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Fault Line (Abridged)by Barry Eisler
Synopses & Reviews
Silicon Valley: the eccentric inventor of a new encryption application is murdered in an apparent drug deal. Istanbul: a cynical undercover operative receives a frantic call from his estranged brother, a patent lawyer who believes hell be the next victim. And on the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, Californias nerve center of money and technology, old family hurts sting anew as two brothers who share nothing but blood and bitterness wage a desperate battle against a faceless enemy.
Alex Treven has sacrificed everything to achieve his sole ambition: making partner in his high-tech law firm. But then the inventor of a technology Alex is banking on is murdered, the patent examiner who reviewed the innovation dies-and Alex himself narrowly escapes an attack in his own home. Off balance, out of ideas, and running out of time, he knows that the one person who can help him is the last person hed ever ask: his brother.
Ben Treven is a military liaison element, an elite undercover soldier paid to “find, fix, and finish” high-value targets in the United States global war on terror.
Disenchanted with what he sees as Americas culture of denial and decadence, Ben lives his detached life in the shadows because the black ops world is all he really knows-and because other than Alex, whom he hasnt spoken to since their mother died, his family is long gone.
But blood is thicker than water, and when Ben receives Alexs frantic call he hurries to San Francisco to help him. Only then does Alex reveal that theres another player who knows of the technology: Sarah Hosseini, a young Iranian American lawyer whom Alex has long secretly desired-and whom Ben immediately distrusts. As these three struggle to identify the forces attempting to silence them, Ben and Alex are forced to examine the events that drove them apart-even as Sarahs presence, and her own secret yearnings, deepens the fault line between them.
A full-throttle thriller that is both emotionally and politically charged, Fault Line centers on a conspiracy that has spun out of the shadows and onto the streets of America, a conspiracy that can be stopped by only three people-three people with different worldviews, different grievances, different motives. To survive the forces arrayed against them, theyll first have to survive one another.
From the Hardcover edition.
Smart, fast-paced, and terrifyingly real, "Fault Line" is a tale of personal and national betrayal, a war of emotions, and a conspiracy that has spiraled out of the realm of professionals to the streets of America.
About the Author
Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIAs 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. Eislers bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous “Best of” lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. The first book in Eislers John Rain series, Rain Fall, has been made into a movie starring Gary Oldman that will be released by Sony Pictures Japan in April 2009. Eisler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and Tokyo.
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