Fault Line

Fault Line

A Novel

Large Print - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
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. 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.

Baker & Taylor
When an inventor client is murdered and he himself is attacked, attorney Alex Treven reluctantly turns for help to his estranged older brother, Ben, an undercover agent in the War on Terror, but their long-simmering resentments threaten to erupt when Ben meets Sarah Hosseini, a beautiful legal associate whom Alex cares for and Ben does not trust. 100,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
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. 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, deepen the fault line between them.
A 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.

Baker
& Taylor

When an inventor client is murdered and he himself is attacked, attorney Alex Treven reluctantly turns for help to his estranged older brother, Ben, an undercover agent in the War on Terror.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345505088
Branch Call Number: FIC Eisle
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 24 cm

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ChristchurchLib Dec 11, 2012

"Patent law is no joke, especially when it comes to a piece of software people are willing to kill for. When one of patent lawyer Alex Treven’s clients - the inventor of an encryption program - is murdered and Alex is attacked in his own home, he reluctantly turns to the big brother he never wanted to see again. Ben, a secret-ops agent in a military anti-terrorist organisation, grudgingly agrees to help, but long-simmering resentments over a family tragedy threaten to erupt as the brothers argue over what to do - and whether to trust Alex's beautiful Iranian coworker. Fault Line is the 1st thriller to star Ben Treven, followed by Inside Out; he also appears in The Detachment, which stars perennial series favorite John Rain." Thrillers and Suspense December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=577901

ChristchurchLib Dec 11, 2012

"Patent law is no joke, especially when it comes to a piece of software people are willing to kill for. When one of patent lawyer Alex Treven’s clients - the inventor of an encryption program - is murdered and Alex is attacked in his own home, he reluctantly turns to the big brother he never wanted to see again. Ben, a secret-ops agent in a military anti-terrorist organisation, grudgingly agrees to help, but long-simmering resentments over a family tragedy threaten to erupt as the brothers argue over what to do - and whether to trust Alex's beautiful Iranian coworker. Fault Line is the 1st thriller to star Ben Treven, followed by Inside Out; he also appears in The Detachment, which stars perennial series favorite John Rain." Thrillers and Suspense December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=577901

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charlie2911
Jul 20, 2012

Anybody who thinks this is good thriller writing needs to read some authors like John Lutz, John Sandford, Robert Crais etc.
This just could not hold my attention after the first chapter. He spends too much prose on description and not nearly enough on realistic action -
- Life is too short to waste on dull books !

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choberygu
Nov 02, 2010

I'm never sure how much I'll like a new series, but this one was every bit as good as the John Rain series. You'll like and hate the main character all at the same time.

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nitetraino
Apr 06, 2009

Too much sibling rivalry and family tragedy nearly ruin what could have been an excellent novel. Instead, we're left with bickering and fighting one another instead of their real enemies. Consequently, 6 of 10 stars...Shoulda, coulda much higher.

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