By Barry Eisler
Ben Treven sequence, e-book #1
In Silicon Valley, the eccentric inventor of a brand new encryption program is murdered in an obvious drug deal. In Istanbul, a cynical undercover operator gets a frantic name from his estranged brother, a patent legal professional who believes he's the following sufferer. And at the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill highway, Silicon Valley’s nerve middle of cash and expertise, outdated kin hurts sting anew as brothers who percentage not anything yet blood and bitterness salary a determined conflict opposed to a faceless enemy.
Alex Treven has sacrificed every little thing to accomplish his ambition: making accomplice in his high-tech legislation company. yet then the inventor of a expertise Alex is banking on is murdered… and the patent examiner who reviewed it dies… and Alex himself narrowly escapes an assault in his personal home.
Off stability, out of strategies, and operating out of time, he is familiar with the only one that may help him is the final individual he’d ever ask: his brother. Ben Treven is an army Liaison aspect, an elite undercover soldier paid to “find, repair, and finish” high-value pursuits in America’s worldwide conflict on Terror.
Disenchanted with what he sees as America’s tradition of denial and decadence, Ben lives his indifferent existence within the shadows as the black ops international is all he particularly knows—and simply because except Alex, who he hasn’t spoken to in view that their mom died, his relatives is long past. yet blood is thicker than water, and while he gets Alex’s frantic name, Ben hurries to San Francisco to aid him. purely then does Alex display that there’s one other participant who is aware of the expertise: Sarah Hosseini, a tender Iranian American attorney who Alex has lengthy secretly desired… and who Ben instantly distrusts.
As those 3 noticeably varied humans fight to spot the forces trying to silence them, Ben and Alex are compelled to envision the occasions that drove them apart—even as Sarah’s presence, and her personal mystery wishes, deepens the fault line among them.
Fault Line facilities on a conspiracy that has spun out of the shadows and into the streets of the United States, a conspiracy that may be stopped in simple terms through 3 people—three individuals with diverse worldviews, assorted grievances, various explanations. to outlive the forces arrayed opposed to them, they’ll first need to live to tell the tale one another.
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And he never listens when I say I don't think, I don't know. Somewhere, in the deeper reaches of my subconscious state which I simply cannot access when I'm awake, I obviously thought that this was a very good idea at the time. She shrugged. ’ He put his fleece jacket around her shoulders and bit his tongue against commenting on her wellington boots. They certainly weren't Hunters, they weren't even imitations. These were old-fashioned: shapeless tubes of black rubber reaching the unflattering point midway up her bare calves.
Without socks they are tolerable. ’ ‘I have the most terrible blisters,’ Petra explained, as Eric unlocked the studio and they went about flicking on lights and hoicking up blinds. ’ ‘You could say that,’ Petra said quietly. ‘I sleepwalked last night. Right out of the house. Almost a mile. ’ ‘Dear God,’ Eric exclaimed. He took a long look at her. ’ In the fifteen years he'd known her, since they were undergraduates in jewellery design at Central St Martins, he'd become familiar with her two very different morning faces.
Gina asks. ‘Because you don't look it. ’ ‘I had a bad night,’ Petra tells them. ‘I'm fine now. ’ Gina mouths to Eric who shakes his head. ‘Not Rob,’ Petra hurries. ‘Rob came to my rescue. I just went walkabout whilst I was asleep. ’ ‘Right out of the house,’ Eric whispers to the other two. ’ ‘I don't even know where Whetstone is,’ Gina says, as if it was possibly as far flung as the Arctic. ’ ‘I do, usually,’ Petra says. ’ Kitty asks darkly. ‘In Whetstone? A past life? Or ancestors? ’ Petra smiles and shakes her head.