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The Killer Collective

Narrated by: Barry Eisler
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
4 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A fast-paced, pause-resisting 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 “natural causes.” 

Suspecting the FBI itself was behind the attack, Livia reaches out to former Marine sniper Dox. Together, they assemble an ad hoc group to identify and neutralize the threat. There’s Rain. Rain’s estranged lover, Mossad agent and honeytrap specialist Delilah. And black ops soldiers Ben Treven and Daniel Larison, along with their former commander, SpecOps legend Colonel Scot “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, these operators will have a hard time forming a team. But in a match as uneven as this one, a collective of killers might be even better.

©2019 Barry Eisler. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“In this crackling-good thriller from bestseller Eisler, 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…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.” (Publishers Weekly)

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great narration and another Rain triumph

The Killer Collective is I believe the best gripping Rain story yet. I hope we get another installment soon. Thanks for the riviting narrative Barry, you get better and better with each release

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  • shelley
  • 02-02-2019

Could not put this down...

Barry Eisner writes some of the best espionage books out today and gets the least amount of credit. Add to this that he narrates his own books amazingly well and this book should be a winner!
I'm his newest book, Eisler brings characters from both of his series together for a fun, fast paced action packed thrill of a ride.

When Livia Lone comes across an international child pornography ring she must include the FBI in her investigation. Shorty after their involvement two people try to assassinate her. She's able to kill them and then calls her friend Dox. She had previously met him on Thailand.
When Dox contacts his old friend John Rain, he finds out that Rain had been offered the assassination job but had turned it down. He was now working with two other people from previous books. For anyone who has read the DETACHMENT all the characters will be familiar. Add John's old lover Delilah and you have a killer crew to go after this child pornography ring who seem to have bigger things on their minds than just children.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!
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  • Wayne
  • 03-02-2019

All of Eisler's key characters together

John Rain, Livia Lone, Ben Treven, and Dox are all together for the first time. Dox, who appears in several Rain novels, is the only one without his own series, yet he is one of the most interesting of Eisler's characters. Rain even brings in ex-Mossad agent and his long time lover Delilah in to kelp. But in the end THE KILLER COLLECTIVE is a novel of the Livia Lone series with the others being supporting characters. She is a Seattle sex crimes cop with a tragic background who gets justice either in her police role or as a vigilante when that is impossible. In this novel she calls on her friend Dox for help and Dox brings in John Rain and others. Some US Secret Service agents with help from politicians are running a child sex trade ring that Livia is determined to stop by any means necessary. I recommend this novel to those who like espionage thrillers.

Barry Eisler has been doing all of his audio book narrations for the last eight years He may be an even better narrator than he is an author. Since Eisler moved from traditional publishing to self publishing in 2011 his novels in ebook and audio format are very inexpensive. If an audio book listener buys of borrows the Kindle versions of his novels the audio versions sell for $1.99 each. Kindle readers and Audible listeners owe Eisler a vote of appreciation for the pricing of his superb novels.

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  • Mike From Mesa
  • 17-02-2019

Wow.

I don't generally write reviews for this type of book since I don't see how my review can add anything to the hundreds that have already been written, but sometimes a book is so well or so poorly written and narrated that it demands a review. This book is one of those so well written that I feel I must add my voice to the reviews.

I had only read one previous Barry Eisler book before, a John Rain novella which I did not much enjoy, so this was a leap of faith for me, aided by it being on sale. I was attracted by both the plot and the intermix of all of the characters involved, and it was that mix that made this book so enjoyable for me. The plot is interesting and, as with books of this type, the process of following the threads as more and more information is found made the book intensely interesting. Added to that is the constant tension between the main characters. The group of killers, John Rain, Dox, Larison, Horton, Lone and Treven are all interesting in themselves, but I could almost feel the electricity between them as they both trusted and distrusted some of the others. Every chapter fairly crackled with tension since I had no idea where things would go.

The resolution of the mystery was completely satisfying and I found the characters sufficiently engaging to decide to buy at least one more book of this type by Barry Eisler. I do not know that I will buy any John Rain books as my experience with the one I bought was a bit disappointing but I will buy another involving these multiple characters. This Is a great book and Mr Eisler narrated it perfectly. 5 stars all around.

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  • C. S. Clark
  • 02-02-2019

Didn’t take me long

Mr. Eisler’s stories are so good its kind of disappointing as I get thru them too fast. The chemistry between the characters remains the best part. Dox still deserves a standalone and hopefully someday we will get to see whos better at Judo (Rain or Livia)!!

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  • Eric
  • 07-03-2019

Disappointing at best...

How do you ruin a great action character? Give him a love interest. Here we have two too many. The best written romance in all of Eisler’s work is the eluded to but unexplored life of the “Angel of Death”. The result here is some very good action scenes, absolutely no mystery or surprises anywhere and pages upon pages of picking relational scabs. There is one other problem with a book of this scope. The author seems unsure where to focus the story. Write the Seattle cop story or the John Rain story but this was way too many people and far too many personalities for a single work. It killed some time but that was all.

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  • stuartjash
  • 19-02-2019

Everything was great, poor production

I got wrapped up in this story quickly, and I loved the plot line and characters in the story. I was also very impressed that the author narrated this story, and he did quite well.

The only negative of this production, was the production itself. Being as Eisler is an author and not a voice actor, probably once every two chapters, you could hear a smacking of the lips or something similar, in between lines. It was quite loud and noticeable. And once you hear it for the first time, you hear every succeeding once. It became incredibly distracting over the course of the story. It would have been SO easy to take those out, but they were left in, which is the reason I only gave this story 4-stars.

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  • An Old Hippie Chick
  • 09-08-2019

Another page-turner from author Eisler!

I've found most of Eisler's books engrossing enough that I listen to them and/or read them in a couple of sittings. His characters are engaging and I develop a liking for most of the 'good guys' and a dislike for the villains. The 'bad guys' in this world are all very bad characters who you really want to see get their comeuppances--and they always do. The narration I didn't expect to like so well, as usually when authors read their own work, it's often not as good as when professional actors read them. Eisler, however, has very specific ideas for the dialect of most of his characters, and does a great job of separating them by voice. All in all a worthy effort. Whenever I don't care about the state of the current world and just want to get lost in a story Eisler doesn't disappoint. These are the sort of stories that, IMHO, are best listened to. Some books are better read, but these are the kind that are enjoyable to be listened to .

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  • JennaFTW
  • 13-02-2019

A new author for my favorites list

This is the first book by Eisler that I have listened to it! And I'm very glad I did! Going back and reading the earlier books! I don't believe there is anyone better than Eisler to perform/read this book. Love finding a new author and the getting to read a large number at once!

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  • Alan Brauer
  • 11-02-2019

Exciting story; fabulous reading by author

This is my first Eisler & won’t be the last. Astonishing detailed descriptions. Close your eyes & see the action. Eisler is one of the best of all Audiobooks narrators. Insightful understanding of human nature. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing him at a book signing. He’s engaging, entertaining & witty.

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  • Suspect
  • 08-02-2019

Collectively, killers. Individually, benevolent.

Ma'am or Sir, because you have so kindly elected to read this review, which you should know fills my heart with gratitude and genuine appreciation, I am therefore inclined to presume that you espouse the antecedent scriptorials and narrations of the consummate Mr. Eisler, maybe even as much as I do. But, I'm also keenly aware that making an assumption based on a presumption can sometimes lead to unpredictable and less than desirable outcomes—Dox swears he had no idea that Thai ladyboy didn't have a vagina.
Anyway, so if my presumption was incorrect, meaning you are not familiar with the illustrious Mr. Eisler, please accept my apology. I'm sure you will forgive me after having listened to his latest installment, The Killer Collective. Why? Because it's a genuine honest to god solid book. And the only reason I chose to remove one star is because the book really should've (and could've) been twice as long. The end. Enjoy!

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  • Graham Wyman
  • 19-04-2019

So much fun

I finished this book in one day, It is so much fun. I have read pretty much all of Barry Eislers books and this is possibly my favourite one so far, along with the detachment. It moves at a terrific pace and I really love the interplay between the characters, especially Dox and Larison. I Hope that we get more books with all the characters in in the future.

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  • James
  • 23-03-2019

Definitely middle of the road

It's not bad it's not great, that's about the best I could say... The Female leads feel like token roles and the the one with a real back story is glazed over

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  • Clair
  • 10-12-2019

good story

I have read the other books in this series this one did not captivate me as much as they did did it was a good story but a bit predictable but overall all I gave it 5 Stars