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"As I adjusted my eyes going from absolute darkness to the bright lighted street corner, I could see the silhouettes of several soldiers around me. As I was being dragged backwards, I could hear the gravel grind together underneath me and feel the pain of my skin being ripped off as the soldier easily dragged my tiny body behind him. Both my wrists were squeezed together into one handcuff behind my back as the soldier used the other end of the handcuff to drag me along the gravel road. I let out a scream from the bottom of my lungs from the pain in both of my shoulders. I feared that both my shoulders and arms would break very soon if the soldier did not let up. The soldier stopped, turned around, and kicked me really hard in my ribs, taking my breath away, and he said "So you can scream but..." Download this FREE e-Book today!

Rosie Webb

Oh gosh, what an amazing woman to rebuild her life after seeing and experiencing such horror. This is a very worthy read. I had started the book twice as I had initially found it hard to get into it, but I persevered on the second time around and I'm so glad I did. This is a real, no holds bared, account of a young woman's experience in the Middle East. Thoroughly recommended.


This was a book worth reading. Nastaran is a remarkable young woman who endured an extraordinary amount of fear, sadness and pain in a land and culture that really didn't give a toss about people. A very worthy read.


An incredible story of survival. I feel there is so much more Nastaran can tell us and I hope she will write again. This was a book I couldn't wait...often in see what was over the next page. I found myself being a bystander and watching all these horrors unfold, and feeling utterly helpless to intervene. Beautifully written.

Donna Biddy

I downloaded this biography last night and found myself totally enthralled by the material. I am already halfway through , had to put it down to get some sleep! Thank you for sharing this on this website.

Emzkie iAm

This was a thrilling read. Thank you for sharing your story.


I could not put this book down. I read through an evening, night, wee morning hours and most of the next day. Really great book and I don't write reviews for many books

elizabeth burnett

thank you for letting me share a part of your life.It was an amazing book couldnt put it down.You are a true survivor


I'm waiting for your second book! I'm sure it will be as good and enlightening as the first. Magda


Compelling and impossible to put down.

Erika J. Kim

It's such shocking story and I couldn't wait for next page.

Sue Clavey

Wow! I couldn't put it down. Excellent, suspenseful read. I read this just after the 'Arab Spring', and couldn't help but wonder if hers is a repeated experience 33 years later. I look forward to her second book.

Rhonda Love

This book was so genuine and I couldn't put it down. The grammar was consistent with an English as a second language learner which gave more validity to its content. I was moved by the life Nastaran has lead and empathize with not only her plight, but the life many others are forced to lead. Thank you for writing your story Nastaran.


Read this book in one evening, didn't want to put it down - so well written and so interesting! Loved it loved it loved it.

Joel Cohen

Very educational, sad and inspiring. I could feel the author's anguish, pain and hopes. May she live to a ripe age with health and share more memories.

david hassack

really enjoyed the honesty, well written my heart goes out to you

Elise Bredenkamp

It is more than likely a very good story, but the bad grammar was so irritating that it put me off reading past the first few pages. Some editing would have served the book well.


An incredible,wrenching but powerful story very well written from the heart. I couldn't stop reading once I started.

Beth Rittenhouse

Great Book!!! Couldn't put it down!


This was an awesome book. I read it in one sitting. Thank you for sharing Nastaran, we appreciate it from our hearts. Looking for your other work. Thank you and may God always bless you.


Really good book. I couldn't believe what this child/teenager went through.

Gisele Russano

Incredible story, hard to put down, great insight on such a tragic event. Thanks for sharing!!

alysia mcalister

kept me on the edge of my seat, riveting, emotional and chilling tale of survival against the odds. my hat is off. I would send a donation when I have a few bucks to spare certainly! LR


Very moving story.I felt the author's pain. We need to know about these things.


Absolutely exciting, can't stop reading. These kind of historical books should be readed by everybody.

amina duniya

heart wrenching, well written and quiet an un4getable read


This is the most heart-wrenching story I have ever read, as well as full of love of family. Couldn't stop reading until it was over.


This is a well written book that took me by surprise. Not only entertaining, but very educational.


It's an interesting account of the author's life in Iran. Thought the end was a little abrupt and it left me with questions.


A very moving story.


Interesting book. I actually had nightmares after reading what happened to her on Black Friday. No one should go through that especially a 17 year old girl. History seems to have a habit of repeating itself, hearing what is happening in Egypt, Bahrain, Algeria now...


gripping story. But please share with author that she uses the name of the greek Hippocrates when she means a hypocrite.


This is one of the best books I've ever read. An easy read, and an amazing story of life, hardship, courage, strength and faith. And insight into a culture that I knew so little about. Thanks for this book.


One of the most wonderful books I have ever read. It made me laugh, cry, appreciate my life. I hightly recommend this book to everyone who loves books period. I found it so easy to read her book, as if she was telling me in person. Once I started the book, I could not get too far away from my computer monitor, as I ached to read more. She is such a great Author, and can't wait to read her other books. Nastaran, where ever you are I hope you are happy. God obviously had other plans for you. Bless you.


very different from books with usual themes - riveting


What a wonderful attaching book to read. It is a must for everybody

Nastaran Battles

Hello all of you readers out there. I wanted to say thanks to all of you who read it, and all of you who took the time to leave me a review. I cherish the reviews and they are such joy to read for me. I truly appreciate all your comments, and I want you to know that it means so much to me. I am half way done writing another book, "Three wild roses", a factual novel so to speak, which is all true stories of my grandmother, mother and my life till now. A lot has happened since I left the country. When telling theses stories to people they have always told me "You should write a book", and my mother has made me promise her to write it as well. I honestly have never met anyone who has had a different and interesting lives as my grandmother, mother and myself. If you thought "Spared" was different you would like my next book as well. Hope you all will have prosperous, happy, and healthy new year.SincerelyNastaran


What a fantastic read - a MUST for everyone!!!


This was better than any book or movie I have read or seen.My goodness, we don't know how much we can take until we are tested like this and God always takes us further than we could imagine.My dear lady I am so glad you turned out a wonderful person who under the circumstances could so easily have ended up bitter.I was disappointed at where the book finished. I wanted to know more about you finding love, your studies, how your sister is now and much more.I read this all in one sitting couldn't put it down all 616 pages.Truly awe inspiring.You not only survived but have lived.


Wonderful, suspenseful story. Her maturity and courage are amazing. Her love for her family is also inspiring. In spite of being abandoned at such a young age, she grows into a very responsible and loving young girl. I like her down to earth conversations with God. It really brings to light the fact that whatever we are thinking or doing, He knows it anyway. She never tried to hide from God even when her thinking was contrary to what she thought He expected of her. Format of the book not that great; many blank pages. And somehow I ended up with two different versions. One was 139 pgs and the other 600 pgs. Anyway I read the long version and was never bored with any of it. To sum it all up, a great and inspirational story.


Excellent book, wonderfully written and a great story. It is impressive how strong this lady was/is and the way she writes it's almost like you're actually there. I loved it - the only problem was that it finished too soon! Thank you for this book, it makes me appreciate family, faith and freedom more.

Fernando Ceballos Lachica

I found this ebook just the other day and I've read "Spared" with all my heart. Really I was moved by her ordeal...a courageous girl from the beginning up to the end. I read it in one setting that I ate in front of my PC, cry when I felt the hardship of Nastaran. I can relate some of the scenes wherein I cried while I was reading. Really moved my heart and soul. I hoped to read more of her writings. I am writing my memoirs right now, and I've got some ideas on how to make a reader stick his heart, mind and soul into a book. You have the courage to reveal the lifestyle of Iran. Good luck to you Nastaran! You've got a 5 star from the bottom of my heart.


This is the first book I've read off E-books. I was immediately involved in the story with the characters and couldn't stop reading. I hope to read more of this author's work.

Mike Battles

This is such a griping book. I was pulled into the story from the very beginning. I felt I was right there with Nastaran as she struggled to stay alive time after time. Unlike the movies, after all the running, hiding and trying not to be killed...she gets caught. I could not wait to read the next line, then next. It is such a great story.


Nastaran Akhavan

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