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"Filled with raw power, [Livia Lone] may be the darkest thriller of the year." - Kirkus Reviews
Seattle PD sex-crimes detective Livia Lone knows the monsters she hunts. Sold by her Thai parents along with her little sister, Nason; marooned in America; abused by the men who trafficked them...the only thing that kept Livia alive as a teenager was her determination to find Nason.
Livia has never stopped looking. And she copes with her failure to protect her sister by doing everything she can to put predators in prison.
Or, when that fails, by putting them in the ground.
But when a fresh lead offers new hope of finding Nason and the men who trafficked them both, Livia will have to go beyond just being a cop. Beyond even being a vigilante. She'll have to relive the horrors of the past. Take on one of the most powerful men in the US government. And uncover a conspiracy of almost unimaginable evil.
In every way, it's an unfair fight. But Livia has two advantages: her unending love for Nason -
And a lifelong lust for vengeance.
©2016 Barry Eisler. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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Critic Reviews

"Author Barry Eisler narrates his own work with the skill of a professional voice actor.... He never strains credulity as Livia transitions from child victim to confident woman and avenging angel for the abused. Livia's male abusers - especially her stepfather - practically hiss with vileness, like coiled snakes. When young Livia learns jujutsu and starts fighting back, listeners will share her visceral catharsis and newfound empowerment." ( AudioFile)
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By shelley on 10-27-16

This is a heartbreaker that makes u want 2 hit someone!

This is another really Excellent book from Barry Eisler. Although I would really like more of the John Rain series, his last book (Gods Eye View) and this one really demonstrate his writing as well as his narrating abilities.
This is a very dark story involving human trafficking and the sex industry. There were scenes that were somewhat difficult to listen to, however this story is a work of fiction. I realize that there are people that just do not want to listen to books like this but I also think it is very important not to bury our heads in the sand and think that will make this awful side of (in)humanity go away.
I agree with Audible listener Wayne in saying this book has my most HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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By crazybatcow on 01-13-17

Wishing Livia was real...

To start, I really like Eisler's work... particularly when he focuses on troubled vigilante protagonists who are driven to seek justice (his forays into "political" thrillers are not quite as strong).

I had a hard time putting this book down. It was disturbing and satisfying at the same time. You hate everyone you are supposed to hate and you don't feel even a twinge of guilt when Livia does "bad" things. The story is based on disgusting and disturbing activities that really happen, and, while Livia was a survivor, I suspect she exists only in this fiction: too bad.

It is suspenseful, and the story unfolds with "then" and "now" sections, which gradually come together at the end - this was really well done. You become fully immersed in Livia's world and at some points you might find yourself wanting join in with Livia as she doles out some justice.

The narration is good (Eisler narrates his own works and is decent at it, although you can tell it is not his primary occupation). There is some swearing and sex (not overly graphic but it is violent) and the premise behind the entire story is mature.

I will be buying any other Eisler books when they come out.

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By Jenny on 02-04-18


One of the best books I've heard for ages. Loved everything about this story. Very grim in parts but I just had to keep listening. Highly recommended

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By A. Gillies on 11-19-16

Another great one from Eisler

Would you listen to Livia Lone again? Why?

I would read the book again, rather than listen

What other book might you compare Livia Lone to, and why?

If you've read Eisler's other books, you know the well crafted, fast paced, sexy, gritty works they are

What aspect of Barry Eisler’s performance might you have changed?

Barry is a terrific author and a great guy. What he isn't, however, is an actor. Although his performance is quite good, I'd rather see his books read by Jeff Harding, who read some of the earlier Rain books

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