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Marooned in a Manila jail after a bar fight fatality, black ops soldier Ben Treven is offered a deal by his former commander, Colonel Scott Horton. In exchange for his release, Ben has to find and eliminate Daniel Larison, a rogue operator who has stolen CIA torture tapes to blackmail the U.S. government. But Ben’s not the only agent in play—and succeeding will mean surviv...more
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Published (first published June 29th 2010)
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Jim
An interesting premise & I really liked the end. Political, but not party politics. Ben is definitely in a quandary with a lot of action & no one is clean. This is taken straight from the headlines, too. There's enough truth there that it makes you wonder if it is fiction or not.

I like Ben as a hero better than Rain. He's more believable - easier to relate to, especially in this situation. Great motivations for all the players & excellent characterization. Even the bad guys have unde...more
Jeffrey
During the Bush presidency, the CIA taped various interrogations and it was reported in the news that the tapes of the interrogations were destroyed.

Eisler's latest novel, literally ripped right from this headline is that that the tapes were not destroyed, but were in fact ripped off by a rogue agent who is blackmailing the USA that he will release the tapes unless paid $100 million in diamonds.

Ben Treven is recruited by Horton, his boss at the JSOS to track down who took the tapes. Treven is j...more
Alain Burrese
I just finished an Advanced Reader's Edition of Barry Eisler's newest thriller "Inside Out," and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was fast paced, engaging, and had a profound insight on certain political controversies going on in the world around us. So not only was it an addictive action yarn, but also a work of fiction that made you think a little about what really happens behind certain closed doors. How much was fiction, and how much of the plot line was real? More on this in a moment, but this i...more
Karen
Oct 08, 2013 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves a great CIA thriller.
Recommended to Karen by: Won at the First Reads Giveaway
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Inside Out Excerpt from Inside out by Barry Eisler."This is the propulsive thriller that only former CIA operative turned bestselling novelist Barry Eisler could write.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 ninety-two torture tapes from the CIA and is using them to blac...more
Giovanni Gelati
Ben Treven is front and center again as Rain takes a break. Inside Out is one of the most provocative and enjoyable novels I have read in quite some time. I have been fortunate to have read all of Barry Eisler’s novels, and I am not going out on a limb in saying that this is probably his best work to date. Once you open it up and start to read it, putting it down is very difficult. I basically became a Casper to my family on the beach as I didn’t want to put this down. Passing up a chance to inf...more
Jill Dunlop
Inside Out is the second book in Barry Eisler's Ben Treven series. Ben Treven is a black ops soldier who recent had everything he believes in turned upside down in the previous novel Fault Line. This time Ben has been asked to track down a rogue operator who is threatening the US government with revealing tapes of American soldiers torturing prisoners all in the name of war. Ben, with the help of FBI agent Paula Lanier, must stop Larison before these tapes are revealed to the American people.

Whi...more
Michael
Ben Traven is in jail in Manila when his boss, Scott Horton, manages his release. Hort needs Ben to perform a vital mission.

Rogue agent, Daniel Larison feels betrayed by the government and has stolen ninety-two torture tapes from the CIA. He's blackmailing the government and will release the tapes to the media unless he gets his payoff.

The CIA, FBI and other government agencies are after Larison and Hort wants Ben to locate him.

Ben gets a lead from Larison's former wife, Marcy, that Larson might...more
Jocelyn Zombie
Loved the book, didn't think much of the protagonist, though. I enjoyed the read, but probably won't read it again.

Stuff I liked: the shadowy government manipulations were great - so accurate and so depressing. There was this picture of Obama when he walked out of the FBI building, after he was elected and before he became President, and in the caption it said that he'd been briefed on Presidential-legal confidential information. His facial expression in that photo was amazing - he looked like h...more
Pamela
An operative is rescued from a Manila jail (after an angry rampage) and sent to locate a former operative who holds 92 tapes of torturing done at secret prisons for terrorists, etc. The conflict of CIA, FBI and special ops makes it a complex plot.

This was an ARC and the first I'd read from Barry Eisler, but I'll be looking for his books in the future. His inside knowledge of operatives is apparent, and his pragmatic view of political interworkings rings too true for comfort.
Carol
Fictional novel based on factual situations, could only be written by someone with insider experiences re Black Ops, CIA, Gitmo, etc. Author Barry Eisler delivers... because he can! Storyline reinforces the belief of many Americans that USA is actually an oligarchy-controlled country. The alphabet soup of undercover agencies do not trust each other, nor can the agents within each group; members with targets on their backs, expendable by the whims of the very few possessing the money and dirty fi...more
Skip
Ben Treven is tossed into a hellhole jail for a barfight in which he killed an Aussie sailor. Rescued by his commander, Hort, he is asked to help neutralize a former colleague, who is blackmailing the U.S. government over terrorist interrogation tapes. After trashing her two colleagues, Ben decides to join forces with a black female FBI agent to trap the target. Decent, but not on a par with the John Rain series.
Gail Cooke
He's never failed me yet - Barry Eisler's books have been consistently exciting, gripping, can't-put-down thrillers, especially the John Rain titles. However, with INSIDE OUT he exceeds his own high standards with a revealing look at the netherworld of official torture, killings, and ghosting of detaineees. While it is a brilliant fictional account, don't think for a minute that it's fiction...simply think.

After a deadly barroom brawl black ops soldier Ben Treven (remembered from FAULT LINE) is...more
Russell Brooks
Conspiracy-theory buffs are in for a treat. Inside Out features the return of Ben Treven—an American Black-Ops soldier. In this sequel to Fault Line, Treven isn’t on the run, but doing the hunting instead. A rogue Black-Ops soldier, Daniel Larison, has stolen ninety-two CIA interrogation tapes and has blackmailed the US Government . Treven—who was imprisoned after a bar fight he was in resulted in the death of one of his attackers—is released from jail with the aid of his former commander, Colon...more
Pam
I previously read Barry Eisler's Fault Lines. I had never read any of his books before, but after reading that one I was hooked. I immediatley began to seek out others.

I was thrilled to receive a review copy of Inside Out. It follows Ben Treven, the character introduced in Fault Lines. I read the entire book in about two days because I just couldn't put it down.

Though Ben Treven is a hard man with a harder job, the humanization of his character makes you root for him. His situation at the beginn...more
Joe Robles
I'm a huge fan of Barry Eisler, but I felt this book was only OK. I do look forward to the super mashup that is coming down the pike with John Rain meeting Ben Treven. I like this world that Eisler has carved out.

My problem: I tried reading one of Vince Flynn's books, but was overwhelmed by how Right Wing it was. Flynn was the first time I stopped reading a book intentionally. Eisler's Inside Out came off as the liberal answer: very left wing. Which is what I am! I write a liberal blog in my sp...more
Bert Edens
I won this book in a First Reads contest, which is like a free dinner because I would have bought it anyway since I'm a huge Eisler fan. :)

I believe that any good fiction book has to have some roots in truth, and this book is certainly no exception. Add to it the book being penned by an author whose books I love, and you have a great recipe for an enjoyable read.

Barry Eisler does not disappoint. This book rockets along at just the right speed, never too slow to drag, never too fast to lose the...more
Dale
Do you remember the 'missing' CIA torture tapes? No? Well, have a look at the appendix to 'Inside Out' and you will find a documentary chronology of the news reports about that incident. In this, the second in the new Ben Traven series of novels, Barry Eisler uses the missing torture tapes as a first step in an examination of media spin, the oligarchy, and torture.

By now, many of us have become skeptical about anything the US government has to say about its behavior, and with good reason. The 's...more
Martin Streetman
Inside Out by Barry Eisler 2010

Eisler sure knows how to write a page turner. I think I have read all of his other books (thanks Nick), and enjoyed them. This is the second of the books featuring Ben Treven, and I like the character. I also like when they continue along in books so that you can get to know them better. Ben is one of those guys that are good at their job though in this book it’s fairly ambiguous as to what that position might be, but he is not perfect. As I said it was a fast pass...more
mari
I was introduced to Barry Eisler's books when I received a copy of Fault Line through Library Thing's Early Reviewers Program. My husband and his family have known about Eisler for awhile since he lives in the same town as them and have also read all the his John Rain books. Anyway, I enjoyed Fault Line and was thrilled to get a copy of Inside Out for review.

Inside Out begins not too long after the end of the events in Fault Line. Ben Treven is a bit down and out and has found himself in a Manil...more
Joe
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Peter
This is without doubt a thriller, and not a bad one as thrillers go. The key difference is it is a thriller from the left...the good guys, to the extent there are any good guys in this novel...are horrified at what the U.S. establishment has come to but are relatively speaking powerless to do anything about it...though in the course of demonstrating the powerlessness a large number of people die. Eisler has had experience with the CIA and the intelligence community and that comes across quite cl...more
Bill
A solid entry by the author in his special ops series featuring Ben Treven. Ben is a bit of a hothead who gets himself in trouble with his mouth--lots of anger management issues--and out of trouble with his fists, weapons, and ingenuity. Inside Out uses the headlines of missing tapes of suspected prisoners/terrorists being tortured by CIA interrogators. The tapes resurface after ten years as part of a ransom effort. Then the fun begins as Ben and all of the alphabet government agencies and high...more
Viccy
Ben Treven is a black-ops soldier. He is tasked with recovering videotapes of torture done by other black-ops soldiers on detainees in Iraq. These tapes were stolen by Daniel Larison, one of those involved in the torture. It is obvious that many people, including the Office of the Vice President, want the tapes to disappear. Ben not only must find the tapes, he must insure his own survival. This is a pitch perfect depiction of the ultra-paranoia of government officials who pursue the war on terr...more
Ramona
Kudos to Mr. Eisler. This was fast paced, riveting and thought provoking. I won this book and had never read any of his works. I will be looking for them in the future. In an odd way it reminds me of the works that Len Deighton wrote during the cold war ....and makes you think about what really happened and how much has been revealed to the public . I have been thinking more about this and you should know that the plots are not closed in this book so if you want to know what happened you will ha...more
Amanda Spake
The book, like it's most recent predecessor, can't compete with Eisler John Rain series, which is truly as good as the work of Lee Child. But if one is as troubled by the Bush administration's handling of detainees as some of us, the book is really an excellent treatment of America's venture into the Dark Side of torture, murder, ghost detainees, and the other trapping of the alleged "War on Terror." It's a quick read and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Ingo
Started February 01st, 2014.
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The beginning is gripping, a discussion of high ranking US government people of how to spin 72, maybe more, missing interrogation videos aka torture tapes.
As with the book before, Fault Line, this is very real, and the one little sex-scene is even better.
Most I said in my review for that book could be repeated here, the persons are more real to me.
And also again not simply good or bad.
This is a political book that goes to hea...more
Ursula
A little bit more political than I usually like my books, but still a reasonably easy read for the non-politically-inclined. I am still not the hugest fan of Ben Treven - he is somehow harder to like than John Rain was, though I haven't figured out exactly why. The foreshadowing at the end of what's coming next for Ben has me excited - the next book should be very interesting.
Frederic
Outstanding sequel to the mediocre "Fault Line"...even the over-explicit political/sociological/economic explanations in the final twenty pages don't detract from the exciting,believable,though very sad,story about what makes our world go 'round...looking forward to subsequent series entries that seem to promise a crossover with the John Rain books...
Steve
Straight out of the headlines, Barry Eisler provided another strong suspense / thriller, this time about CIA torture, black sites and the repercussions to those who try to hide the truth.

Just as interesting as the fictional story are the pages of document citations used for background research on the facts stated in the fictional story.
Norm
If you check my bookshelf, you'll see I loved all of Eisler's Rain books, but didn't like Fault Line much. So it was bit a bit of trepidation that I started reading Inside Out. Fortunately, it was a nice rebound for Eisler. I enjoyed Inside Out, though it still falls a bit short of
Rain.
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