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The Birthday Girl [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Leather
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Book Description

Tony Freeman rescued Mersiha when she was fighting for her life in war-torn Yugoslavia. Now she is his adopted daughter, the perfect all-American girl, and the past is another country. Or so it seems.



But Mersiha has been trained to kill. And when she discovers that Freeman's company is subject to a sinister takeover bid, she decides to help. Whatever the risks.



The consequences of her actions are lethal, for Mersiha has unearthed a conspiracy of terrifying proportions . . .



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Stephen Leather should be nestling in your bookshelves alongside Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins.” —Daily Mail

About the Author

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shoveled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website, www.stephenleather.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 653 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340660686
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (July 23, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V091KC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,232 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your standard issue Daddy's Little Girl April 20, 2006
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Fathers historically worry that their daughters will be sexually and emotionally misused by boys when they start to date. I don't think Tony Freeman of THE BIRTHDAY GIRL need worry about his Daddy's Little Girl, but, rather, should fear mightily for the boys.

Freeman is CEO of CRW Electronics, a defense contractor that manufacturers mine clearance systems. On a clandestine mission to fragmented Yugoslavia to sell the devices to the Christian Serbs, Tony is taken hostage by Bosnian Muslims. One of his captors is twelve year-old Mersiha, who, at this early age, has learned how to hate and mercilessly kill. But, Freeman also perceives her as a vulnerable young girl, and, when he's ultimately rescued, shields Mersiha with his own body and takes in the leg the bullets meant for her. Subsequently, he springs Mersiha from a Serbian-run concentration camp and takes her back to America where he and his wife Katherine adopt her as their own daughter.

Flash forward three years.

Mersiha is now, to all appearances, a well-adjusted, happy teenager on the verge of her sixteenth birthday. She's seeing a mental therapist for nightmares stemming from her and her family's brutal treatment by the Serbs, but, hey, getting therapy is as American as apple pie. She's step-Daddy's Little Girl. So, when she discovers that Katherine is committing adultery and CRW's existence is threatened by expatriate Russian mobsters, Mersiha decides to give her Old Man a helping hand without his knowledge, but with the aid of the Heckler & Koch handgun, a familiar weapon from the bad old days in the Old Country, that Tony keeps locked in the gun cabinet.

THE BIRTHDAY GIRL is an engaging read that I finished in three days despite the annoying intrusions of a career and home chores.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Birthday September 25, 2013
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I love all this mans books and "The Birthday Girl" is no exception. Leather is pure quality as always .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tough February 6, 2013
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I found this book enthralling and at the same time disturbing to think that if the attrocities written in the book are true or even close to true every world leader who was in power at the time should hang there head in shame and be publicly named and shamed.

However the book is a good read even so at times in my opinion disturbing ( but definitley thought provoking) however it has a beginning an unexpected middle and an end. One of the books I will probably read again in the future.

Another Stephen Leather success
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More About the Author

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan "Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.

He is one of the country's most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world. Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992.

His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website www.stephenleather.com and you can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather

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