The Korean Woman

The Korean Woman

by John Altman


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The Korean Woman 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Wonderful character development. A short of two. Heroes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent thriller. The main character is not what she appears. Her life is a carefully built story that is about to explode. John Altman has taken many different characters and blended them into a politically charged story where loyalties are mixed and actions are not always what they seem. As the story changes directions often, readers must pay close attention to keep up. The story grabs your undivided attention at the very beginning and gives you enough action and back story to keep the pages turning. A sleeper agent has been activated. How she came to be an agent is only one segment of the story. Her cover has been detected but not her assignment so she must be monitored and left to move freely. As she works toward her goal, John Altman adds another twist to the action. The story speeds up as the agent's actions and the consequences multiply. As we race toward the end, you're not sure who is the good guy and who is the bad. I'll most certainly be looking for more books by this author.
JeanK More than 1 year ago
John Altman brings back Dalia Artzi, a retired Israeli agent and tactical genius, who last appeared in False Flag. Artzi is working as a professor in Princeton when she is approached by Jim McConnell of the CIA. They have been watching Song Sun Young, a wife and mother of two small children in New York. Song is also known as Mi-Hi Abraham, Mi-Hi Pyung and Park Ha-Soo, a sleeper agent from the RBG, North Korea’s intelligence service. After becoming complacent in her role as Mrs. Abraham, she has received a call to re-activate. Song becomes aware of the surveillance that has been set up around her and goes on the run. This becomes a race to stop her before she can complete her mission, but Song has been trained for this day and stays one step ahead of her persuers. It is Artzi who must discover her weaknesses and exploit them to find her. As the agents track Song, they are unaware that one of their group has an agenda of his own. Suffering from the loss of his father and the effects of working as a responder on 9/11, he has devised a plan to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear threat that would involve untold collateral damage. Altman gives his readers a look at Song’s life in North Korea, where her family was deemed enemies of the state and sent to a camp, leading to the death of her mother. She and her brother escaped twice and came to the attention of the RBG. While Song was trained as an agent, her brother was held to ensure her obedience. This picture of Song is in contrast to the woman who is involved in school functions and cooks dinner as her children watch cartoons. Altman increases the tension throughout his story until the final scenes, where the agent’s plan is revealed. It is an ending that will leave you wondering about the vulnerabilities of our defense systems. I would like to thank NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.