"A thrilling tale of abduction and escape in North Korea....highly entertaining." —The Washington Post
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 alliance
Star 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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by John Hersey
by John Le Carre
"John's geopolitical thriller, set in 2010, weaves converging narratives on the 1998 disappearance of a biracial Korean-American teenager in South Korea. Narrator Linda Park's nuanced portrayals of Georgetown University professor Jenna, Pyeongyang party member Colonel Cho, and North Korean work camp laborer Mrs. Moon, along with her clear pronunciation of Korean words, send listeners into the heart of this complex drama. Their characters' paths intertwine when Jenna is recruited for a CIA mission involving North Korea. Park intensifies her pace and tone as the trio plunge deeper into high-stakes intrigue, which alternates between action sequences and suspense. Park reveals the characters' emotional depths as the plot moves to an exciting conclusion. In an afterword, the author discusses the inspiration for this novel. J.R.T. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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