I’m launching a new online novel project: The Consultant.
What’s it about?
An American marketing consultant is kidnapped while in Japan, and forced to work for the brutal North Korean regime.
Will he resist the North Koreans? Will he escape? Will he die in captivity? You’ll have to read to find out.
Where did the idea for this story come from?
The North Korean government has a history of kidnapping foreigners over the years. Not for political purposes…but for practical ones.
In the 1970s, the North Korean government, on the personal orders of the late Kim Jong il, kidnapped South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee and her estranged husband, Shin Sang-ok. (Ms. Choi passed away just last year.)
Kim ordered the kidnapping so that Choi and Shin could put their skills to work for the North Korean film industry. They escaped in 1986, when they eluded their North Korean handlers while traveling in Europe.
The North Korean government has also kidnapped many Japanese citizens over the years. In Japan, this is known as the ratchi no mondai 拉致の問題 (“the abduction problem”). The ratchi no mondai always comes up when Japan and North Korea discuss normalizing diplomatic relations.
To the best of my knowledge, no American citizen has ever been kidnapped by North Korean operatives in a similar manner. But it certainly isn’t beyond the realm of possibility…