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Star of the North by David John

Whatever you thought about North Korea before--including the risk of a nuclear attack--you will soon realize that it could be much, much worse.

Jenna Williams is a young very well respected professor of foreign affairs. She is Korean American and the identical twin of Soo-min (Susie) who disappeared from a South Korean beach 12 years earlier while a student in Seoul. Soo-min supposedly drowned while picnicking with a fellow student. Mrs. Moon is a North Korean peasant woman who after spending the last 20 years on a prison farm decides to try her hand in the market place after finding and secretly keeping the contents of a balloon that landed in the woods near her home. Cho is a high ranking official in the regime who believes he is doing what is right.

Star of the North may be fiction but each of the extremely well developed and interesting characters and each of their stories are based on facts gleaned from intelligence operations, stories from escapees, stories from prison camp guards and knowledge of the way our State Department works. When their three storylines intersect we are treated to a remarkable spy thriller that is as timely as it is terrifying.

Star of the North by David John ($27.00*, Crown Publishing Group), recommended by Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC.