This short is written in typical ‘thriller’ style, however, it also gives the reader some meat on the bones of the characters, which is great.
The depiction of North Korea is chilling, and reads as though the author has first-hand experience.
The protagonist, Milton, shows some concern for those who help him perform his task, but he’s basically a man doing a job, professionally and as free from emotion as possible. Such qualities are, of course, necessary for someone working in this field, but it makes it difficult for the reader to get under his skin. That, of course, is inevitable: hard to imagine a ‘cuddly’ assassin.
His helpers are, however, very human and their vulnerability leads the reader to thoroughly admire the courage and tenacity of such opponents, though their ultimate fate is likely to be a painful death.
The bleak landscape, paranoid regime, sycophantic operators justifying their acceptance of the evil of their leaders on the grounds of self-preservation, all paint a picture of a nightmare state run by a homicidal maniac and his self-serving aides.
Like all such regimes, this one has its weak spots, and those with the courage to fight against such wickedness are shown to have some success, however small.
This is a fast-paced, enthralling thriller and one I’m glad I found time to read.
[Any review is a personal opinion. No reviewer can represent the view of anyone else. The best we can manage is an honest reaction to any given book.]