Although "Fault Line" was the first Barry Eisler book I’ve read, you can be darn sure it won’t be the last. It had the intriguing, fast-paced plot you'd expect, but also added another element I always love: a dramatic personal story among the characters.The book starts as an inventor is murdered, just before he can patent his encryption program. His lawyer, Alex Trevyn, appears also to be on the short list for murder, along with his associate, Iranian-American Sarah Hosseini. Alex has no choice but to call his estranged brother Ben for help, and Ben, a secret American military assassin, comes home, albeit reluctantly, to help.During the whole cat-and-mouse game they play with their deadly pursuers, the brothers trade accusations and bitter recriminations, finally being forced to address the various family tragedies that had driven them apart years ago. Ben takes Alex and Sarah on the run while they try to discover what makes the encryption program so important. And both brothers face betrayals that finally force them either to work together or kill each other, with Sarah caught in the middle.The book makes you constantly eager to know what will happen next, as the three fugitives barely manage to stay a step ahead of the people who want to kill them. You really feel for Ben and Alex as you learn more of what happened to their family when the brothers were in high school. You keep hoping you’re not going to see the final destruction of what used to be a five-person family.You also really enjoy how Sarah stands up to Ben, frequently letting him have it in ways that he — the guy with the guns — probably hasn’t been stood up to in years. He regards her, as a person of Iranian background, as an automatic source of suspicion, but she forces him to re-examine his views of politics, the secret espionage world, and his own place in that world.Eisler keeps things moving, and each new revelation – both about the mysterious program and about the brothers’ past – unfolds naturally. These are characters you care about, living an intriguing story. I love how Eisler incorporates the internet world into the story, referring at one moment to political sites like MoveOn.org, or at another moment to open source software sites like SourceForge.net. This is the first thriller I’ve read where the internet connections are so matter-of-fact and everyday.The only thing that made me hesitate was the way the three main characters' fates wre resolved. I just can’t quite buy that they’d get the consideration they do, in the real world. However, given that Eisler himself has done covert work for the CIA, and also worked as a technology lawyer, maybe he knows something we don’t. Or maybe he just knew the reader would find this a more satisfying way to end to the story. Either way, he writes a very exciting, and at times quite moving story, and I recommend it very highly.Can’t wait to find my next Barry Eisler book!