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The Expediter (Kirk McGarvey Series #13)

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

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    Exciting and fast-paced

    In Pyongyang, top Chinese intelligence official General Ho Chang Li heads to a meeting with Kim Jong Il when two people wearing North Korean police officer uniforms assassinate him. The surveillance camera tapes catch the entire incident. The Chinese leaders are furious while the North Korean President strongly denies any ties to the deadly snipers. China prepares for war while Jong II threatens to nuke Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo if the Chinese army takes one step into North Korea.

    Meanwhile leveler heads hope to prevent a disaster. North Korean intelligence Colonel Pak Hae knows his nation did not kill Li, as he has captured one of the snipers who under a torturous interrogation confessed to working for the Russians. Still Hae needs help to fully prove no North Korean involvement so he travels to the Florida where former CIA Director Kirk McGarvey is a visiting professor. Stunned by the request to assist the enemy, McGarvey agrees to investigate.

    Exciting and fast-paced from the opening assassination until the final confrontation, THE EXPEDITER is still a straight forward by the numbers espionage thriller. The action-packed story line grips the reader throughout, but offers few glimpses into North Korea (see James Church's Inspector O police procedurals) or China (Qiu Xialong's Inspector Chen police procedurals) for instance how leaders perceive their relationship. Nonetheless readers who appreciate action to the nth degree will enjoy David Hagberg's latest McGarvey's retirement adventure (see DANCE WITH THE DRAGON).

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted July 25, 2010

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    I think I have read almost every novel that Hagberg has penned. I am a big fan, so watch out. I read a few reviews of this novel back when it came out and I felt they were way off base, especially Publishers Weekly. Their big beef was that Hagberg didn't offer enough insight into the North Korean society ala James Church's Inspector O series. No disrespect to Mr. O, but I really didn't care when I read The Expediter if it gave me a deep and thorough insight. I like being sightless, but entertained. That's what David Hagberg delivered here in The Expediter, pure adrenaline, suspense and action. Insight for me can be left behind. Besides how much insight can be gained into Kim Jung Il?
    The Expediter has the forces that be, interrupting McGarvey's peace and pseudoretirement to help them solve the World's newest crisis du jour. Basically they need his unique skill set and attitude to unravel yet another plot that the alleged masterminds cannot solve. McGarvey packs a toothbrush, says goodbye to his loved ones and goes about his business. Hagberg puts together a great plot, executes it well and keeps the action going from the beginning to end; one cannot ask for more in a novel of this type. The character is hard hitting and in your face and that is when he is at his best. The narrative of the places McGarvey visits and the speed in which he is changing time zones doesn't really lend itself to learning the history and culture of a Nation State.
    I am not going out on a limb here when I say that David Hagberg can pen a really good suspense/action novel. If you haven't had a chance to get a dose of Kirk McGarvey there are plenty of other novels in the Hagberg library to check out, grab one; they are just as good. The Cabel is his newest to date and that should be available now ( hint, click the tab ). I look forward to reading it.
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  • Posted May 1, 2009

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    North Korea Crime News

    It's not often we get on the inside of a murder investigation in North Korea, so right away this novel scores some points. Not many, since there isn't a whole lot known about crime-solving there. But it made for a nice change of pace. The rest of the story is almost amateurish in its efforts to come up with some thrills before the world blows up. The US Government can't do it, so this retired CIA Director takes it upon himself to solve the crimes and save the world. Yeah, right. The entire government stood down to let him do his thing, and even with the Chinese and the Koreans toe to toe with nukes, they waited for this American to fix things for them. Oh well.

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