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Inside Out (Ben Treven #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,480 Ratings  ·  205 Reviews
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 blackmail the U.S. government.

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Kindle Edition, New Edition, 345 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Barry Eisler
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Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Alain Burrese
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves a great CIA thriller.
Recommended to Karen by: Won at the First Reads Giveaway
Shelves: first-reads
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
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jill Dunlop
Jun 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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.

Jocelyn No
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
Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
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.
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gail Cooke
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Russell Brooks
Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, fiction
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
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
I've been a fan of Barry Eisler ever since I first read A Clean Kill in Tokyo over a decade ago and have enjoyed all his books to date immensely. This one just might be one of his best.
Fast-paced, engaging, non-stop action and political controversies abound in the second novel about black ops soldier Ben Treven which pits him against Daniel Larison, a former member of Ben's unit who has gone rogue, stolen a bunch of torture tapes from the CIA, faked his own death and is now blackmailing the gove
Bert Edens
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This was not a "fun"read for me. The author is ex-CIA and you would expect him to be knowledgeable about black ops activities. The plot centers around stolen videos of CIA's extreme interrogation tactics. The perp is threatening to post the videos online unless he receives $100 million in uncut diamonds. A veteran black ops soldier gets the assignment to solve this problem before the videos are released. It suggested, by an author who is an ex-CIA operative, that USA agencies are using interroga ...more
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Joe Robles
Aug 17, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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
May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
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
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn't all that impressed with Ben Treven 1 (Fault Line) but now I see what Eisler is doing with BT1 and 2 and that is put together a backstory for The Detachment (John Rain 7). A reader should finish the first six of the John Rain series and both Ben Treven's before tackling that bad boy. Inside Out is a better story than Fault Line but as many reviewers have pointed out, really doesn't closure of any of the plot lines really. I am going to reread The Detachment now that I have the d ...more
Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, thriller
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.
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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...
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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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