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Fault Line by Barry Eisler
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May 14, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2009, audio-book
Read in May, 2009

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. Ben reluctantly returns and the two must race against time to figure out who's behind the attempts on Alex's life and why. Along the way, the two will feud over long-simmer family resentments and Sarah, who works at Alex's law firm as a junior associate.

"Fault Line" begins the story with a literal bang and rarely lets up for the next 300 pages. The story like a day of the TV series, "24" and like that show, the less you think about some of the plot twists and turns, the better. The novel is meant to be "popcorn" reading, though Barry Eisler does attempt to make it something more by throwing in the long-standing family history of Ben and Alex. The problem is the source of the tension is a bit too apparent from the first moments Eisler flashes backs to the days of Alex and Ben growing up.

But to be an enjoyable, popcorn read, the novel doesn't have to churn any new ground. And "Fault Line" doesn't. It's the type of story that is perfect for reading at the beach or the pool. Eisler's sequences of suspense work well, keeping the pages turning. And the mystery of why someone or some people want to kill for the new program will keep you interested to the very end.
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Jeffrey Let me know what you think. I liked it a lot


Michael So far, I am really enjoying it.


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