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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About A.C. Frieden

A.C. Frieden is an international author of globetrotting mysteries and thrillers, including the acclaimed Jonathan Brooks series novels TRANQUILITY DENIED, THE SERPENT'S GAME and THE PYONGYANG OPTION. His publishers have announced three upcoming books in the series: LETTER FROM ISTANBUL (May 2021), MIDNIGHT IN DELHI (Dec. 2021) and THE CHICAGO JUROR (May 2022). Frieden is also an attorney, pilot, martial artist, scuba instructor, and former army sniper. He was born in Africa to a Swiss father and a Brazilian mother and lived in India, Switzerland and the UK before moving to the U.S. He has visited over 80 countries, including hotspots like North Korea, Cuba, Russia, Venezuela, China, Vietnam, and Ukraine, many of which are settings in his novels. He speaks French, English, Portuguese, Spanish and some Russian, and carries several passports...
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