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
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!
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.
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.
At first I didn't know if I liked Barry Eisler as the narrator, but as I kept listening I started to enjoy it - I felt like I was getting the true emotion that the author (himself) had been portraying, as he was narrating.
Anyway, I was intrigued with the characters right from the start, and really got invested in the storyline. A great listen!
I love Barry Eisler books almost as I love his narration. He really does bring the stories to life! I'm a big John Rain fan and have listened to that entire series and was reluctant to get to know Ben Trevan but I'm glad I did! Great job on character development! a pleasure to listen to.
author makes you think the book is going to be good only to have the moral of the story to be security is bad and evil and let's all make everything wonderful and give away security for the sake of "information wants to be free."
Great voice interpretation of characters and situations.
Relationship development between the brothers.
Hope the rest of the series is as good.
I'm glad I got this book to find out more about the characters in Barry's world. It was intriguing but Sarah got to be a drag and so did Alec. I know they had to be dumb about black ops so Barry could explain how things really are but they grew heavy. I was happy to see it all play out and resolve the cyber events. It was nice to learn about the life of Ben. Overall it was a good read and I gave it four stars because it wasn't John Rain.
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