• The Night Trade

  • A Livia Lone Novel, Book 2
  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,235 ratings)

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The Night Trade

By: Barry Eisler
Narrated by: Barry Eisler
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From New York Times bestselling author Barry Eisler...Livia Lone is back.

For sex-crimes detective Livia Lone, a position with a government anti-trafficking task force is a chance to return to Thailand to ferret out Rithisak Sorm, the kingpin behind her own childhood ordeal.

But after a planned takedown in a nightclub goes violently awry, Livia discovers that she's not the only one hunting Sorm. Former marine sniper Dox has a score to settle, too, and working together is the only way to take Sorm out.

Livia and Dox couldn't be less alike. But they share a single-minded creed: the law has to serve justice. And if it doesn't, justice has to be served another way.

What they don't know is that in threatening Sorm, they're also threatening a far-reaching conspiracy - one involving the highest levels of America's own intelligence apparatus. It turns out that killing Sorm just might be the easy part. The real challenge will be payback from his protectors.

©2018 by Barry Eisler. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Dox and Livia - does it get any better than this?

I loved the first book in the Livia Lone series, but this second book is even better.
Chapter one starts with Livia putting an agent from homeland security down on a mat while sparring. He then tries to recruit her to work on a human sex trafficking case.
Chapter two brings Dox (from John Rain series). He gets hired to kill a man he's told is a trafficker. He realizes the man is not and and Dox refuses. When he's ambushed later he kills his three attackers and then the man who tried to hire him.
Dox and Livia accidentally end up meeting during another ambush and help each other get out of it. They end up teaming up together, and what a great team they make - in more ways than one! Livia has her hang ups from being trafficked as a child and Dox is such a sweetheart when it comes to the ladies...
This is such an exciting story, there is a dangerous situation around every corner. I started it and refused to talk to anyone until it was finished!!
Barry Eisler narrates his own books flawlessly. I really enjoy the sound of his voice.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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WOW!!

In The Night Trade, Book 2 in the Livia Lone series, two of Barry Eisler's most compelling characters meet and join in a battle against sex traffickers in Thailand. For policewoman Livia Lone killing Rithisak Sorm and his employees is deeply personal because he is the man who sent her sister and her to the US in a shipping container sixteen years ago. For former US Marine sniper Dox it is less personal, but Soam's second in command killed a friend of his.

Dox, a colorful and loud Texan with a heart of gold, appears in several of Eisler's John Rain novels as a friend of Rain who occasionally works with him. Four years ago Eisler released a ninety minute short story about Dox titled The Khmer Kill. Ironically Soam's name appears tangentially in The Khmner Kill. (I just realized that I have not reviewed that short story, so I'll do so in a few minutes.)

I've listened to all of Barry Eisler's novels and short stories and am a big fan of his writing. In my opinion The Night Trade is the best Eisler novel (he has not written any that deserve less than 5 stars). Four years ago Eisler re-released all of his audio novels with Eisler himself narrating and he has continued to narrate all of his books since. Barry Eisler is a superb narrator.

All of Barry Eisler's novels and short stories are available to Kindle Unlimited members for $1.99 or less each. All can be purchased by others through the Amazon website for less than the cost of an Audible credit. Eisler was among the first established authors to move to self publishing bringing the cost to consumers of his ebooks and audio books down drastically.

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another great book

once again, Barry Eisler wrote another great book. the characters are so exciting and the merging of Dox and Livia was tough and sweet put together. Well done Barry.

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Livia Lone Avenges Her Sister—Finds No Peace

Livia Lone is a sex crimes detective in Seattle PD. She and her sister were kidnapped from their home in Thailand, sold to the sex slavery ring by their parents. They had been requested by a US senator and shipped to the USA in a container where she and her little sister and other young children were kept locked up, abused, and made to perform sex acts at the request of the men guarding them. In this 2nd book she is tracking down the men in Thailand who were involved in their kidnapping and mistreatment. She is ruthless but efficient in her tracking, interrogating, and dispensing justice. She connects with a former marine sniper who is on a similar mission. They join forces and proceed to track down a connection between the sex trade in Thailand and the US Defense Information Agency. Apparently the profits in this horrific practice lead all the way to the top. This is another thriller by Barry Eisler. I never thought he could invent another strong moral character along the lines of his John Rain, but he has done that with Livia Lone. Will there be more? Barry Eisler is a terrific narrator of his words.

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Not as Good as #1

Found it to be too much Dax. Not enough Livia in situations like in book 1. Don’t like this series may go more ‘army’ than human stories.
Disappointed.

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Book is Great...

Southern accent needs work! But book was fantastic. Love the meshing of characters, I missed Dox

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Dox smooths the hard edges

Dox-ism: “The turtle doesn’t get on the shelf by itself”
As much as I loved the darkly engaging first book, it was also too traumatic. What it lacked was action and humor to balance the horrors of the trafficking storyline. Which is why I was so glad to see Dox (from the John Rain series) share the MC spotlight in this one. Their coming together and oddly perfect friendship was a treat to witness as it formed. I also appreciated the deeper dive into handler Kanazaki.

Dox-ism: “I like walking with you under these umbrellas in New York -
it satisfies my latent urge for more cloak and dagger in my life.”
One minor complaint is that the big bad, for being known from the beginning, is merely referenced and has virtually no interactions with our MCs. Thus, we have very filled-out MCs hunting a flat, one note bad guy. Good thing Livia and Dox are so utterly unique.

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Great Read

Mr. Eisler is not only a terrific writer, he's also a talented narrator. Well worth your time.

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captivating

couldn't put it down. the internal dialogue was dead on the real life Victims of abuse and reactions to situations. great story line and flow of events.

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Book 2 was good

Book two did not have the same adrenaline rush as the first book. Dox added loads of drama and excitement to the story, and Livia's life.

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