In Silicon Valley, the eccentric inventor of a new encryption application is murdered in an apparent drug deal.
In Istanbul, a cynical undercover operator receives a frantic call from his estranged brother, a patent lawyer who believes he is the next victim.
And on the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley'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...and the patent examiner who reviewed it dies...and Alex himself narrowly escapes an attack in his own home. Off balance, out of ideas, and running out of time, he knows 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 America's 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, who he hasn't spoken to since their mother died, his family is long gone.
But blood is thicker than water, and when he receives Alex's frantic call, Ben 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 who Alex has long secretly desired...and who Ben immediately distrusts. As these three radically different people 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 wants, deepens the fault line between them.
Fault Line centers on a conspiracy that has spun out of the shadows and into the streets of America, a conspiracy that can be stopped only by three people - three people with different worldviews, different grievances, different motives. To survive the forces arrayed against them, they'll first have to survive each other.
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"Barry Eisler at his best!"
Fault Line was originally published in 2009. Eisler then published the Kindle ebook version and the Audible version which he narrated early in 2014. At the same time he also released digital versions of Book 2 in the Ben Treven series (Inside Out) which was originally published in 2010. I read both books soon after their original releases. In my opinion the Ben Treven two book series along with The God's Eye View, which was released early in 2016, are 5 star novels and the three best books Eisler has written.
I have Audible versions of Eisler's 8 John Rain novels and all are wonderful. My intention is not to denigrate them; it's just that in my opinion they do not measure up to the the three books in the above paragraph.
Barry Eisler started to narrate his own books with John Rain #7 (The Detachment) in 2011. Early in 2014 he re-released the first 6 John Rain novels changing the titles of most. He also narrated the audiobook versions of the six re-released John Rain novels. Eisler may be as excellent a narrator as he is an author. Although I had earlier released Audible versions of the 6 re-released novels, I purchased most of the Eisler narrated versions. Barry Eisler made a great call in narrating his own novels.
Some comments on upcoming releases by some of my favorite mystery/thriller authors: The upcoming releases of the latest David Baldacci (Amos Decker) and Brad Thor (Scott Harvath) audiobooks are already listed under "Coming Soon" at Audible. Brett Battles' new Jonathan Quinn novel The Unleashed is not yet listed but it is out on Kindle already and the author says he expects the audiobook to be available during May. First Strike (Dewey Andras) by Ben Coes and Ghosts of War (Pike Logan) by Brad Taylor are expected to be released on June 28, 2016. The Black Widow (Gabriel Allon) by Daniel Silva should be released on July 12. A new Gamache (A Great Reckoning) by Louise Penny will be released in August. A Kept Woman (Will Trent series) by Karin Slaughter will be released in September. The next Mitch Rapp novel is expected for October. The next Jack Reacher arrives just after election day at the same time as the new, and I hope last. Clifton Chronicles novel. Mark Greaney's newest Jack Ryan book is scheduled for early December. Marc Cameron is expected to release his latest Jericho Quinn thriller just before the new year. I look forward to listening to all of the above mentioned novels.
"Excellent! Better then the Rain series."
If I didn't have another book to listen to I probably would.
Ben Treven - I would hope!
This was a really good book. I liked it much better then the John Rain series. Fast paced thriller with ever changing enemies. I hesitated about this purchase because of both the price and the narrator who is also the author (Barry Eisler). I'm not sure why it is so little, $4.79 I think. But this is better then some of the much more expensive books I've purchased. Eisler did a superb job with his narration. His inflections came through perfectly, I imagine just the way he intended when he wrote it. Makes sense. My next purchase - the second in this series, I hope he's working on book three.
"Boy was I wrong"
I would. But with 200+ books in my library and 15% waiting to be read....
How Ben and Alex blame each other for the "issues" in their lives. Then how Ben becomes more self aware.
Really very little. He gave each character their own personality and "voice".
When Katie died. Being a father with a daughter named Katie well there it is.
Here is the explanation for my headline. I was reluctant to purchase Barry Eisler's book as he was the narrator. What a self absorbed (fill in your own expletive) that only you could bring your book to life. Mr. Eisner I was VERY WRONG! Your narration was great. I thought I might like the story, well there I was wrong as well. I lLOVED the story. Last but not least thanks Audible for the promotion that moved me to purchase this as well as Rain Fall which I have yet to read but am looking forward to. And....I just bought two more of Mr. Eisler's books!
"A stand-alone novel; back-story to the Rain Series"
This is a stand-alone novel that is also backstory for the John Rain series, which is among the best I've read or listened to. Notice how inexpensive they are.
I wrote an enthusiastically positive and extended review for Book 1: "Clean Kill in Tokyo."
Eisler is a smart and accomplished guy. Checkout his website and his Wikipedia bio.
"Not up to the usual Barry Eisler quality"
This pertains to the audible version. I've enjoyed all of Barry's John Rain books. Audible wise, he does his male characters extremely well. The female's not so much but, because they aren't heavy primary's, I've been able to handle the female characters. Well, Delilah got to me a bit but the story got me though.
In fault line, that wasn't the case. From the moment Sarah opened her mouth with Ben, her dialogue and voice caused my skin grated. Add to that the ignorance of Sarah and Ben requiring explanations for things anyone could figure out for themselves. The "romance" was flat and unbelievable.
For the men, I'd keep Barry. For the females ....maybe Lily Swan
Audible listen, this does not apply
I will listen to the follow up book. This series does not compare to the John Rain series...
Acceptable, decent, not outstanding
Barry Eisler does a nice job with narrating. I think a duo of narrators would kick the story up a bit.
Barry Eisler is now my favorite writer, great character build up, his spy tech is very insightful, very good story line, as well as his smooth narration of his material. one of the best....
"Too much drama for a thriller!"
I'm a big fan of Barry Eisler (both his books AND his narrations) but this really didn't do it for me. There was just...TOO.MUCH...DRAMA!!
That's not why I read thrillers. I want action, excitement, kick-assery on an atomic level. Not family fights, recriminations or whining. All of the characters were so annoying that I wanted to repeatedly kick them in the soft parts.
Alex Treven is a lawyer in Silicon Valley. After one of his clients is murdered and he realizes he's next, he calls his big brother for help. Ben is in the military and in the habit of saving his brother from trouble so even though they are estranged, he goes to help. As soon as he returns, he and his brother started fighting and it pretty much didn't stop until the end. It was tiresome. I understand that one of Mr. Eisler's strengths as a writer is the "damaged MC" and only family can damage a person this much but I can take drama when I'm already invested in the character. As the first book in the series, there was just too much of it.
Something else I didn't like was how Ben kept dropping people so obviously that it could get back to him. I was amazed the police didn't show up at some point and arrest him.
I DID like the ending and I'll probably read the next in the series because it connects with Rain #7. Otherwise, I probably would have skipped it.
"A rare book you will love! Thrilling and profound."
It is not often a book can be a great thriller, a poignant and emotionally rich novel, and have terrific narration. This book is not a mediocre retread of typical storylines, and it manages to be relevant and well paced while providing rich contrasting characters and a real literary quality, all while still managing to be a suspenseful and gripping genre narrative as well. More thrillers should aspire to this level of authenticity and emotional catharsis while still delivering an action, suspense and a great listen. I felt the author really gave a great performance, both as writer and reader. A wonderful story told by a gifted storyteller. You won't regret getting this book. Listened in one sitting.
"it was good"
I enjoyed the story. the narrator did an excellent job of keeping me listing. I like this author. He is one of a few the can narrate his own books.
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