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The New Koreans: The Story of a Nation

The New Koreans: The Story of a Nation By Michael Breen Hardcover: 480 pages Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (April 4, 2017) When it comes to writing about Korea—its people, culture, and history—there is no one better up to that onerous task than Michael Breen who has devoted most of his life observing and writing about […]

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Book Trailer for Bureau 39

If you’re going to promote your book these days, you need to spend a lot of time on social media. Just posting a link to your book on Amazon or wherever else that it is available is just not going to work. You need a video. Specifically, you need a book trailer. Of course, you […]

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Proof Day

You know the adage, “the proof is in the pudding?” Well, that’s how I felt when I received my proof of Bureau 39 in the mail today. It’s a big day when you see the physical copy of your book for the first time. It’s a thrill that never gets old. Even though I had […]

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What is Bureau 39?

What exactly is the infamous Bureau 39? This is what Wikipedia says: “Room 39 (officially Central Committee Bureau 39 of the Korean Workers’ Party, also referred to as Bureau 39, Division 39, or Office 39) is a secretive North Korean party organization that seeks ways to maintain the foreign currency slush fund for the country’s […]

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CIA Creates Mission Center on North Korean Threat

I couldn’t ask for better publicity for my new novel, Bureau 39. Every time there’s a story about North Korea these days means more exposure for my novel. In this case, a mission center in Seoul to assess the North Korean threat. “Creating the Korea Mission Center allows us to more purposefully integrate and direct […]

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Bureau 39: The Beginning

Many people have asked me how did I come up with the story for my latest novel, Bureau 39. The story of Frank Mitchum chasing down an old Army buddy in Korea while trying to cut-off North Korea’s funding for its WMDs started out as a story about a murder in Itaewon, which was based […]

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Bureau 39 — An Excerpt

WRAPPED IN LAYERS of threadbare rayon and vinylon, Kim Min-hee shivered on the shore of the frozen river and hoped she wouldn’t have to wait too long. After traveling for almost two days to get there, she had lain low for another day to watch for military patrols, and had been unable to light a […]

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Book Review: The Silla Project

The Silla Project PlotForge, Ltd. (August 12, 2012) SYNPOSIS: Kim Jong Il, the tyrannical leader of North Korea, hopes nuclear weapons will reunite the divided nation under his iron fist. But turning plutonium into weapons is more than the tiny country hoped for. In a desperate ploy to achieve his aim before economic crisis destroys […]

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Dennis Rodman: Our Man in Pyongyang

Guess who’s thinking about going back to Pyongyang to hang with his bud, Kim Jong Un? The Worm. At least that’s what the digital Chosun Ilbo is reporting today: Rodman told the Miami Herald at a charity gala last Friday that he and Kim “have no plans really, as far as what we’re going to […]

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Nothing new under the son

Now it looks as though North Korea is going to go ahead and re-start its nuclear facility at Yongbyon. There’s a good article in The Christian Science Monitor about this latest news to come out of the North and whether or not the international community should be worried about it. Yes, we should be worried […]

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