Star of the North by D B John

Star of the North

D B John

Great believable characters and a rapidly developing plot which involves intrigue and duplicity at the highest levels of both North Korean and US governments. Set mainly in North Korea where the regime is described in all its horrors. Don't be put off by the 'explosive thriller' subtitle if that's not your thing - it's much, much more than that. Great read!

Extract

The famine deepened, and her foraging was not enough.
On the day she saw children in the village picking through ox shit in search of undigested seeds to eat, something inside her changed, permanently.

Parallels
  • The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee
  • How I became a North Korean by Krys Lee

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