Thursday, June 24, 2010

Inside Out by Barry Eisler

My Review

Book Excerpt

"This is the propulsive thriller that only former CIA operative turned bestselling novelist Barry Eisler could write.
 Marooned in a Manila jail after a bar fight fatality, black ops soldier Ben Treven gets a visit from his former commander, Colonel Scott Horton, who explains the price of Ben’s release: Find and eliminate Daniel Larison, a rogue operator from Ben’s unit who has stolen ninety-two torture tapes from the CIA and is using them to blackmail the U.S. government.But other players are after the tapes, too, and to find Larison, Ben will have to survive CIA hit teams, Blackwater mercenaries, and the long reach of the White House. He’ll also have to find a way to handle Paula Lanier, a smart, sexy FBI agent who has her own reasons for wanting the tapes and is determined to get them before Ben does. With the stakes this high, everyone has an angle—everyone but Ben, who will have to find the right alliance if he wants to stay alive.

From the Hardcover edition."

My Take:

First I'd like to thank Goodreads for winning this book in their First Read giveaway.  When I started reading Inside Out by Barry Eisler I read it like any other fiction book, as fiction.  This book is filled with many twists and turns of survival in the pursuit of finding CIA interrogation tapes of torture on the captured individuals allegedly responsible for the 9/11 hijacking and destruction of the twin towers in New York and the Pentagon building and the Pittsburgh hijacking and crash.  As I came closer to the end of the book it became very clear to me that the events discussed in the book were actually true.  The characters were very well articulated throughout the book and I felt as though I was right there in the midst of the action as I was reading.

It really hit home when I read the author's notes regarding the tapes and how finding them may overtake his story and his explanation stressing the fact that the tapes would never be found.   The author's source list of the events are overwhelming and gave me the feeling that things aren't always what they seem in our nations government.

I would also like to read Barry Eisler's book "Fault Line" to have a better understanding of Ben's life before this book.

You may also see my review here.

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Rooms by James L. Rubary

Just finished this book the end of May

Warning, this review may contain spoilers, read at your own risk!

Five Stars for this one  *****

Micah, a very prosperous software mogul finds out that he inherited a house from his uncle Archie who Micah's father says is crazy.  Micah received a letter from someone after Micah was well established in his career that told him of his inheritance.  The house location is in Cannon Beach, Oregon which had very bad memories for Micah from his past.  Now Micah is spending a lot of time at the house, and he is finding a lot of strange things happening.  A lot of strange things like losing track of time, thinking something happened that didn't.

Julie is Micah's business partner and girlfriend.  She is not happy with the house because it takes a lot of his time and she wants to stay on top of business and she wants Micah to have a lifelong future with him.

Micah decided to work from the house in Cannon Beach.  He discovers rooms that were not previously there and finally spoke of what all of his bad memories were.  His mother was playing ball on the beach with him and the ball went into the ocean.  She went after the ball and drowned, that was his bad memory.

My thoughts:  Uncle Archie was trying to help Micah get over the pain of his mother’s death and bring him back to God.

Micah meets Sarah at the ice cream shop and then meets Sarah again for a bike ride and then scheduling a dinner at Micah's house for a tour of the house.  Micah found letters in the closet when putting Sarah's coat away.  When Sarah left Micah started reading the letters.  He was instructed to read only one letter per week but he could not resist and read several others.  It told him that he was not to read it because it had not been a week.

Micah had another outing with Sarah and she mentioned that she had been praying for him for years.  Micah also read another of Uncle Archie's letters; it was about doing something he hadn't done in a long time, the first thing that comes to his mind, that was playing the guitar, as he thought that another door appeared.  He opened the door and there were many different guitars.  He sat and played for awhile.

Micah continues to read the letters for his Uncle Archie over the weeks and is led on many different adventures of his past and some of the future and Micah thinks that somehow he could incorporate biblical passages or godly directives into his software company.  His friend Rick doesn't think it's a good idea because then you're not thinking or feeling from the heart. (Interesting concept may inflect more control, electronically, over people.)

In the end Micah finally found his heart and Sarah finally took him back and remembered their time together before Micah went back to Seattle.  He's happy now knowing he's truly with god.

I enjoyed this book very much, it kept my interest all the way to the end and it was interesting how Uncle Archie had Micah look back at his past and future and allowed him to sort out his fears and answer his questions.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone, religious or not.  Great Read!!
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