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The Lost Coast: A Larison Short Story | [Barry Eisler]

The Lost Coast: A Larison Short Story

For Larison, a man off the grid and on the run, the sleepy northern California town of Arcata, gateway to the state's fabled Lost Coast, seems like a perfect place to disappear for a while. But Arcata isn't nearly as sleepy as it seems, and when three locals decide Larison would make a perfect target for their twisted sport, Larison exacts a lifetime of vengeance in one explosive evening.
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For Larison, a man off the grid and on the run, the sleepy northern California town of Arcata, gateway to the state's fabled Lost Coast, seems like a perfect place to disappear for a while. But Arcata isn't nearly as sleepy as it seems, and when three locals decide Larison would make a perfect target for their twisted sport, Larison exacts a lifetime of vengeance in one explosive evening.

©2011 Barry Eisler (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Douglas 04-21-13
    Douglas 04-21-13
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    "NOT EXPECTED/ENJOYED"
    What would have made The Lost Coast better?

    There should have been more disclosure in the synopsis that this was an erotic homosexual rape short story. Sure, it involves Larison, and anyone who knows this series knows his "secret" but this short story amounted to nothing more than a forcible rape by Larison of a young college male. There was nothing entertaining, enjoyable, or worth the cost of the audiobook about it.
    The synopsis says of the story: "...when three locals decide Larison would make a perfect target for their twisted sport, Larison exacts a lifetime of vengeance in one explosive evening. "

    Reading this, anyone is sure to think that it's going to be some shooter violence revenge. I mean, we're talking about a hardened killer, right? Beating a couple guys up, and then forcing the weakest of them all to perform oral sex on him is not my (or anyone's, I'd think) idea of "a lifetime of vengeance in one explosive evening."

    EPIC FAIL.
    It may be enough to make me abandon this series, and this author altogether, which would be something I regret as all his other works that I've read or listened to have been great.

    But seriously... homosexual rape? That's Eisler's idea of a lifetime of vengeance??
    Did I mention: EPIC FAIL?


    Has The Lost Coast turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It's quite possible turned me off from any new works by Eisler (I've already read or listened to everything currently available by him).


    What didn’t you like about Barry Eisler’s performance?

    The performance was ok; I'm just so disgusted with the story-line that I didn't want to give any positive review.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lost Coast?

    I'd have cut the entire story...


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    pamela bathurst, Australia 10-01-12
    pamela bathurst, Australia 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Too violent"
    Any additional comments?

    I was shocked at the violence in this book and did not cope or appreciate the predatory nature of the protagonist and the amount of violence delivered by him. I usually love Barry Eisler, but this was way over the top for me and I felt sick listening to this short story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Ivey 03-18-12
    Dave Ivey 03-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Skip this One!"

    We thoroughly enjoyed the entire Rain (seven books) and Ben Treven series (Fault Line and Inside Out) and listened to all of them in order. Willing to try just about anything written by Barry Eisler, it was an easy decision to try the Lost Coast. If you are into graphic homosexuality, then perhaps this short story is for you. Wow - I did not see this coming from Eisler. Extremely disappointed such a talented author would go down this path. This may have been my final Eisler purchase.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph Foster City, CA, United States 01-24-12
    Ralph Foster City, CA, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2000
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    "Weaker than Usual"

    Interestingly, the author/narrator did not do his homework on one small but annoying point: the location of this story -- Arcata -- is pronounced "Ar-kate-a" not "Ar-cat-a." After all, Eisler often includes such details as the model of a particular knife. The story is provides a part of the back-story for a character who appears in other books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Roaring Springs, TX, United States 10-02-11
    Karen Roaring Springs, TX, United States 10-02-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Just Wrong"

    Not even close to story line of character...was disapointed not worth the extra cash to make sure you don't miss anything in next big story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 03-26-14
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "No Redeeming Value"

    Any tender feelings I had for Larison from the Treven series were snuffed with this short story. I cannot imagine why Barry Eisler felt the need to write this disgusting bag of garbage.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark MALDEN, MA, United States 01-04-14
    Mark MALDEN, MA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as bad as the reviews say"
    If you could sum up The Lost Coast in three words, what would they be?

    Not that bad


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not what you expect from Barry Eisler but gives you insight to that freak Larison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To short to really have one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If your homophobic then this is not for you. Deliverance but not with hicks...it is OK but wouldn't want to see it in a movie.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    susanalexander WASHINGTON, DC, United States 04-25-13
    susanalexander WASHINGTON, DC, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Hated this Tale of Child Rape"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This story was really disturbing. I was accustomed to the John Rain series and this was a horrible let down. There was no entertainment value here.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    NW by Zadie Smith.


    What didn’t you like about Barry Eisler’s performance?

    If anything was good It was all wiped away by the assault scene.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lost Coast?

    The sexual assault of the kid.


    Any additional comments?

    There was a warning but it wasn't sufficient.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley P. Valentine 11-03-14

    Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.

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    "The story of a villain"
    Any additional comments?

    Many of the reviewers seem to not get that Larison isn’t supposed to be John Rain II or even Dox. He’s a bad dude. Just conflicted enough to show us his humanity, but you’re missing the point if you think Eisler intends this to be accepted heroism. (Though the weird rebel rock intro and outro confuses that message a bit.)

    Honestly I think most of the negative reactions here have more to do with the homosexuality. Usually we get chaste homosexuality in popular media and that’s not what this is at all (though it’s mostly in the scheme of things this is on the spare side for Eisler, if you’re familiar with his heterosexual sex scenes, this doesn’t hold a candle to those). The problem is the ambiguity of scene of fellatio. It’s at knife point, but Eisler portrays victim as a closeted homosexuality who is more dazed at his own self revelation than coercion. Which is....a double standard, frankly. Eisler would never write that scene with a woman even in the same villainous context. So granted that.

    (NOTE: If you think a college student is a child then you should have more of a problem allowing them in war, right? Not an original argument, no, but it always blows my mind the hypocrisy.)

    Anyway, the point is Larison serves back what a trio of “fag bashers” meant to reign on him, which is as sympathetic as we get with Larison. Because otherwise he’s still the villainous rogue he has has been in the other Eisler novels.

    I’ve noticed a couple things recently on Audible concerning Eisler. He has a huge fan base with a hefty portion of those who Eisler seems to be increasingly aware of and to not like and trying to be shake away. It’s hard to imagine this Larison story as not having been intended to piss-off a section of Red Staters who don’t aren’t sensitive to nuances of social and even political leftism that Eisler presents as objective fact (like America is in its twilight, as the villain in the Dox short says....maybe Eisler doesn’t believe it, I don’t know, but it jives with what seems to have been some of his views presented in Detachment).

    I don’t agree with some of what is presented, but who cares? I would never just read things I only agree with. And I’m glad Eisler is becoming the kind of writer who doesn’t mind losing readers to say his truths or present provocative ideas.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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