Book review: "Star of the North"

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"Star of the North" by D. B. John is a fictional story based on real events and reports from North Korea.


Dr. Jenna Williams had never really wounded the seperation from her twin sister Soo-min. Her mysterious disappearance from a South Korean beach is solved by the local police as drowning, but Jenna refuses to accept this explanation. When Jenna finds out that in Japan young people were abducted by North Koreans, she gets herself enlisted by the CIA as an undercover agent and soon finds herself in the kingdom of lies.


The North Korean woman Moon findsa box of South Korean cookies in a forest, which soon make her a skilled trader on the black market and a ruthless briber.


Cho Sang-ho is a high party cadre who is sent to New York as a diplomat where he learns about the machinations of his beloved fatherland. The examination of his family history due to the impending promotion of his brother make him nervous, because he knows that the two are adopted.


Through fate turns, these three lives are interconnected and meet at the right time in the right place.

German Version of the book "Star of the North" by D.B. John, Wunderlich Verlag, 560 pages
German Version of the book "Star of the North" by D.B. John, Wunderlich Verlag, 560 pages

"Star of the North" is an engrossing thriller to the last word. How does this fact-based story manage to fascinate its readers?

North Korea looks like a crazy fairytale story in which the laws are all reversed. The Kim cult is similar to a world religion except that the population can not deny it. While I am sitting in Germany reading the book, I can say aloud that I am an atheist in this Christian country, while in North Korea the kims are adored by the people and other religions are strictly forbidden. This makes it so difficult for Western readers to understand what it means to live in this isolated country. Many of us may not want to believe it, and I dare say most of them could not even if they wanted to, the thriller shows us the reality in North Korea.


In North Korea, the truth is much more odd than any fairy tale we heard as children.


I would call this book a soft entry into the literature that describes this country. It's still fiction, Jenna, Mrs. Moon and Mr. Cho never existed. That they share their fate with that of many North Koreans must remain in our memory. For as shocking and poignant as the story is, it is also an insight into the present, and that is frightening.


I would recommend this book to anyone, whether that person is interested in North Korea or not. It's an exciting thriller that fascinates from the first page, but it's also a lot of knowledge and information. Whoever is interested in North Korea should not disregard this book. Anyone who has ever read a refugee report will recognize many patterns of behavior. Anyone who reads the book and is looking forward not only to a good story, but also to some education, will be thrilled!

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