Author(s): D. B. John
'Extraordinary...smart, sophisticated, suspenseful - and important. If you try one new thing this year, make it Star of the North.'LEE CHILD'Tense and compelling.? James Swallow, Sunday Timesbestselling author of NOMADNorth Korea and the USA are on the brink of warA young American woman disappears without trace from a South Korean island.The CIA recruits her twin sister to uncover the truth.Now, she must go undercover in the world?s most deadly state. Only by infiltrating the dark heart of the terrifying regime will she be able to save her sister...and herself.Star of the North is the most explosive thriller of the year- you won't be able to put it down.'A superior thriller...steeped in the intrigue, culture and family of a closed regime? Andrew Gross, New York Timesbestselling author 'Not only brilliantly plotted, with espionage, secrecy, and obsession, it?s a story about survivors, told by three complex and fully realised characters, each battling their own personal demons.' Chevy Stevens, bestselling author of Never Let You Go'Brims with marvellous characters and delivers heart-in-your-throat action? Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author'The timeliest thriller of 2018. An intricately constructed puzzle box of spies and tradecraft? Matthew Fitzsimmons, bestselling author of The Short Drop
~ This novel opens with an apparently idyllic scene - an American Korean teenager and her lover enjoying the sunset on a quiet South Korean beach. The peace is suddenly disrupted when out of nowhere, a submarine emerges from the depths and as they turn to run, soldiers appear behind them in the trees.
Cut to 12 years later, and Jenna is still mourning the mysterious disappearance and supposed drowning of her identical twin Soo-Min. Jenna, very intelligent, is picked up by the CIA who train her and want her to work for them in uncovering the motives behind missile launches from North Korea. Jenna is about to discover a horrendous amount more than she anticipated, as well as the truth about what really happened to her sister. The book weaves between various characters including a disillusioned North Korean official and a feisty older peasant woman who discovers a forbidden national aid balloon, which sets her on a new path.
The writing is both eloquent and compelling, and the story is very disturbing in parts. What is most disturbing is the fact that at the end, the author lists which parts of the novel are actually happening in North Korea today, and most of them are. This book is so full of heart and depth, and is much more than just a thriller. I can not recommend highly enough. Jemma