Too bad I have to wait till September for the next installment.

Might start the Joh
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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
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Authentikate
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.
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Joyce
I selected this because I really like the John Rain series. Imagine my surprise--and pleasure--when I discovered a cast of characters from previous Rain novels, several I don't even recognize! (Of course, as someone who doesn't remember plots, I don't remember characters well either, so I may simply have forgotten--or there are a bunch of Eisler's books I've missed. Lucky me! Several winging their way to my library now.) As in all the Rain books, there are interesting, thoughtful characters (tho ...more
Stephen Bentley
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A new author for me and it won't be the last book by Eisler I read.

Simply thrilling. A stunning book. The author's background stood out like a beacon. It was all so based on plausibility. Yeah, I know, it's fiction but novels disinterest me if there's no basis in fact or the real world for what is written on the page. I like that feeling of 'you know what, that could be true.'

The characters are superb. The locations are described with just enough subtlety so as not to bore but imbue the reader
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Maranda
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
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.
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
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Clare O'Beara
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
My favourite book by Eisler is still God's Eye, but I like technothrillers. This book gives a nod in that direction by turning up some online abuse crime, but the net techie almost instantly gets killed and the rest of the net comment is reduced to wondering who the criminals were. I have read Livia Lone but not anything about assassin John Rain nor about Ben Treven, whatever he was, which isn't clear to me; he's now a flunky for a for-profit mercenary firm.

I tend not to read about male assassi
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Herman
Another Livia Lone story, this one seemed to complete the developing story line of a the child victim who becomes a sex crime detective with lethal skills and intent when confronting rapists and child traffickers, but it introduces more characters a virtual Charlie's Angles of stone cold killers only these are the good guys the military detritus of war's and black ops from around the world. There is of course Dox from book 2 'The Night Trade' and through him we meet Rain, Larson, and Hort a kill ...more
Carol
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
James
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
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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.
Mel Ann
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fast paced and lots of action. There was just so much going on. The stories of the operatives worlds and backgrounds had a lot of intermingling. Great plot and kept me interested.
Bob
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A group of ex special ops some semi retired get together to help Liva Lone a Seattle detective working with a pedophile task force to track down a particularly nasty gang that seems to have Secret Service connections. When the head of the task force summarily shut it down with no explanation Liva is angered and when she becomes the target of two lethal attacks she gets in touch with her friend and the subsequent actions send them to Paris in track of the leaders of the gangs. Interesting charact ...more
D
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
You can't go wrong with a John Rain book!

This book combines many of the characters from previous novels. So while it does work as a stand alone novel, you won't really appreciate a lot of the interpersonal dynamics as much as you will if you have read the many prior books in this series.

In that vein I think only readers of the entire series will really enjoy the book to the fullest. Some of the plot points are nearly implausible, following the reaction of the characters to their challenges ass
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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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