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."
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.