• Addictive, profoundly weird

  • Extraordinary, gripping

    Financial Times
  • Stranger than fiction

  • An absolutely brilliant page-turner

    Daily Mail
  • Captivatingly tells perhaps the most extraordinary tale from the world's most bizarre country. That a North Korean dictator should kidnap two South Korean movie stars and force them to make films he hoped would rival Hollywood seems the stuff of fantasy . . . Flabbergasting

    Paul French, author of international bestseller 'Midnight in Peking'
  • A true story of desperate movie stars, daring escapes, and the paranoid leader who brought it all together. Equal parts history, thriller, and farce . . . will keep you engrossed until the very end

    Matt Baglio, co-author of 'New York Times' bestseller Argo

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