Chicago Book Signing & Presentation on North Korea

Novelist A.C. Frieden Presents His Latest Book and Discusses North Korea with Jenna Gibson, Korea Columnist for The Diplomat Magazine.

Author A.C. Frieden will present his latest book, The Pyongyang Option, an espionage/political thriller set in the North Korean capital and that Kirkus Reviews calls “exhilarating…consistently unpredictable and entertaining.” As one of the few Western authors to have traveled to North Korea, Frieden will share his research experiences in that reclusive country.


Frieden will be joined by Jenna Gibson, the Korea Columnist for The Diplomat magazine, the premier international current-affairs periodical for the Asia-Pacific region. Gibson is also the former Director of Communications at the Korea Economic Institute of America and earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She also lived two years in Cheonan, South Korea as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant.

Together, Frieden and Gibson will help demystify North Korea and its ruthless regime and shed light on the volatile US-North Korea relationship. The event is free, with a reception following. A portion of the book sales will benefit the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can purchase the book anytime at the bookstore or online

Praise about Frieden’s latest book:

“Fast-paced, engrossing…The Pyongyang Option excels in juxtaposing the personal and the political and holds a surprise conclusion that many readers won’t see coming.” –Midwest Book Review

“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.” –Libby Fischer Hellmann, author of the Jump Cut and War, Spies & Bobby Sox espionage thrillers

“Complex, multi-layered and impossible to put down.” Reader’s Retreat

“A Molotov Cocktail of a thriller.” Alex Shaw, bestselling author of the Aidan Snow thrillers

“The novel moves deftly across the globe…Most importantly, we experience North Korea. The isolation. The fear. The sense that everything is a façade, no one can be trusted, and the regime’s real power is the constant threat of death.” –Meredith Rankin Reviews

“A page-turner with its interesting premise, expertly paced narrative and high-action plot.” The Prairies Book Review

“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 of The Cold War Museum and author of Spy Pilot


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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