An exceptional guy is the subject of Slave Song, an incredible tale. It follows SongBae’s transformation from a helpless slave who badly needs to be saved to a strong man who both ends and saves other people’s lives. Twenty years after allegedly killing his parents in horrifying circumstances involving multiple murders, our main character returns to his native country to face justice, only for someone from his past to attempt to kill him before his trial.
The premise and the opening of the narrative promise a book that will be a “action-packed, exhilarating, powerful base for a series,” and Mr. Jay Koh more than lives up to those expectations. The present and other historical eras are alternately referenced in the narrative.
Instead of confounding the audience, this technique enhances the plot and keeps readers on the edge of their seats as they wonder what monumental revelation we will be allowed to witness. Every page counts to the development of the storyline and characters, so readers are compelled to quickly flick through the pages until the novel is concluded.
The plot is really well-paced; there are no filler chapters to tyre the readers or fill up the pages. Every character shines without overshadowing the others, and each character plays a crucial part in shaping this book into what it is. There are no side characters that are just there to fill the page.
The chemistry between the characters is comparable to that of a well-cast movie; each one is aware of their role and is willing to cooperate to further the plot’s intrigue. For a plot that moves quickly, the character growth we observe is extremely impressive.
I think the story would have been equally compelling from the perspectives of a number of characters who could have served as the major protagonists. It is quite challenging to have a cast of so many compelling individuals work well together without overcrowding the narrative, yet the author excels at it.
The narrative does an outstanding job of illustrating injustice, exposing corruption, highlighting familial-like friendships, and examining morals, love, dedication, and the impact of a vow made between a devoted son and his mother. Anyone who like action/thriller novels or who wants to be amused by SongBae and his inspirational story should read this book, in my opinion.
About The Book
A mysterious man returns to South Korea to stand trial for a crime he committed 20 years ago… a brutal murder of his parents. But SongBae is no ordinary man: the secrets he holds can cripple nations, a powerful drug cartel, and a billion-dollar corporation. The race is on for those who will do anything to kill him and those risking everything to save him.
On a bridge connecting Incheon International Airport to Seoul, Korea, an elite team of soldiers ambush a police convoy transporting prisoner SongBae Lim, who’s been extradited from America to stand trial for murdering his parents 20 years ago. A deadly firefight erupts, and what authorities first believed a rescue of SongBae, turns out to be an assassination attempt of him.
Just when assassins close in for the kill, another group of soldiers appears to protect SongBae. Caught in the crossfire is lead prosecutor Yeshin Seo, a beautiful idealist who is in charge of bringing SongBae to justice in Korea. But what she uncovers is a conspiracy protecting one of the largest corporate giants in South Korea and a young mother who vanished without a trace.
Great read. Memorable characters. Exotic setting. Trip down memory lane into the '90s, to the present day. The tech element was realistic and combined with action seamlessly. Looking forward to more from this author. Big fan of Jay Kohs work and he transitioned to writing seemlessly. It took me a short time to read because I couldn't put it down! Readers will enjoy the characters and this dynamic story so much. I am beyond excited for more books in this series!
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