Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Inside Out: A Novel by Barry Eisler

Inside Out: A Novel (edition 2010)

by Barry Eisler

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2652642,932 (3.85)4
Title:Inside Out: A Novel
Authors:Barry Eisler
Info:Ballantine Books (2010), Edition: 1st Printing, Hardcover, 368 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Suspense, Mystery, Brooklyn Public Library

Work details

Inside Out by Barry Eisler



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 4 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 27 (next | show all)
In 2007, operatives working out of the Vice-president of the United States' office were informed that there were ninety-two missing videotapes. Those tapes documented the extreme torture of ghost detainees, individuals captured and whisked away to secret prisons, people who simply disappeared. Waterboarding, while documented on the tapes, was not the worst thing that happened to the ghost detainees. Ulrich, the lead operative, crafts a plausible story to spin to the media, which allows everyone else to sigh in relief.

Two years later, someone surfaces, contacts one of the operatives, and tells him that he is in possession of the ninety-two videotapes. He will release them to the world's media in five days if he is not paid $100 million in small, uncut diamonds.

Barry Eisler does a great job descriptively at putting you in the middle of the action. I just picked up one of Barry Eisler's John Rain books started reading them several years ago. I have been hooked on them since. This begins a new series with FBI and CIA characters. If the future ones ar as good as this, I will eagerly await them. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Started February 01st, 2014.
Lend this on the Kindle with Amazon Prime.
The beginning is gripping, a discussion of high ranking US government people of how to spin 72, maybe more, missing interrogation videos aka torture tapes.
As with the book before, [b:Fault Line|3377968|Fault Line (Ben Treven, #1)|Barry Eisler|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1320412516s/3377968.jpg|3417510], this is very real, and the one little sex-scene is even better.
Most I said in my review for that book could be repeated here, the persons are more real to me.
And also again not simply good or bad.
This is a political book that goes to heart of the US-Power-Struggles, Outsourcing of Military Operations, Blackwater, Spin-Doctors etc, .
A lecture about the current state of Democracy in the USA and the process of decision-making in the US Government packed in a page-turner I could not put down until I finished it.
And unlike the books I read from [a:Brad Thor|5088|Brad Thor|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1201288917p2/5088.jpg], this one has a highly critical edge to it, the main characters question them self and their own actions (and those of others). In the end the book leaves the path for the development of the main character Ben wide open.
Something I hope will be further explored in the next book in the series. Whenever that gets published.
Highly recommended. ( )
  Ingo.Lembcke | Oct 27, 2015 |
An interesting premise & I really liked the end. Political, but not party politics. Ben is definitely in a quandary with a lot of action & no one is clean. This is taken straight from the headlines, too. There's enough truth there that it makes you wonder if it is fiction or not.

I like Ben as a hero better than Rain. He's more believable - easier to relate to, especially in this situation. Great motivations for all the players & excellent characterization. Even the bad guys have understandable & believable motives. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
The CIA has lost some stuff. Evidence of their torture of people etc. An ex-agent named threatens to release this on the internet unless he gets a nice round 100 million in diamonds.

Treven is one of the guys tasked by a spook colonel superior to find him. No big fan of his bosses either, he ends up working with an FBI agent.

http://freesf.strandedinoz.com/wordpress/2012/02/inside-out-barry-eisler/ ( )
  BlueTysonSS | Feb 18, 2012 |
If you're looking for a political thriller with the bite of reality, then go no further. It's got good pacing, action, and an ear to the underbelly of the CIA political regime. ( )
  revslick | Oct 23, 2011 |
Showing 1-5 of 27 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Reluctantly agreeing to work unofficially for his old commander in order to clear himself of a legal dilemma, Ben Treven investigates the whereabouts of secret CIA tapes showing U.S. soldiers committing torture, records that a twisted bomb expert is using to blackmail the government.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 3 descriptions

LibraryThing Early Reviewers Alum

Barry Eisler's book Inside Out was available from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Sign up to get a pre-publication copy in exchange for a review.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
2 avail.
17 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (3.85)
1 1
1.5 1
2 3
3 17
3.5 15
4 32
4.5 6
5 19

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 114,470,888 books! | Top bar: Always visible