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Patty and David Monroe have flown to Moscow to repair a business deal which has gone bad—when it suddenly turns nightmarish. Shooting David and kidnapping Patty, their Russian business partners drive her to a ramshackle dacha twenty miles east of Moscow. There, her captors—along with brutal Islamic terrorists—will attempt to ransom her. Patty will face the most frightening ordeal imaginable.

For the first time in history, FBI agents must work with Russian security forces. In an ...

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Patty and David Monroe have flown to Moscow to repair a business deal which has gone bad—when it suddenly turns nightmarish. Shooting David and kidnapping Patty, their Russian business partners drive her to a ramshackle dacha twenty miles east of Moscow. There, her captors—along with brutal Islamic terrorists—will attempt to ransom her. Patty will face the most frightening ordeal imaginable.

For the first time in history, FBI agents must work with Russian security forces. In an atmosphere of violent mistrust and political hatred, only their burning desire to rescue Patty Monroe will hold the operation together.

Burned is inspired by the horrifying ordeal of Yvonne Bornstein. Kidnapped in Russia in the 1990s by Islamic terrorists, Yvonne and her husband were held for ransom. During her captivity she was tortured, starved, and abused. Her captors were affiliated with early al Qaeda partisans. While this book is fiction, Burned captures the spirit of Yvonne’s resistance and ultimate triumph.

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Australian Yvonne Bornstein-who was abducted along with her husband by Chechen terrorists in Russia in 1992 and wrote a memoir of her experience, Eleven Days of Hell-serves as the model for Patti Monroe, the heroine of this run-of-the-mill thriller from Hagberg (Allah's Scorpion), who's updated the story to the post-9/11 world. Patti, an American businesswoman, and her husband, David, fly to Moscow to settle a dispute with their unsavory Russian partners. On the ride from the airport, their hosts stop the car, shoot David in the head and threaten to kill Patti as well. The thugs hold Patti for a $20 million ransom, which is to be used to help al-Qaeda get a nuclear weapon into the U.S. During Patti's brutal ordeal, the FBI works with the MVD, a KGB successor, just as the U.S. and Russian agencies cooperated on the Bornstein kidnap case. Patti's transformation into an action heroine may strike some readers as improbable, despite her training in self-defense years before. (June)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765357519
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 341
  • Product dimensions: 4.27 (w) x 7.47 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

David Hagberg has published numerous novels of suspense, including his bestselling thrillers featuring former CIA director Kirk McGarvey, which include Abyss, The Cabal, The Expediter, and Allah’s Scorpion. He has earned a nomination for the American Book Award, three nominations for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award and three Mystery Scene Best American Mystery awards. He has spent more than thirty years researching and studying US-Soviet relations during the Cold War. Hagberg joined the Air Force out of high school, and during the height of the Cold War, he served as an Air Force cryptographer. He attended the University of Maryland and University of Washington. Born in Duluth, Minnesota, he now lives with his wife Laurie in Sarasota, Florida.

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The landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in blowing snow on an icy runway had been rough. Patti Monroe was on edge, in part because of the dull knot of fear that had formed in her gut the moment they’d boarded the aging Aeroflot jet in Frankfurt, .vid. She was at her wit’s end, and she didn’t know what to do to save her marriage.
She was a slender, small boned woman, just thirty-.zled now after nearly eighteen hours in the air. She was dressed in plain designer jeans, soft Italian boots, a vibrant pink short-sleeved turtleneck cashmere sweater, and a Gucci leather jacket. A large Louis Vuitton bag was slung over a narrow shoulder.
A nasty weather system had stalled over most of Eastern Europe, and here in Moscow snow fell vertically in sheets, temperatures hovering around the zero mark, the late afternoon already getting dark. Everyone in the terminal seemed to be in a nasty mood.
David was a few steps ahead of her, as usual, with his long-legged stride, bulling people out of his way. At just over six feet he towered over her. Three years ago, when they’d married, his height and bulk had been reassuring; he was her Rock of Gibraltar. Somehow his size and rotten attitude had become intimidating; he .ging her down.
Maybe her father and Uncle Tobias had been right about him, but she didn’t want to believe it even now. David had fallen in love with her for herself, not for her family’s money. If that had made her a romantic in the beginning, she was becoming a realist finally, a role she didn’t know if she could play. Or if she would be very happy playing it.
They turned left along a filthy corridor to the customs hall where they were among the first off the flight. Men in shabby uniforms waited behind battered desks. The terminal was incredibly hot.
David was a handsome man, in Patti’s eyes. Narrow face, nice lips, expressive eyes, and when he was in a good mood, or when he was trying to con something out of somebody, especially a woman, a devastating smile. He handed their passports to the officer without a word.
This was their fourth trip to Moscow, and they’d come to expect delays at this point, sometimes more than an hour, while everything in their two hanging ..come involved. Patti suspected it was a national sport, and she prayed that David would hold his sharp temper in check. They were in enough trouble as it was.
“Business, Mr. Monroe?” the agent asked, his En­glish thick. He opened the passports and glanced at the photographs, but he didn’t look up.
“Yes,” David said.
The agent stamped both passports and handed them back.
“What the fuck?” David muttered.
They headed across the hall to the rusty carousel where their bags had already arrived. On the other side of a wire fence was the terminal, packed with people waiting for passengers off the Frankfurt flight. Some of them held up small hand-lettered signs.
Patti tried to spot their business rep, Aleksei Voronin, but he wasn’t in the front rows, and the terminal was dimly lit, unlike airport terminals in the West. And she .washed bodies, and stale vodka.
She was sorry they had come, but for the past couple .sary. David was in trouble to the tune of l.5 million dollars U.S. They’d been making barter deals through a company called SovAustralTech. They’d acquired a million and a half dollars’ worth of Chinese cell phones in Hong Kong for one million, which they traded for 1.5 million dollars’ worth of Russian fertilizer that they’d planned to sell in Taiwan for two million, making them a nice profit of one million.
.izer was half sand and was rejected by the buyers. Most of the cell phones were reconditioned units and didn’t work. Aleksei said his backers wanted their money back. All of it, and an explanation if they were going to keep doing business.
.cause Aleksei was almost certainly connected with the Russian Mafia and they killed people who got in their way.
David laid their bags on a low counter in front of .ceipts, customs declarations, and passports. The Rus­sian seemed tired and bored.
“What is the purpose of your trip to the Russian Federated States?” he asked.
“Business,” David replied.
“What is the nature of your business?” The agent glanced at David’s customs declaration, which showed nothing. “Mr. Monroe.”
“We’re partners in an import/export firm.”
“And what do you import to Russia?”
“Stuff,” David shot back. “Shit that you people can’t produce for yourself.”
Christ, Patti said to herself.
“What do you export?”
“Shit you people can’t use.”
The agent flipped through the passport, stamped with Russian entry and exit permits. He looked up again. “You have been here many times.”
.thing else.
“We have friends and business partners here in Moscow.” .though her stomach had tightened into a knot again. .ary.”
The agent hesitated for just a beat, glancing again at David, but then he managed a slight grin. “Moscow is best for Muscovites in the winter,” he told her shyly. .ports and handed them to Patti. “Have a pleasant visit, Mrs. Monroe. Be sure to keep warm. Perhaps a good fur hat would be wise.”
“Spaseeba.”
“Pazhaloostah,” you’re welcome, the agent said.
Hefting their bags, David and Patti passed through passengers from the flight. Welcome to Moscow.

Excerpted from Burned by David Hagberg.
Copyright © 2009 by David Hagberg.
Published in February 2010 by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.
All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and
reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in
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  • Posted July 15, 2009

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    Wonderful Piece of Writing!

    I recently heard a radio interview from NYC. David Hagberg and Yvonne Bornstein were being interviewed by Louie B (radio host). I was totally mesmerized by each and every word spoken by David and Yvonne. This interview compelled me to immediately run out and buy "Burned" which is a fictionalized account of Yvonne Bornstein's Eleven Days of Hell (which I also purchased).

    After reading "Burned" I found it to be eerily similar to the true account of Yvonne's biography which I had read first.
    I am still in awe of the spirit and fortitude of this unbelievably special woman. After being kidnapped, tortured, beaten and raped over a period of eleven horrifying days, she survived after being rescued in the first ever open collaboration between the Russian intelligence and FBI.

    I have read many of David Hagberg's books - he is a brilliant writer - "Burned" is just another example of his amazing style of writing. I am certain it was not easy to write a book based on a "woman" in trouble - his books usually show his expertise in the "macho male" story.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

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    Inspired by a true stoey

    When their Russian business deal appears to be falling part, Americans Patti and David Monroe fly to Moscow to resolve the dispute. They are greeted by their Russian partners with a gun fired point blank into David's head and Patti is abducted; they calmly inform her to cooperate or join her spouse.------------

    The Russians take her outside Moscow demanding $20 million for her release; failure to deliver will result in her execution. As the FBI works closely with the Russian MVD, they begin to uncover an even more insidious scheme as the kidnappers-murderers plan to use the money to buy nukes for their Al Qaeda associates to bring a worse 9/11 to America.---------

    The back cover explains BURNED is "inspired by the true story of Yvonne Bornstein" who along with her husband were kidnapped in Russia in the 1992 for "Eleven Days in Hell". The story line is fast-paced from the moment their hosts murder David and never slows down. Although the metamorphosis of Patti from middle class businesswoman to super warrior seems unlikely, fans will relish this stirring thriller as the Russians are known for hunting down kidnappers at the cost of the life of the abducted.----------

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    One of the best I have every read.

    I did not want to do anything but finish this book. Really one of the best I have ever read. Exactly my type of suspense thriller with great twist. I hope to read more of Hagberg,s books.

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    Posted March 19, 2012

    Well done

    Hard to put down as there is always another corner to go around.

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    Highly Recommended

    I was instantly captivated by this book, the first thing that called my attention was that it was loosely based on a true story. The author did a great job describing the details and settings of the story. A very easily to read book and fast paced too.

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