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Linia Uskoku (Ben Treven #1)

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Alex Treven poświęcił wszystko, by osiągnąć swój cel: zostać partnerem w firmie, która przygotowuje się do wypuszczenia na rynek najbardziej zaawansowanego algorytmu kodowania na świecie. Algorytmu, przy którym wszystkie inne systemy zabezpieczeń sieciowych będą wydawać się przestarzałe.

Kiedy jednak wynalazca nowej technologii zostaje zamordowany, w tajemniczych okolicznoś
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 20th 2011 by wydawnictwo Sonia Draga (first published March 10th 2009)
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Jessica You might like this series, yes, but, at least with this first book, it's much more overtly political than the Rain books. Rain comes back, by the…moreYou might like this series, yes, but, at least with this first book, it's much more overtly political than the Rain books. Rain comes back, by the way, in Treven #3, THE DETACHMENT, and there is a new, "eighth" Rain book, GRAVEYARD OF MEMORIES, now too. I haven't read INSIDE OUT, THE DETACHMENT, or GRAVEYARD OF MEMORIES yet myself though. I am rereading this book -- my least favorite of all Eisler's novels, though -- first.(less)
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A pretty good thriller. I liked Ben, the hero, better than John Rain. Wonderful mystery & great ending, but pretty typical "shoot 'em up, bang, bang" as my boys used to call media of this type. Tough guy op, a gorgeous girl, & some real bad guys to whack. It's all that, but a bit more as well. Not everyone is as good or bad as they seem & there's a brother & old family history to contend with, too. Anyway, it was fun & relaxing. I think I'll read another. (Think potato chips. ...more
A exciting action,spy thriller and more politically realistic novel than i expected.

I would have rated it 4 stars because i enjoyed it very much but the action scenes it could have been better ,like his John Rain series.
Apr 04, 2009 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspence, thrill fans
A really superior thriller that grabs hold of you and takes you for a wild and satisfying ride. Unputdownable. Read it in a day.

Alex Trevian is a lawyer in California who has one client, who has invented a special technological project, but which also has a sub program inside it with a secret. Its a secret that some government and various nefarious people want to keep quiet permanently. The inventor is terminated with extreme prejudice is what looks like a drug killing. A patent officer employer
Aug 01, 2010 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fine rollercoaster formula thriller. By that, I mean you go on a ride and it's enjoyable and things turn out more or less as you'd expect. Eisler is a good enough writer that this is a decent book, but it's simply not up to his John Rain work.

The problems are multiple:

First, the characters re very 2D. Ben's the Special Forces guy, Alex is the High Powered Lawyer On His Way Up, etc. None of them ever steps outside of their stereotypes.

Second, the plot is predictable. There's a twist
Nov 18, 2008 Debi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fortunate to pick up an ARC of Barry Eisler's new stand-a-lone novel Fault Line when I was at Bouchercon this year. You should know I adore John Rain, so I was a little miffed that Barry dared write about another character. I needed my Rain fix. So I'm biased.

His new character Alex Trevens, a patent lawyer at a prestigious law firm becomes involved in the murder of his client who wrote a new encryption program. As luck would have it Alex's big brother is a undercover operative who reluctantly
Raynar Ramsay
Mar 23, 2009 Raynar Ramsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fault Line departs from the John Rain series that Barry is famous for but nerveless the story is wonderful. This is one which I finished off in only a few sittings within a day and a bit. Barry has created new fresh characters all with their merits and flaws as human beings they different beliefs and conflicts that help builds up a brilliant plot and creates tension between all characters in the story, This book is filled with Espionage, assassins, sex. It is all in here. I would highly recommen ...more
Feb 17, 2009 Bryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the John Rain books, but this stand-alone (or perhaps the first in a new series?) didn't even remotely match up. It spend most of the book on the emotional disconnect between two brothers and the action was secondary. It also ended strangely, too easily wrapping up the plot. It was a bit like Eisler decided he was done with the book, so he finished it off as quickly as possible.
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A LibraryThing Early Reviewer book.[return][return]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 hi ...more
May 18, 2009 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Hilzoy and his attorney, Alex Trevan have arranged a meeting with Kleiner Perkins. A company who is considered to have the Midas touch. Richard is really excited to meet with the people of Kleiner as he has come up with a really great inventor. It is called the Obsidian, the world's most advanced encryption algorithm, that is it will be the world's most advanced as soon as he and Alex can seal the deal. Alex has been striving hard for the past few years to move up in the law firm he work ...more
May 27, 2009 Andi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yesterday, I had the privilege of reading Fault Line by Barry Eisler. Apparently, Eisler is quite well-known for his previous books, but to be honest, when I got asked to review the book, I had never heard of him (such is the life of an English professor, I suppose — too many literary novels, not enough thrillers). And a thriller this is. Set in Northern California (particularly Silicon Valley and San Francisco), the story pursues the life of Alex, a lawyer who has come upon the “hottest” softwa ...more
Aug 09, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, ebook, 2010
4.5 stars

POV: 3rd Person: Alex Treven, Ben Treven, Sarah Hosseini
Mystery: Above Average
Sensuality: Warm

First in a new series about Ben Treven.

Alex Treven lives a simple life. He wakes in the same house he grew up in, works as an ambitious lawyer, goes back home to sleep in his childhood house, and does it all over the next day. When the case of a lifetime drops into his lap, he sees himself becoming partner in his law firm. When his client winds up murdered and Alex's life is threatened, he call
May 14, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brothers Alex and Ben Treven may have grown up in the same house, but they couldn't be any more different. Alex is a Silicon Valley lawyer who has found his fast-track at his firm when he allies himself with an eccentric programmer whose written a new encryption software. Ben in a special-forces operative, on assignment in the Middle East.

When the creator of the encryption software is killed and Alex narrowly avoids an attempt on his life, he's forced to reach out to his big brother for help. Be
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...

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
Overall, Fault Line was a well-written thriller. The characters had depth, but I didn't personally care for their personalities--they were all rather self-centered and self-righteous for most of the book.

The world was fully realized and made me feel like I was there and this could really happen. In my opinion, raising awareness about the potential dangers we face and questions about the morality of certain secret operations was one of the strengths of this book. It really made me think. However,
Veronica Cook
I really enjoyed the first John Rain book I read. It was fun to see a nod to that character in this book. There's a lot to like--the spycraft, as before, is very polished and slick. However, I'm finding this book tedious.

The conflict between the two brothers is annoying. There is scene after scene of them rehashing the same emotional baggage, expressing the same internal thoughts, making the same judgements about each other. Alex was an idiot that didn't have the survival instinct God gave liza
For some bizarre reason, this reminds me of what might happen if an action thriller author seized hold of a romantic suspense plot and had his way with it. Two handsome estranged brothers, one a smarty-pants do-good lawyer, the other the line-backer, Special Ops bad boy. Gorgeous 1st year lawyer gal is stuck in between, who works with the lawyer brother, but has a background the bad-boy mistrusts. Sparks fly as you would expect. Also, since this is an action thriller first and foremost, lots of ...more
Aug 06, 2016 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bear with me -- this is a review of Fault Line but I am reminded of Russell Blake who wrote this brilliant series about an assassin with great plots and equally great character development. I guess he found that too much work so he started a series about this super-sexy, kickass operative Jet. He quickly discovered he could churn out that crap, sell more copies and hence make more money. Well, now it looks like Barry Eisler is doing something similar. This book is okay and it's an easy read but ...more
Dec 14, 2009 Quinn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-books, action
Ben is a hired assasin for the U.S Government. He recieves a desperate email from his brother (Alex) telling him he is in trouble and that he thinks that maybe someone is trying to kill him. Ben once again must come to Alex's rescue just like when they were kids.

A good book and I am glad to see Eisler go away from his John Rain character, but it was not as good as the John Rain novels.
Howard Anders
May 15, 2013 Howard Anders rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I became a fan of Barry Eisler reading his novels about the assassin, John Rain. This new series, involving members of an "un-named government counterterrorist agency" is as good, or better, with all of Eisler's hallmark, meticulous attention to the details of trade craft, and believable close combat sequences. "Fault Line" is a great start to the series.
Feb 21, 2015 Zora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, good writing and more sophisticated politics than most thrillers. Being ignorant of the details of coding encryption software, I believed the Macguffin, and I suspect you'd have to be quite an expert before you felt like nitpicking about that.
Not a drop of imagination.
Characters out of a cardboard box.
For such a smart writer, this is hard to understand.
Apr 05, 2009 Shawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not a bad read......a little hokey ending but entertaining enough.
Jan 28, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sat down and couldn't put it down. Read it in one sitting.
Dec 31, 2016 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's probably not fair to compare this to the John Rain books, but it's hard not to. I enjoy the John Rain books and that's why I picked up this book. I didn't enjoy this as much as I do the Rain series. I didn't like the way the characters' back stories were presented all at once. Each character got a chapter, and it felt so separate from the storyline that it would almost have been better if those chapters were prologue to the book's beginning instead of interrupting the narrative to provide i ...more
Dec 31, 2016 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good thriller involving a new cryptography program, the young lawyer whose client is the program's developer and the complications that come with it. Interesting characters and back story. A bit of possibly explicit sex (I skipped).
Narrator: Rob Shapiro

This was, at first, a 3-star book, became 3.8 then 4 but when I finished it and checked some parts in the Kindle, which I missed in the audio, I came across the author's note in the paperback edition. That completed my overall feel for this book, the first of a series I already know I'm going to enjoy.

Read some other reviews if you want more details about the plot and events (though I rarely write those type of synopsis-"reviews", I do find
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hate generic thriller titles. Luckily this one gives a good idea of what you'll find inside with the blurb - a mix of military and techno thriller. Alex Treven is moving quickly up his law firm's ranks, and knows his new client is what he needs to make it rich. All they need to do is secure the patent on his program - until both the client and Alex's insider at the patent office turn up dead. Unsure of what to do, Alex calls his estranged brother Ben, who turns out to be a government spook rat ...more
In Fault Line, Eisler introduces the character of Ben Treven, a special-ops soldier specializing in assassination. Gung-ho to the core, and convinced that he and the rest of his team are doing the work necessary to keep you and I safe, he does what it takes to do his job. Highly trained, he lives the life of a predator, always wary of traps, and focused on the job at hand.

Ben has an estranged brother, Alex, a patent attorney in Silican Valley, currently working with a software developer who has
Jill Dunlop
Feb 26, 2010 Jill Dunlop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, rt-2009
Alex Trevan is a patent lawyer and when one of his clients, the creator of a new encryption software is found dead in a parking lot, Alex has a feeling this is not just a random shooting. After more bodies start turning up - all of them involved with this patent - Alex knows he is next. He is also worried for the safety of his assistant, Sara. With nowhere else to turn he calls in his brother Ben, a black ops military soldier for help.

I must say that the whole reason why I moved Fault Line to th
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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 " ...more
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