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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  28 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published February 20th 2014 by Gully Gods Publishing (first published November 28th 2012)
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Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This book was definitely worth the wait! This story of how difficult it is for girls/women in some countries make my worries in life seem quite petty. The girls in this story show a strength that all women have but, due to their extreme circumstances, it's come out big time. This is a must read to show how women aren't meant to be weak little wallflowers in life. They're just as, or even stronger in some cases, as men. Thw worst thing in this nove lis that I have to wait for the next one to see ...more
Lisa Cromwell
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Right off the bat I felt a strong connection to the sisters. I was pulled in by the action and intrigue within the first two chapters.

I felt anger at the mistreatment of these young girls at the hands of their abusive father and drug addicted mother, who does nothing to protect her daughters. (and in fact helps with the abuse herself, thanks to a branch from the Tamarind tree in the front yard.) The sisters are both strong in their own way, but Zahra is the one that shines for me. She is the yo
Laura Agnella
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Zahra and Aalia are two extremely strong girls. Zahra is only twelve in this novel but she is one of the most mature twelve year old girls I have ever read about. Unfortunately, this maturity comes from the horrors she has witnessed that, in my opinion, no child should be subjected to. These girls take the oppressive and abusive life they have and run from it. They demonstrate bravery in the face of fear, but such desperation to escape almost seemed to push them over the edge at times. It was sa ...more
Nancy Steinle gummel
The Terrorist's Daughters by Brian Arthur Levene is an intense read. The subject matter is strictly adult themes. This is the second novel of Levenes that I read that shifts a lot of blame on an Islamic father and to a lesser extent on the mother. Both times it was a Pakistani family. In this story, the father, Omar, had a poppy farm growing opium and was a terrorist training soldiers, bomb makers and suicide bombers. He also banked the organization's illegal money. The three girls, Ambriel, Aal ...more
Chantale Canadian Book Addict
I started reading this one a few days ago and I have to say I am very happy to say that I love this one. It is very well written and if it weren't for the fact that I had a busy weekend I would have finished reading it more quickly.
This is one that I just couldn't stop reading. This book is book one in the series and I just can't wait to read the next book.

I highly recommend this.
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was amazing! I felt like I was watching an action movie, that's how good it was!

Source: I received a free copy from the author and the lovely Lisa in exchange for an honest review. Thank you guys so much for your patience and understanding.

Description: The lives of three girls changed dramatically after they were forced to leave Chicago and move to Pakistan. Their father became a completely different person in this new habitat and the girls were compelled to endure the terrible acts he comm
Wendy Hines
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Kim Holsapple
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is about two sisters, Zahra and Aalia, and their lives in Pakistan. They realize that their father is a bad person, but in the beginning of the story they didn't realize how bad.

This first book takes them on a wild and cross the world adventure. Along the way they meet Arsalan, who goes along for the ride.

This book takes you on one adventure after another while the sisters learn more about their earlier years. They also meet some characters which will tie their story altogether.

I reall
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Older teens, adults (themes may be mature for those younger)
Recommended to Blythe by: Brian Arthur Levene (thank you!)
I couldn't stop turning the page on this one!

The main characters, Aalia and Zahra, are two young girls determined to escape the abuse and oppression mainly dealt to them by their extremist father, Omar and drug-addicted mother. Omar is a high-ranking officer in Al Qaeda, and therefore has connections worldwide. With the help of some friends and family met along the way, these girls end up on a cross-continent search for a place where they can be free.

The characters were memorable. The sisters w
Myra Espino
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paperbacks-owned
**Complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review**

Wow! This book rocked my world.
I finished reading it for like 3 hours and amazing, loved it.
The characters are interesting and I love the uniqueness of each character.
My most favorite character is Zahra.
Even at a young age, she's strong and I love her will to save the people she loved.

The story, it's good.
I love how the story evolved.
Interesting and not boring.
The ending of the story, I didn't see that one coming.
Loved the thr
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Firstly, I just want to thank Brian Arthur Levene for sending me a copy of "The Terrorist's Daughters".

Now where do I start? I absolutely loved this book. From women's rights, to terrorism, to psychology, to drugs: Brian weaves an intricate yet fast-paced story that left me ripping through the pages.

The only bad thing I can say about this book is that I can't carry on reading the series because it's not written yet! Come on Brian, I need to find out what happens!! :P
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sorry I really disliked the way this book was written. I found it lacked description and emotion and read more like a shopping list of events. Life's to short to continue reading books you dislike and so sadly it's a DNF at 42% ...more
Marilyn Stanley
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

LOVED IT - A real page turner - what a story - such adventures for these girls.

Highly recommend it!!!
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-author
This was by no means an easy read, yet one I had to finish. (And yes, I have to read book #2 to know what happens to Aalia, Zahra and their sister Ambriel). "Girls Emancipated: Toggle #2" ).

As I've already stated, this was not an easy read, but a powerful one. So commanding that when I had to put it down, I thought about it. I felt it. Felt the fear and sense of dread that lingered from the terrible abuses the girls suffered, physical, mental and sexual.
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
3.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: Yes.

I love a unique story; different characters, new scenes, ideas I haven’t seen before. It’s like taking a vacation to an exotic location. I enjoyed the storyline and picked up the book every free chance.

The main characters are young girls who take on one of al Queda’s top leaders – their demonic, abusive father. They take us on a wild ride from the depths of terror in Pakistan, through Dubai, Mexico, and beyond.

The story could have been a five-star story. I ha
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Theresa by: Brian Levene
First let me say I loved this story. It keep me guessing and at the edge of my seat. There was also a couple times I wanted to through my kindle.

Ok now, this is a story about 2sisters ( Zahra and Aalia) These two girls managed to escape the hell they where brought into at the hand of there father and his flunkies. They will stop at nothing to stay free and destroy there father( even kill)'' Killing was not a choice, it is survival and what they were thought. They were born in Chicago Illinois b
Darlene Franklin
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very fast paced story with a few incidents I found hard to believe. Guess money can buy you anything and children grow up too fast. Did find a number of typing and line errors. Interesting read!
Nancy Brady
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Well, suspend your disbelief when reading this story about two sisters escaping from an abusive father connected with a terrorist group.

Moved from Chicago to Pakistan by their father and mother after the events of 9/11, daughters Aaila and Zahra are abused and oppressed by their father in various ways while their mother is a drug addict.

In one night, the pair makes a desperate attempt to flee and succeeds with the help of their missing older sister Ambriel (is she alive or a spirit?).

Thus, begi
Sunshine Ybarra
Mar 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would love to give a 5* review, but sadly I never received my copy after winning the Goodreads First Reads ARC giveaway!
May 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
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Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
Zahra and Aalia have been living under their father’s roof for far too long, yet they’re just teenagers. Since they were small, his tyranny in their home and in the world has thundered without a clear end in sight, and they refuse to take it any longer. With the advice of their missing sister in mind, the two girls race swiftly away from their father, with a whole terrorist group scouring the Middle East to find them. During their adventure, they find out they aren’t useless as their father and ...more
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, pbwkendread
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
Lynelle Clark
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received the book from the author for an honest review.

A touching story about two daughters survival, after they had suffered abuse and torture at the hands of their father. A terrorist that was on the FBI's most wanted list. Lucifer incarnated, this man did not care what he did to his own flesh and blood. Doing all he could to destroy them.
Three young girls grew up in a world where violence was part of their everyday life, with an absent mother that has lost the will to stand up for them or
Shakeisha Zelma
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. It had all the elements that make a good book: action, suspense, romance, drama. I loved how it was one of those books where you hold your breath for a second or feel something in your gut when you think something crazy is about to happen. I really liked the narrator and main character in the book, a little girl who is secretly trained as an assassin by her oldest sister to take down her crazy father who abused her sisters and is an evil Al Queda leader. If you like a book w ...more
Carolyn Injoy
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Terrorist's Daughters (T.O.G.G.L.E., #1) by Brian Arthur Levene, a five star read. I received a free kindle copy for fair review.

This is a horrific story of the torture these girls endured at the hands of their devilish parents. It's mind-boggling to imagine & surprising that they survived it.

This was a painful story to read but I'm glad to have had the opportunity. Thank you for a clear presentation of terrible events.

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Debbie (Can’t breathe w/o a BOOK) D

I am shocked I liked this book. I'm only giving it a 3, because of the unbelievable things I couldn't l just let the story take me where it needed to be. But saying that, this author has a very vivid imagination. Heck, I may try the 2nd one. We'll see???
I found this was a tough book to read - especially after reading the authors other book - Real Beast. I had a difficult time relating to one of the main characters. I recommend that anyone who would like to read this authors work, read this before attempting the other.
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