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Posted December 9, 2008
Twenty years have passed since the cease fire, but some things never change even when the demarcation line representing the front is not far away. For instance in the Itaewon red light district of Seoul, South Korea, the brass ¿protects¿ young soldiers from their own desires; Criminal Investigation Division Agents Corporal George Sueno and Sergeant Ernie Bascom are assigned to insure GIs do not barter liquor and cigarettes for sex................... However, Sueno and Bascom ignore the inane military rules; if a grunt wants to barter for local flavor they look the other way unless they perceive danger; that includes the 'business girls'. Thus when ally peddler Sooki tells them something bad happened, the twosome ignores duty and go into hero mode. They soon perceive a connection between thugs beating up a Buddhist nun and the kidnapping of nine year old Mi-ja, adopted daughter of former NCO Herman ¿Father¿ Burkowicz. That entangles the CID agents with the kidnapper¿s quest to own a Ghengis Khan jade scull possessed by the self-anointed Queen of the Chinese Dragon Throne, who refuses all offers even violent ones............................ BUDDHA¿S MONEY feels like a madcap 1950s serial movie as the two agents dash from one incident to another in their quest to bring justice not military law to the back allies of Seoul in the 1970s. The two mavericks are at their best beating up bad guys, but their opponents are two dimensional stereotypes from B movies. Still this action packed pulp thriller provides a fine look at Korea during a period when Viet Nam is the hot spot and containment is America¿s foreign policy..................... Harriet Klausner
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Posted December 29, 2009
Anyone who has read Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels about the intrepid seaman who jumps from one crisis to another will find the Sueno/Bascom team familiar. The Army CID team takes one death defying leap after another as they pursue the trail of a jade buddha head in order to save lives, oppose religious fanatics and save the 8th Army from public insurrection in Korea. While masses of protestors seek to do damage to the white devils these two never strole through the protestors and never seem to be recognized. The love interest is provided by the cold, imperial Lady Anh who somehow melts her heart enough to at times care for Sueno, to have concern for a young captive and at other times steals her resolve to withstand the ordeals presented by her captors while pursuing with cold efficiency the trail to the prize. One might be mesmerized by her beauty but would be deathly afraid of being with her if you ever caused her to anger. The plot pace never slows, but while most fiction is just that, fiction, there needs to be some semblance to believability and the superhuman exploits of this CID team consistently distorts that connection. This work merits a 3 1/2 star rating, closer to three than to four, which is why the rating assigned. It is a fun read but not a believable one. Towards the end you want to rush through not so much to find how the book turns out but because you tire of its frenetic pace.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 20, 2013
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