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Fault Line (Ben Treven #1)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  3,642 Ratings  ·  275 Reviews
Alex Treven has sacrificed everything to make partner in his high-tech law firm. But then the inventor of a technology Alex is banking on is murdered—and Alex narrowly escapes an attack in his house. Running out of time, he calls his estranged brother, Ben, an elite undercover soldier in the United States’ war on terror. When Ben receives Alex’s frantic call he hurries to ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published March 10th 2009)
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Jessica You might like this series, yes, but, at least with this first book, it's much more overtly political than the Rain books. Rain comes back, by the…moreYou might like this series, yes, but, at least with this first book, it's much more overtly political than the Rain books. Rain comes back, by the way, in Treven #3, THE DETACHMENT, and there is a new, "eighth" Rain book, GRAVEYARD OF MEMORIES, now too. I haven't read INSIDE OUT, THE DETACHMENT, or GRAVEYARD OF MEMORIES yet myself though. I am rereading this book -- my least favorite of all Eisler's novels, though -- first.(less)
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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.
I'm a big fan of Barry Eisler (both his books AND his narrations) but this really didn't do it for me. There was just...TOO.MUCH...

That's not why I read thrillers. I want action, excitement, kick-assery on an atomic level. Not family fights, recriminations or whining. All of the characters were so annoying that I wanted to repeatedly kick them in the soft parts.

Alex Treven is a lawyer in Silicon Valley. After one of his clients is murdered and he realizes he's next, he calls his big brother for
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a good book! Very believable, which is sometimes a problem with this genre. Our "good" guy is a tough guy to beat all tough guys, but you find out he's not a machine after all. I'll be looking for more in this series!
Tracy T.
Not my favorite Barry Eisler Book. But still good. Good narration by Barry Eisler (audible review)

3.5 stars story. This wasn't my favorite book Barry Eisler book but it was still interesting. I like his story telling, it is easy to follow along and flows very well.

The story line and plot were okay. I wasn't a big fan of Ben or Alex at first, especially Ben. But then he kind of grew on me. I wasn't a fan of the "it was Ben's fault" him blaming himself was understandable but his brother blaming h
Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 hi ...more
May 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Hilzoy and his attorney, Alex Trevan have arranged a meeting with Kleiner Perkins. A company who is considered to have the Midas touch. Richard is really excited to meet with the people of Kleiner as he has come up with a really great inventor. It is called the Obsidian, the world's most advanced encryption algorithm, that is it will be the world's most advanced as soon as he and Alex can seal the deal. Alex has been striving hard for the past few years to move up in the law firm he work ...more
May 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
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
May 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-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. Be
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,
Veronica Cook
I really enjoyed the first John Rain book I read. It was fun to see a nod to that character in this book. There's a lot to like--the spycraft, as before, is very polished and slick. However, I'm finding this book tedious.

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
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
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bear with me -- this is a review of Fault Line but I am reminded of Russell Blake who wrote this brilliant series about an assassin with great plots and equally great character development. I guess he found that too much work so he started a series about this super-sexy, kickass operative Jet. He quickly discovered he could churn out that crap, sell more copies and hence make more money. Well, now it looks like Barry Eisler is doing something similar. This book is okay and it's an easy read but ...more
Dec 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-books, action
Ben is a hired assasin for the U.S Government. He recieves a desperate email from his brother (Alex) telling him he is in trouble and that he thinks that maybe someone is trying to kill him. Ben once again must come to Alex's rescue just like when they were kids.

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.
Howard Anders
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, good writing and more sophisticated politics than most thrillers. Being ignorant of the details of coding encryption software, I believed the Macguffin, and I suspect you'd have to be quite an expert before you felt like nitpicking about that.
Not a drop of imagination.
Characters out of a cardboard box.
For such a smart writer, this is hard to understand.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sat down and couldn't put it down. Read it in one sitting.
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not a bad read......a little hokey ending but entertaining enough.
Jefi Sevilay
Uzun ve zaman alan bir kitap okuduktan sonra en büyük keyfim ucuz bir polisiye. Tam da pazar sabahı açıp da televizyonda çıkanlardan. Ama nedendir bilinmez, Jean Cristophe Grange, Glenn Meade, hadi Dan Brown'u da bu kategoriye alalım, haricindeki polisiyelerin bir çoğu ucuzluktan ölecek. Hani bir konu geldi aklıma, saçmalasam da sorun değil mi diyorsunuz? Üzerinde International Bestseller yazıyor yazdığına bakmayın. Ücra bir köşedeki 100.000 satan gazetenin en kenarında kalmış köşe yazarı ilan e ...more
Jon Mercer
I discovered Barry Eisler this summer during one of my library visits. Here's the thing, he is a perfectly serviceable writer. I love his writing style, I dig the way he builds his world, even if he stutters quite a bit with descriptors ("the guy", "the Russian guy", "the VAVAK guy". Action sequences are a chore when he gets stuck in a rut.) But. And this is a huge BUT. Eisler's characters are gossamer thin. Ben Treven's maturity level never left high school, when he was king-shit mat wrestler. ...more
This is one time I really believed the dark forces of the Deep State would triumph and all the good guys would wind up face down in the dirt, including the cute little cookie! Hope I didn't spoil it for those looking for a surprise ending.
Jerry Jordan
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific action thriller with a geek influence.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read - for me not the level of John Rain but still better than most everything else you’ll find.
Verna LaBounty
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben Treven comes to the aid of his brother, Alex, and heals some family wounds as well.
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