Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
Last time we learned the identity of “Eyepatch” and just what his evil scheme is about, one born of fanaticism due to his previous life experiences. I’d feel sorry for him if he didn’t just blow up a bunch of people, including one of the few GOOD characters in this story thus far and they’re hard to come by, and blame it on the North. Sorry, I’m not rooting for you under any circumstances. Too bad the people I’m supposed to be rooting for have three likable people and you’re about to attack one of them. So congratulations on being just as awful as the people you hate.
This book gets harder to enjoy. That and time is why I’m only suffering three chapters this week. My goal is to have at least 11 pages but normally I won’t mind going a little over. I just don’t feel like going over this week, so here’s the page count for this week’s group:
- Chapter 31: Tuesday, 10:10 PM, Seoul: 3 pages (though it reads like two)
- Chapter 32: Tuesday, 10:15 PM, Seoul: first off, why bother with five minutes difference in the same geographic location? Just add these 3 pages to the other three.
- Chapter 33: Tuesday, 10:20 PM, Kosong, North Korea: 3 pages
Well at least this week we’re in the only area I don’t mind reading about. Because reading about what’s going on with the title bureau is just not pleasant, and that’s the spot without the deadly bombing.
There’s not much to say about this week’s first chapter. Gregory goes to visit his wife’s body in the chapel. It’s a very solemn moment, and considering that I’ve lost so many family members and even a few friends these past few years it’s even worse for me personally to see. However, the scene does have a purpose. Gregory’s relaxed and sure he’s now thinking clearly, and still plans to meet with the North Korean representative to try and figure out what’s really going on. Death with a purpose. I can get behind that.
Meanwhile, Hwan meets with the eyewitness, who corroborates the appearance of our trio at the bombing. I went back to double-check what they were wearing and it seems accurate; they had on civilian clothing and nobody would realize they were North Korean boots, new and stolen or otherwise. However, now I’m thinking Eyepatch planted that bottle. He purposefully drank it, had the others drink from it, and dropped and stepped on it, making sure the water splashed around and there was no other reason to. Meanwhile the eyewitness, or so Hwan observes, had a shark-like gaze despite his shown persona, perhaps a performance to either continue the deceptions or get a read on Hwan before sending him into their trap.
Finally we check back in with the killers from the old ferry in the Sea Of Japan. the plane lands in North Korea, with the pilot not realizing what was happening. To the villains credit, because it happens so rarely in these kinds of stories, they don’t kill him to keep him quiet or anything. He’s paid and let go. Then they meet with a Colonel from the North, but these are South Koreans, part of Eyepatch’s group. Apparently I was right about the Undiscovered Country allusion as like the Klingon and Starfleet rogue groups in that movie, these are a small group of North and South who hate each other so much that they want to keep hostilities going. As one of the Northern soldiers notes, “and they say North and South can’t agree on anything”. It is a different conspiracy when both sides kind of prove the unification proponents point just to keep unification from happening.
So these three short chapters push the story along and I’m curious to see what happens next. Unfortunately we’re about to grind to a halt because next time it’s back to see what the nitwits in Op-Center are doing. Looking for the best backs to put the knife into I imagine.