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Nuclear Blues by [Martin, Bradley K.]
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"Graham Greene meets Tom Clancy." -Number 1 Shimbun, November 2017

"A tightly written and pulsating political thriller with a captivating setting in North Korea, riddled with espionage, shady activities, and a world where nothing is as it seems. Meet Heck Davis, a journalist who has embraced a new career as a blues musician. But suddenly his friend is shot and everything changes. Bradley K. Martin's Nuclear Blues is cunningly crafted and the action builds up around the growth of the protagonist. Heck Davis evolves in many ways throughout the narrative and readers will be stunned at how the author creates a powerful link between the conflict, the protagonist, and the setting. This story about strong and compelling characters seeking answers is a powerful statement about the socio-political landscapes and the darkness that invades North Korea, a daring story that is as unnerving as it is engrossing. Bradley K. Martin has the gift of making readers feel a place and fall in love with his characters. The writing is top-notch, deft and balanced with powerful and emotionally intense scenes, thrilling moments of action, and twists that readers won't see coming. The 'aha' moments are many and the thought that something could happen at any moment invades the reader's mind. I was so engrossed that I read the whole story through the night. An awesome read. One of the best thrillers I have read so far with an international setting." -Romuald Dzemo, five-star review for Readers' Favorite, Jan. 19, 2018

"As one of Bradley Martin's characters asks his protagonist, 'What's in your MIND?!' Whatever it is -- and I think I recognize a lot of it from my own Southern upbringing -- I loved co-inhabiting this author's world of intuition, imagination, and wonderful writing. Nuclear Blues is one cool novel, and I say this as someone who just finished George Saunders' magical Lincoln in the Bardo." - Robert Wade, Nom de Plume, Dec. 17, 2018

"Most impressive is the way it builds from start to finish. The gentle beginning results in a last hundred pages that are gripping and surprising and original as hell. In all books of this nature, whether by John Le Carre or Alan Furst or Philip Kerr or Bradley Martin, there is authority in the manner in which they are written. It is, indeed, this authority that pulls the reader in. Nuclear Blues is a book by a guy who knows what he's talking about. Bravo!" Peter Carry, former executive editor of Sports Illustrated and Discover magazines

"When news broke of a North Korean soldier being shot while defecting across the Joint Security Area in the inter-Korean Demilitarized Zone, Bradley Martin's first thought was, 'I'm glad this guy lived to tell the tale -- unlike my character Joe.' Joe Hammond, an American reporter touring North Korea, was mown down by North Korean gunfire while attempting the same feat: dashing from the northern side of the Joint Security Area, the truce village whose oft-photographed blue huts straddle the intra-Korean border, to the southern side. Thankfully Hammond's fate is a figment of Martin's imagination. The desperate journalist's bloody death propels the plot of Martin's new novel Nuclear Blues, set in and around a highly detailed, near-future North Korea. The ultra-nationalist, nuclear-armed, quasi-socialist, third-generation absolute monarchy is a bizarre and difficult-to-travel-to place -- but Korea watchers will discover from the first pages that the author knows his stuff. Unlike some media covering Monday's real-life shooting incident, for example, Martin makes clear that only pistols are permitted in the JSA." -Andrew Salmon, "It's not just Kim Jong-un who has the Nuclear Blues," Asia Times, Nov. 18, 2017

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"An epic thriller from the man who wrote the book on North Korea." -ADAM JOHNSON, AUTHOR, THE ORPHAN MASTER'S SON

"The indispensable role of sheer coincidence in life and in the spy business is portrayed realistically in this page-turner, which also features an all-too-real Professor Moriarty of financial crime." - COL. GRANT NEWSHAM, FORMER U.S. MARINE CORPS RESERVE ASIA/PACIFIC INTELLIGENCE HEAD

"What do credit default swaps, evangelical Christianity, Iranian militants, Moscow, Kim Jong-un and nuclear missiles have in common? Read this timely, inventive thriller and find out. A gripping, original tale of espionage in present-day North Korea, it's also a fascinating inside look at the Hermit Kingdom written by a man who knows his subject. A real winner." -ROBERT WHITING, AUTHOR OF TOKYO UNDERWORLD & YOU GOTTA HAVE WA

Martin has put down his reporter's notebook and switched on his imagination. His fictional version of the Kim dictatorship's endgame may end up being closer to the truth than we care to imagine. Sparse, fast-paced and scary -- a ripping yarn." -MICHAEL BREEN, AUTHOR OF THE NEW KOREANS

"The Coen Brothers should direct the movie version -- if for no other reason than to stage-manage the colorful ends meted out to would-be assassins. A fine story well told." -COLLIN PIPRELL, AUTHOR OF GENESIS 2.0

"The dark poetry of places, encounters, characters emerges slowly due to the fast tempo of the action prevailing over most everything else. I see a Roman Polanski film script. That's it. Was reading the thing and the imagery it was translating into in my (perhaps deviant) mind was full-on Polanski." -RUI  PARADA, POET/TRANSLATOR

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  • File Size: 3154 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (November 12, 2017)
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B077DFZ9KC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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