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
ISBN:0525573291
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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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
    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

  • Jo
    Jun 17, 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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    LOVED this book - review to come soon ...

    I can't praise this intense and thoroughly absorbing political/spy thriller enough. It's an eye opener about North Korea and is genuinely shocking. It's also a page turner and no wonder because it tells a brilliant story and its people are wholly believable - I cared deeply. Star of th...

    So sorry, can't get past the first chapter. I know, it's a cliché... ...

    A Georgetown professor becomes a CIA operative specializing in North Korea after her twin sister is abducted when she is eighteen. This well researched story of a US delegation' s visit and vice versa reflects the modern state of North Korea where truth can often be stranger than ficti...

    Full disclosure: I've been obsessed with leaning about life in North Korea (and other closed societies) ever since reading Adam Johnson's Pulitzer winning novel, "The Orphan Master's Son". So I was quick to select "Star of the North", by D. B. John, and set upon it with happy anticipat...

    The North Korea"s regime is contentious and secretive. For years they've been kidnapping people from South Korea and Japan. North Korean defectors have shared details that have shown how these covert kidnappings were orchestrated. 1 eliminate witnesses who happened to run into North...

  • 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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

  • Kate
    Apr 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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    LOVED this book - review to come soon ...

    I can't praise this intense and thoroughly absorbing political/spy thriller enough. It's an eye opener about North Korea and is genuinely shocking. It's also a page turner and no wonder because it tells a brilliant story and its people are wholly believable - I cared deeply. Star of th...

  • Heather Fineisen
    Mar 30, 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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    LOVED this book - review to come soon ...

    I can't praise this intense and thoroughly absorbing political/spy thriller enough. It's an eye opener about North Korea and is genuinely shocking. It's also a page turner and no wonder because it tells a brilliant story and its people are wholly believable - I cared deeply. Star of th...

    So sorry, can't get past the first chapter. I know, it's a cliché... ...

    A Georgetown professor becomes a CIA operative specializing in North Korea after her twin sister is abducted when she is eighteen. This well researched story of a US delegation' s visit and vice versa reflects the modern state of North Korea where truth can often be stranger than ficti...

  • 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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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 ...

    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...

  • Mary Lins
    Mar 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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    LOVED this book - review to come soon ...

    I can't praise this intense and thoroughly absorbing political/spy thriller enough. It's an eye opener about North Korea and is genuinely shocking. It's also a page turner and no wonder because it tells a brilliant story and its people are wholly believable - I cared deeply. Star of th...

    So sorry, can't get past the first chapter. I know, it's a cliché... ...

    A Georgetown professor becomes a CIA operative specializing in North Korea after her twin sister is abducted when she is eighteen. This well researched story of a US delegation' s visit and vice versa reflects the modern state of North Korea where truth can often be stranger than ficti...

    Full disclosure: I've been obsessed with leaning about life in North Korea (and other closed societies) ever since reading Adam Johnson's Pulitzer winning novel, "The Orphan Master's Son". So I was quick to select "Star of the North", by D. B. John, and set upon it with happy anticipat...

  • 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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Amanda
    May 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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    LOVED this book - review to come soon ...

    I can't praise this intense and thoroughly absorbing political/spy thriller enough. It's an eye opener about North Korea and is genuinely shocking. It's also a page turner and no wonder because it tells a brilliant story and its people are wholly believable - I cared deeply. Star of th...

    So sorry, can't get past the first chapter. I know, it's a cliché... ...

    A Georgetown professor becomes a CIA operative specializing in North Korea after her twin sister is abducted when she is eighteen. This well researched story of a US delegation' s visit and vice versa reflects the modern state of North Korea where truth can often be stranger than ficti...

    Full disclosure: I've been obsessed with leaning about life in North Korea (and other closed societies) ever since reading Adam Johnson's Pulitzer winning novel, "The Orphan Master's Son". So I was quick to select "Star of the North", by D. B. John, and set upon it with happy anticipat...

    The North Korea"s regime is contentious and secretive. For years they've been kidnapping people from South Korea and Japan. North Korean defectors have shared details that have shown how these covert kidnappings were orchestrated. 1 eliminate witnesses who happened to run into North...

    Before your begin this thriller, put everything on hold, and turn your phone off. Star Of The North is a novel that will hook you in, immersing you in the incredible story of three people, and it will not let you go until you have read the final page. We meet Jenna Williams, a Korea...

  • 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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Sue
    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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Lisa
    Jun 07, 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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    LOVED this book - review to come soon ...

    I can't praise this intense and thoroughly absorbing political/spy thriller enough. It's an eye opener about North Korea and is genuinely shocking. It's also a page turner and no wonder because it tells a brilliant story and its people are wholly believable - I cared deeply. Star of th...

    So sorry, can't get past the first chapter. I know, it's a cliché... ...

    A Georgetown professor becomes a CIA operative specializing in North Korea after her twin sister is abducted when she is eighteen. This well researched story of a US delegation' s visit and vice versa reflects the modern state of North Korea where truth can often be stranger than ficti...

    Full disclosure: I've been obsessed with leaning about life in North Korea (and other closed societies) ever since reading Adam Johnson's Pulitzer winning novel, "The Orphan Master's Son". So I was quick to select "Star of the North", by D. B. John, and set upon it with happy anticipat...

    The North Korea"s regime is contentious and secretive. For years they've been kidnapping people from South Korea and Japan. North Korean defectors have shared details that have shown how these covert kidnappings were orchestrated. 1 eliminate witnesses who happened to run into North...

    Before your begin this thriller, put everything on hold, and turn your phone off. Star Of The North is a novel that will hook you in, immersing you in the incredible story of three people, and it will not let you go until you have read the final page. We meet Jenna Williams, a Korea...

    3.5 stars from me. Engaging story largely set in North Korea and provides a very interesting insert into life in that harsh regime. Whilst fiction, the authenticity comes from the knowledge that D B John co-authored the non-fiction book The Girl With Seven Names with Hyeonseo Lee, ...

    Incredibly well done and unputdownable. I loved how all the parts intertwined and how this is based on factual information about North Korea. 5/5 stars. ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • 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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

  • Jay Dwight
    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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    LOVED this book - review to come soon ...

    I can't praise this intense and thoroughly absorbing political/spy thriller enough. It's an eye opener about North Korea and is genuinely shocking. It's also a page turner and no wonder because it tells a brilliant story and its people are wholly believable - I cared deeply. Star of th...

    So sorry, can't get past the first chapter. I know, it's a cliché... ...

    A Georgetown professor becomes a CIA operative specializing in North Korea after her twin sister is abducted when she is eighteen. This well researched story of a US delegation' s visit and vice versa reflects the modern state of North Korea where truth can often be stranger than ficti...

    Full disclosure: I've been obsessed with leaning about life in North Korea (and other closed societies) ever since reading Adam Johnson's Pulitzer winning novel, "The Orphan Master's Son". So I was quick to select "Star of the North", by D. B. John, and set upon it with happy anticipat...

    The North Korea"s regime is contentious and secretive. For years they've been kidnapping people from South Korea and Japan. North Korean defectors have shared details that have shown how these covert kidnappings were orchestrated. 1 eliminate witnesses who happened to run into North...

    Before your begin this thriller, put everything on hold, and turn your phone off. Star Of The North is a novel that will hook you in, immersing you in the incredible story of three people, and it will not let you go until you have read the final page. We meet Jenna Williams, a Korea...

    3.5 stars from me. Engaging story largely set in North Korea and provides a very interesting insert into life in that harsh regime. Whilst fiction, the authenticity comes from the knowledge that D B John co-authored the non-fiction book The Girl With Seven Names with Hyeonseo Lee, ...

  • 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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Lew Watts
    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 ...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Loved it. Brilliant. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    LOVED this book - review to come soon ...

    I can't praise this intense and thoroughly absorbing political/spy thriller enough. It's an eye opener about North Korea and is genuinely shocking. It's also a page turner and no wonder because it tells a brilliant story and its people are wholly believable - I cared deeply. Star of th...

    So sorry, can't get past the first chapter. I know, it's a cliché... ...