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Barry Eisler on Inside Out
Black ops soldier Ben Treven is back, and I have to tell you, I love what he’s been up to.
What really fires me up about Inside Out--apart from the characters, the action, and (naturally) the sex--is the timeliness and relevance of the story. The ninety-two interrogation videos the CIA confessed last year to destroying, and which form the foundation for the book’s plot, are back in the news now, as independent prosecutor John Durham concludes his two-year obstruction of justice investigation. And the other subjects at the heart of Inside Out--torture, ghost detainees, renditions, the real nature of America’s Establishment--continue to be the most profound and controversial political issues of the day.
Various interviewers have asked me, "Do you really believe in the ‘oligarchy’ you write about?" It’s a strange question, suggesting as it does that the oligarchy is in the same category as, say, the Loch Ness Monster or UFOs. In fact, as one of the characters in the book explains, “The oligarchy is right out in the open. It’s just a collection of people in business, politics, the military, and the media who recognize their interests are better served by cooperation than they would be by competition.” MIT professor and former IMF Chief Economist Simon Johnson has written about the oligarchy in the Atlantic; Matt Taibbi has written about it in Rolling Stone. After Enron, the subprime meltdown and bailout, the lax oversight of BP that led to the Gulf oil spill--to name just a few--you’d have to be in fairly significant denial not to notice the oligarchy’s insidious presence, if only by its disastrous effects.
I’ve never written a book that so perfectly synthesizes my interests as a thriller writer and my concerns as a political blogger, or one that draws so heavily not just on my obsession with current events but on my background as a CIA intelligence officer. More than anything else, Inside Out is a reality-based thriller--as demonstrated by the list of sources and the bibliography I include at the end. Its emotional impact doesn’t derive from Jack Bauer fantasies, but rather from real people caught up in the real political machinations of the day. For me, the most gripping thrillers are always the ones that hew most closely to reality, the ones that leave you feeling, Good God, this could really be happening! That’s the kind of book I set out to write with Inside Out, and the kind of experience I think it delivers. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
Eisler's rock-solid sequel to Fault Line finds black ops spy/assassin Ben Treven dealing with anger management problems that have landed him in a grim Filipino jail. To the rescue is his old boss, Col. Scott Hort Horton, chief of Ben's secret unit, the absurdly blandly named Intelligence Support Activity. Hort tried to have Ben killed in the last book, but no matter—in exchange for his release, Ben must hunt down fellow agent Daniel Larison, a rogue who's demanding $100 million worth of uncut diamonds in exchange for 92 secret tapes showing extreme torture, instigated and sanctioned by the office of the U.S. vice president. Caught in this rapidly escalating disaster are various high-level government officials, all of whom are willing to do whatever it takes to keep the tapes from being revealed. The open ending promises to unite Ben with Eisler's other series hero, John Rain, a matchup that should prove to be thriller gold for anxiously awaiting readers. 10-city author tour. (July)
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I was not impressed with first Treven book and skeptical of this one. Really surprised how in depth it was. The character detail was fabulous. The action top notch! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Youcandoit
A great follow up to the first Ben Treven. It's a world of espionage, unlawful torture, and a cache of secret video tapes. Read morePublished 16 days ago by PaulaS
I've read both Ben Treven books and I liked them quite a bit. If you are a fan of fast paced suspence, you'll like this bookPublished 17 days ago by robert
This book introduces some other characters that will eventually show up in a later book. Story is great. Can be read as a stand alone.Published 27 days ago by Ellen F. Nichols
All I can say is "what can ordinary people do about it?" Is there any politician who is trustworthy at all?Published 1 month ago by Lady Silverlocks
Got a little preachy and know-it-all-e at the end but it will keep you interested.Published 1 month ago by Robert S. Ferrara
This is the second Ben Treven novel. The first, which I recommend, was a well-executed thriller. This one doesn't feel like a sequel because it's much more ambitious. Read morePublished 2 months ago by gregh
In and Out -Ben Treven Book 2. This story is another fast paced, edge of your seat, page turner.. Ben and FBI agent Paula are sent on what looks like a wild- goose chase to track... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
He is a new author for us and we love his books. Waiting for book 3 of Ben Treven series. We also are reading his John Rain series. Hope you keep on writing, Barry!Published 6 months ago by pscs