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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 he'll be the next victim. And on the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, California's 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 he'd 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 America's 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 hasn't spoken to since their mother died, his family is long gone.

But blood is thicker than water, and when Ben receives Alex's frantic call he hurries to San Francisco to help him. Only then does Alex reveal that there's 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. Asthese 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 Sarah's 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, they'll first have to survive one another.

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"Intricate plotting and tech details make this thriller zip by Eisler...presents a winning first stand-alone work. Recommended." Library Journal (Starred Review)

Review:

"Eisler fans looking for the return of John Rain won't find him here, but they won't be disappointed....Rich characterizations and family dynamics blend seamlessly with gripping action scenes. Eisler has himself another winner." Booklist

Review:

"Thriller fans already know that Barry Eisler is one of the brightest stars out there. But now, with Fault Line — a breathlessly exciting, lightning-paced, and moving tale of suspense — I predict a whole lot more readers are going to discover how terrific he is." Joseph Finder, author of Power Play

Review:

"An exciting, believable, and well-written thriller....Put Fault Line at the top of your reading list. I'm a new Barry Eisler fan!" Ridley Pearson, author of Killer View

Synopsis:

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.

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About the Author

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 "Best of" lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. The first book in Eisler’s 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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Andrea Cumbo, May 27, 2009 (view all comments by Andrea Cumbo)
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” software out there; in fact, it’s so hot that people connected to it are dying. In comes Ben, Alex’s brother and black ops agent for the U.S. government. Angrily, resentfully, but dutifully, Ben comes back across the world to “save” his brother. Meanwhile, Alex’s colleague, Sarah, is also in danger, and so the three become embroiled in a plot to figure out why people are killed for this piece of code and to keep themselves alive.

Eisler mixes in technology, military/spy technique, family pain, and a little romance to pull together a fast-paced novel that keeps the reader interested without leaving her with the feeling of manipulation or hyperbole that many thrillers do. The characters seem real and honest, and from what I know (remember, English teacher here), the guns, the fighting, and the technology ring true as well (although I admit that my knowledge of most of these things comes from watching The Unit on DVD from Netflix.) All in all, the book is very enjoyable.

I wouldn’t recommend this book if you are looking for something that you want to parse apart for glorious language or if you’re going to be studying complex character development - these things are not the purpose of a thriller, and thus, they suffer a bit. Yet, if you want a quick, fun, engrossing read that pulls you out of your world (I hope this isn’t your world) and gives you a way to think about new places (or revisit old ones like I did during the San Francisco scenes) and new adventures, then Fault Line is definitely for you. Take it to the beach; cuddle under a blanket with a cup of coffee; read it at the library while your kids go to story time; teach it (as I might) as a model of narrative arc that works well. It’s versatile and fun - a good summer read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345505088
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Author:
Eisler, Barry
Subject:
General
Subject:
Inventors
Subject:
Conspiracies
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Publication Date:
20090310
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.35 x 1.1 in 1.15 lb

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Product details 320 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345505088 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Intricate plotting and tech details make this thriller zip by Eisler...presents a winning first stand-alone work. Recommended."
"Review" by , "Eisler fans looking for the return of John Rain won't find him here, but they won't be disappointed....Rich characterizations and family dynamics blend seamlessly with gripping action scenes. Eisler has himself another winner."
"Review" by , "Thriller fans already know that Barry Eisler is one of the brightest stars out there. But now, with Fault Line — a breathlessly exciting, lightning-paced, and moving tale of suspense — I predict a whole lot more readers are going to discover how terrific he is."
"Review" by , "An exciting, believable, and well-written thriller....Put Fault Line at the top of your reading list. I'm a new Barry Eisler fan!"
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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