The Killer Collective

The Killer Collective

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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. The hit had been offered to John Rain, a retired specialist in "natural causes." Livia and former Marine sniper Dox assemble an ad hoc group to identify and neutralize the threat. There's Rain; Rain's estranged lover, Mossad agent Delilah; and black ops soldiers Ben Treven and Daniel Larison, along with their former commander, SpecOps legend Colonel Scot "Hort" Horton. They have a hard time forming a team... and their quest brings them closer and closer to the highest levels of the US government. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781503904262
1503904261
9781503900950
1503900959
Branch Call Number: FIC Eisler B
Characteristics: 401 pages ; 22 cm

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PimaLib_ChristineR Feb 06, 2019

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 balances out his tactical descriptions.

Like in his novel, The Detachment, the characters have trouble developing trust, and in this case, it seems that some of the parties may actually be working against each other. There are plenty of explosions, shootings and chases to keep action/adventure readers happy, and I have to say, I did not see the final reveal coming. Well played, Mr. Eisler. Well played (slow clap).

While this is a stand-alone and you don't need to read any other books first, I think reading Eisler's back catalog is helpful. There are even a couple of references to at least the two novellas I read about Delilah and Larisen, as well as to Livia's background and events in The Detachment. Like I said, not necessary, but it gives a more rounded picture. And as usual, I highly recommend you read this in electronic format. Eisler is a master of the endnote. His links to actual events that helped shape his narrative are both horrifying and invaluable.

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