“Red Phoenix is Burning” eBook was published in 2016 (March) and was written by Larry Bond (http://www.larry-bond.com) and Chris Carlson. Mr. Bond is the author or co-author of more than 15 novels. Mr. Carlson has collaborated with Bond on 6 of those novels as well as some other publications.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The novel is primarily set in North and South Korea.
An internal coup attempt completely disrupts North Korea. The North Korean military soon splits apart with units aligning with one of the three powers – the Kim supporters, the Army Staff or the workers party. The country soon is faced with a three sided civil war.
The South sees this as an opportunity to reunify Korea and heads North. China sees the crumbling North as a threat due to the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) they know the Kim regime has developed. The US doesn’t want to cross the 38th parallel for fear of giving the Chinese an excuse for invading North Korea.
The novel follows several characters as North Korea dissolves and chaos ensues. The outside powers are all concerned about the WMDs held by the North. This fear is heightened when the North not only uses WMDs against one another, but remnants of the Kim faction begins to fire missiles at western targets.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 10.5+ hours I spent reading this 448 page novel. There was constant action and intrigue as the situation develops. I liked the wide range of characters involved with the story and with the plot twists. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.
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