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Fault Line (Ben Treven #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,160 ratings  ·  194 reviews
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 hu
Kindle Edition, New Edition, 306 pages
Published March 10th 2009 by Barry Eisler
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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 05, 2009 Jeffrey rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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.
Howard Anders
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.
Tom Tischler
In the Silicon Valley the inventor of a new encryption
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
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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
Kimberly Bower (gladeslibrarian)
After listening to The Detachment (John Rain Thrillers), I was curious about Ben Treven. I wanted to know more about what made him tick. I already knew from The Detachment that Ben was my kind of character. What's not to like about an assassin?

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
Sat down and couldn't put it down. Read it in one sitting.
not a bad read......a little hokey ending but entertaining enough.
I was a little worried when I first started this book that it wasn't going to be anything like what I had suspected. The story starts off by introducing and setting up a background for the characters. Ben, one of the main characters, has a background in undercover assassinations for our government. It starts out in Europe with the hired killing of several men. So, I thought that this book was taking that kind of international hit man sort of theme. I was wrong. That part of the story sets the st ...more
Russell Brooks
Fans that were hoping to see Japanese-American assassin, John Rain, in a followup to Eisler’s bestselling series will be in for something slightly different in Eisler’s first stand-alone thriller, Fault Line. The first paragraph opens up with a hook that will lock in Eisler’s fans and many more. Readers unfamiliar with Eisler’s work will be instantly drawn into a page-turning experience.

The story focuses on a young patent lawyer, Alex Treven, who expects to strike oil when his latest client, Ric
An affluent, middle class family; two brothers who are opposites and a charming sister the whole family loves. The older brother, Ben, is a popular, athletic hunk; the youngest is Alex, a brainy nerd and Katie, the lone girl keeps the family together with her radiance. An accident claims the lives of teen Katie and her drunken boyfriend; Ben, who was supposed to drive her home, was out with another girl and never got over his feelings of guilt. The family disintegrates rapidly: father commits su ...more
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
The Last thing Richard Hilzoy thought before the bullet entered his brain was, Things are really looking up.

Alex Treven, a top shot laywer is scared to wits when two of his associates are murdered and his house is burgled. All of them are in one way or other, involved in the invention of encryption application and patent for it is pending. Alex has no family, as they are all dead, except for an enstranged older brother Ben, who has not been in the vicinity for the last seven years, not since th
Alain Burrese
"Fault Line" by Barry Eisler is his first novel that doesn't feature his popular assassin John Rain. Being of friend of Barry's and a fan of John Rain and his sniper buddy Dox, I was disappointed that I wouldn't get to read another adventure with the two this summer, but excited when I learned this new novel featured two brothers, Alex and Ben Treven, who happen to be an attorney and an elite undercover soldier in a special operation unit of the military. Having served in the military and practi ...more
Picked this up because the characters in this book intersect with John Rain in Eisler's most recent book. My completist homework to read The Detachment is two Ben Treven novels (and maybe a couple short stories).

Straight up men's formula fiction in which a man of action has to fight both external enemies and personal demons. The trademark ridiculous sex scene is in there, but we also get Eisler's remarkable ability to create a sense of place. This time, we get the Bay Area. His section about the
The book did engage me -- enough that I was annoyed when the characters behaved differently than I would have liked in the middle of the book. But I was annoyed because the behavior seemed inconsistent with the characters and made me dislike them -- in some cases so intensely that I was unable to forgive them by the end of the book. The author's attempts to write a woman's thought process were most flawed, particularly when it came to sex. I still don't believe that this character would have don ...more
Joyce Lagow
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 h ...more
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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 himsel ...more
Jill Dunlop
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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