5-Star Reviews for The Pyongyang Option

5-star praise is already coming in after the March 29 release of The Pyongyang Option.  Here is the latest by top reviewers and book bloggers Meredith Rankin’s Reviews and Reader’s Retreat by Lou and praise from other crime fiction authors:

[I]t’s so eminently readable. The characters are believable, the plot well thought out and there are plenty of twists in the tale. Frieden creates a tension that is palpable and an ominous atmosphere which runs for the duration. This is a masterfully crafted international thriller which is complex, multi-layered and impossible to put down; I read it in a single, nail-biting sitting.” —Lou, Reader’s Retreat (click here for the full review)

The novel moves deftly across the globe. It moves from conference rooms in Ukraine, hurricane-devastated New Orleans, the basement of an abandoned elementary school in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the picturesque Maldives, and others. Most importantly, we experience North Korea. The isolation. The fear. The sense that everything is a façade, no one can trusted, and the regime’s real power is the constant threat of death. As Jonathan puts it, ‘being alive in this hermit kingdom was a privilege, not a right’ (p.277)…Frieden has traveled to these locations, including North Korea (really!), and his research shows. He describes geography and circumstances in ways that only someone who’s experienced them first hand could. But he doesn’t allow the research to overwhelm the story. Everything propels the story forward.” —Meredith Rankin Reviews (click here for the full review)

Frieden has also received noteworthy comments from other authors, as follows:

A.C. Frieden writes settings better than any thriller writer I know. From North Korea to Chernobyl to Ukraine and post-Katrina New Orleans, Frieden’s ability to add the most telling details to a scene cast a spell that kept me glued to the page. Set in the recent past, The Pyongyang Option is not just a compelling espionage thriller, but one that neatly foreshadows the shifting, murky alliances intelligence officers are grappling with today. Don’t miss it.” Libby Fischer Hellmann, author of the Jump Cut and War, Spies & Bobby Sox espionage thrillers.

Jonathan Brooks is the kind of character you’d follow anywhere. And A.C. Frieden serves up another delicious tangle of multi-layered suspense, international intrigue, regional flair, and heart-pounding action. A top-notch thriller.” —Lisa Towles, award-winning author of Choke and other books. Also check out Lisa’s interview with author A.C. Frieden.

An unlikely hero, Chernobyl and a rogue state are the ingredients in this Molotov cocktail of a thriller.” —Alex Shaw, author of the Aidan Snow thriller series

From the first mysterious chapter that segues into thrilling action, this book takes you on an international thrill ride…” —Frank Zafiro, author of CHARLIE-316

Jonathan Brooks returns in a masterfully-crafted, action-packed thriller that plunges readers into the intriguing depths of international espionage and a secretive regime.” —Francis Gary Powers, Jr., Founder and Chairman Emeritus, The Cold War Museum and author of Spy Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy

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New Thriller Release Only a Week Away!

There’s only a week left until the launch of THE PYONGYANG OPTION, Book 3 in my Jonathan Brooks thriller series.  Select which version you would like: paperback (large), paperback (small), Kindle, Nook or other (Google Play, iTunes or Kobo)


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The Pyongyang Option will be out in only two weeks!

My latest international spy thriller, The Pyongyang Option, will be released on March 29, 2019, by Down & Out Books and Avendia Publishing. As the third book in my acclaimed series featuring New Orleans maritime attorney Jonathan Brooks, this action-packed thriller takes readers on an intense journey through North Korea and Ukraine. To research this book, I became one of the few American authors allowed into North Korea, where he investigated sites in the capital, Pyongyang, the nation’s second largest city, Kaesong, and the communist portion of the DMZ. I also spent time investigating Chernobyl’s exclusion zone in Ukraine, including the abandoned city of Pripyat.

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In The Pyongyang Option, attorney Jonathan Brooks is desperate to rebuild his law firm after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Short on clients, he takes the only work he can find: a business deal in Ukraine. But soon after he lands in Kyiv, his client’s executive vanishes. Suspecting foul play, Jonathan enlists the help of a U.S. diplomat. But the next day they are brutally ambushed by unknown assailants. Injured and racing against the clock, Jonathan embarks on a frantic search for clues through the back alleys of Kyiv to an abandoned town near Chernobyl. Meanwhile, Jonathan’s ex-wife Linda, a journalist, arrives in North Korea to report on historic nuclear disarmament talks. She begins probing local officials, not realizing that she and Jonathan are both on a collision course with a deadly web of hackers, spies and assassins. To uncover the truth and save them both, Jonathan may have only one option: to go to Pyongyang with as much leverage as possible and try to make it out alive.

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Libby Fischer Hellmann, author of the Jump Cut and War, Spies & Bobby Sox espionage thrillers, says, “A.C. Frieden writes settings better than any thriller writer I know…The Pyongyang Option is not just a compelling espionage thriller, but one that neatly foreshadows the shifting, murky alliances intelligence officers are grappling with today,” and Frank Zafiro, author of CHARLIE-316, calls it “an international thrill ride with equal parts intrigue, politics, and blistering conflict.” Lisa Towles, award-winning author of Choke, says, “Frieden serves up another delicious tangle of multi-layered suspense, international intrigue, regional flair, and heart-pounding action.” And Alex Shaw, award-winning author of the Aidan Snow thrillers, says, “An unlikely hero, Chernobyl and a rogue state are the ingredients in this Molotov cocktail of a thriller.”

I plan a series of launch events, starting at suburban Chicago’s Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore on April 14 with fellow Down & Out Books crime authors T.G. Wolff, M. Todd Henderson and Trey R. Barker. Other 2019 book signings and events in the Midwest region, as well as in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., will be announced soon.

The Pyongyang Option is available now for pre-order in paperback (mass market ISBN: 9780974793429; trade ISBN: 978-0974793481) from Amazon.com and other retailers and eBook on Kindle (US and UK), Nook, Kobo, and iTunes, and thereafter both online and at independent booksellers nationwide.

About the Author:

A.C. Frieden is an international author of mysteries and thrillers, including the acclaimed Jonathan Brooks espionage series (Down & Out Books; Avendia Publishing). Frieden is also an attorney, private pilot, PADI scuba instructor, martial artist, equestrian and former army sniper. He was born in Senegal and raised in India, Brazil, Switzerland and England before moving to the United States in his teens. Today, you ll often find him in a far-flung hotspot researching future books, like his recent investigative travels to North Korea, Russia, Cuba, China, Qatar and India. He has faced the chaos of a Central American coup, piloted small planes over the Andes and the Panama Canal, explored remote underwater sites in the Indian Ocean, surveyed the damaged Chernobyl nuclear power plant, followed the Che Guevara trail in Bolivia, tracked down drug traffickers in Paraguay, explored former Soviet missile bases, and much more across nearly 80 countries. Frieden is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America and participates regularly in literary events in the U.S. and Europe. He speaks French, English, Portuguese, Spanish and some Russian, and carries several passports.

A.C. Frieden is available for interviews, appearances, panel discussions and book signings. For inquiries, please contact us at media@avendiapublishing.com or eric@downandoutbooks.com, or you can reach the author directly at acfrieden@avendiapublishing.com

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A Teaser for Spy Fiction Addicts…

Finally, three years behind schedule, my spy thriller THE PYONGYANG OPTION (Down & Out Books/Avendia Publ.) is coming March 29, 2019 in paperback and ebook.  It’s the third installment in the Jonathan Brooks thriller series.  Here’s the first teaser ad.  Enjoy!  More details forthcoming…

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Thrilleresque Magazine is now out – 2017/18 Winter Edition

The latest issue of Thrilleresque® magazine is now out.  Also, try to win prizes with the Spy Quiz on page 37.

Click the links below:
Part I – pages 1-16, including articles on Trump, Russia, Qatar and more
Part II – pages 17-37, including a Special Report on North Korea and the Spy Quiz
Opinion: Special Report DPRK

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Recent Research in Louisiana and Southern India

Here are two recent press releases about my book research in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Chennai, India.  While New Orleans is already featured in two of my spy novels, so far India has not.  So, after over a dozen trips to India in the last three years, it’s about time I add some scenes from one of its interesting cities.

PR170826A-EN (New Orleans, Louisiana) and PR171111A-EN (Chennai, India)


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