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Trojan Horse

Trojan Horse

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by David Lender

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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.

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


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.

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 a CIA trained spy with a shocking history 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.

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Thomas & Mercer
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5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

David Lender writes thrillers based on his over 25-year career as a Wall Street investment banker. He draws on an insider's knowledge from his career in international 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 business world, as well as the inner workings of the most powerful of our financial institutions and corporations.

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Trojan Horse 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
GordonS More than 1 year ago
This is a carefully constructed piece of work with an clever plot, interesting characters and suspense, thrills and action. I read many thrillers in addition to my more literary leanings, and this thriller stacks up against any of the best writers out there who do thrillers: le Carre, Forsyth, Grisham and Clancy (at his former best), to name a few. This book will stand the test of time.
Blackmember More than 1 year ago
Run, don't walk to buy this. If you like thrillers, intelligent plots, well-crafted characters and thoughtful dialog, this is it. Do not concern yourself with the drivel that sells today; this is a book with staying power and depth. Its well written and flows like silk. Enjoy. The premise is a terrorist plot that needs to get foiled by a financier who gets drawn into the scenario by the woman he falls in love with. You never know you can trust her, you're not sure he isn't being duped, and you're rooting for him to succeed; both in love and to stop the plot against staggering odds and with no capability in the realm of the terrorists' expertise. Add in some characters from his lover's past and you've got a classic potboiler. Simmer a while, then open and savor.
Pickupgirl More than 1 year ago
I am a romantic who bought this because of a recommendation from a friend. I loved the book, not just because of the satisfying romance angle, but because I was swept away by the thrills in the story. I loved the characterizations of the bad guys as well. It just kept on getting deeper and more complicated and more interesting, so that by the end I was aching for the lovers to triumph.
Georgetown More than 1 year ago
This is the second of Lender's books I've read, and I loved them both (also Bull Street). Trojan Horse is a world-stage, geography and politics spanning thriller with a promised love story at its core. This one keeps you hopping, literally, from place to place, from emotional highs to lows, from current day to flashbacks, and from tenderness to utter venality. A classic thriller you will get lost in and love.
JamesBond More than 1 year ago
This book grabs you from the Prologue and doesn't let go. Part of the reason is the premise. Terrorists start a jihad against the West thru computer hacking to blow up the world's oil capacity and bring us to our knees. The idea is hatched early on in the book and then the tension and suspense builds to the end. You won't regret buying this. Just settle in and give yourself the time to finish it in a few sittings. Highly recommended.
EricCton More than 1 year ago
This novel starts with a bang, eases off the accelerator, breaks your heart a little, then races to the finish at light speed. It's big, spanning 20 years in flashbacks, then back to today, then back and forth again, and sweeping from the US to Europe to the Middle East and back, and back again. The personalities are big, too. A successful but lonely financier meets a stunningly beautiful, fascinating, yet damaged woman with a mysterious past. A rich oil minister from Saudi Arabia struggles with his economy, his son's murder and his inner conflict between revenge and his Islamic religion. A fanatical Sheik and his plans to cripple the West's economies is central to the story. This is a truly great read. You won't regret this purchase.
KikiLauren More than 1 year ago
Great, gripping thriller. Good pace, plotting and great characters. Accurate world created in high finance (I'm an investment banker, so's the author). Really satisfying, chilling, fun, thrilling. And I read almost exclusively thrillers and romance. This has both, big time. It holds its own with the best out there. But the standout is Sasha, who is like Gone with the Wind's Scarlett O'Hara transported into Memiors of a Geisha as told by Robert Ludlum in a high concept thriller. In Geisha, you learn everything there is to know about being one, in that culture, in that era (before and during WWII). Sasha's story starts with her austere childhood in an Indian ashram. Then to being raised with riches by a Countess in Switzerland. To landing in Saudi Arabia as a concubine in the Royal Palace to a prince, the son of one of the most powerful Ministers in the country. I won't spoil it, but It gets wilder from there. But the detail, how you live it through her eyes and emotions! You get all the inside of what it's like as a concubine in that culture and religion. And it really happens, even today. Multiple wives. More concubines. And this is one gutsy girl who stands up for herself, with her own "As God is my witness, I'll never go hungry again" moments that will have you cheering for her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
would recommend this book. I got lost a few times... had to go back and remind myself who was who/what happened where. But I couldn't put it down after that.
George1 More than 1 year ago
Trojan Horse uses a creative plot and interesting characters to involve you in a story that sweeps through time and place. An oil and gas investment banker meets a mysterious woman and then gets dragged into a scheme by terrorists to blow up the oil industry's infrastructure. Well written. Heartily recommended.
International More than 1 year ago
This was truly a frightening read at times, because the author uses current trends in the oil and gas business and deals, terrorist tactics and computer hacking technology to make it timely and believable. The pace builds as the novel progresses, to the point of page-turning compulsion by the middle. You will not be disappointed if you like thrillers (or love stories).
DickeyDiver More than 1 year ago
It's a pleasure to read a thriller that isn't totally predictable or contrived, with real characters with believable motives and that is actually well-written. With so much garbage out there and so many good thriller writers no longer writing their own stuff (Clancy), going downhill (Cussler) or dead (Forsyth, Ludlum), this guy is a hopeful sign. If you like a good yarn that won't offend your sense of the English language or strain your credulity, try this. Comment Comment | Permalink
AngeloHarrison More than 1 year ago
Trojan Horse has dialog that pops, a plot that intrigues, and excitement and suspense that satisfies. However, the thing that most struck me about Trojan Horse was the layering of the characters. Daniel Youngblood, a blue-blood oil and gas investment banker, the male hero, has flaws and afflictions that make him real. And while his psychic aches and pains--in part responsible for losing his wife a few years ago, and wondering if he can still get the deals done because he's lost 3 feet off his fastball--make him sympathetic, he isn't always touchy-feely likeable. Prince Yassar, the Saudi Minister of Finance, who may hire Daniel for the most lucrative deal of his career, never clearly stands in the camp of good or evil. He's got his own demons--the murder of his eldest son, his guilt and feelings of inadequacy over failing to get Saudi Arabia's "have-not" populace off their backs and into the "haves" economy. But he does some things that make you downright despise him, even though you're shown how he feels perfectly justified in doing them. Sasha, a former concubine to Yassar's son, is a murderess, and though we see her grow up in incredible opulence, she's love-starved and ultimately betrayed by everyone she trusts. She then relies on her wits, guile and womanly beauty to make a life for herself, never giving up on her belief in love. Lydia is a complete enigma. Beautiful, talented, deeply religious, and yet guarded. And tormented by her actions. Habib, a mercenary working for the terrorist fanatic whose jihad drives the plot of the novel, was raised a skinny, bullied Arab kid in South Chicago, trained as a soulless tool by the black ops boys in the CIA and then embarked on a life that left his hands scarred from knife wounds and napalm, and his spirit even more disfigured. He may be on the wrong side now, but he's not totally unsympathetic. Normally I don't see this in thrillers.
Londonlit More than 1 year ago
I read this a while back, before Lender's wonderful little The Gravy Train. It doesn't matter what order you read them in, but do. Trojan Horse is a classic thriller, written in the Ludlum potboiler vein. Big international settings. Big characters. Issues of global significance. A lot on the line. It's high concept stuff. Will our unprepared Daniel, who falls for a spy, be able to rise to the occasion to stop the terrorists from crashing the world's oil business? Read and find out. By all means, buy it and read it.
AlLikely More than 1 year ago
Trojan Horse is based on a classic story line: the common man caught in uncommon circumstances. Hitchcock's "North by Northwest", "The Wrong Man", and "The Man Who Knew too Much" come to mind. But Daniel Youngblood isn't the everyday common man. He's an urbane, rich New York investment banker who does oil mergers. But he, like any of us, isn't prepared for the hurricane of events in which his involvement with Lydia embroils him. Lydia is a beautiful, witty fashion photographer who is as well-traveled and sophisticated as Daniel. She's also annoyingly too perfect, which I later learned Lender has folded into her characterization with design. Their meeting immediately started me thinking of Brad and Angelina. I especially appreciated that Lender combines the writing style, tone and flesh-and-blood characterizations of a LeCarre with the pace, plot twists and surprises of today's best thriller writers. Any of you who enjoy Grisham's, Baldacci's or Cussler's story lines but often can't stand their pulp fiction writing or cardboard characters (like me) will find Trojan Horse both refreshing and great fun. I heartily recommend Trojan Horse.
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Paula Lazarre More than 1 year ago
You think that for so few pages the story lines would be stronger, guess again. Don't waste your time/money.