A propulsive and ambitious thriller about a woman trying to rescue her twin sister from captivity in North Korea, and the North Korean citizens with whom she forms an unlikely allianceStar of the North opens in 1998, when a Korean American teenager is kidnapped from a South Korean beach by North Korean operatives. Twelve years later, her brilliant twin sister, Jenna, is still searching for her, and ends up on the radar of the CIA. When evidence that her sister may still be alive in North Korea comes to light, Jenna will do anything possible to rescue her--including undertaking a daring mission into the heart of the regime. Her story is masterfully braided together with two other narrative threads. In one, a North Korean peasant woman finds a forbidden international aid balloon and uses the valuables inside to launch a dangerously lucrative black-market business. In the other, a high-ranking North Korean official discovers, to his horror, that he may be descended from a traitor, a fact that could mean his death if it is revealed. As the novel progresses, these narrative strands converge and connect in surprising ways, ultimately building to an explosive and unforgettable climax....
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Star of the North Reviews
As well thought out and planned this novel was, I still couldn't get into it. The characters I felt were a little overly cliched. Especially Jenna when she goes through her CIA training. I like the 3 story plotthread, and I felt that worked really well. The writing I just felt wasnt as strong as the rest of the other elements. Interesting to see how much of this was based on facts. Such a relevant novel with whats happening in the world atm. Just one of those novels that didnt work for me.
I so badly wanted to love this one! It was a really promising start, and I was genuinely hooked, but then I got to just over halfway and completely disengaged from the whole thing! Which is really annoying, because it was an intriguing premise. But it lost me somewhere around the middle, and I was done for by then! Still though, great plot and really topical, just lost my way with it!
So sorry, can't get past the first chapter. I know, it's a cliché...
Star of the North is a fictionalized account of a land where the truth is stranger than fiction, a land which is more like George Orwell’s 1984 than he could have ever imagined. It is at once a spy thriller but more so a peek into the inner places of the Hermit kingdom. Particularly shocking are the kidnappings by North Korea over decades of primarily South Koreans and Japanese, often young people on picnics or tourists captured in submarines for nefarious schemes such as brainwashing them into ...more
A Korean American teenager is kidnapped from a South Korean beach by North Korean operatives. Twenty two years later. Her twin sister, Jenna, is still searching for her., and ends up on the radar of of the CIA.
There are three threads to this storyline:- 1) Jenna's search for her twin sister who has been missing for over twenty years. 2) Mre Moon who lives and works on a penal farm. 3) The North Korean official Cho, who seems to have a charmed life (you will have to read the book to find out how ...more
I had previously heard great things about this novel and was very much looking forward to reading it. It is such a unique concept, set in the modern day and surrounding the mysterious country that is North Korea. I didn’t know a lot about NK going into the novel and although it is a fictional story, I felt I learned some of the obscure and frankly quite bizarre history of NK.
The novel opens on Baengnyeong Island in South Korea 1998. Young lovers Soo-Min and Jae-Hoon are enjoying a romantic trip ...more
I don't read many spy thrillers. But I do have an inexpiable fascination with North Korea, which is what attracted me to this book. I wasn't disappointed.
Twelve years earlier, Jenna's identical twin sister, Soo-min, went to a South Korean beach and vanished into thin air. Presumed drowned, her loss destroyed Jenna and her parents. Despite being a renowned expert on the hermit kingdom, Jenna doesn't know about their program to kidnap young westerners via submarine and use them to breed mixed-race ...more
I cannot rate this. I can say- DO NOT CHOOSE THE AUDIO VERSION !!!!!!!
The narrator UPTALKS throughout the entire book. This method of speaking destroyed any suspense, not to mention the disconnect of "They kicked him in the head(uptalk on head) and he fell unconscious? Yes, the listener is often treated to double "uptalks" in the same sentence! Some people? have no prob with uptalk?, but I am not one of them?
Larry David ? and many others? might do something creative? with this?, but it would pr ...more