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Last edited: Sunday, May 29, 2005
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A True Story of International Terrorist Kidnapping, Torture and Survival
Terror, Torture and Triumph - A True-life Kidnap Story With a Twist of International Intrigue! Kidnapped by gangsters and terrorists in Russia. Her life can only be saved by an "impossible" alliance of old enemies. One way or another, her "Eleven Days of Hell" will end tonight!

(PRWEB) April 4, 2005 -- It took Yvonne Bornstein, author of “Eleven Days of Hell, My True Story of Kidnapping, Terror, Torture and Historic FBI and KGB Rescue” (Authorhouse, February 2005 – ISBN: 1418494070) twelve years to get past the emotional and physical trauma of her kidnapping, torture, rape and rescue to finally tell her story. In 1992 Bornstein, a wife, mother of two, and businesswoman, found herself caught up in the political disintegration of the Soviet Union. Visit for more information.

Lured to a newly capitalist Moscow by a business proposition, Yvonne and then husband Daniel Weinstock, Australian citizens, were kidnapped, tortured and held for $1.6 million ransom by Chechen rebels originally thought to be gypsies or members of the Russian mob. It was only in 2002 that a key player in the rescue, Russian attorney and Chechen terrorist expert Dimitry O. Afanasiev, amazingly linked the kidnappers to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network.

Clouding the jurisdiction of the crime was the ransom demand made to Daniel Weinstock’s New Jersey family. With three countries involved, a rescue attempt seemed impossible, particularly since the FBI and KGB had never worked together and had been Cold War enemies. Yvonne’s kidnapping and rescue eleven days later, was an historical first joint operation between the FBI and KGB. The FBI chronicled the event in a press release following the rescue making front page headlines in the US and international media including The NY Times; Los Angeles, Times, Dallas Morning News and UPI.

“Eleven Days of Hell, My True Story of Kidnapping, Terror, Torture and Historic FBI and KGB Rescue” has been critically acclaimed and described as "A terrifyingly true thriller that grips you from the first page and never lets you go!” by Stuart Beattie, screenwriter of the hit movies Collateral and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. “Yvonne Bornstein has shown remarkable courage and skill by digging deep into her darkest nightmares and detailing them on the page in a way that will leave you breathless..."

Yvonne’s narrative is even more fascinating due to the individuals involved. The key players read like fictional characters in a John le Carre or Robert Ludlum novel, except Bornstein’s characters are, unfortunately very real.

Yvonne Bornstein ( is currently in negotiations for the film rights to her story.


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