Half Life by Paul H.B. Shin #review #bewitching
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Paul H.B. Shin
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC
Release Date: September 6, 2016
About the Book:
The year is 1997. North Korea is suffering from a devastating famine that has shaken the foundation of the ruling class. A series of high-profile defections to the West has lead the reclusive country’s leadership into the grasp of paranoia.
Nuclear scientist Han Chol-Soo is on a tenuous diplomatic mission to the United States. There he is forced to embark upon a high-stakes pursuit after his wife disappears with their newborn son. Paralyzed with fear at the repercussions of her decision, Han turns to his colleague Park Jun-Young for help — a man that he suspects is an intelligence operative. He soon regrets his decision as Park cuts a swath of mayhem in the name of helping Han, and the chase forces Han to confront the harsh realities of his home country.
Half Life Reviews
“Half Life is a terrific novel. Right from the start you’ll be drawn into many dark worlds—politics, espionage, and North Korea—and it will keep you on the edge of your seat right until the last page. Paul H.B. Shin’s authenticity and style cannot be missed.” –Dale Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Starfire (William Morrow)
“A gripping, taut espionage thriller, Half Life is enriched by the love story at its core and the refusal to give simple answers. I loved it.” –Robert Ferrigno, bestselling & award-winning author of Heart of the Assassin (Scribner)
“Paul H. B. Shin wraps an engaging tale of espionage and intrigue around a failed marriage in his new international thriller, Half Life. With sure-footed prose and vivid characterization, Shin takes readers inside the paranoid claustrophobia of North Korea’s political world, where even high-ranking diplomats live in constant fear. With North Korea’s nuclear arms program as a backdrop, the eminently believable and thoughtful plot will have readers wondering if they’re looking at tomorrow’s news. A well-wrought debut.”
–Jim DeFelice, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of American Sniper (William Morrow)
A man has his entire life turned upside down when his wife runs away with their newborn child. While such a thing would be devastating for nearly any man, but this man happens to be a North Korean working at the consulate in NYC. The thought of what his government will do if he can’t find her sends him on a frantic chase down the East Coast.
Not being very knowledgable of either consulate legalities or foreign nationals, I can’t speak to the accuracy of any of the information in the story. It does, however, make one pause and wonder. Eye opening and heartbreaking, it is an action story that keeps you reading, even as you wonder. Nothing strikes me as incredulous in this book, it all seems quite rational, which was the most heartbreaking part of all.
As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, I am giving this one four and a half hearts. It is well written. It hit all the marks for a perfect read, except for one. I didn’t get emotionally invested in any of the characters.
Can’t review on Amazon yet.
About the Author:
Paul H.B. Shin’s debut novel follows a career as an award-winning journalist for more than 20 years, most recently for ABC News. He previously wrote for the New York Daily News. He was born in South Korea and lived in London during his childhood. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York.