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Fault Line by Barry Eisler

Fault Line by Barry Eisler

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Silicon Valley: the eccentric inventor of a new encryption application is murdered in an apparent drug deal. Istanbul: a cynical undercover operative receives a frantic call from his estranged brother, a patent lawyer who believes he’ll be the next victim. And on the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, California’s nerve center of money and technology, old family hurts sting anew as two brothers who share nothing but blood and bitterness wage a desperate battle against a faceless enemy.

Alex Treven has sacrificed everything to achieve his sole ambition: making partner in his high-tech law firm. But then the inventor of a technology Alex is banking on is murdered, the patent examiner who reviewed the innovation dies–and Alex himself narrowly escapes an attack in his own home. Off balance, out of ideas, and running out of time, he knows that the one person who can help him is the last person he’d ever ask: his brother.

Ben Treven is a military liaison element, an elite undercover soldier paid to “find, fix, and finish” high-value targets in the United States global war on terror.

Disenchanted with what he sees as America’s culture of denial and decadence, Ben lives his detached life in the shadows because the black ops world is all he really knows–and because other than Alex, whom he hasn’t spoken to since their mother died, his family is long gone.

But blood is thicker than water, and when Ben receives Alex’s frantic call he hurries to San Francisco to help him. Only then does Alex reveal that there’s another player who knows of the technology: Sarah Hosseini, a young Iranian American lawyer whom Alex has long secretly desired–and whom Ben immediately distrusts. As these three struggle to identify the forces attempting to silence them, Ben and Alex are forced to examine the events that drove them apart–even as Sarah’s presence, and her own secret yearnings, deepens the fault line between them.

A full-throttle thriller that is both emotionally and politically charged, Fault Line centers on a conspiracy that has spun out of the shadows and onto the streets of America, a conspiracy that can be stopped by only three people–three people with different worldviews, different grievances, different motives. To survive the forces arrayed against them, they’ll first have to survive one another.
Silicon Valley: the eccentric inventor of a new encryption application is murdered in an apparent drug deal. Istanbul: a cynical undercover operative receives a frantic call from his estranged brother, a patent lawyer who believes he’ll be the next victim. And on the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, California’s nerve center of money and technology, old family hurts sting anew as two brothers who share nothing but blood and bitterness wage a desperate battle against a faceless enemy.

Alex Treven has sacrificed everything to achieve his sole ambition: making partner in his high-tech law firm. But then the inventor of a technology Alex is banking on is murdered, the patent examiner who reviewed the innovation dies–and Alex himself narrowly escapes an attack in his own home. Off balance, out of ideas, and running out of time, he knows that the one person who can help him is the last person he’d ever ask: his brother.

Ben Treven is a military liaison element, an elite undercover soldier paid to “find, fix, and finish” high-value targets in the United States global war on terror.

Disenchanted with what he sees as America’s culture of denial and decadence, Ben lives his detached life in the shadows because the black ops world is all he really knows–and because other than Alex, whom he hasn’t spoken to since their mother died, his family is long gone.

But blood is thicker than water, and when Ben receives Alex’s frantic call he hurries to San Francisco to help him. Only then does Alex reveal that there’s another player who knows of the technology: Sarah Hosseini, a young Iranian American lawyer whom Alex has long secretly desired–and whom Ben immediately distrusts. As these three struggle to identify the forces attempting to silence them, Ben and Alex are forced to examine the events that drove them apart–even as Sarah’s presence, and her own secret yearnings, deepens the fault line between them.

A full-throttle thriller that is both emotionally and politically charged, Fault Line centers on a conspiracy that has spun out of the shadows and onto the streets of America, a conspiracy that can be stopped by only three people–three people with different worldviews, different grievances, different motives. To survive the forces arrayed against them, they’ll first have to survive one another.

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Published by: Random House Publishing Group on Feb 19, 2009
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FAULT LINE
A NOVEL
BARRY EISLER
 
Fault Line
is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are theproducts of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblanceto actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.Copyright © 2009 by Barry EislerAll rights reserved.Published in the United States by Ballantine Books, an imprint of TheRandom House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., NewYork.
Ballantine
and colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc.ISBN 978-0-345-50508-8Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paperwww.ballantinebooks.com987654321First Edition
 Book design by Liz Cosgrove

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ebengtson_1 reviewed this
Not my cup of tea. Felt the writing was not up to Eisler's standards.
penforhire reviewed this
Rated 4/5
There are some similarities between this book and Eisler's "Rain" series. Even cuter, Rain's assassination specialty gets a casual 'cameo' mention in it, lol, clearly establishing it as the same world as the Rain series. And hey, Ben just happens to be an assassin who works for the US government.I enjoyed the family history and dynamic Eisler uses here between the brothers. I think he made Alex too unsympathetic until nearly the very end. Hard to believe that having his own life threatened wouldn't force him to be more civil to and focused on whoever was saving him.The law office 'frame' around the story was nicely done as well.For all the positive play between the brothers, the added female interest, and gripping action scenes, somehow the plotting felt uneven. I wanted to give this book four stars but I think it only earned 3.5. Perhaps the main plot twist was too improbable? Can't say for sure.Eisler does his usual magnificent job of researching the setting. Felt like I was back in the SF bay area again. I've said it before but I need to say it again. Eisler breathes authenticity into his novels and I appreciate it.You say there is a sequel book to this one? See you later, I'm off to the book store! :-)
mahallett reviewed this
Rated 4/5
started out really well, middled quite well, fizzled out a little at the end as most mysteries do.great reader
joannsmithainsworth reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Really enjoyed this fast paced story.
nyiper reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Great! And----the sequel is almost available. I didn't know there was one coming when I started this---good news! Now I'm curious about his series. It was a perfect fast paced listening experience.
kashicat reviewed this
Rated 4/5
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!
tallydi reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Eisler is one of my favorite authors, and this book lived up to my expectations. I wasn't completely happy the use of computer/software issues as the foundation for the action. In another year or so, it will be out of date. Only out-of-date slang is faster at dating a book than out-of-date computer technology. So when I re-read this book in a couple of years, I'll probably just skip the first chapter and get right to the action.
maureen61_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Eisler has written another thriller that incorporates his knowledge of law and intrigue. Covert operations that are sanctioned by government operatives create havoc here and abroad. The story centers around a conflict that occurs when brothers areunknowingly are enmeshed in an alledged cyberterrorism threat. A good read.
memasmb reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Fault LineBy Barry EislerThis book was received from LibraryThing in their Early Reviewers program.As a lover of thrillers, I looked forward to my first Barry Eisler book. I was not disappointed. I plan on reading more of his writings.This story opens with a young lawyer, Alex Treven whose client is mysterious killed. The client’s invention of a new encryption technology seemed to be caught in limbo. Next to die is the patent examiner and then Alex is attacked in his own home.The only person Alex feels he can trust is his brother Ben, a military hit man. Ben travels from across the world to assist his last family member.The back story of the Treven family only adds to the fast paced adventure. Alex’s assistant Sally adds a special spark to the situation.If you want to read an intriguing thriller, this is for you. You will not want to put the book down.
clarkisaacs reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is a good read. The story keeps you in suspense for a long time. Development of characters was excellent and it was a great technique employed where the two brothers were living their stories separately and then team up to finish what was the main theme.

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