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.
We’re getting closer to the end and only recently has the title location’s part of the story been any good. It’s a race to stop a war versus people who really want to kill someone they don’t like or look really strong by doing something really stupid. Compare to that the woman who wants to sleep with her married boss during a crisis while he’s worried about his son is…still bad but not as bad in comparison. I’m at a point where I take the victories I can with this book. At least I’ve enjoyed the last few chapters for a change. Let’s see if we can keep the streak hot.
- Chapter 65: Wednesday, 6:30 AM, The DMZ: Two pages and roughly a paragraph
- Chapter 66: Wednesday, 7:00 AM, the Diamond Mountains: I’m rounding up to six pages
- Chapter 67: Wednesday, 7:10 AM, Osaka: four full pages…I’m shocked too
The pacing of this book still confuses me. The chapters are really short but even with bundling them there’s a lot here, and half of it has been padding from Op-Center while the interesting stuff happens almost without them in Korea. It still feels like they ran short on the Korean bombing story and tossed this stuff in to sell a new book series. I don’t know if that’s what happened but it’s what it feels like.
Not much happens in tonight’s first chapter. Eyepatch helps get the drums of poison gas into the tunnels, leaving it to his subordinates to get them into position while he goes to stop Gregory from not killing everyone. If we don’t know his persona by now this chapter won’t help and it’s really all it has going for it unless you really want the play-by-play of the operation: poison everybody.
His Northern counterpart, Sun, is also at work, forcing the general in charge of the missiles on the Diamond Mountains to give him the code. We finally see why he’s willing to take part in this, the old “warriors will no longer be warriors” angle. He doesn’t want the North to lose its capacity to make war which he fears will happen with reunification of Korea and the US helping build nuclear reactors that will limit North Korea’s ability to make nuclear weapons. I guess he doesn’t mind if North Korea looks like the aggressors so long as they get to be aggressive. It’s been done before but there’s a reason why this still works as villain motivation. The question this chapter ends on is if Sun isn’t firing the missiles as Seoul what’s he supposed to be aiming at?
Meanwhile, after some more character building I don’t care about at this point because Mike Rodgers lost my interest from his second appearance (his first was just a phone call before taking a good soldiers place for his own ego), Mike gets a call from Paul telling him that the pilot that brought the assassins to North Korea was in panic mode when he landed and spilled the whole situation that he knew about. While this further proves the conspiracy theory everyone else is going with and right on, Laurence is still an idiot and refuses to believe it. Who would make all this up, except for a writer? Remember, using airplanes as missiles was something out of a movie too once. Of course this book predates 9/11 but it does make him look like even bigger of an idiot.
So once again thing happen that are important to the story and Op-Center is finally in on it. I’m assuming Mike and the strike unit he forced himself on is going after Sun and his boys before they launch the missiles at whatever they’re shooting at. Will they be successful and will Gregory Donald and Schneider be warned about Eyepatch before he kills Gregory? Tune in next time and see if we find out.