Fault Line

Fault Line

by Barry Eisler

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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.

Emotionally charged and politically timely, 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015732498
Publisher: Barry Eisler
Publication date: 12/07/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 102,240
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way.

Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "Best Of" lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. Eisler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and, when he's not writing novels, blogs about torture, civil liberties, and the rule of law.


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Fault Line 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
RockwallTed More than 1 year ago
Having read and loved all Barry Eisler's John Rain books, I was very eager to read his newest yarn. It pains me to say that this book is not nearly as exciting as his previous novels. As several scenes start off with promise and intrigue, none seem to truly deliver. The characters here seem more remote and not very interactive. Alex's potential love interest, for example, like his relationship with his brother is barely developed at all which makes it hard to understand or invest in these characters. They don't stir enough passion to generate much of a rooting interest. This book is less technical with fewer tricks and gadgets, but the biggest downfall seems to be the loss of the paranoia that surrounds John Rain. I understand that Alex and Ben are not Rain, but there are obvious parallels, and Rain's assassin is just a far more interesting character who always seems to be at serious risk of discovery or great harm. In short, if you are new to Barry Eisler, start with his John Rain series and you are in for a real treat.
mrkool More than 1 year ago
Love Barry Eisler as a writer, but this one was way off the mark. Even though I liked the characters, I had a hard time getting into the story. The premise was good, but the story was tedious...except those times when we had a confrontation and a satisfactory solution to it. I find that there is more thought in the Rain Novels.....maybe if we combined the action of Rain with these new characters, we would be looking at something better.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for another John Rain thriller, this isn't it. "Fault Line" is Barry Eisler's first stand alone novel. This is the story about two estranged brothers, Alex (an attorney in Silicon Valley) and Ben (a government assassin). When those involved in a project that Alex is working on are killed, he calls his brother for help. Their personality's clash (Alex is by the book, and Ben, the rogue) and they also have some unfinished business due to the death or their sister when they were kids. There is certainly a lot of bloodshed, violence and some sex in this book, but it isn't one of Mr. Eisler's best. Although I was drawn to the characters and the story, it was somewhat predictable. The climax was a little of a shock but still then the ending wasn't much of a surprise. I enjoyed the book, but look forward to another John Rain adventure.
edofarrell More than 1 year ago
I like Eisler's work and have enjoyed his other novels. Not this one. It was plastic, predictable and poor. The plot line, even the ending, are entirely predictable after the first couple of chapters. The 'bad guys' are obvious and the lust angle just droll. The back story is just trite and the tension between the brothers just never feels real. If you're waiting for a flight and desperate for a book to read on the plane, this one might be a choice ... but otherwise steer clear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good winter read.
mahallett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
started out really well, middled quite well, fizzled out a little at the end as most mysteries do.great reader
Penforhire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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! :-)
JoAnnSmithAinsworth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this fast paced story.
nyiper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
slpenney07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A mediocre book. If the intent is to thrill the reader with the action between the protagonists and antagonists, then too much time is spent on the relationships between brothers.If the intent is to explore the complex family relationships after tragedy, this was the wrong format.However, Eisler's style is good. I'd pick-up future titles, but not necessary backlog.
lovemybooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my first novel by Barry Eisler, but he has a pretty extensive backlist. This book is a classic thriller and quite the pageturner. In this novel, Eisler brings together two brothers with very different lifestyles to fight an enemy. Alex is the ¿good¿ brother. He became a lawyer and is hoping to make a significant career leap by bringing a new security program to his firm. The day they are supposed to present the program, however the inventor disappears.Ben is his brother who enlisted in the military and is an assassin. Alex turns to him for help when he fears his own life is in danger.While the thriller part of this story is interesting, the more interesting part of the book to me was the conflict between the two brothers as they both grapple with the life decisions they¿ve made. There are quick examinations of politics and how far is too far, and how everyone sleeps at night.
sundance41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fault Line was a fast paced thriller. It dealt with two estranged brothers that never resolved earlier tragic events and apparently still despise each other. One contacts the other for help, they get together, constantly regretting it and finally resolve the crisis. The action was good. The reading was easy and kept your interest throughout. However, the underlying reasons why these 2 get together is tenuous at best. In addition, the ending is very unsatisfying given the pace throughout the rest of the book. It feels as if the author wrote the number of words he needed, developed this ever complex web of events and then needed to move on to another project. With a snap of the fingers, the story is concluded.
SallyRose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Barry Eisler has a hit with Fault Line. An adventure thriller that keeps you turning the pages.Two brothers comprise the main characters estranged by a family tragedy. Each peruses a totally different life¿s path. One being a lawyer and the other a Special Ops solider, when fate steps in to reunite them in lots of foul play and a lovely Iranian woman as the romantic interest for Which brother? Will their guilt and hurt overcome the threat to the free world of a program written by a genus tech nerd? The biggest question is who is the enemy?
Camellia1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As Fault Line, the new thriller by Barry Eisler starts, people who know about a Obsidian, new computer encryption program, are dying. Alex, the lawyer trying to patent the program, survives the initial attack and with the help of his co-worker Sarah and his military operative brother, Ben, must figure out who wants to keep Obsidian secret. The story also delves into the history of Ben and Alex¿s family; both the present day action and the brothers¿ past are interesting and the family story is integral to the book. The romantic subplot adds far less to book, but it is not too lengthy and doesn¿t detract much from the story. While I didn¿t enjoy Fault Line as much as the books in Mr. Eisler¿s series featuring John Rain, it is still an extremely entertaing thriller that I would recommend to all fans of the genre.
lrobe190 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alex Treven is a lawyer representing the inventor of a new piece of computer software. When the inventor myteriously dies and then the patent officer representing the patent, Alex begins to be worried. He calls in his estranged brother, Ben, an army "special ops" agent to investigate. Soon, Alex, his associate, Sarah, and Ben are running for their lives as they try to figure out what is so special about the software that people are willing to kill for it.This is a fast-paced suspense novel that I found difficult to put down. It keeps the reader guessing until the very end. In addition, it is a story about family relationships and how tragedy impacts every member of the family. This novel features suspense, mystery and romance and I highly recommend it. I definitely plan to read more by this author.
Yllom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first of Eisler's books I've read, a thriller, and I really enjoyed it. The setting caught my eye, as I used to live in the Bay Area, and worked on Sand Hill Road, one of the locations mentioned in the blurb. Alex Treven is a tech lawyer, working on getting financing and a patent for encryption software, when people connected to the software start dying. Alex is attacked, and calls in his estranged brother, Ben, a black-ops military man. Their family history slowly is explained. I was pulled along by story, as a good thriller should. This book is described as one part Lee Child, and I can see that.
pattiea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Barry Eisler's latest novel departs from the John Rain series to two estranged brothers in the west coast, as different as they can be: one (Ben) a soldier running black ops, and the other (Alex) a lawyer in a well-heeled law firm doing patent and software work. But when Alex's client and the patent examiner reviewing his new software are murdered, and Alex looks to be next, he calls his big brother for help. Adding to the mix is Alex's Iranian female co-worker, whom Alex has a crush on and Ben does not trust. Although I missed the exciting locales of the "Rain" series, I enjoyed the writing and storyline in this book as much as the "Rain" series. It was really hard to put it down. Eisler proves again he is a master storyteller.
rosie4346 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this book. The family conflicts, guilt, rivalries are all commonplace in life. The concept of whom to trust is always an issue when dealing with people, government and other authority figures. This allows for the reader to place themselves in different shoes and look at the plot in a different light at all times. I look forward to reading the follow-up book with the same characters.
wdlaurie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the sixth book I've read by Eisler. His previous five titles (Rain Fall, Hard Rain, Rain Storm, Killing Rain, The Last Assassin). The main character of his previous novels was a hitman whose specialty was killing without leaving a trace. Eisler has created 3 new characters in this novel, which is set in the SF Bay area. While I'd enjoy this as an airplane book, with its easy flowing prose and simple plot, it isn't nearly as densely textured or interesting as the first few John Rain novels. The plot line is Cain vs. Abel, and involves technology and lawyers. The female character seemed to be an afterthought.Perhaps this novel wasn't as, er, novel as the John Rain titles are, since I live in the SF Bay area and work in technology. Overall, this book was a quick escapist read.
tinasnyderrn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A fast easy read that is difficult to put down once you've picked it up. The 3 main characters Ben, Sarah and Alex all have such different personalities. All three characters are at once likable and you want to learn more and more about them.The story line with the political edge, cyberspace, murder, love, and blood ties is captivating. Throw in an occasional humorous phrase here and there and you find yourself truly engrossed in the story.I would recommend this book and have already to several people. I appreciate the interview with Barry Eisler at the end of the book and would look forward to a sequel story. Kudos to the author!!
etrainer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fault Line is an interesting read with a good concept - conflict between polar opposite brothers, the sexy love interest, high tech software, and covert operatives in a fast paced thriller. I was mystified by the significance of the encryption software that sets the action of the story in motion. Ultimately, the reasons for all the mayhem are explained.I enjoyed reading this book, but I believe it suffers from being superficial. The pages turn and the scenes shift effortlessly. The conflict between the brothers is explained, but not developed. The same can be said for the software application. We are told why control of the software is desired, but the details are never fully explored. The romantic interactions between characters (read sex scenes) were also fast and furious. They (were there more than one?) seemed included as part of a formula. For me, the entire story was told at the very top level - almost a summary. And the ending - was it realistic? I doubt it, but it certainly was a thudding letdown!Still, I enjoyed the read. I will try one of the author's Rain series books, but if they have the same superficial feel, I doubt that I will be motivated to read the entire series.
brn2run67 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my 1st book by Barry Eisler but it won't be my last. It was a quick paced thriller that I couldn't put down. I also enjoyed that the chapters were short so you were encouraged to read more. I enjoyed the characters of the book, Alex & Ben. Mr Eisler hints at a sequel in the end, which I will be sure to read and will recommend this book to others.
patanderson7269 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fault Line was a good, not great, story. The unbelievable parts were not the technology and government anti-terrorist acitivites, but the characters and their relationships. Took me awhile to get into it. If I hadn't been reviewing it, I probably would have stopped after the first 20 pages. Perhaps it is a failing of mine, but I have to "like" at least one of the characters--at least care what happens to them. Eisler's Alex, Ben and Sarah just didn't do it for me. The ending with the wimpy borther Alex switching into the hero role without any transition time was the final blow. Don't get me wrong. I love fantasy and adventure, but in this one, the characters got in the way of the story.
24girl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brothers Alex and Ben Treven are as different as two brothers can be. Alex is a brilliant, up and coming lawyer in a Silicon Valley law firm and Ben is a government assassin who hasn't had contact with Alex in over seven years. When an inventor Alex represents is murdered Alex begins to question if the murder has anything to do with the new encryption program his client was working on. Then within hours the patent clerk working on the invention coincidently dies of natural causes and Alex himself is attacked in his home. With no where else to turn he calls upon Ben for help in staying alive. Ben grudgingly returns home and together with associate lawyer, Sarah Hosseini who was also working the on the case, the three are forced into hiding to try and figure out who would murder to keep the program from ever seeing the light of day. I really enjoyed this book. It's the perfect combination of action and adventure mixed with technical expertise. Some of the plot was a little predictable but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. I read the entire book in one day because the action kept the pages turning. I especially liked the character interaction between the two brothers. They each felt the other was at fault for the rift in their family stemming from a tragedy when the boys were in high school. At different times in the book I'd find myself rooting for one brother or the other while hoping for reconciliation. The ending was realistic and not too over the top or too "happily ever after" which annoys me. I highly recommend this book for all suspense/thriller lovers.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A LibraryThing Early Reviewer book.A software developer, who has invented a major new program for encryption of data, is murdered outside his home in California. His Silicon Valley lawyer, Alex, learns that an old friend who had been helping informally with the patent application for the new program, has suddenly died for no apparent reason. Then Alex himself comes under attack in his home, all within 24 hours of the developer¿s death. Frightened, Alex calls his brother Ben, a hit man for an Army covert unit that specializes in assassinations. Even though Ben and Alex have been alienated over events that occurred in their family years ago, Ben responds to his brother¿s call for help. Quickly, the two, along with Sarah, an Iranian-American associate of Alex¿s who had been helping on the patent application, are on the run for their lives.I¿m very fond of the thriller genre, and high hopes for this book when I first opened it. But very soon it became obvious that the book suffered from a major fault of its own, and that that fault was lethal.No one expects a thriller to be a literary masterpiece with characters that will endure through the ages. You read in this genre for entertainment, not for mind-blowing insights. But the best of the genre, such as, for example, Daniel Silva¿s series with Gabriel Allon, are tautly written with interesting characters and good to excellent plots. Yes, there¿s violence and sex, but the violence and sex are integrated into the plot, not there simply because that will somehow help sell the book. Each time I read such a section in Fault Line, however, I had the immediate feeling that it was there, at that page and plot point, because Eisler was following some formula for the genre. The romantic interest and its development can be spotted from a continent away, and is of no interest whatsoever. It¿s there because the demands of the genre dictate its presence.Fault Line is not tautly written; the writing is mediocre. The plot attempts to be politically ¿now¿ and the protagonists, all matchstick figures who never make it to one-dimensional, take sides on today¿s hot questions of basically do the ends justify the means as far as illegal operations and political assassinations are concerned, throwing in Iran for good measure. Eisler attempts to give his characters some semblance of humanity by placing the brothers in a family situation that creates the hostility, and there is much agonizing over the incident that caused the family to implode decades before. Actually, I found this the most interesting, because each brother turned out to be ¿right¿ and I thought that was a nice touch. It¿s just that the resolution was so badly written that you really didn¿t care what happened.There is a great deal of exposition in the beginning as Eisler lays out the back story, that actually isn¿t bad¿it¿s probably the best-written section of the book. But the writing can not sustain the plot. I suppose the descriptions of hand-to-hand combat are realistic enough¿the hype about the book makes a good deal over Eisler¿s CIA training in this area--but frankly I found them boring.Read only if you¿re left with nothing on hand for written material but cereal boxes.