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The Spirit of the Dragon I like reading a book based in the country I m visiting while I m there so was very glad when NetGalley offered this title for review just before my trip to South Korea Though it was hard to reconcile the Korea then and the Korea I saw, I thoroughly enjoyed the book So much so that just before reaching the last page of the Spirit of the Dragon, I hurriedly went and bought the other earlier titles in the series Well done, Mr Andrews, you portrayed the story of Suk Bo so sensitively and in such I like reading a book based in the country I m visiting while I m there so was very glad when NetGalley offered this title for review just before my trip to South Korea Though it was hard to reconcile the Korea then and the Korea I saw, I thoroughly enjoyed the book So much so that just before reaching the last page of the Spirit of the Dragon, I hurriedly went and bought the other earlier titles in the series Well done, Mr Andrews, you portrayed the story of Suk Bo so sensitively and in such an engrossing way I don t know the history of Korea so can t comment on how accurate the background of the story is but I ll bet your research in the matter was intense This is the type of fiction that keeps me turning the pages I do wish the ending was different though Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC This is my honest review Wow so much happens in this book Honestly I had no idea it was part of a series until I looked up the book online and saw that it was but it s the perfect standalone Having Anna and the comb be a connection but take a backseat is the perfect way to weave the story that focused on things that most people don t know about WWII is a huge topic for novels but you don t usually get one from the Far East It also makes a point to say that no one had heard about Unit 731 and the atrocities they did Wow so much happens in this book Honestly I had no idea it was part of a series until I looked up the book online and saw that it was but it s the perfect standalone Having Anna and the comb be a connection but take a backseat is the perfect way to weave the story that focused on things that most people don t know about WWII is a huge topic for novels but you don t usually get one from the Far East It also makes a point to say that no one had heard about Unit 731 and the atrocities they did during the war and that s true in real life I had never heard of that and I m a huge WWII buff So having this focus so heavily on people that seem to be largely ignored in the historical fiction genre was amazing.Yes sometimes it got a bit wordy or would blah blah through years worth of time but I was still so wrapped up in the story that I couldn t put it down I honestly want to read the other two books in the series after reading this one and I m glad the cover caught my attention and I requested it from NetGalley It s a powerful story even if the constant changes between names which was true for the time that Korean s were given Japanese names that they had to answer to was a bit confusing at times Plus the twist in the end of what truly happened to the man in the Nursing home was fantastic 100% would recommend From The Bestselling Author Of Daughters Of The Dragon Comes An Epic Novel Of A Star Crossed Couple Who Must Defy Tradition, War, And Prejudice To Keep Their Love AliveAt The Urging Of A Los Angeles Detective, International Rights Lawyer Anna Carlson Assists In A Murder Investigation It S A Personal Request From Suk Bo Yi, A Ninety Nine Year Old Woman Questioned In A Mysterious Death At A Koreatown Nursing Home A Stranger To Anna, Suk Bo Has A Tale To Tell For Reasons Of Her Own, She S Chosen Anna Only Anna To Hear It Suk Bo S Story Begins In , When The Japanese Occupying Korea Force Her To Marry One Of Their Own, Named Hisashi In Spite Of Their Differences, They Fall Madly In Love, Pitting Them Against Two Violently Opposing Cultures When Hisashi Joins The Japanese Imperial Army And Disappears, Suk Bo Embarks On A Quest Through Years Of War, Bigotry, And Poverty To Find HimBut Suk Bo S Unfolding History Reveals Than Anna Can Imagine An Heirloom Comb Bearing An Intricately Carved Two Headed Dragon Binding Her To Suk Bo S Past Soon Anna Will Discover Her Own Legacy At The Heart Of Suk Bo S Epic Love Story It looks like I m in the minority with this one, but that s okay, I have no problem with being honest in my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent.The Spirit of the Dragon fell under the indifferent category for me I really wanted to enjoy itthan I did The synopsis made this sound like some gut wrenching tale of love and survival, with a potential murder mystery thrown in early on The majority of the book is narrated by Suk bo, an elderly Korean woman who survived World War II and the Korea It looks like I m in the minority with this one, but that s okay, I have no problem with being honest in my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent.The Spirit of the Dragon fell under the indifferent category for me I really wanted to enjoy itthan I did The synopsis made this sound like some gut wrenching tale of love and survival, with a potential murder mystery thrown in early on The majority of the book is narrated by Suk bo, an elderly Korean woman who survived World War II and the Korean War She is telling an international rights lawyer named Anna her life story while sitting in a police interrogation room after she is found next to a dead man Sounds pretty good to me But after a while, Suk bo s narration just came across as emotionally flat When I should have been caring for the protagonist, crying with her, cheering her on, I felt like the simplistic narrative itself I will turn the page I will read someI will hope things get better I will be disappointed at the end.I do give major props to William Andrews for his research and recreating the historical areas and events I just didn t care for the almost drone like narration from the main character that I should have been cheering for.Thank you to Lake Union Publishing for sending me this kindle copy for review.You can find this review and my other book commentaries at my blog This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here An interesting history lesson, but an unconvincing, poorly narrated story It s flaws are as following 1 Flimsy use of the dragon comb symbolism2 Contrived situations which throw the protagonist and her son into poverty If her in laws were as rich and influential as depicted in the book, the mother son duo didn t have to go hungry for so long.3 Unnecessary loss of a young life Young Chul s His aunt, Yoshiko, who has raised the boy was in a position to visit and save Young Chul from drugs An interesting history lesson, but an unconvincing, poorly narrated story It s flaws are as following 1 Flimsy use of the dragon comb symbolism2 Contrived situations which throw the protagonist and her son into poverty If her in laws were as rich and influential as depicted in the book, the mother son duo didn t have to go hungry for so long.3 Unnecessary loss of a young life Young Chul s His aunt, Yoshiko, who has raised the boy was in a position to visit and save Young Chul from drugs and bad company However, she chooses to visit only after his death Why So that the readers suffer needless agony.4 Why does Hisashi have to go to Los Angeles to atone for his sins If his intention was to commit hara kiri, why didn t he do so just after his reunion with his wife in LA It s hard to believe a man would wait six decades longer for something like that If an author like me had penned something like this, it would have gone straight into the trash bin The fact that this book was published proves that the publishing industry s concern is who you are, not what you write The Spirit of the Dragon by William Andrews is the third book of the trilogy The Dragon but it can be read as a standalone.The story begins with a murder investigation where this korean woman might be the killer She thell her story how, as a young girl, Suk bo Yi became the wife of a japanese named Hisashi, just before WWII Suk bo s life wasn t a simple one She had to escape from Korea, fight against japanese who had occupied her country, lost her family and hope for a better future.This The Spirit of the Dragon by William Andrews is the third book of the trilogy The Dragon but it can be read as a standalone.The story begins with a murder investigation where this korean woman might be the killer She thell her story how, as a young girl, Suk bo Yi became the wife of a japanese named Hisashi, just before WWII Suk bo s life wasn t a simple one She had to escape from Korea, fight against japanese who had occupied her country, lost her family and hope for a better future.This is a story about war, civil rights, love, power How a women can make the difference.I love the plot and the writing style.The reader finds out a lot of historical traditions and a little piece of history which is rarely studied in the West I m from Italy and I know about Korean and Japan war from my university courses.Characters are so real I could relate with them, with their feelings and their fears Suk bo is a strong female character, even in the dark she can reach the light Friendships and legacy are an important matter in this book.I recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction and is in love with Asia and it s culture Well done historical fiction about a dark dark time in Korea but it s also a love story about Suk Bo, a Korean woman, and Hisashi, a Japanese man Although it spans the years between 1936 and the present, the most dynamic parts of the novel are set during WWII, when Suk Bo was chosen to Marr Hisashi, who was then sent to do terrible work How to simply explain what happened Suk bo, though a series of events, is forced to leave her son behind when she escapes Korea to Manchuria where she joins Well done historical fiction about a dark dark time in Korea but it s also a love story about Suk Bo, a Korean woman, and Hisashi, a Japanese man Although it spans the years between 1936 and the present, the most dynamic parts of the novel are set during WWII, when Suk Bo was chosen to Marr Hisashi, who was then sent to do terrible work How to simply explain what happened Suk bo, though a series of events, is forced to leave her son behind when she escapes Korea to Manchuria where she joins but was never fully trusted by the rebel group headed by Kim Jong Il She eventually makes her way back to Korea and to her son even as things fall completely apart She always holds out hope that she will find Hisashi again The novel is framed by an interview with a 90 year old woman who was just found in a room with a 100 year old man who had been stabbed to death Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC Well written and gripping, this is a very good read I am very satisfied and happy that I purchased all three books from this series The Daughters of the Dragon, The Dragon Queen, and The Spirit of the Dragon I have enjoyed all three books This particular title, The Spirit of the Dragon hits hard in a beautiful way It started out nicely, depicting a budding romance between two different people Then, it builds up into a thrilling adventure in a war setting Finally, a culmination of the story held me captive and made me cry buckets of tears I am very satisfied and happy that I purchased all three books from this series The Daughters of the Dragon, The Dragon Queen, and The Spirit of the Dragon I have enjoyed all three books This particular title, The Spirit of the Dragon hits hard in a beautiful way It started out nicely, depicting a budding romance between two different people Then, it builds up into a thrilling adventure in a war setting Finally, a culmination of the story held me captive and made me cry buckets of tears something that I had not expected at all The characters had unique traits and characteristics some were very likeable, others detestable Overall, I would like to commend the author for writing this beautiful book series with a touch of history As for me, I have not yet moved on from the beautiful ending and I think I ll be thinking about it for many days I highly recommend this book The Spirit of the Dragon is the 3rd book in The Dragon series It can be read as a stand alone I loved the previous books in this series so I was excited to read this book And this one did not disappoint This story was poignant and heart wrenching It is about a young Korean girl, Suk bo, who is forced to marry a Japanese boy, Hisashi, during a time when Japan was taking over Korea Korean culture and traditions were being forced into Japanese ways Despite their differences, they fall in l The Spirit of the Dragon is the 3rd book in The Dragon series It can be read as a stand alone I loved the previous books in this series so I was excited to read this book And this one did not disappoint This story was poignant and heart wrenching It is about a young Korean girl, Suk bo, who is forced to marry a Japanese boy, Hisashi, during a time when Japan was taking over Korea Korean culture and traditions were being forced into Japanese ways Despite their differences, they fall in love When Hisashi joins the Japanese Imperial Army and leaves, Suk bo vows to love him forever She embarks on a quest through years of war, bigotry, and poverty to find him.This story is about survival The author did a great job of incorporating history into a truly fascinating story It was a perfect blend of history and fiction I definitely recommend this book if you like historical fiction Thank you to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, William Andrews for a copy of The Spirit of the Dragon in exchange of an honest review This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here A good story will always stay in your head for a while after it ends At first it was Hong Jae hee Then, it was Min Ja Young This time, it is Hisashi Saito and his son, Young chul I got happy then I got angry and then I got sad Why did Hisashi suffered so much even when he s a good person Why did Young chul suffered the poor fate Everything that we do, affects the lives of others I m sad that bigotry is everywhere and I wish that the world is kinder I m so glad that I picked up these th A good story will always stay in your head for a while after it ends At first it was Hong Jae hee Then, it was Min Ja Young This time, it is Hisashi Saito and his son, Young chul I got happy then I got angry and then I got sad Why did Hisashi suffered so much even when he s a good person Why did Young chul suffered the poor fate Everything that we do, affects the lives of others I m sad that bigotry is everywhere and I wish that the world is kinder I m so glad that I picked up these three titles and they brought me on a roller coaster ride not once, not twice but thrice each time leaving me woozy with thought provoking issues within the stories I hope these will be made into movies

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