“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 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.
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I highly recommend that you pick this one up, and give t a chance. If you're familiar with Mr. Eisler and his John Rain novels, then you'll absolutely love this one. This is a story on Sex/Child/Trafficking, from where it begins, to where it ends, and throughout this novel, Mr. Eisler "walks" us through one of the trafficking victims, and her life. From being adopted, to her slowly coming out of her shell, after the trauma that she was lucky enough to survive. And it's Livia building her "armour" to slay the demons.
Barry Eisler, author of the excellent "John Rain" series, returns with this dark thriller, taking on the controversial topic of human trafficking. His characters always exhibit depth and intelligence, and scenes of violence are drawn with a particularly apt hand. There were a few times in which I wanted to flinch away, but stayed with it because the story was so relevant and engaging, and his titular character, Livia Lone, not one I've ever encountered in literature. She is strong, focused in her desire to find her missing sister, and willing to do harm to those who she believes has either kidnapped or killed young Nason. Indeed, it is her life's purpose. Eisler satisfies with this story, and we know that we're in his capable hands when his protagonist -- a true anti-hero -- sets out on her journey to find what's left of her family. There is no leap of faith required in this book. Every one of Lone's actions are justified and realistic. By the close of the book -- which came much too soon -- I was rooting for Livia and was glad she sought vengeance and retribution to all those who wronged her, both as a child stuck in an industrial shipping container and stolen away from her parents, and as an adult looking to set things right. At least her version of right. This stunning story compelled me to write a review, which I'm not often wont to do. Nice work from a master storyteller.
This is another fabulous story from Barry Eisler. He has already shown what a talented Author he is with his John Rain and Ben Treven series. This story takes you on an emotional ride, with child trafficking through to vigilante revenge on rapists. Billy Barnett made a pretty big mistake when he targeted Livia for some special attention when they left the bar together. His idea of forced intimacy was exactly what Livia was counting on, and why she targeted him in the first place. Billy was in for quite a shock if he thought he could overpower the much smaller women. At least when Livia walked away from him, she was sure he wouldn’t be rapping any more women. She did have a purpose besides taking Billy of the streets, and that was to get close to Weed Tyler once he was released from prison. He was the one person who may know where her sister Nason could be located. They had been separated from each other many years ago, and now she wanted to do anything she could to make contact with her again. Livia and her sister Nason didn’t have a great start in life when their Thai father sold them when Livia was 13 and Nason 11. They were ripped away from their village and transported in a shipping container with other children to be sold. Livia managed to survive and become one hell of a tough cop, who is smart, fit and determined. She’s not going to stop until she finds Nason. I would certainly recommend this book. It is an edgy thriller with diverse characters and a great plot. Easily worth the 5 star rating.
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 things to eat in order to help her and her younger sister survive. One day Labee and Nason were playing in front of the family hut when their lives changed forever. Soon a van pulled up and three men stepped out and took Livia and her sister while her parents watched from the doorway of their hut. Scared and frightened, they soon learned that other children had been taken as well. Why had their parents not stopped the men that grabbed them? Where were they being taken? Sadly, Labee and her sister had been sold to human traffickers by their own parents. Labee, who has always looked out for her younger sister, tries to keep her and her younger sister safe as they and other children are kept captive by the traffickers. Soon it becomes evident that no matter what she does to try and keep her sister safe, even at her own expense, she learns that a little girl is not match to the men who have taken them. Both girls suffer sexual abuse at the hands of the men before becoming separated. Soon Labee finds herself in American being "rescued". Labee is taken in by a prominent family who change her name to Livia. She is promised that her new "father" will try to find her sister if she obeys and does as he asks. One nightmare turns into another for her. The only real break for her is learning martial arts from her friend and her friend's father. She excels at this and makes friends in the process. Later in life she becomes a sex crimes police officer in Seattle. She works hard to bring rapists and sex offenders to justice. The entire time she is desperately trying to find information on her younger sister. She has so many questions and hunts down the men who took them so long ago. She soon discovers a conspiracy and as she puts the pieces together, she discovers family secrets and the truth of how and why she and her sister were taken so long ago. Labee/Livia is a very strong female character. She is willing to do whatever it takes to find her sister and bring their abductors to justice. She is able to take what has happened to her and turn it into a strength. She is brave, mentally and physically strong and cunning. Eisler writes characters who operate above/beyond/outside the law. He has the ability to write about an Assassin (John Rain) and have us cheer for that character. Who hasn't read the John Rain books and enjoyed Dox? Characters who are so likable yet live by their own code. Labee/Livia is no exception. Although a police officer it is not enough to arrest those who harmed her, she wants vengeance and we root for her. We, the reader, want her to have that vengeance. I think it is a rare gift for an Author to be able to write a character who can be likable yet do unlikable things. This is a dark gritty tale. Eisler delivers another great book that will not disappoint his fans. Be warned this book is full of sexual depravity, abuse and violence. It deals with difficult subject matter which some may find to difficult to read.
Children suffer the sins of the Father. Dark telling of abuse, betrayal and an eye for an eye obsession! Two Thailand sisters Labee and Nason sold by their parents become victims to human trafficking. Strength, determination, and heart pumping events are told by Eisler. Graphic violence and physiological issues makes Livia Lone a not to be missed thriller. Complimentary copy offered by Publisher and author, via Netgalley.