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Trojan Horse (A Sasha Del Mira Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Lender
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Book Description

Daniel Youngblood is a world-weary oil and gas investment banker who's ready to hit the beach, when he's hired by a Saudi Prince for an OPEC deal where he can net himself $25 million as a swan song. At the same time, he meets and falls in love with Lydia, an exotic European fashion photographer, who he later discovers is really CIA-trained spy with a shocking past with the Saudi Prince. She convinces Daniel to enlist in what becomes a race for the lovers to stop a Muslim terrorist internet plot to bring down the Saudi royal family and cripple the world's oil capacity, all before they wind up dead.

Excerpts from Bull Street, The Gravy Train and Vaccine Nation, David Lender's other thrillers, follow the text of Trojan Horse.

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A Q&A with David Lender

Question: Trojan Horse opens with an assassination, then skips through time and around the world. How did the story develop?
David Lender: One night I had a long dream about an aging investment banker who meets an exotic, black-haired woman, falls in love with her, then learns she’s a spy. Then it wound through a long backstory on the woman, including that she grew up on an ashram in India. I made some notes. A few months later, I met an Asian beauty with long black hair who had lived on an ashram for 10 years (I later married her). I pulled out my notes--and Sasha, the heroine of Trojan Horse, was born.

Q: The book deals with political and financial issues spanning the globe, yet there is a strong sense of each individual place. Did you intend for the locations in the book to become characters?

DL: When I started Trojan Horse, I was in the midst of my investment banking career, doing big international mergers and acquisitions deals. As I flew around the world, I read high-concept thrillers set in exotic cities like Paris, Geneva, and Nice. The places I visited--their sounds, scents, ambience, and beauty--were burned into my psyche, and therefore made their way into the novel.

Q: You worked on Wall Street for 25 years. What made you decide to start writing?

DL: I always wanted to be a novelist. I made up my mind to do it about 15 years ago, when my investment banking career was in full swing. I just muscled it into my schedule, getting up at 5 a.m., writing for an hour, and then going to my day job, like most aspiring writers. I outlined or edited scenes on planes, in cabs, or in hotel rooms. I write because I love it, but also because I got to the point where I could no longer ignore the compulsion to do so.

Q: You must draw a lot of inspiration from your time on Wall Street. Where else do you find inspiration?

DL: Sometimes it’s someone in my life. Dani North, the protagonist of Vaccine Nation, was inspired by my fiancée, Manette. Elmore Leonard is one of my favorite authors, and reading his stuff frequently gives me ideas. Sometimes it’s just throwing ideas around with friends.

Q: What kind of books do you read, and which authors have influenced you?

DL: Thrillers. What else? Thriller writers who have influenced me include Elmore Leonard, Graham Greene, Frederick Forsyth, John le Carré, John Grisham (although I don’t think he’s ever gotten close to The Firm again), Robert Ludlum, Ken Follett, and Thomas Harris.

Q: Which books do you read over and over again?

DL: I think F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is the great American novel. I read it every year or so. Out of Sight is Elmore Leonard's best, with Get Shorty a close second. Nobody does dialogue or backstory like him. I’ll also never stop returning to Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, Forsythe’s The Day of the Jackal (it may be the best thriller ever written), le Carré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People, and Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana.


"The Grisham of Wall Street." - Bloomberg TV
"Wall Street bona fides and a flair for zippy narrative." - The New York Times
"It is simply spellbinding." - Midwest Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 1237 KB
  • Print Length: 519 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612182283
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (November 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WWC62G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,254 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Believable It's Scary May 27, 2011
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Trojan Horse by David Lender is a deeply involved story of terrorism, industrial espionage and intrigue taking place across the Saudi Arabia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. It involves a rich cast of characters who are very well developed and who remain in your memory long after you read the last page. It contains multiple plot twists and is so believable it is scary.

In Trojan Horse David Lender offers an unusual glimpse into the Muslim mind, both the good aspects and the bad ones. The people who honor the good they are taught, and who try to be stewards of the resources they have in trust for their people and the people who breed discontent and militant thought and stances in their followers.

I was really impressed with the quality of the storytelling in Trojan Horse. It is a rich and complex story that has to be carefully followed but the author weaves together all the varying aspects of the story quite artfully. I found myself absorbed in the story almost immediately and I read it through as quickly as could and still take in all the necessary details. I found my heart thundering in many places and nearly breaking in a few others but the story never failed to keep me absorbed.

I highly recommend Trojan Horse. It is a rich, compelling story. It is filled with well-developed tension. It is full of mystery and intrigue and interesting characters. It will hold your attention from start to finish and the story, as I already noted is realistic enough to be scary. It could happen and that's part of what makes this such a compelling book to read. I couldn't put it down and I think you'll experience the same desire to see how the story unfolds to the exclusion of other activities. All my reading time, plus all my precious "free time" went into reading this book. I quite literally couldn't put it down.

It is simply spellbinding.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This was the second writing I read of David Lender's and again I was blown away by the story and the plot. He has taken a serious subject of the world's and written a wonderful fictional tale of intrigue, terrorism, and romance. The book is easy to read and follow. The reader will be captured by the story after turning just the first twenty or so pages.

There is a strong note of mystery woven throughout the book as the lead character Daniel Youngblood attempts to find his way in the world of financial advising from the floor of his current employer. He attempts a major coup of securing a Saudi advisory role worth many millions in fees and the recognition in the financial advising industry that he is a serious player. Along the way the reader is treated to a unique insight to the Saudi palace life as another main character, Sasha a beautiful young lady, is sold by her guardian to the Saudis as a companion for one of the princes. But there is more, much more that happens in this relationship as Sasha is recruited by the CIA for a special mission.

Daniel of course meets Sasha and immediately knows he has found the woman that he wants at his side as he conquers the finacial world. However Sasha has a few secrets of her own, besides being in the CIA, that Daniel is unaware of but learns about as their relationship progresses. Not to spoil the rest, the reader will be captivated by how things develop and how the story of world disaster is avoided through Daniel and Sasha's actions. Even the ending is so well written that the reader will be totally suprised at the outcome. This is a great book and has a little bit of everything in it for every reader. Get yourself a copy and enjoy a facinating story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The usual , with something new May 3, 2011
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Trojan Horse is an old yarn with a new twist. The world- may -come -to an- end spy thriller with a love story encased in it. Actually, the love story is central to the book, because a good portion of it is told in total flashback in building the back story for the spy thriller. It's an interesting technique, and one I haven't seen done like this before. Try this out for an extremely well-executed update to an old story !
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book... April 18, 2011
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I have'nt read this author before "Trojan Horse". I could not put my Kindle down, reading constantly and late until I finished the book. David Lender has a wonderful way with words and is able to tell the story so that you feel you are right there with the characters. It came across as very real and believable. I'm so glad I found this author.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers What It Promises January 24, 2011
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"International finance, oil profiteering, espionage and a race to stop a terrorist plot are the backdrop to this love story between an exotic spy who longs for a soulmate and a life-saturated financier who's a recent widower." That's what the author promises on his website, and that's what you get. What he doesn't say is that the plot becomes much more complicated and surprising than that. Or that the "exotic spy" has a past revealed in two long flashbacks that will curl your hair.

This thriller was a pleasant surprise from an author I've never heard of before. His website and Amazon bio refer to training under the man who edited Robert Ludlum's first nine thrillers. Looks like he learned well. I enjoyed this author's writing more than Ludlum's and look forward to reading his next novel (he shows another on his site) when it comes out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Thriller
A battle against terrorists who plan to disrupt the world wide oil industry by sabotaging computer software and destroying oil rigs and refineries. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrills
Hard to put down but too long. One of those books that you keep feeling like you're almost at the end, but noooo! Exciting, sexy, exotic.
Published 1 month ago by dr
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea but a bit of a disappointment
I enjoyed how "flash backs" were used to give the back story on Sasha as well as to give depth to her character in addition to insight into the Muslim mind and the Saudi... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathi
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it.
very well written, I enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Constance S. Curran
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read.
Published 2 months ago by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by Gordon Forrester
2.0 out of 5 stars I actually liked the background character development and the general...
I actually liked the background character development and the general story line. I quit reading when the main character gives his new girlfriend a pass after he finds multiple... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cleve Trevenen
3.0 out of 5 stars well worth it
Very good reading and keeps you guessing page after page! Make sure you have time when u start reading as it is very difficult to stop reading!
Published 3 months ago by Heinklee
1.0 out of 5 stars I'll never read this author again
This is easily the worst fiction book I've ever read.

The dialogue is miserable. The leads call each other "lover" and "darling", occasionally three... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike Blaszczak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent Book
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More About the Author

David Lender is a former investment banker whose bestselling thrillers are inspired by his twenty-five years on Wall Street. After earning his MBA at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, he went on to work in mergers and acquisitions for Merrill Lynch, Rothschild, and Bank of America. David is the author of six novels and six short stories and novellas, including the financial and corporate thrillers that made him an e-book sensation. He writes standalone thrillers as well as two series: Sasha Del Mira Thrillers and White Collar Crime Thrillers. He lives in northern New Jersey with his family and a pitbull named Styles.

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