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Preview — Fault Line by Barry Eisler
Fault Line (Ben Treven #1)
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 hu...more
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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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
POV: 3rd Person: Alex Treven, Ben Treven, Sarah Hosseini
Mystery: Above Average
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
My law practice was nowhere near as exciting. A book about it would not be one you could not put down. This one I started yesterday evening an ...more
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.
application is murdered in an apparent carjacking. In Istanbul
an undercover operative receives a frantic call from his
younger brother. Alex Treven a patent attorney working for the
inventor is attacked in his home and he is convinced he is the
target of a conspiracy and his brother Ben is his only hope.
There is a family feud here though and they haven't spoken to
each other for years and now they must come together to find out
who is behind the ...more
Lend this with Amazon Prime.
Reality factor: very high. Special Ops, Silicon Valley, Cryptography, Patents - all very plausible integrated in this thriller.
So why only 4 stars?
Somehow it was not the page-turner for me I anticipated. Some romance I could have done without, but nicely done and a short non-detailed sex-scene.
While it has no mistakes I noticed, and has a high standard of (american) english, it felt wrong, I cannot put my finger on the reason.
Very good, and ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Ben is self-assured in public yet privately he struggles with the morality of his choices. He also struggles with the rationalizations he employees to get from one job to the next. With shifting alliances, he's not sure who he can really trust. Add the wei ...more
Ben Treven series - Alex Treven is a patent lawyer who finds himself out of his depth when his client, the inventor of a new cryptography algorithm, is murdered and their contact at the Patent Office dies unexpectedly on the same day. When Alex is attacked he reaches out to his estranged brother ...more