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by Ted Halstead
Two Russian agents discover a missing nuclear weapon was hidden in an American city by North Korea. Another nuclear weapon nears Seoul in a tunnel built by North Koreans. And North Korea's new military dictator launches an all-out invasion. Will Seoul or Pyongyang be the new capital of a united Korea?
March 16, 2018: I was simply blown away by this book. It is the best I have read in years. The plot is realistic, it moved along and was not cluttered with unimportant details page after page. The author's insight into the diplomatic core, military, etc. is amazing and very informative. I don't want to spoil the plot but one thing I really liked was unlike so many "thrillers" is that the many subplots actually tied together and didn't just appear to be there as page fillers. Also, possible spoiler, I just can't stand books where the bad guys kill thousands of innocents, usually Americans, and we kill four terrorists and call it a win. I read one review that the terrorist appear to be idiots, cannot disagree more. Acutally one of the few books where the good guys do not appear to be idiots and let thousands die and then "win".
I actually screamed "yes" out loud concerning the final plot twist concerning the ruler of North Korea.
Finally, THE BOOK ACTUALLY ENDED! Oh sure the stage was set for another, but the plot for this one ENDED.
April 6, 2018: Not what I expected...MUCH BETTER! A Clancyesque mind bender that delivers thrills in the political genre, not the expected battlefield slug fest. High on drama, well-developed characters, and enough technology to suit my need for speed. An outstanding, deep read.
Ted Halstead served twenty-five years in the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer, most of it overseas, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service after his second tour at US Embassy Riyadh. His tours included four years at US Embassy Seoul, and two years at the East Asia Pacific Bureau in DC. He is a National War College graduate, and served for three years at a regional US military headquarters.
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