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The Night Trade [Livia Lone #2] by Barry…

The Night Trade [Livia Lone #2] (edition 2018)

by Barry Eisler (Author)

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Title:The Night Trade [Livia Lone #2]
Authors:Barry Eisler (Author)
Info:Thomas & Mercer (2018), 308 pages
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Tags:Livia Lone, Dox, Last 10 Read

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Excellent followup to the first book, Livia Lone. Sure the hero is improbably skilled and gifted but that's standard (think Dirk Pitt) and Livia has worked to achieve her capabilities. They don't just arrive out of a clear sky. There's a new addition to the good guys in this volume but, thankfully, the two of them don't just fall into bed together, but give each other respect and work as a team in a way that makes sense. Bottom line is that the plot, motives, and results are all definitely on the extreme side of adventure/revenge etc but they're unusually understandable for that genre. I enjoyed this and will be looking at his other series. ( )
  abycats | May 11, 2018 |
As good as any other Eisler book. It brings together Livia and Dox and both characters are pretty much exactly what you expect them to be. The story is not as... distressing... as the first Livia book, but justice is still served and the resolution is satisfactory and believable (well, as much as these black ops activities can be believable anyway).

The story does stand alone, but I don't think you would appreciate it nearly as much if you did not read the first book in Livia Lone series. Also... having read about Dox in previous books (Rain series), makes him more relatable here as well.

All in all, I would buy this book again, and will continue to read pretty much anything Eisler publishes. ( )
  crazybatcow | May 4, 2018 |
Livia Lone is an emotionally damaged wonder women with her sole focus on the annihilation of traffickers who murdered her sister! Eisler is an intense driver of prose and characters that rivet the reader to experience a roller coaster ride. This is the 2nd in this series and I would advise starting with the first as an abundance of history would be missed if you don't. Too much action to give an in-depth review that would not be a spoiler. Basically Young Livia and her sister were sold to traffickers by their parents from a village in Thailand. Many years later; to achieve justice Livia has made herself into a female 007 with a law enforcement job and a self-defense force to be feared. Action takes place in Thailand and Cambodia with gruesome maneuvers that may bother some readers so be warned. Always a loner the introduction of Dox into Livia' life is my favorite part of the book. Dox a sniper being on a parallel path partners with Livia. "A copy of this book was provided by Thomas & Mercer via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." Would make for a great movie! ( )
  marandajo | Jan 23, 2018 |
3.5 stars

Livia Lone has a reputation as the best closer in the Seattle P.D.’s sex crimes unit. Other than that, few know much about her or her past. Readers of the eponymously titled first book are all too familiar with the story of her journey from Thailand to America as a trafficked child. Her sister wasn’t so lucky & in this outing, Livia gets a chance to return & exact a little payback on those responsible.

Special agent B.D. Little from Homeland Security is hoping Livia will add her expertise to his investigation into a major trafficking ring. Oh, did he mention it was based in Thailand? What are the odds? Livia immediately begins to wonder how much he knows about her & if he just might have a hidden agenda. Either way, it’s too good to pass up & she’s agrees to go on a fact finding mission.

Meanwhile in Bangkok, a familiar face from this author’s John Rain series reappears. Dox is an ex-military sniper who uses his talents as a covert “problem solver” for a branch of American intelligence. He comes across as an affable good ol’ boy unless you’re in his crosshairs. He’s currently in a bit of a pickle. After an attempted double-cross, the good news is he’s still breathing. The bad news…a bunch of other guys aren’t. With his cover blown, Dox is pissed & sets out to find the guy behind it all. What he doesn’t know is there’s a cop from Seattle in town who is hunting for the same man.

What follows is an action packed & intricate chase story full of corruption, political intrigue & hidden alliances. Half the fun is trying to figure out who is on the same team & why. Even the good guys are capable of acts of extreme violence but when their prey are those who profit from the sale of trafficked children, it’s hard not to cheer them on.

The biggest revelation (if you read book #1) is Livia herself. She’s been waiting a long time for revenge but perhaps underestimated how being back in country would affect her. The sights & smells of Thailand bring old memories bubbling to the surface. Her cool, distant veneer develops some major cracks & her emotions lead her to acting impulsively instead of strategically. This took some getting used to as she’s very different from the character I met in the first book.

The pace drops in the middle as the MC’s spend time doing the mental gymnastics required to figure out the whole snarly mess before amping up for an explosive finale. In the end, Livia is a changed woman & it will be interesting to see where the author takes this character next. ( )
  RowingRabbit | Dec 25, 2017 |
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For the memory of Major Douglas C. Patt (US Army, Retired), son of Arthur and Helen, father of Kara, Michael, and Gavin, loving partner of Vivian, who enjoyed these books and made them so much better.
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Livia was warming up on the mats at Seattle Police Headquarters when her lieutenant, Donna Strangeland, came through the swinging doors at the far end of the gym.
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