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Fault Line (Ben Treven Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Barry Eisler
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Chapter One


Looking Up

The last thing Richard Hilzoy thought before the bullet entered his brain was, Things are really looking up.

He was on his way to the Silicon Valley offices of his lawyer, Alex Treven, who had arranged a meeting with Kleiner Perkins, the Midases of venture capital who could increase a company’s value a hundredfold just by offering to invest. And now Kleiner was considering writing a check to him, Richard Hilzoy, genius, inventor of Obsidian, the world’s most advanced encryption algorithm, destined to render all other network security software obsolete. Alex had already applied for the patent, and if things worked out with the VCs, Hilzoy would be able to rent office space, buy equipment, hire staff—everything he needed to finish commercializing the product and bring it online. In a few years he would take the company public, and his shares would be worth a fortune. Or he’d stay private, and become to security software what Dolby was to sound, raking in billions in licensing revenues. Or Google would buy him—they were into everything these days. The main thing was, he was going to be rich.

And he deserved it. Working for chump change in an Oracle research laboratory, drinking Red Bull after Red Bull late at night and shivering in the deserted company parking lot for tobacco breaks, enduring the taunts and laughter he knew went on behind his back. Last year his wife had divorced him, and boy was the bitch ever going to be sorry now. If she’d had any brains she’d have waited until he was rolling in money and then tried to shake him down. But she’d never believed in him, and neither had anyone else. Except Alex.

He walked down the cracked exterior steps of his San Jose apartment building, squinting against the brilliant morning sun. He could hear the roar of rush hour traffic on Interstate 280 half a block away—the whoosh, whoosh of individual cars, trucks grinding gears as they pulled on from the entrance ramp at South Tenth Street, the occasional angry honk—and for once, having to live like this, right on top of the freeway, didn’t bother him. Even the cheap bicycles and rusting barbecues and stained plastic garbage containers crammed together against the side of the adjacent building didn’t bother him, nor did the reek the autumn breeze carried from the overflowing parking lot Dumpster.

Because Alex was going to get him out of this sewer hole. Oracle was a client of Alex’s firm, and Hilzoy was Alex’s contact on patents there. Hilzoy hadn’t been overly impressed initially. He’d taken one look at Alex’s blond hair and green eyes and figured him for just another pretty boy—rich parents, the right schools, the usual. But he’d recognized soon enough that Alex knew his shit. Turned out he wasn’t just a lawyer, but had degrees from Stanford, too—undergraduate in electrical engineering, same as Hilzoy, and a Ph.D. in computer science. He knew at least as much programming as Hilzoy, maybe more. So when Hilzoy had finally worked up the nerve to pull him aside and ask about patenting Obsidian, Alex had gotten it right away. Not only had he deferred his fees, he’d introduced Hilzoy to a group of angel investors who had put in enough money for Hilzoy to quit his day job and buy the equipment he needed. And now he was poised to take money from the biggest swinging dicks of all. All in the space of a single year. Unbelievable.

Of course, there were aspects of Obsidian that the VCs might not like if they knew about them. They might even have found them scary. But they wouldn’t know, because there was no reason to tell them. Obsidian could protect networks, and there wasn’t a Fortune 500 company out there that wouldn’t pay out the wazoo for that. That’s what VCs understood. The rest . . . well, that would all just be his little secret, a kind of insurance policy to fall back on if Obsidian’s intended uses weren’t enough to command the proper sums.

He looked at his watch. He was nervous about the meeting. But there was time enough for a cigarette; that would calm him down. He stopped at the bottom of the stairs and fired one up. He took a deep drag, then put the pack and the lighter back in his pocket. There was a white van parked next to his car, an ’88 Buick Regency he’d bought after selling his Audi during the divorce. humane pest control, the van said. He’d noticed it here, what, three times in the last week? Four? He’d seen a rat once, under the Dumpster. And there were roaches. Somebody must have made a stink with building management, and now the idiots were trying to show they were doing something about it. Whatever. Pretty soon that would all be someone else’s problem.

There were some scares along the way, existing inventions Alex was concerned might prevent them from getting a patent. And something about a possible secrecy order from the government, which could slow things down. But so far Alex had always found a way around the problems. The patent hadn’t been issued yet, but the application itself was bankable.

Hilzoy had been worried at first about describing the source code in the patent application because anyone who got hold of it would know the recipe for Obsidian, but Alex had assured him the Patent and Trademark Office maintained all applications in strict confidence for eighteen months, at which point they’d have a good idea about whether a patent would be forthcoming. And once the patent was issued, it wouldn’t matter whether people knew the recipe or not—they couldn’t use it without paying him the big bucks. And if they tried to, Alex would sue them into the ground. That’s right, people, you want to play, you got to pay.

He paused in front of the Buick and got out his keys. What a piece of crap. It had over a hundred thousand miles on it and every one of them showed. It was the kind of car you could piss all over and no one would even notice. A Mercedes, he thought, not for the first time. Or maybe a BMW. Black, a convertible. He’d have it detailed four times a year so it would always look new.

The pest control guy got out of the van. He was wearing a baseball cap, coveralls, and gloves. He nodded to Hilzoy through a pair of shades and moved past him. Hilzoy nodded back, glad he didn’t have to kill rats for a living.

He took a drag on the cigarette, then tossed it away, enjoying the feeling of wasting it. He blew the smoke up at the sky and unlocked the car door. Yeah, baby, he thought. Oh yeah. Things are really looking up.


From the Hardcover edition.

Revue de presse

“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

“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


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 THIS IS HOW GREAT A THRILLER CAN BE 11 mars 2009
Par Gail Cooke TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS
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Some books have an opening line that catches your attention. A few rare one have openers that grab you, shake you a bit, and compel you to keep turning pages until the last. Such is the case with Barry Eisler's first stand-alone thriller Fault Line. We read, "The last thing Richard Hilzoy thought before the bullet entered his brain was, Things are really looking up."

That's the starting whistle for a thrill ride story that boils with action as it simmers with national subterfuge, personal hubris, family loyalties , and sexual attraction. For the millions who believe there could never be another hero to equal John Rain, meet Ben Treven. He is one of three siblings in a family that moved often due to his father's work. This was no problem for Ben as he excelled at sports and was immediately accepted. Sister Katie was a sweet, beautiful girl who liked everyone and was liked in return. Alex, the youngest, was different - shy, smart and showed off his intelligence - not an attractive quality.

Ben fought bullies to defend Alex time and again but that mattered naught the night Katie died. Ben was supposed to have driven her home from a party but asked another boy to do so. A small decision then a fatal car accident.. Alex blames Ben for their sister's death; Ben blames himself and believes his parents also hold him responsible. Family wounds are so deep that they might never heal. "He (Ben) hadn't known it at the time, but family was a fragile thing. Like a house of cards." So easily collapsed.

Now, the elder Trevens are gone, Katie is gone. Ben and Alex remain - two brothers who despise each other and hope to never see one another again.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An action packed thrill ride. 28 décembre 2008
Par Monie Garcia - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Brothers Alex and Ben Treven are as different as two brothers can be. Alex is a brilliant, up and coming lawyer in a Silicon Valley law firm and Ben is a government assassin who hasn't had contact with Alex in over seven years. When an inventor Alex represents is murdered Alex begins to question if the murder has anything to do with the new encryption program his client was working on. Then within hours the patent clerk working on the invention coincidently dies of natural causes and Alex himself is attacked in his home. With no where else to turn he calls upon Ben for help in staying alive.

Ben grudgingly returns home and together with associate lawyer, Sarah Hosseini who was also working the on the case, the three are forced into hiding to try and figure out who would murder to keep the program from ever seeing the light of day.

I really enjoyed this book. It's the perfect combination of action and adventure mixed with technical expertise. Some of the plot was a little predictable but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. I read the entire book in one day because the action kept the pages turning.

I especially liked the character interaction between the two brothers. They each felt the other was at fault for the rift in their family stemming from a tragedy when the boys were in high school. At different times in the book I'd find myself rooting for one brother or the other while hoping for reconciliation. The ending was realistic and not too over the top or too "happily ever after" which annoys me. I highly recommend this book for all suspense/thriller lovers.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 only fair overall 18 mars 2009
Par a reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This novel is not bad as a departure from the Rain series but it lagged badly when it tried to get overly psychological, which was often. The plot is good and backed up by interesting technical detail regarding software and web security. The older brother is a good start as a tough but flawed action hero. But I got very frustrated with the other brother and his repeated inner battles regarding his feelings for his brother, which seemed to go on and on, over and over throughout the book. Given the realities of the plot (people trying to kill him, asking his brother for help) his petty and childish actions were, to me, a real logic flaw in the book. It eventually seemed so very unlikely for a real person to act that way I started turning pages when the plot got to those places. Overall I'd say the book can't decide if it's a straight-up action thriller or a study of family dysfunction. I think it fails on the latter count and the author should have soft pedaled this aspect or drawn the characters more realistically.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Book With A Change In Scenery And One That Tackles Real Issues Like Cyber terrorism and Homeland Security 4 juin 2009
Par Dave Lakhani - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I read the negative reviews of this book and let me say this, this isn't a John Rain book, get over it. At the same time, it isn't a total departure for Barry either, he still covers all the stuff you love about the Rain books, field craft, combat tactics, and an interesting character arch.

I liked this book most because of the way he talks about and addresses many issues currently facing us today, issues like FISA, Homeland Security, and Cyber Terrorism.

I found the main character to be very believable, maybe because I knew people like him in the military or maybe because I've been exposed to a lot of interesting training. Whatever the case, I found him conflicted, likable, and perfectly developed for the story.

Now, I like many would have liked to see a little more of the detail that you get in the John Rain novels but I think every author has to experiment with style and tone if he is going to be more than a one trick pony.

I got into the book fast and was drawn quickly along and deep into the plot. I had a hard time putting the book down, so hard in fact I agreed to an outing to Chuck E Cheese with my five year old daughter and her friend so that I'd have an hour and a half to read while they played!

If you are an Eisler fan, you'll like this book ... a lot. If you this is your first experience, dive immediately into the Rain novels, you'll love them.

Personally, I can't wait for the next book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I didn't want it to end 4 septembre 2009
Par Denelle Reid - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have read all of the John Rain books and was a little disappointed that Eisler's new book did not have my beloved characters. But, he had me after the first page. I honestly had to put the book down a few times so that I could savor the book and enjoy it longer. It has a good general story line, with even better side stories. Eisler does a great job of introducing the characters and having them all come together. Not only does Eisler do a great job of writing an interesting story, but I enjoy how he includes political views and confronts social issues of today. Great read, you'll enjoy it.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Return to Rain 19 juin 2009
Par Ralph J. Pesant - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I recently became an Eisler fan and in less than 10 days read ALL of his Rain series novels. Well written & a time well spent.
Fault Line is nowhere near the caliber of Rain's series.A step in the wrong direction.It would be interesting to see where he goes next after this hiccup.
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