Friday, April 11, 2014

The Terrorist's Daughters (T.O.G.G.L.E., #1) by Brian Arthur Levene Review & Giveaway

Born in Chicago, Illinois, three sisters are uprooted and brought to Pakistan, after the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. After becoming oppressed and abused by their radicalized father and drug-sedated mother, two of the girls decide to run away from home and soon they discover their inner selves. One is a twelve-year-old blessed with a gift she does not know she has, the other, a seventeen-year-old proficient in the methods of psychological warfare. Along the way they encounter a handsome young man, and his family who are also looking to start a new life away from their terrorist state. Their travels takes them to Afghanistan, Dubai, Mexico and the United States, leaving a chaotic but interesting trail behind.

Developing a family among a group of outcasts, including a young Asian girl who is prolific in computer hacking, their adventures continue with the girls making daring escapes from authorities, and fighting Al Qaeda extremists working for their father. The Terrorist's Daughter all leads to a dramatic conclusion revolving around love, faith, family, and the potential destruction of an entire city.

The Terrorist's Daughters is the first book in a new series by Brian Arthur Levene.  A fast paced book with an indepth look into terrorism, degradation and what lengths one will go to to achieve security and to do what's humanly right.   Zahra and Aalia are memorable characters who I really came to like as their story unfolded.

They make questionable choices many times but I don't know what I would do in their situations.  They have been through some unspeakable horrors and yet still, they manage to keep their sanity, humanity and have goals for a future.  They are strong, capable women, and aren't afraid to draw from their strength.  The writing is fantastic, with the plot points and the character development the shining focus of this novel.  The only surprise, for me, was the ending.  Although I know this is the first book in the series, I expected it to end in some fashion.  Instead, it just stopped.  Very frustrating. If you're looking for a new series, try The Terrorist's Daughters.  But, make sure you have some time on your hands as it's almost impossible to put down once you start!

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  1. As an author, and I use that word loosely, readers don't always get the message of what I am trying to convey. Very frustrating people just don't get it. But in time I started to appreciate your journey to become a better messenger and start to focus on every aspect of my messages. I challenge myself to create books that are socially relevant while making it entertaining every time I write. That's not always easy but I find it harder to write about frivolous issues that most of this vapid world concern themselves with. As one publicist on Faceboook told me "It is definitely out of the realm of the popular genres right now." I would love to prove her wrong someday.

    When I wrote the first book in the T.O.G.G.L.E trilogy,The Terrorist's Daughters,and was finished with it, The above review are the words I wanted to hear but never thought I would,especially so early in its release.

  2. I hope I win this giveaway. Regardless, The Terrorist's Daughters is on my TBR list.


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