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War Women

Tekijä: Martin Limón

Sarjat: Sueño and Bascom (book 15)

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"South Korea, 1970s: Sergeant First Class Cecil B. Harvey, a senior NCO in charge of 8th Army's classified documents, has long been a friend (willing or unwilling) to Sergeants George Sueño and Ernie Bascom. So when he goes missing with a top-secret document that even a glance at could get an officer court-martialed, Sueño and Bascom take it upon themselves to find him. Meanwhile, Overseas Observer reporter Katie Byrd Worthington is back to make life difficult for top Army brass. When she lands in a Korean jail cell, Sueño and Bascom are sent to get her out-and negotiate against the publication of an incriminating story that could land important military officials in hot water"--… (lisätietoja)
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Strange is missing - he never reported for work and noone knows where he is. That can be bad enough on its own but when the missing soldier is one with access to all classified documents, things can be really bad.

Welcome back to South Korea and the American Army's compounds in the country in the 1970s. Strange's disappearance (Harvey really but our narrator calls him Strange and had been doing it since we first met him) and cases like that are the reason for CID to exist. So Sueño and Bascom are on the case - getting beaten (of course) and pushing hard until something gives away. Everyone's unspoken horror is obvious - North Korean spies are known to operate in the country and Harvey is in a position which will give them access to documents they cannot see otherwise.

Meanwhile, the reporter we met it earlier books, Katie Byrd Worthington, is back to cause more headaches. She has a knack to be at the right place in the right time (although it is not all chance - she works hard for it). And this time not only she has pictures and a story that can embarrass the chain of command (and even put a stop to a career or three) but she also got contacted from a group of female soldiers who had been abused (in all ways) from their male counterparts. Before long our pair of detectives/soldiers is attached to her and thing start getting even weirder.

Both stories are not connected except for Sueño and Bascom and the Korean Police (Mr. Kill as usual) being interested in both. That's a common pattern in these novels and you know that the two stories will meet somewhere - in an unexpected way - sometimes they merge, sometimes they just brush each other but the connection will be there. And Katie Byrd knowing both almost guarantees that by just being there.

And yet something is off - Sueño and Bascom are way too gullible - both in dealing with Strange and with Katie Byrd; they let themselves be led by the nose by people who should not have been able to do it. One of the issues is that both stories are strictly dealing with the American presence (yes, there is a Korean spy but an earlier book did that better - even if the story is a bit different here - and there is the rush across the peninsula from one place to another and the chase for a specific shop, but Korea is almost missing from this book). Things get better after the first chapters but only because now everyone scrambles to deal with the results from the initial mistakes. And the plots (both of them) get less and less credible as the book progresses.

Not that all plots in this series had been really credible but they were usually weaved together into a lot more credible one and one can just ignore the warning notes. There is nothing like that here. It makes for a good story - but ultimately makes you really wonder how much of that is based on the author's experiences and how much is fictional. In most books of the series, it feels like fiction written by someone who actually was there (as is the case with this author). This one feels a lot more removed.

I still enjoyed the novel though - that deep into the series, it kinda works even with all of its faults. Not a good start for a new reader though - the backstory (the relevant one) is all here but this novel will give a really bad idea to a new reader about what this series is all about or its charm and power. ( )
  AnnieMod | Jan 10, 2022 |
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"South Korea, 1970s: Sergeant First Class Cecil B. Harvey, a senior NCO in charge of 8th Army's classified documents, has long been a friend (willing or unwilling) to Sergeants George Sueño and Ernie Bascom. So when he goes missing with a top-secret document that even a glance at could get an officer court-martialed, Sueño and Bascom take it upon themselves to find him. Meanwhile, Overseas Observer reporter Katie Byrd Worthington is back to make life difficult for top Army brass. When she lands in a Korean jail cell, Sueño and Bascom are sent to get her out-and negotiate against the publication of an incriminating story that could land important military officials in hot water"--

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