Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Fault Line by Barry Eisler and GIVEAWAY

This is my first Virtual Book Tour review!

About the Book:

Buy Fault LineSilicon 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. 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 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.

My Review :)
3.5 Stars

Okay, I'm not sure I liked any of the characters. I guess I liked Ben the most, but they're not necessarily likeable people. That said, they're pretty well-written, and it's a good story.

They call it a thriller for a reason, I tell you. NONE of the chapters end in a spot where you can put the book down and walk away! I was up WAY too late finishing the book. I mean, WAY WAY too late. Because the story was gripping.

There were editing issues in a couple of places which drives me nuts, but it wasn't bad. And the story is good enough that you just don't care.

What kept me from giving it 4-5 stars? There was quite a bit sex and language. (People actually talk like that? Really? Actually the sad thing is I'm sure they do.)

About the Author:

After graduating from Cornell Law School, 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. Eisler's 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 assassin John Rain series, Rain Fall, has been made into a movie starring Gary Oldman that was released by Sony Pictures in April 2009.

For more information about the author or his work, please visit

I have a copy to give away!

(And TODAY is the blog's 6 month anniversary!)

So-- 1 for a comment
2 for following/subscribing
2 for posting about this on your own blog
AND if you enter my other giveaway but don't win that, you'll get an entry in this one.

Drawing will be Monday- May 18th.


  1. Thanks so much for being part of Barry's tour - great review!

  2. Sounds like an exciting book! I'd love to read it.

    following you too!

    melacan at hotmail dot com

  3. Happy 6 th month anniversary!

  4. Happy Anniversary.
    I would love to read this.