The Killer Collective (John Rain, #10) by Barry Eisler

The Killer Collective (John Rain, #10)

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 speci...

Details The Killer Collective (John Rain, #10)

TitleThe Killer Collective (John Rain, #10)
Release DateFeb 1st, 2019
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery

Reviews The Killer Collective (John Rain, #10)

  • Larry H
    "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 FB...
  • 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 in...
  • Andrew Smith
    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 se...
  • Donna Backshall
    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 gl...
  • Darinda
    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 w...
  • 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 d...
  • Adah Udechukwu
    The Killer Collective was nice and action-packed. It's flaw was that there were too many protagonists.
  • Jon
    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 comrade...
  • 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 Det...
  • The Real Book Spy
    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 ...
  • Chuck Kechter
    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 ...
  • Debi Hawkes
    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
    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 bac...
  • 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. S...
  • Maranda
    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 ho...
  • James
    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 s...
  • A.J. Sefton
    Immediately dropped into a world of cover-ups, espionage, mercenaries and dodgy goings-on with guns, threats and fights - I had to stop for breath before the story began.Plans to investigate a paedophile ring are thwarted by some unknown body at a superior level for some unknown reason. A group of specialists at the top of their game are called together to find out about this. Un-named people doing barely legal things and secret exc...
  • Carol
    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 d...
  • D.J. Adamson
    “Not for the first time, she wondered whether she should try to find a way to tame the dragon inside of her. To accept that some rapists would always plead down, or draw an incompetent prosecutor, otherwise, get lucky and avoid justice for what they had done. And not for the first time, she didn’t think she could.”This is an emotional ride that leaves the reader exhausted. A true suspense full of twists and turns. Not so much as a page stop...
  • Jeanne
    Absolutely one of THE best thrillers I have ever read.. Deep plot, shocking yet logical twists, unusual and very different characters and relationships. From the beginning this read was a tense ride. It never felt too long nor any boring paragraphs to be skipped. Truly worththy of your time, money, heard & intelligenceThank you Netgalley and the publisher for making this arc available to be for an honest review
  • David Highton
    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.
  • Eric_W
    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 chara...
  • Ramona
    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.
  • Eugene Bogorad
    Surprisingly good - high on action, low on boring sentiment. Gathering all of the author's heroes together clearly helped.
  • Dallas Ashbay
    I want to preface this by stating that thriller typically isn’t my genre of choice, and this book may appeal more to those who enjoy the genre more, but all in all I think this book not only fails as a thriller, but lacks the compelling characters and narrative to make it engaging ing general. But I try to pull things I enjoy from all books I read, so that’s where I’ll start. Things I liked:1)Livia. While I hate the trope of sexually abusin...
  • Cathy Geha
    The Killer Collective by Barry EislerJohn Raine #10Livia Lone #3Ben Treven #4Powerful people conceal crimes, murder innocents and do dastardly deeds that sometimes seem unbelievable but sadly are based in fact. This fast-paced action-packed story kept my attention from beginning to end. The characters were well developed and likable, the story is dark and gritty and difficult but well worth having a spotlight focused on. Human trafficking is not ...
  • Roberta
    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 B...
  • Wayne
    Barry Eisler is an especially talented author. Despite the fact that he writes thrillers dealing with devious, despicable folks involved in child pornography and those attempting to undermine the US Government by taking over all its covert activities, his novels are highly readable. Eisler is a poet. rather than just a writer of political thrillers.The Killer Collective, his latest novel, brings together his favorite characters from past novels: ...
  • Matt
    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 h...
  • Christopher Everest
    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 ...