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The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

This is the finale of the Millennium Trilogy. I don’t know how to review this book without revealing the plot, so this review is going to be brief.

This book picks up where “The Girl who Played with Fire” left off. Salander was now in a hospital, where she was treated for her life-threatening injuries. Because she was wanted for a triple murder, she was put under arrest and not allowed contact with anyone except the medical team treating her and her lawyer. Salander had to prepare for her defense while isolated from the rest of the world.

Mikael Blomkvist asked his sister, Annika, to be Salander’s lawyer, which proved to be challenging due to Salander’s policy of not talking to anyone in authority.

People in the Secret Section of Sapo knew that they were in danger. If Salander was not silenced, she would expose their blatant disregard of the law in order to protect Zalachenko.

While doing all they can to help Salander, both Annika’s and Mikael’s lives were threatened. Can they persuade Salander to trust them? The stake was high and important people had much to lose if the truth finally came out.

The plot twists and turns left my head spinning. Of course, I’m going to tell you that you must read this book. Get it from this store or that store.

Related:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire

This is the second book in the Millenium Trilogy.

Mikael Blomkvist was working with Mia Johansson (a criminologist) and Dag Svensson (a journalist) to expose a sex trade ring that involved prominent people. Blomkvist found Johansson and Svensson shot dead in their apartment. The police found the murder weapon with Lisbeth Salander’s fingerprints on it. Shortly after, Bjurman, Salander’s guardian was also found dead in his apartment.

Salander was now wanted for three murders and the media was painting her as a psychotic lesbian with a troubled, violent past. The hunt for Salander was on.

People who knew Salander well — Blomkvist, Berger and Armansky — did not believe that Salander was responsible for the murders. While Salander hid at her safe house, they desperately tried to make sense of what happened. It was a race against time — if the police found Salander first, it would not end well.

Unknown to Blomkvist, Salander held the key to a puzzle that Johansson and Svensson was unable to solve. Salander had met with them shortly before they died. The information she shared with them was what led to their death.

The key that Salander held was a man called Zalachenko — the elusive mastermind behind the sex trade ring. The man who shaped Salander’s dark past.

This book is the key to understanding Salander’s past and what made her who she was. Get this book from this store or that store.

Related:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Mikael Blomkvist was a disgraced journalist. While he was picking up the pieces of his life, he was approached by Dirch Frode, a lawyer who worked for Henrik Vanger — a rich, influential and retired industrialist. Vanger wanted to hire Blomkvist to write his family biography, but that was only a pretext. His real mission was to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, Henrik’s niece, more than three decades ago.

Blomkvist had no interest in writing a biography and he doubted that he could unravel a three-decade mystery when even the best investigators failed to do so. But then, Henrik Vanger made him an offer he couldn’t resist – if Blomkvist accepted his offer, he would give Blomkvist evidence that can use against his nemesis.

While investigating Harriet’s disappearance, Blomkvist crossed path with Lisbeth Salander, an investigator who Frode hired to do a background check on Blomkvist before Vanger offered him the job. Salander and Blomkvist ended up working together to track down Harriet.

Lisbeth Salander was one of a kind. You can keep no secret from her. She lived by her own moral code. Together with Blomkvist, the pair were unstoppable. The dark secret they discovered about what led to Harriet’s disappearance was a horror beyond their imagination — a secret that if revealed, would destroy the Vanger family.

Even if you’re not into the crime/thriller genre, I highly recommend this novel. You won’t regret it. Get this novel from this store or that store.

Related:
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

Salina

Ini kisah 1950an — kisah perjuangan hidup pada zaman selepas perang di Kampung Kambing, Singapura. Salina adalah anak saudagar kaya. Dia kehilangan semua ahli keluarganya ketika tentera Jepun menggila mengebom Kota Singa. Berbagai keperitan ditelannya untuk meneruskan hidup biar pun di jalan yang tersasar.

Hilmy kehilangan ayahnya juga kerana bom tentera Jepun. Dia dan ibuya berpindah ke rumah buruk di Kampung Kambing kerana itu saja yang mereka mampu. Hilmy masih belajar di sekolah Inggeris — harapan ibunya adalah dia akan dapat mengubah nasib mereka.

Nahidah yang manis tinggal di kampung itu bersama ibu tiri dan dua orang abang. Ibu tiri yang tamak mempergunakan Nahidah untuk kepentingannya lalu menghancurkan impiannya untuk hidup bersama Hilmy.

Abdul Fakar adalah lelaki tidak sedar diuntung yang sanggup menyakiti seorang perempuan yang sangat menyayanginya.

Salina akhirnya tiba di persimpangan di mana dia perlu membuat keputusan sama ada meneruskan hidup di jalan yang menyakitkan atau memilih jalan lain.

Zaman selepas perang adalah dunia yang berbeza. Pun begitu, apa yang manusia sanggup lakukan demi kelangsungan hidup tidak banyak bezanya.

“Salina” tersenarai dalam “100 Novel Melayu Yang Wajib Dibaca” — dapatkannya di sini.

US’s Role in the Founding of Israel

People who are aware of the root of the Palestine-Israel conflict know about the role that UK played in the Balfour Declaration. However, I was, until recently, quite ignorant of the role USA played in the formation of Israel until I read “The Iron Curtain over America” by John Beaty.

I’m going to shamelessly plagiarise various sections of this book regarding this matter (re-writing them is going to be time consuming and I don’t have the time right now). If you’re unfamiliar with the history of Khazar and Judaism, please refer to “The Thirteenth Tribe”.

pp. 30 – 31
As a number of writers have pointed out, political Zionism entered its violent phase after the discovery of the incredibly vast mineral wealth of Palestine. According to “Zionist Misleading World with Untruths for Palestine Conquest,” a full page article inserted as an advertisement in the New York Herald-Tribune (January 14, 1947), “an independent Jewish state in Palestine was the only certain method by which Zionists could acquire complete control and outright ownership of the proven Five Trillion Dollar ($5,000,000,000,000) chemical and mineral wealth of the Dead Sea.” The long documented article is signed by R.M. Schoendorf, “Representative of Cooperating Americans of the Christian Faiths”, by Habib I. Katibah, “Representative of cooperating Americans of Arab Ancestry”; and by Benjamin H. Freedman, “Representative of Cooperating Americans of the Jewish Faith,” and is convincing. Irrespective, however, of the value of the Dead Sea minerals, the oil flow of Middle Eastern wells is something unbelievable to those familiar with slow-flowing American wells. Also in 1951, oil was “discovered” in the Negeb Desert, an area for the “Israeli” authorities has so much fervor that they seized it (See Chapter VI, b, below).

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