Torture. Ghost Detainees. And a massive cover-up that continues even today. Marooned in a Manila jail after a bar fight fatality, black ops soldier Ben Treven gets a visit from his former commander, Colonel Scott Horton, who explains the price of Ben's release: find and eliminate Daniel Larison, a rogue operator from Ben's unit who has stolen 92 torture tapes from the CIA and is using them to blackmail the U.S. government. But other players are after the tapes, too, and to find Larison, Ben will have to survive CIA hit teams, Blackwater mercenaries, and the long reach of the White House. He'll also have to find a way to handle Paula Lanier, a smart, sexy FBI agent who has her own reasons for wanting the tapes and is determined to get them before Ben does. With the stakes this high, everyone has an angle - everyone but Ben, who will have to find the right alliance if he wants to stay alive.
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Ben Treven is my favorite, but Hort runs a close second. He is so deviousl, you never know when he's being honest or plotting out some scheme. Great character. I also like how Ben constantly looks for Hort's praise even knowing what kind of person he is, almost as a father figure.
I REALLY like this series. It is important to listen to them in order as each one builds on the previous. I also really like Barry Eisler as a narrator. He does an excellent job.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I read the dead tree edition of Inside Out after it was originally released in mid 2010. Like the first book in the Ben Treven series Inside out was re-released early 2014 and has gained some popularity. I strongly suspect that Eisler will not write another book in this series. He narrates re-released audiobook version of Inside Out terrifically well. Barry Eisler is one of the best audiobook narrators in addition to being an excellent author of thrillers.
Inside Out is a solid 5 star audiobook. The two Ben Treven books, Fault Line and Inside Out. stand out among Eisler's novels in interesting ways. They are his only novels that deal deeply with super secret and probably illegal US espionage efforts. The two books are far more cynical of the driving forces behind US espionage efforts, and indeed the government in general, than any of the John Rain novels or The God's Eye View. They are also the only two of Eisler's novels that show Amazon Kindle sales ranking under the erotica category (reserved for books with very graphic sex scenes). Finally, they are the only two Eisler novels that seem to me to be written by a very angry author. I sense that the writing of the two books were driven by the author's cynicism and emotions.
Photographer, nature & water geek, music lover, book fiend.
I've blown through most of Eisler's books now. I admire his character developments for the most part, & story arcs, & he does an excellent job narrating.
But this newer series- and I hate to say it- feels formulaic in one sense. Trevino treats smart, capable women like shit, & repels them...but yet these intelligent, highly professional and oh, yes, stunning women put all of their reservations on the back burner for" the hottest sex they've ever had"....
Haven't even gotten to the actual sex yet, but it's obvious it's where this one is going. I really admire a lot about Eisler's books. He articulates many differ dimensional levels not only to the characters, and their back stories, but also to political landscapes and realities. But this part- and I actually think he writes to erotic scenes very well, too- it's the way these women seem to cave, I guess- seems too predictable, and sad. And disrespectful. That's not a pc complaint, it's an intellectual honesty complaint. Anyway, it bugged me enough this time to wonder aloud if I'm alone on this.
Well, I feel like I might know too much about how the top,echelons operate. Barry Eisler creates characters that become real. Probably based on composites of real people. This story fills in the reason Ben is looking for Rain and Dox in book 7 of the Rain series. Every one of these books adds to the complex world that Eisler created when he wrote his first John Rain novel. If you like intrigue, corrupt individuals, cover ups and general mayhem you'll love these books.
Great second installment of the new series. Looking forward to Ben's search for **Spoilers**. I particularly enjoyed the details describing DC, it made me feel like I was back there again. Hort's oligarchy discussion is very important, and everyone should read it.
Inside Out is the 2nd installment in the Ben Treven series, although Eisler has overlapped the main character, Ben Treven, within the larger Rain series. In this story, "enhanced" interrogation tapes have gone missing and become blackmail. Ben is called in to track them down. In addition to Ben, CIA and FBI as well as mercenaries are involved and the field gets rather crowded. Ben displays his physical and mental skills to crack the case wide open.
The pacing is excellent with a good admixture of action and detective work. Ben encounters comparable rivals for the first time and must also deal with some troubling revelations about his work and how the world operates. There are sufficient plot twists to hold interest to the end.
The narration is superb; all the more remarkable because the author himself is doing the reading. The tone and mood of each character and situation are accurately portrayed which adds to the listening enjoyment.
Eisler delivers another terrific plot
with solid characters. love his new protagonist! I hope there is more of Ben in the pipeline.
Almost all authors are lousy readers . . . not Eisler. He is outstanding and a superb actor and makes the characters come alive.
Barry Eisler creates a very entertaining story with interesting characters. I went from his first John Rain book straight through to the end of all of his novels and short stories. I am sorry to have reached the end. Love to have an opportunity to read more of your works, Mr Eisler!
From what I read about Dick Cheney’s lawyer and chief of staff, he was may have been the most creepy and appalling character in a time notable for an especially creepy and appalling cast of governmental officials. Anyone who remembers and reacted to him in the way I did, will love this book.
Among the best series 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. Check-out his website and his Wikipedia bio.
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