Victor Fox lives in California and spends his time searching for life changing stories. He loves cultural diversity and epitomizes it in his writings.
Poor kitchen worker Kim Suk is asked to make the ultimate sacrifice for her Party–marry, and inform on, the puppet they will install as Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Sung. No one told her he was capriciously cruel and sexually deviant.
Chinese guerrilla fighter Peter Chang, ordered to protect Kim Suk from her new husband, is an angry man haunted by his mother’s death and his father’s abandonment. No one told him he wasn’t expected to survive his newest assignment in the Kim household.
While the two secretly carry out their orders from different superiors, each struggling to protect the other from the darkest secrets of conspiracy and manipulation.
A beloved school teacher is murdered and PK is stunned at the crime scene. Her partner in the hospital with gunshot wound, she is out to prove her skills and disappoint her critics. But the end result leaves her flabbergasted. How was that possible? She asked while….. A beloved school teacher is murdered and PK is stunned at the crime scene. Her partner in the hospital with gunshot wound, she is out to prove her skills and disappoint her critics. But the end result leaves her flabbergasted. How was that possible? She asked while…..
Why would Vienna Detective Lukas Stein travel to Los Angeles to rescue a homeless woman? When Abrie Bachmann asked him to accompany her to meet Dante, he was eager. Perhaps it would give him a chance to question the butler about the murder of her parents. Little did he know his search for the killers would soon take a surprising turn and he would find himself helping his primary suspect instead.
Police detective Joe Palumbo’s death in Barstow is called accidental, so why does an old friend askTorrance PD Captain Mark Brew to investigate? When Brew disappears, his ex-partner and best friend, retired detective Scott Slutsky, has to step in to help Petra. But who’s the enemy? Brew’s survival depends on Slutsky finding out. And now more than ever they all need to remember the dead detective’s advice: Don’t let your eyes fool your brain!
One of the things that I like the best about of some of the true stories that get published these days, is that you read them and think, "wow, you couldn't make this stuff up". Truth really can be stranger than fiction and never is that more true than when dealing with corrupt governments and imperial leaders. Those North Koreans are real head scratchers and are a treat to make fun of, ala "The Interview", however there are some heartbreaking stories and circumstances that come out of that country. Author Victor Fox gives us the latest with "Kimjongilia", a chilling tale to say the least. The story of the "Supreme Leader" of North Korea, who ruled from 1948-1994 and those sent to inform on him, this is a riveting tale of espionage and betrayal. Kim Suk was a poor kitchen worker and was asked by her party to marry and inform on Kim Il-Sung, who was to be installed as the supreme leader. What she didn't know was how cruel and controlling he was and someone else was placed in the picture to protect her - Peter Chang. The two became close as they fought to both survive their circumstances and to protect each other. This was an incredibly intriguing tale of intense conflict and survival. While a saving grace is knowing that these two were not alone, it's still heart wrenching in the knowledge that they are pretty much doomed. Very well written and opened my eyes to a page in history that I knew nothing about.
Victor Fox gave me a whole different perspective on the society in North Korea. This story is based on true events, and some of it gives me the chills knowing horrific things happen in different parts of the world. It has an abundance of Korean culture that I found to be very interesting, and enjoyed reading each new piece of information. With all the emotions portrayed and revealed, I couldn't help my heart racing and aching for the pain endured in this rollercoaster of a story. Fox has a unique way to bring romance into the story which is beautiful and touching. There books hits almost every single genre, with thrill, romance, and historical fiction. It kept me on the edge of my seat, with drama and the sense of adventure. It's very well written, giving any reader a great mental picture of the experiences each character encounters. I normally do not initially go for a book like this one, but something about it intrigued me, and I'm glad I tried something that was sort of out of my comfort zone. I can't wait to recommend this to some of my friends and family and discuss the book with them. Absolutely a 5/5.
Kimjongilia is a beautiful romance set up as a frame story that tells the harrowing and paranoid love between two of the inner circle members of the Kim household in North Korea. From the humble origins of communist ideology, through the ascendance of power, and all of the murder, intrigue, fear, adultery, paperwork, and backstabbing of that has led to the current situation in North Korea, this story is an exciting and heartbreaking romance heavily steeped in historical fact. What is most memorable about this book is the way in which Fox is able to create a romance that is both a beautiful touching story and also a well-crafted tale. For me this isn’t always something that goes hand in hand, and I either find myself wading into unrealistic saccharine scenes of sentimentality or sexual explosivity. Fox has created a beautiful and realistic piece that is entertaining for any audience, from readers of the spy thriller, to bildungsroman, to romance, to historical fiction, to action, and just plain literary fiction. It is as touching as it is exciting, a nail biting novel where a true sympathetic itch for the characters drives every turn of the page. Well written, and brilliantly edited and formatted, this book was a breeze to fly though on my Kindle. Unlike many self-published novels, this gem allowed for a gorgeous, real reading experience that is unparalleled among its peers. I loved this book as someone who is interested in the history of the conflict and power struggles in the fearsome government, but I also loved it as a reader, and I was surprised to love this book that is considered to be a part of a genre I rarely approach. A really enjoyable book I will be recommending to others.