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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2001
It is no Doubt that this book is a must have for GI's venturing over to the Pacific. This book will teach more than you could ever learn via conversation about the nightlife in Korea and other countries. Highly recommended for people unfamiliar with the scene. Valuable time and money WILL be saved. Good to read for general entertainment pertaining to what type things happen over here, also. A great humourous, blunt, educational and true work.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2002
I've lived in Korea since 1994. Before that I was in the US Navy were I visited Korea off and on in the early 80's. Big change from pre '88 to now.
This book is right on the mark for Korean BAR GIRLS. The difference between a bar girl and a normal girl is night and day. I read the early edition "Keys to the Kingdom" back in '97 and wish that I had it when I came in '94. It would have saved me alot of wasted time. "Korean Bar Secrets II" is pretty close to the original "Keys to the Kingdom" except it was updated a little.
This book WILL save you some time and trouble. You may not agree with everything he says but, if you are around the bar scene long enough you will see he is right 99% of the time.
He has updated it to reflect the influx of Russian, Phillipino, and Vietnamese girls. But to be fair, it takes alot of time to research the differance. They may be different than the old Korean Bar Girl but they sure learn the Korean Tricks pretty fast. I'm convinced that this is the best book about the Korean Bar out. I sure don't see any others around.
This book is deffinitely worth the read! Especially if you are new to Korea.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2001
I bought this book to find out what men think about when they go out to clubs and try for women who work there. This was the only book I could find written about this subject and it really tells the whole story in an eye opening way. This book is a bit much in places but the author explains everything from A to Z about the subject and even delves into other territory that helps flesh out the subject in a way that was a bonus for me. This was the most straightforward book I've read this year. If you like the truth served straight and in a very fresh manner, you'll really rave about this book. It's much more than a book about bar women. This book is a book about why women and men behave the way they do in these kinds of establishments and situations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2003
I thought this was a very controversial book until I went to these bars and found out the author is absolutely correct with 99% of his assersions. I would like to say it's the most interesting book I've read this year so far. I recommend it for men who want to know more than just what is going on with professional entertainers in clubs. Their is a lot of valuable human insight in this book too. Their is so much inside that the author must have had a hard time deciding on a name for the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2002
This book opened my eyes to what really happens in these Korean/American bars. I couldn't hardly believe it all at first but it all turned out to be true when I went to see for myself. The author is sharp, witty and committed to telling the truth at all costs. I found his manner of writing easy to read and follow. I recommend others to read this book as soon as they arrive in Korea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2001
No holds bar this book is a must have if you plan on visiting Korea or just about any other asian country. I have Korea Bar Secrets II to be extremly helpfull when experiencing the night scene around the pacific. It has helpfull tips and pointers on dealing with the people behind the scenes at the most popular nightime establishments. It has saved me money alot of money if it wasnt for this book i would be thousands of dollars in the hole it taught me most of the scams and down right crooked things people do to try to get your money. Also showed me a thing or two about dealing with some of the beautifull women who frequent these nightly establishments. This tells you straight up how it is and is written in a humourous manner i couldnt put it down the first time i read it and to this day i find myself going over it again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2010
I bought this book in a bar on Aragon Alley in Songtan, Korea outside Osan Air Base in 2001. It was my second tour at Osan and between the tours, the Korean "Juicy Girls" had been replaced by Russian and Filipina bar girls. This book will give you all the clues on how to score with Bar Girls without losing all your money and it will teach you all the scams they play. All young (and old GI's) should be issued this book. Too bad it is now out of print. If you come across it somewhere, BUY IT!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2003
This book was written by a man who used to live near the bars of Songtan City Korea. He had many dealings with the local population over the years and learned a lot about the way these bars operate. He made some friends and he made some enemies along the way, but he always told the truth. many people can't handle that but I think the author did a good job of showing young and older men what to expect from this bar scene. The book is funny, direct and informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2001
Paul Allen Keys is a straight-shooter - and I like that! He gives valuable and helpful advice about the Korean bar scene and does it with a touch of humor. He's trying to advise the GI's on how NOT to blow all their hard-earned money on bargirls. Paul is dealing with serious subjects in a light-hearted manner. His book is like a AAA tour book for lonely GI's looking for a good time.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2002
This book used to be up-to-date, but trust me, as an experienced bar traveller and "juicey" customer, Burger is way off. First, the girls are almost all Filipino now, not Korean. Next, his tactics don't work. You'll never get a girl just from your dancing ability, money, or other personal attributes, you just have to be a nice guy and look sharp and be well spoken. Third, the girls aren't that bad; some actually will treat you nice. I met a couple of girls that even said they wanted to marry me. Finally, the latest edition is too toned down from the previous edition. Burger is past his prime and has no clue how things work nowadays. And who is he to criticize when he's married to a Korean woman himself (who was a former popular bar girl who I once knew). Dont' waste your money on these thin sheets unless you need some toliet paper.
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