Saturday, February 19, 2011

Planet iPad Daily Free Book Alert, Saturday, February 19: Christmas in February! plus ...Readers are loving an innovative thriller entwined with a thrilling love story in Trojan Horse by investment banker turned novelist David Lender (Today's Sponsor)

The publishers of today's latest addition to our Free Book Alert listings might have preferred for their story of a Little Elf in Big Trouble to turn up free in the Kindle Store on December 19 rather than February 19.  But that's no impediment for the citizens of Kindle Nation. Just download it now, since it is free today, and keep it safely in the Kindle Kloud until you or the children in your life start feeling that whole holiday thing sometime after Black Friday ....

But first, a word from ... Today's Sponsor
Beautiful and enigmatic, Lydia won David's heart. He thought she was only a Euro fashion photographer.  He soon learns she's a CIA-trained spy, a former concubine of a young prince, and trying to stop a plot to kill the royal family.  And her name is Sasha.

By David Lender
5.0 Stars  -  20 Reviews

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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.  He later discovers she is really Sasha, a CIA-trained spy for the Saudi Prince. Sasha 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.


Editor's note:  17 reviewers gave 5 Stars, 3 gave 4 Stars.  One demurring 3 Star review said it "reads like Cussler, not LeCarre."  

Reviewer Mary Clair sums it up:  This novel is an intricate piece of work, so it makes the grade. I loved this book. It starts off with a bang, the assassination 20 years ago of a Saudi prince, followed by his father's sworn oath to track down the killers, including Sasha, the young prince's concubine. Then a new group of characters and motives are introduced, some confusing at first, but all to be explained later as the author weaves it together. This includes flashbacks into the life of the concubine, which are fascinating but at first don't seem to tie to the story at hand. Read on. Again the author ties it into a more complex departure for the plot. Then the final push in the last half of the book, where I read it in one gasp, turning pages as fast as I could. Gripping, surprising and enjoyable.

And from other 5-Star Reviews:

....a love story enclosed in an international thriller. I got all that I asked for. 

This was the most fun I've had immersing myself in a book in a while

Always pleased with a good thrill, but thrilled when a girl gets a good romance, too. Brilliant

This is one of the most creative and ominously realistic terrorist schemes I've heard of. Imagine designing Trojan horse computer programs to infiltrate the oil industry's

Wow! I loved this book, but more than that I loved the Sasha character! She has the potential to carry a terrific series. She's all woman but she stands up to the big boys by using all her gifts. She's got brains, beauty, moxie, panache and determination like I haven't seen in a female lead character in a long time.

About the Author:

David Lender writes thrillers set in the financial sector based on his over 25 year career as a Wall Street investment banker. He draws on an insider's knowledge from his career in mergers and acquisitions with Merrill Lynch, Rothschild and Bank of America for the international settings, obsessively driven personalities and real-world financial intrigues of his novels. His characters range from David Baldacci-like corporate power brokers to Elmore Leonard-esque misfits and scam artists. His plots reveal the egos and ruthlessness that motivate the players in the financial sector, as well as the inner workings of the most powerful of our financial institutions.

More background on David and his writing can be found at

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  1. Tom,
    The UK Kindle link isn't working.

  2. Thanks David...I fixed it. Downloaded sample...looks like a great read! I love these kinds of books--Tom