Review: The Terrorist's Daughters (T.O.G.G.L.E., #1) by Brian Arthur Levene
Title: The Terrorist's Daughters (T.O.G.G.L.E. #1)
Author: Brian Arthur Levene
Published: Feb. 20, 2014
Publisher: Gully Gods Publishing
Genre: Psychological thriller
Review: Paperback by author
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.
I received this book to give an honest review.
This book is part of my #PaperbackFriday reading. It has been on my review list for a while, so I was glad I was able to get to it.
You have young girls who lived a life of terror. Their father deals with terrorists and not only that him and his wife abuse their children, to the point that the youngest child is given sleep drugs to make her sleep at night so she doesn't know what is going on. With that happening she is being trained though she doesn't know it yet.
Zahra and Aalia are the two sisters in the story and it is heartbreaking to see what they put up with, but we also see the strength they have been given to escape. We watch as they go from the US to Pakistan back to the US. Though it is not without trouble following them. They befriend people which at times is not good because with their father hunting them down it puts others in danger as well.
What I gather is Zahra was taught at such a young age to survive without knowing it by her sister Ambriel there is a word that is used on Zahra that makes her a solider in a way. This comes in handy when dealing with danger. Ambriel was the girls oldest sister who ran away but got caught and no one has heard from her so they believe she is dead, but the question is is she?
We follow Zahra and Aalia as they learn who to trust and how they will make it on their own with their father's money as they plan on taking him down in some way. Both of the characters are very strong and do not give up on anything, they always find a way to overcome the impossible. The one character who stood out for me is Zahra being twelve years old and doing what she has to is hard but she handles it very well.
We go back and forth with the chapters between both characters and you never feel lost. With the way the ending left off it makes me want to read book two, and find out how will these two and their other sister who has been living in the states will get rid of their father who has brought so much hurt and pain not only to them but others as well.
Thanks for stopping by my page! I try to make sure that my books entertain even when writing about true events so hopefully you will enjoy. I like nonfiction more than fiction but try to write both. It all depends on the mood and what’s transpiring in my life at that particular time. I am a Jamaican born, New York-bred writer who has completed six books so far and another that I am currently writing. The next book will be out in February 2014.
Not Easily Washed Away was my first offering, which details the abuse of a young woman who is very close to me. The traumatic events that occurred within her life and my education in psychology moved me to write books which give voice to individuals who have suffered from mild to extreme trauma, detailing how their psyche changes during and after abuse.
My new book, Real Beast: Abused, chronicles the behavior that someone exhibits after they suffered through a crisis or a traumatic event. What makes a Real Beast? Mental trauma, addictions, and radical fundamental beliefs cause a complex multi-dimensional cascade of brain reactions that start immediately after acceptance that can lead to primitive behavior, causing someone to be perceived as a Real Beast.
I’m pretty sociable and easy to find. I’m on twitter at @B_RealBeast, on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/brian.levene1 and on my website at http://www.gullygods.com I am always interested in meeting new people from around the world so please don't be shy and give me a shout!
Bio: Brian Arthur Levene was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on October 24, 1973. He grew up in Back Bush, one of Kingston’s roughest urban ghettos. His mother taught kindergarten until leaving Jamaica in 1983 for the United States, leaving Brian and his older sister behind.
Two years later, Brian passed his sixth-grade exams and earned a place at Jamaica College, one of Kingston’s top five high schools. In 1988, before he graduated, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever ripped through Jamaica, displacing hundreds of Kingston’s citizens, including Brian. He reunited with his mother in Mount Vernon, New York, where she lived. In the States, Brian’s interests shifted from academics to writing poetry and songs, producing music, and playing semi-professional golf.
In 2001, Brian moved to Palm Beach, Florida, to focus strictly on semi-professional golf, traveling to tournaments throughout the United States. In 2007, he relocated to Yakima, Washington, after deciding to pursue a career in the health field in order to benefit others. After receiving an Associate’s Degree in Science at Yakima College, he started school at Washington State University, in January 2008. He transferred to Southern Connecticut State University in August, where he studied public health. He started to write his first and second novels in his senior year.
Graduating in December 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health and Epidemiology, Brian published this first novel, Not Easily Washed Away, in April of 2011 while pursuing his Master’s Degree in Forensics Psychology.
Brian’s co-author is his wife, whose pen-name is Anon Beauty and whose life inspired this book.