Eleven Days of Hell

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A terrifying true story of kidnap, torture and dramatic rescue by the FBI and the KGB. Chechen terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda orchestrate a Moscow abduction, holding westerners Yvonne and her husband Danny hostage for $1.6 million they don't have. It will take enormous courage and an international rescue effort to bring them home. ELEVEN DAYS OF HELL is the chilling true story of kidnap, torture, rape and survival. Yvonne Bornstein relives the trauma that still has the power to ...

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Overview

A terrifying true story of kidnap, torture and dramatic rescue by the FBI and the KGB. Chechen terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda orchestrate a Moscow abduction, holding westerners Yvonne and her husband Danny hostage for $1.6 million they don't have. It will take enormous courage and an international rescue effort to bring them home. ELEVEN DAYS OF HELL is the chilling true story of kidnap, torture, rape and survival. Yvonne Bornstein relives the trauma that still has the power to make her shake with fear.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781741107937
  • Publisher: New Holland Australia
  • Publication date: 4/25/2009
  • Series: No Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Never in her worst nightmares could Yvonne Bornstein have imagined the terror that lay in store when she and her husband started selling goods into Russia. Kidnapped by Chechen terrorists and held hostage for $1.6 million they didn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2010

    eleven days of hell

    From the first page it brought me in,making me want to know what happen,I felt the fear and terror yvonne was going through,It was like we were sitting having coffee together and she was telling me her story,I cried and again I felt her fear,this is an amazing story about how this remarkable woman survived.she is an inspiration to all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2009

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    Riveting story of survival

    Yvonne Borstein and her husband Danny were kidnapped by a band of Russian gangsters and ex-KGB villians in early 1991. They were tortured physically and emotionally for a 1.6 billion dollar random (which was orders of magnitude above the liquid assets of the heavily-mortgaged Australian business-couple). Was Yvonne an innocent tourist kidnapped in Russia? No. A do-gooder helping revive post-Iron Curtain Russia? Well, no. How about a profiteer involved with shady business deals on Russia's black market? Yep, that's it. In hindsight, Yvonne admits that she and Danny were dazzled by wealth, heavily over-mortgaged on their house, gambling by paying out millions in anticipation of high (but dubiously legal) returns, and they were unwilling to wake up to the many signs of trouble in their Russo-Australian import/export business. As a reader, I appreciated her candor and lack of excuses or assignment of blame. Even shady entrepreneurs in economically ravaged countries don't deserve to be tortured for an insanely high ransom. Yvonne's book is the story of her entire life, from her childhood to her early troubled relationships before meeting husband Danny. Yvonne lays out the events which unraveled and lead south to the kidnapping. In captivity, Yvonne and Danny leveraged one another's strengths, plotting to get messages out to the world and to present the right 'face' to their kidnappers. The couple only survived because of their union. When Yvonne was sexually assaulted, she knew she had to hide it during the captivity, to prevent her husband from violently assaulting their tormentors. Bornstein bills her memoir as evidence of al-Qaeda alive and well in early 1990's Russia. This is certainly a good advertisement in the post-9/11 world, but it is a shaky claim at best. Sure, there is evidence of al-Qaeda, but don't pick this up expecting some all-conclusive smoking gun expose on Afghan terrorism. Yvonne is a survivor and as inspiration to women everywhere. She dug up a lot of information to provide context to her own personal (and painful) narrative. Thanks for sharing your story, Ms. Bornstein!

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

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    One amazing courageous woman!

    I recently heard a radio interview from NYC. Yvonne Bornstein was being interviewed by Louie B (radio host). I was totally mesmerized by each and every word spoken by Yvonne.
    This interview compelled me to immmediately run out and buy her book, Eleven Days of Hell.
    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. After listening to her speak I could tell she will never really be over it. After all, who would?
    I realize that there are a lot of people out there who have stories to tell, but I can honestly say, I have never heard one quite like this - please go out and buy a copy, then go to the safety of your home and appreciate your life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2006

    Riveting story of survival

    Yvonne Borstein and her husband Danny were kidnapped by a band of Russian gangsters and ex-KGB villians in early 1991. They were tortured physically and emotionally for a 1.6 billion dollar random (which was orders of magnitude above the liquid assets of the heavily-mortgaged Australian business-couple). Was Yvonne an innocent tourist kidnapped in Russia? No. A do-gooder helping revive post-Iron Curtain Russia? Well, no. How about a profiteer involved with shady business deals on Russia's black market? Yep, that's it. In hindsight, Yvonne admits that she and Danny were dazzled by wealth, heavily over-mortgaged on their house, gambling by paying out millions in anticipation of high (but dubiously legal) returns, and they were unwilling to wake up to the many signs of trouble in their Russo-Australian import/export business. As a reader, I appreciated her candor and lack of excuses or assignment of blame. Even shady entrepreneurs in economically ravaged countries don't deserve to be tortured for an insanely high ransom. Yvonne's book is the story of her entire life, from her childhood to her early troubled relationships before meeting husband Danny. Yvonne lays out the events which unraveled and lead south to the kidnapping. In captivity, Yvonne and Danny leveraged one another's strengths, plotting to get messages out to the world and to present the right 'face' to their kidnappers. The couple only survived because of their union. When Yvonne was sexually assaulted, she knew she had to hide it during the captivity, to prevent her husband from violently assaulting their tormentors. Bornstein bills her memoir as evidence of al-Qaeda alive and well in early 1990's Russia. This is certainly a good advertisement in the post-9/11 world, but it is a shaky claim at best. Sure, there is evidence of al-Qaeda, but don't pick this up expecting some all-conclusive smoking gun expose on Afghan terrorism. Yvonne is a survivor and as inspiration to women everywhere. She dug up a lot of information to provide context to her own personal (and painful) narrative. Thanks for sharing your story, Ms. Bornstein!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2006

    Timely and Important

    Having spent much of the past 17 years of my life working and going to school in Russia, including substantial time spent with the Russian military and police fighting Russian organized crime, the tale told by Ms. Bornstein provided many chilly reminders of the state of the world and victimization of those trying to make their way in it. It is always easy to choose a safe and conventional life. It is clear from her book that Yvonne Bornstein has never been guilty of this. Yet, despite her zest for adventure and warrior search of challenges she found herself in a world that was far beyond her understanding or ability to deal with its inherent dangers. In being so honest in revealing that which she experienced she has sent a message to the rest of America and the world, that the events taking shape today in Russia and the former Soviet Union can, and do, affect all of us. You do not have to be someone who lives and works in that distant land to recognize the impact its dangers pose to us, including the rise of Islamist terrorism in Russia. In 'Terror At Beslan' I have attempted to provide some heretofore unknown information to the American public of the real threat that is facing us, trying to get people to recognize that not just Iraq, but Russia is providing us the blueprint of dangers yet to come to our shores. Yvonne Bornstein is one of the very few who has real life experience with this threat, and understands its significance to an America 8,000 miles away. I well recognize that in writing her book she has yet again risked much, this time to send a warning to others lest they suffer as she has suffered. For anyone who wishes to lift his or her eyes from books, magazines and television devoid of what is truly happening in the world, this is a must read. -John Giduck, Author- Terror At Beslan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2006

    Holds the reader captive

    In a popular Hollywood movie, one of the characters, playing a tough businessman who fancied himself a master of negotiating, expressed the opinion that in a business deal, there is no difference between a gun and a fountain pen. To believe that this is true is to believe that the use of force or violence to obtain monetary reward is equivalent to using artful negotiation, rational persuasion, or skillful selling. Coercion then becomes just another technique for the acquisition of wealth, and individuals in the business community who refrain from using it are to be viewed as 'unrealistic' or even weak-minded. Strength of character therefore has its origins in a willingness to intimidate physically other people in order to bring about a desired end. Real business involves 'doing whatever it takes' to increase wealth, even if this means causing extreme pain or even death. There are many who believe in this equivalence, but thankfully there are many who do not. As the events of her life and skill in entrepreneurship indicate, the author of this book is a member of the latter category, and in this book has written an engaging (and terrifying) story of how she and her business partner/husband were forced to deal with some individuals of the former category. Kidnapped for eleven days, where they were beaten and intimidated by a collection of moronic and confused thugs, who could not distinguish the acquisition of wealth from its plundering, and who sadistically enjoyed the pain they gave their captives, the couple nevertheless got away with their lives, with the assistance of a unexpected collaboration between East and West. For those, such as this reviewer, who are extremely skeptical of the competence of governmental security personnel, and of their abilities to cooperate constructively with foreign governments, this story will alleviate some of this skepticism (although the author describes the FBI as being reluctant to get involved). There are not too many things that are more frightening than the prospect of being caught in a foreign country where the laws and sense of justice are different, and where envy towards Westerners is predominant. And if one does find oneself in such a situation and does survive it, the natural thing to do it seems would be to obliterate it from memory. Reminders of it would be draining, both emotionally and intellectually, and would serve no useful purpose in everyday living. The author though has chosen to tell her story, and has written one that is fast moving but still gives insight into her moods as well as her captors. It focuses of course on the concrete details of her captivity, but also motivates the reader to consider why her captors behaved as they did, and whether the wealth that they expected to obtain was really worth the energy they expended to get it. It is always perplexing to see a group of individuals conniving, planning, and engaging in violent acts, and expending vast amounts of energy just to obtain by relative standards a paltry sum of money. Considerably less energy is needed to obtain the same sum by legal and creative means, but for some reason these types of individuals cannot see this. The answer must be that they love the intimidation and sense of power that violence gives them. The neurons in their brains are over trained by sadism, polluted with cynicism, and allow no expression of compassion or empathy. The money they obtain is spent in no time flat, on fruitless physical indulgences or one meaningless card game after another. They idolize and prop each other up, with their handshakes and backslaps, and any real sense of achievement is completely alien to them. Taking is always better then earning. They unite under the creed that 'only suckers work.' Interestingly, when the author discusses her emotional state with respect to her captors, she mentions the 'Stockholm syndrome.' This is supposed to be a kind of brainwashing that causes the captive to expre

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2005

    Survivors!

    In the heady days following the fall of communism, many Western entrepreneurs were lured to the Wild East to make their fortune. But Russia's new crony-capitalism was in the hands of greedy government crooks, mobsters, oligarchs, scammers, and bandits. Yvonne and her then-husband were betrayed by their shady partners, and held for ransom for eleven terrifying days. Their captors were members of the Chechen mafiya, considered to be the most ruthless of Russia's organized mobs. They were known to bomb an entire marketplace to punish one offending kiosk, and their kidnap victims were rarely seen again. Perhaps fortunately for the Australian couple, their captors needed them alive, to ransom them for $1.6 million dollars. Certainly it was fortunate these Chechens were seemingly Sufis and not converts to the Wahhabist extremism which later would infiltrate the Caucasus. The Jewish couple with rich American friends would provide needed funds for the separatist rebellion. So Yvonne and her husband would be fed and kept alive -- but brutalized, beaten, and violated daily by their sadistic captors. Permitted a closely monitored phone conversation, Yvonne cleverly relayed to her American relatives that she was in danger. That's how the FBI got involved in the rescue of two Australian hostages. A Russian-American lawyer coordinated with the Russian KGB in an unprecedented cooperative mission. The couple was saved, but their ordeal not over. Nightmares and post-traumatic stress would take a toll on their marriage. It would take Yvonne more than ten years to write her story, in so doing, to exorcize the demons. But last week, she was smiling as she conversed with prospective customers at a book-signing. Difficult to believe this petite, soft-spoken woman with upbeat demeanor and charming Australian accent was a survivor of the most beastly terrorism! With such an amazing and inspiring story, I'd expect to see her soon on Oprah's TV show!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2004

    A real page turner!

    From the very first page, I couldn't put this book down. I read the whole book in just two days. I felt like I lived the experience with her. I love a good thriller and this book filled the bill! Courage and inspiration are just two words to describe this heart-thumping, true life story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2004

    Beautifully written - A must read could not put the book down, everyone should read this book about a brave and courageous lady!!!

    Yvonne Bornstein is a strong woman with a life-altering tragically personal story to tell. It's gripping from beginning to end. I could not put it down. There are certain chapters that are painful to read and no one could really understand the pain and horror that Yvonne went through. We should all take a leaf out of Yvonne's book and be thankful that we have a relatively peaceful existance.

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