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Fault Line: Ben Treven, Book 1 | [Barry Eisler]

Fault Line: Ben Treven, Book 1

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.
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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.

©2009 Barry Eisler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 04-17-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 04-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent! Better then the Rain series."
    Would you listen to Fault Line again? Why?

    If I didn't have another book to listen to I probably would.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ben Treven - I would hope!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry 02-22-14
    Jerry 02-22-14
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    "Boy was I wrong"
    Would you listen to Fault Line again? Why?

    I would. But with 200+ books in my library and 15% waiting to be read....


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fault Line?

    How Ben and Alex blame each other for the "issues" in their lives. Then how Ben becomes more self aware.


    What aspect of Barry Eisler’s performance would you have changed?

    Really very little. He gave each character their own personality and "voice".


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

    When Katie died. Being a father with a daughter named Katie well there it is.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A GENEVA, NY, United States 06-26-14
    A GENEVA, NY, United States 06-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fault Line to be better than the print version?

    Audible listen, this does not apply


    What other book might you compare Fault Line to and why?

    I will listen to the follow up book. This series does not compare to the John Rain series...


    What three words best describe Barry Eisler’s performance?

    Acceptable, decent, not outstanding


    Any additional comments?

    Barry Eisler does a nice job with narrating. I think a duo of narrators would kick the story up a bit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Traci Huntersville, NC, United States 09-09-14
    Traci Huntersville, NC, United States 09-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good First Book in the Series"

    I am also listening to the John Rain Series, which I enjoy, and was glad to see a new character by this author. This book was a good listen and I'm looking forward to more books with this character. I've listened to the second book in this series and do recommend listening to this one first (it always helps to know some of the prior details).

    This book is about two brothers who are so different and think each situation should be handled differently. Of course there is a female, and both brothers are attracted to her. There are some details about the story line and characters that I recommend paying attention to because they come up later in the book. Some things that happen at the end with the character Hort are also good to know when listening to the second book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 03-15-14
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 03-15-14 Member Since 2010

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Warrior Tactics in the Suburbs"

    Alex and Ben, brothers, have been estranged for 8 years. Alex is a lawyer and Ben is in the military but cannot reveal where he is located.

    Alex is able to get in contact through the army base and Ben returns home to evaluate Alex's plea for Ben's help.

    The novel is exciting and I wanted to keep listening until I reached the end. Fault Line kept me on the edge of my seat. There was a lot of action that kept me wanting more.

    The narrator was the author, Barry Eisler, who did a good job. There was one word, " to", when used at the end of a sentence made me cringe. Don't ask we why because I actually don't know but my ears were offended.

    I've read many of the John Rain series written by the same author and I've enjoyed them. There are two books in the Ben Treven series. I don't if there are more books but I'm sure that I would read them, too.

    The book is enjoyable and worth your money or credit. I think this book was quite inexpensive. I'll purchase and listen to the second book, too.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer HAVERHILL, MA, United States 06-09-14
    Amazon Customer HAVERHILL, MA, United States 06-09-14 Member Since 2012

    Shaun

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    "Narrator lacks excitement"

    I gave the 3 stars for his past work because I could not get very far in this book because of his narration. I love the way he writes but he really needs to let someone else narrate. His monotone voice puts me to sleep which is not what I am looking for since I listen during my 1.5 hour commute. Maybe this is his plan because now I have to buy the book to start this new series with the hope that he hires a professional narrator. Scott Brick, George Guidall, Steven Weber, Dick Hill, Jay Snyder, or Rob Shapiro just to name a few. But of course this is just one man's opnion

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AtlantisLuna East Coast, USA 06-09-14
    AtlantisLuna East Coast, USA 06-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like stories that are basically military fanfiction with the details filled in later, stories where two characters hating each other means they'll hook up in the next chapter, or stories where a character's faults are used to explain away those same faults, this is for you.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'll probably listen to John Dies At The End again.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, granted that you can move past certain mispronounced words.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fault Line?

    I would have cut the "love triangle" from the piece. It added nothing to the story and didn't make sense.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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