Star of the North

Star of the North

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 st A propulsive and ambitious thriller about a woman trying to rescue her twin sister from captivity in North Korea, and...

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Title:Star of the North
Author:D.B. John
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Genres:Fiction
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:402 pages pages

Star of the North Reviews

  • michelle
    Apr 03, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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 lis...

    STAR OF THE NORTH Good story. Star of the North is about mixed race Korean twins Jenna and Soo-min who were separated through the abduction of Soo-min while she was visiting South Korea as a teenager. The book focuses on Jenna's attempt to see if she is still alive and find her. ...

    For a totalitarian dictator to successfully run a country and make himself a godlike figure to one and all, he necessarily must isolate it from the rest of the world. North Korea was such an abstract concept to me, until Adam Johnson?s masterpiece novel and Pulitzer winner, The Orpha...

    Star of the North is not my typical story that I read but, if you don?t know much about what happens in North Korea, this is the book for you. Jenna Williams is a Professor in Foreign affairs and also a Korean/American with her Twin Soo -min. But her twin disappeared in 1998 in Sout...

  • Elyse Walters
    May 23, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

  • Jeanette
    May 05, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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 lis...

    STAR OF THE NORTH Good story. Star of the North is about mixed race Korean twins Jenna and Soo-min who were separated through the abduction of Soo-min while she was visiting South Korea as a teenager. The book focuses on Jenna's attempt to see if she is still alive and find her. ...

    For a totalitarian dictator to successfully run a country and make himself a godlike figure to one and all, he necessarily must isolate it from the rest of the world. North Korea was such an abstract concept to me, until Adam Johnson?s masterpiece novel and Pulitzer winner, The Orpha...

    Star of the North is not my typical story that I read but, if you don?t know much about what happens in North Korea, this is the book for you. Jenna Williams is a Professor in Foreign affairs and also a Korean/American with her Twin Soo -min. But her twin disappeared in 1998 in Sout...

    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 middl...

    The North Korea angle in the book description caught my eye on this one. The author's talent and knowledge of NK make this thriller worth reading. I don't even like thrillers very much, but I'm glad I gave this a chance. Great story and insight into the hermit kingdom we will soon be b...

    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 ...

    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...

    An utterly entrancing thriller and so topical - who isn?t fascinated by the idea of North Korea? I was hooked from the astounding opening sequence and its hold on me didn?t let up until the end. The plot is intricate and well paced, provoking much speculation in my mind about the l...

    5 stars For me, this is a favorite read for 2018. The book description tells of the 3 storylines and how these storylines cross into each other. The part not described is the brilliance of the author to seamlessly have this happen. This is a fast-paced, page-turning, suspense novel...

    If i could give more stars i would! I have always been interested in books where North Korea is concerned, so didn't pass up the opportunity to read and review this book when the Publisher kindly sent me an advanced copy. One of the best thrillers that i have read in a while and couldn...

  • Chevy Stevens
    Mar 27, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

  • switterbug (Betsey)
    Apr 04, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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 lis...

    STAR OF THE NORTH Good story. Star of the North is about mixed race Korean twins Jenna and Soo-min who were separated through the abduction of Soo-min while she was visiting South Korea as a teenager. The book focuses on Jenna's attempt to see if she is still alive and find her. ...

    For a totalitarian dictator to successfully run a country and make himself a godlike figure to one and all, he necessarily must isolate it from the rest of the world. North Korea was such an abstract concept to me, until Adam Johnson?s masterpiece novel and Pulitzer winner, The Orpha...

  • Debra
    Jun 01, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

  • Ingrid
    Oct 11, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

  • debra
    Jun 15, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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 lis...

  • Kelley
    Jul 14, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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 lis...

    STAR OF THE NORTH Good story. Star of the North is about mixed race Korean twins Jenna and Soo-min who were separated through the abduction of Soo-min while she was visiting South Korea as a teenager. The book focuses on Jenna's attempt to see if she is still alive and find her. ...

    For a totalitarian dictator to successfully run a country and make himself a godlike figure to one and all, he necessarily must isolate it from the rest of the world. North Korea was such an abstract concept to me, until Adam Johnson?s masterpiece novel and Pulitzer winner, The Orpha...

    Star of the North is not my typical story that I read but, if you don?t know much about what happens in North Korea, this is the book for you. Jenna Williams is a Professor in Foreign affairs and also a Korean/American with her Twin Soo -min. But her twin disappeared in 1998 in Sout...

    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 middl...

    The North Korea angle in the book description caught my eye on this one. The author's talent and knowledge of NK make this thriller worth reading. I don't even like thrillers very much, but I'm glad I gave this a chance. Great story and insight into the hermit kingdom we will soon be b...

    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 ...

    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...

    An utterly entrancing thriller and so topical - who isn?t fascinated by the idea of North Korea? I was hooked from the astounding opening sequence and its hold on me didn?t let up until the end. The plot is intricate and well paced, provoking much speculation in my mind about the l...

    5 stars For me, this is a favorite read for 2018. The book description tells of the 3 storylines and how these storylines cross into each other. The part not described is the brilliance of the author to seamlessly have this happen. This is a fast-paced, page-turning, suspense novel...

    If i could give more stars i would! I have always been interested in books where North Korea is concerned, so didn't pass up the opportunity to read and review this book when the Publisher kindly sent me an advanced copy. One of the best thrillers that i have read in a while and couldn...

    Visit the locations in the novel Epic thriller. I?ve not been this excited and enthralled with a thriller for a while. Not as brilliantly fascinating as this one. The setting is the most secretive regime in the world and this author has been there and crafted a stranger than f...

    Die Amerikanerin Jenna (Jee-min) Williams hat ihr Leben aus sehr persönlichen Gründen dem Thema Nord-Korea gewidmet. Sie ist sogar eigens nach Nord-China gereist, um dort in der koreanischen Minderheit den nordkoreanischen Dialekt zu lernen. Als sie und ihre Zwillingsschwester 18 war...

    LOVED this book - review to come soon ...

    ARC received courtesy of Goodreads.com First Reads Giveaway This novel is so timely! Centered in and around North Korea, this novel rings so true that it's scary. DB John lists his sources at the back of the book. His research is brought to life in Colonel Cho. We meet Cho as a high...

  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    May 16, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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 lis...

    STAR OF THE NORTH Good story. Star of the North is about mixed race Korean twins Jenna and Soo-min who were separated through the abduction of Soo-min while she was visiting South Korea as a teenager. The book focuses on Jenna's attempt to see if she is still alive and find her. ...

    For a totalitarian dictator to successfully run a country and make himself a godlike figure to one and all, he necessarily must isolate it from the rest of the world. North Korea was such an abstract concept to me, until Adam Johnson?s masterpiece novel and Pulitzer winner, The Orpha...

    Star of the North is not my typical story that I read but, if you don?t know much about what happens in North Korea, this is the book for you. Jenna Williams is a Professor in Foreign affairs and also a Korean/American with her Twin Soo -min. But her twin disappeared in 1998 in Sout...

    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 middl...

  • Pat
    Sep 06, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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 lis...

    STAR OF THE NORTH Good story. Star of the North is about mixed race Korean twins Jenna and Soo-min who were separated through the abduction of Soo-min while she was visiting South Korea as a teenager. The book focuses on Jenna's attempt to see if she is still alive and find her. ...

    For a totalitarian dictator to successfully run a country and make himself a godlike figure to one and all, he necessarily must isolate it from the rest of the world. North Korea was such an abstract concept to me, until Adam Johnson?s masterpiece novel and Pulitzer winner, The Orpha...

    Star of the North is not my typical story that I read but, if you don?t know much about what happens in North Korea, this is the book for you. Jenna Williams is a Professor in Foreign affairs and also a Korean/American with her Twin Soo -min. But her twin disappeared in 1998 in Sout...

    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 middl...

    The North Korea angle in the book description caught my eye on this one. The author's talent and knowledge of NK make this thriller worth reading. I don't even like thrillers very much, but I'm glad I gave this a chance. Great story and insight into the hermit kingdom we will soon be b...

    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 ...

    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...

    An utterly entrancing thriller and so topical - who isn?t fascinated by the idea of North Korea? I was hooked from the astounding opening sequence and its hold on me didn?t let up until the end. The plot is intricate and well paced, provoking much speculation in my mind about the l...

    5 stars For me, this is a favorite read for 2018. The book description tells of the 3 storylines and how these storylines cross into each other. The part not described is the brilliance of the author to seamlessly have this happen. This is a fast-paced, page-turning, suspense novel...

  • Fran
    Apr 08, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

  • Maureen
    May 01, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

  • Molly
    Jun 20, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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 lis...

    STAR OF THE NORTH Good story. Star of the North is about mixed race Korean twins Jenna and Soo-min who were separated through the abduction of Soo-min while she was visiting South Korea as a teenager. The book focuses on Jenna's attempt to see if she is still alive and find her. ...

  • Liz Barnsley
    Mar 18, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

  • Buchdoktor
    Jul 22, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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 lis...

    STAR OF THE NORTH Good story. Star of the North is about mixed race Korean twins Jenna and Soo-min who were separated through the abduction of Soo-min while she was visiting South Korea as a teenager. The book focuses on Jenna's attempt to see if she is still alive and find her. ...

    For a totalitarian dictator to successfully run a country and make himself a godlike figure to one and all, he necessarily must isolate it from the rest of the world. North Korea was such an abstract concept to me, until Adam Johnson?s masterpiece novel and Pulitzer winner, The Orpha...

    Star of the North is not my typical story that I read but, if you don?t know much about what happens in North Korea, this is the book for you. Jenna Williams is a Professor in Foreign affairs and also a Korean/American with her Twin Soo -min. But her twin disappeared in 1998 in Sout...

    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 middl...

    The North Korea angle in the book description caught my eye on this one. The author's talent and knowledge of NK make this thriller worth reading. I don't even like thrillers very much, but I'm glad I gave this a chance. Great story and insight into the hermit kingdom we will soon be b...

    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 ...

    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...

    An utterly entrancing thriller and so topical - who isn?t fascinated by the idea of North Korea? I was hooked from the astounding opening sequence and its hold on me didn?t let up until the end. The plot is intricate and well paced, provoking much speculation in my mind about the l...

    5 stars For me, this is a favorite read for 2018. The book description tells of the 3 storylines and how these storylines cross into each other. The part not described is the brilliance of the author to seamlessly have this happen. This is a fast-paced, page-turning, suspense novel...

    If i could give more stars i would! I have always been interested in books where North Korea is concerned, so didn't pass up the opportunity to read and review this book when the Publisher kindly sent me an advanced copy. One of the best thrillers that i have read in a while and couldn...

    Visit the locations in the novel Epic thriller. I?ve not been this excited and enthralled with a thriller for a while. Not as brilliantly fascinating as this one. The setting is the most secretive regime in the world and this author has been there and crafted a stranger than f...

    Die Amerikanerin Jenna (Jee-min) Williams hat ihr Leben aus sehr persönlichen Gründen dem Thema Nord-Korea gewidmet. Sie ist sogar eigens nach Nord-China gereist, um dort in der koreanischen Minderheit den nordkoreanischen Dialekt zu lernen. Als sie und ihre Zwillingsschwester 18 war...

  • Helga
    Sep 25, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

  • Thebooktrail
    May 13, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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 lis...

    STAR OF THE NORTH Good story. Star of the North is about mixed race Korean twins Jenna and Soo-min who were separated through the abduction of Soo-min while she was visiting South Korea as a teenager. The book focuses on Jenna's attempt to see if she is still alive and find her. ...

    For a totalitarian dictator to successfully run a country and make himself a godlike figure to one and all, he necessarily must isolate it from the rest of the world. North Korea was such an abstract concept to me, until Adam Johnson?s masterpiece novel and Pulitzer winner, The Orpha...

    Star of the North is not my typical story that I read but, if you don?t know much about what happens in North Korea, this is the book for you. Jenna Williams is a Professor in Foreign affairs and also a Korean/American with her Twin Soo -min. But her twin disappeared in 1998 in Sout...

    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 middl...

    The North Korea angle in the book description caught my eye on this one. The author's talent and knowledge of NK make this thriller worth reading. I don't even like thrillers very much, but I'm glad I gave this a chance. Great story and insight into the hermit kingdom we will soon be b...

    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 ...

    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...

    An utterly entrancing thriller and so topical - who isn?t fascinated by the idea of North Korea? I was hooked from the astounding opening sequence and its hold on me didn?t let up until the end. The plot is intricate and well paced, provoking much speculation in my mind about the l...

    5 stars For me, this is a favorite read for 2018. The book description tells of the 3 storylines and how these storylines cross into each other. The part not described is the brilliance of the author to seamlessly have this happen. This is a fast-paced, page-turning, suspense novel...

    If i could give more stars i would! I have always been interested in books where North Korea is concerned, so didn't pass up the opportunity to read and review this book when the Publisher kindly sent me an advanced copy. One of the best thrillers that i have read in a while and couldn...

    Visit the locations in the novel Epic thriller. I?ve not been this excited and enthralled with a thriller for a while. Not as brilliantly fascinating as this one. The setting is the most secretive regime in the world and this author has been there and crafted a stranger than f...

  • SueLucie
    May 28, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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 lis...

    STAR OF THE NORTH Good story. Star of the North is about mixed race Korean twins Jenna and Soo-min who were separated through the abduction of Soo-min while she was visiting South Korea as a teenager. The book focuses on Jenna's attempt to see if she is still alive and find her. ...

    For a totalitarian dictator to successfully run a country and make himself a godlike figure to one and all, he necessarily must isolate it from the rest of the world. North Korea was such an abstract concept to me, until Adam Johnson?s masterpiece novel and Pulitzer winner, The Orpha...

    Star of the North is not my typical story that I read but, if you don?t know much about what happens in North Korea, this is the book for you. Jenna Williams is a Professor in Foreign affairs and also a Korean/American with her Twin Soo -min. But her twin disappeared in 1998 in Sout...

    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 middl...

    The North Korea angle in the book description caught my eye on this one. The author's talent and knowledge of NK make this thriller worth reading. I don't even like thrillers very much, but I'm glad I gave this a chance. Great story and insight into the hermit kingdom we will soon be b...

    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 ...

    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...

    An utterly entrancing thriller and so topical - who isn?t fascinated by the idea of North Korea? I was hooked from the astounding opening sequence and its hold on me didn?t let up until the end. The plot is intricate and well paced, provoking much speculation in my mind about the l...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    May 21, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

  • Dave
    Apr 16, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

  • Roy
    Jun 19, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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 lis...

    STAR OF THE NORTH Good story. Star of the North is about mixed race Korean twins Jenna and Soo-min who were separated through the abduction of Soo-min while she was visiting South Korea as a teenager. The book focuses on Jenna's attempt to see if she is still alive and find her. ...

    For a totalitarian dictator to successfully run a country and make himself a godlike figure to one and all, he necessarily must isolate it from the rest of the world. North Korea was such an abstract concept to me, until Adam Johnson?s masterpiece novel and Pulitzer winner, The Orpha...

    Star of the North is not my typical story that I read but, if you don?t know much about what happens in North Korea, this is the book for you. Jenna Williams is a Professor in Foreign affairs and also a Korean/American with her Twin Soo -min. But her twin disappeared in 1998 in Sout...

    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 middl...

    The North Korea angle in the book description caught my eye on this one. The author's talent and knowledge of NK make this thriller worth reading. I don't even like thrillers very much, but I'm glad I gave this a chance. Great story and insight into the hermit kingdom we will soon be b...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Paromjit
    May 21, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    May 10, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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 lis...

    STAR OF THE NORTH Good story. Star of the North is about mixed race Korean twins Jenna and Soo-min who were separated through the abduction of Soo-min while she was visiting South Korea as a teenager. The book focuses on Jenna's attempt to see if she is still alive and find her. ...

    For a totalitarian dictator to successfully run a country and make himself a godlike figure to one and all, he necessarily must isolate it from the rest of the world. North Korea was such an abstract concept to me, until Adam Johnson?s masterpiece novel and Pulitzer winner, The Orpha...

    Star of the North is not my typical story that I read but, if you don?t know much about what happens in North Korea, this is the book for you. Jenna Williams is a Professor in Foreign affairs and also a Korean/American with her Twin Soo -min. But her twin disappeared in 1998 in Sout...

    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 middl...

    The North Korea angle in the book description caught my eye on this one. The author's talent and knowledge of NK make this thriller worth reading. I don't even like thrillers very much, but I'm glad I gave this a chance. Great story and insight into the hermit kingdom we will soon be b...

    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 ...

  • Louise Wilson
    May 03, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

  • abby
    May 11, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

  • Lou
    Jun 04, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

  • Sarah
    Jan 26, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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 lis...

    STAR OF THE NORTH Good story. Star of the North is about mixed race Korean twins Jenna and Soo-min who were separated through the abduction of Soo-min while she was visiting South Korea as a teenager. The book focuses on Jenna's attempt to see if she is still alive and find her. ...

    For a totalitarian dictator to successfully run a country and make himself a godlike figure to one and all, he necessarily must isolate it from the rest of the world. North Korea was such an abstract concept to me, until Adam Johnson?s masterpiece novel and Pulitzer winner, The Orpha...

    Star of the North is not my typical story that I read but, if you don?t know much about what happens in North Korea, this is the book for you. Jenna Williams is a Professor in Foreign affairs and also a Korean/American with her Twin Soo -min. But her twin disappeared in 1998 in Sout...

    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 middl...

    The North Korea angle in the book description caught my eye on this one. The author's talent and knowledge of NK make this thriller worth reading. I don't even like thrillers very much, but I'm glad I gave this a chance. Great story and insight into the hermit kingdom we will soon be b...

    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 ...

    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...

    An utterly entrancing thriller and so topical - who isn?t fascinated by the idea of North Korea? I was hooked from the astounding opening sequence and its hold on me didn?t let up until the end. The plot is intricate and well paced, provoking much speculation in my mind about the l...

    5 stars For me, this is a favorite read for 2018. The book description tells of the 3 storylines and how these storylines cross into each other. The part not described is the brilliance of the author to seamlessly have this happen. This is a fast-paced, page-turning, suspense novel...

    If i could give more stars i would! I have always been interested in books where North Korea is concerned, so didn't pass up the opportunity to read and review this book when the Publisher kindly sent me an advanced copy. One of the best thrillers that i have read in a while and couldn...

    Visit the locations in the novel Epic thriller. I?ve not been this excited and enthralled with a thriller for a while. Not as brilliantly fascinating as this one. The setting is the most secretive regime in the world and this author has been there and crafted a stranger than f...

    Die Amerikanerin Jenna (Jee-min) Williams hat ihr Leben aus sehr persönlichen Gründen dem Thema Nord-Korea gewidmet. Sie ist sogar eigens nach Nord-China gereist, um dort in der koreanischen Minderheit den nordkoreanischen Dialekt zu lernen. Als sie und ihre Zwillingsschwester 18 war...

    LOVED this book - review to come soon ...

  • Roman Clodia
    May 31, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

  • 11811 (Eleven)
    Jun 20, 2018

    *I was invited to read ?Star of the North? by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his people are isolated from any outside influences - which happens to describe the State o...

    5 big stars to Star of the North! ? ? ? ? ? Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin? good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set in North and South Korea- talk about original! And timely! It is 1999 when a ...

    Something about this thriller is like no other. It?s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, cry, and cheer as Kim Jong-Il waves to the crowd. After all, Kim Jong-Il is their guid...

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship. DB John gives us three separate storylines that give us valuable insights into the wo...

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do not. The year was 1998 and their families have been led to believe that the pair has eit...

    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 ...

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or another reason? I honestly have no clue. I would say, some of it must be due to what little ...

    ?You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power?he's free again.? Alexander Solzhenitsyn This is the story of journeys; a woman?s to find her sister and a man?...

    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 tw...

    A woman looking for her twin sister who seems to be abducted. I'm very impressed with this book. There's so much information about North Korea. I was sure that a lot of the topics were made up by the author, but at the end of the book the author authenticates them. That's what shocke...

    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 ...

    Extremely timely, authentic and really quite scary thriller with the unusual North Korean setting and some honest home truths about that regime that are utterly chilling, Star of the North is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. I read open mouthed at some of the twi...

    A beach-read thriller with its silly moments and flat writing - but it's undoubtedly topical and the author has actually visited North Korea. Don't expect sophistication in either politics or writing style (' Her knees were killing her', 'Hyesan...looked like the ass-end of nowhere...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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 lis...

    STAR OF THE NORTH Good story. Star of the North is about mixed race Korean twins Jenna and Soo-min who were separated through the abduction of Soo-min while she was visiting South Korea as a teenager. The book focuses on Jenna's attempt to see if she is still alive and find her. ...

    For a totalitarian dictator to successfully run a country and make himself a godlike figure to one and all, he necessarily must isolate it from the rest of the world. North Korea was such an abstract concept to me, until Adam Johnson?s masterpiece novel and Pulitzer winner, The Orpha...

    Star of the North is not my typical story that I read but, if you don?t know much about what happens in North Korea, this is the book for you. Jenna Williams is a Professor in Foreign affairs and also a Korean/American with her Twin Soo -min. But her twin disappeared in 1998 in Sout...

    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 middl...

    The North Korea angle in the book description caught my eye on this one. The author's talent and knowledge of NK make this thriller worth reading. I don't even like thrillers very much, but I'm glad I gave this a chance. Great story and insight into the hermit kingdom we will soon be b...