Sunday, September 9, 2012

Who's Who in Post Cold War Thriller II

Here's an advance peek at my second Post Cold War political thriller titled The Poksu Conspiracy. What follows is the Who's Who that will appear in the book. It lists all of the characters who appear in more than one chapter. I figure you won't need a cheat sheet to keep up with those who only make brief appearances. They are listed by category.

The Korean (hangul) characters for "poksu" in a square, at right, was the trademark of the small poksu guerrilla group that harassed the Japanese during World War II. It later appears as the codename for a highly-secret nuclear weapons project.

Who's Who

Worldwide Communications Consultants (Washington-based CIA spinoff)
    Nathaniel (Nate) Highsmith, President
    Burke Hill, chief financial officer, clandestine group director
    Tony Carlucci, Highsmith's executive assistant
    Jerry Chan, manager of Seoul Office
    Duane Elliston, account executive in Seoul Office
    Brittany Pickerel, research assistant in Seoul Office
    Evelyn Tilson, Hill's executive assistant
    Travis Tolliver, media specialist in Seoul Office
    An Kye-sun, Korean media specialist in Seoul Office
    Song Ji-young, Korean secretary in Seoul Office
American Officials
    Thornton Giles, President
    Kingsley Marshall, Director of Central Intelligence
    Ambassador Shearing, U.S. Ambassador to South Korea
    Brig. Gen. Henry Thatcher, Presidential Assistant for National Security Affairs
    Special Agent Frederick Birnbaum, instructor, FBI National Academy
    Vincent Duques, South Korean Embassy political officer and CIA Station Chief
    Special Agent Clifford Walters, FBI, San Francisco
    Damon Mansfield, South Korean Embassy cultural attaché
    Kurt Voegler, South Korean Embassy commercial attaché
South Korean Officials
    Kwak Sung-kyo, recently-elected president
    Hong Oh-san, prime minister
    Col. Han Sun-shin, director of Agency for Security Planning (NSP)
    Dr. Hyun U-je, head of Korea Electric Power Company (Kepco)
    Ko Pong-hak, information officer, Ministry of Culture and Information
    Park Sang-muk, Seoul public prosecutor
Seoul Metropolitan PoliceBureau
    Superintendent General Choi, head of Special Security Group
    Lt. Han Mi-jung, fiancée of Lieutenant. Yun
    Lt. Yun Se-jin, officer, Tongdaemun Station
    Capt. Yun Yu-sop, homicide detective, Namdaemun Station
World War II Poksu guerilla group
    Lee Horangi-chelmun, leader
    Ahn Wi-jong, other group survivor
North Korean Officials
    Kim Il-sung, premier
    Kim Jong-il, son and heir apparent
    So Song-ku, official of the Central Committee, North Korean Workers Party
Other Americans
    Will and Maggie Arnold, Falls Church, VA neighbors of the Hills
    Dr. Chloe Brackin, obstetrican and Lori Hill's best friend
    Lorelei Hill, wife of Burke Hill, head of Clipper Cruise & Travel
    Dr. Cabot Lowing, fellow, Highsmith Foundation
    R. Mitchell (Mitch) Steele, contractor's representative, Taesong Nuclear Power Plant
    Peggy Walters, Burke Hill's first wife
    Dr. Kim Vickers, director, Korean-American Education Foundation
In Hungary
    Margit Szabo, Lorelei Hill's grandmother
Other Koreans
    Ahn Pom-yun, drug kingpin in Chiangmai, Thailand, son of Ahn Wi-jong
    Mr. Chon, Namdaemun Market fruit vendor, Captain Yun's informant
    Hwang Sang-sol, a.k.a. Suh Tae-hung, free lance assassin
    Kang Han-kyo, editor of Koryo Ilbo, national daily newspaper
    Kim Yong-man, Mr. Chon's grandson
    Kwon, junior official at Reijeo conglomerate
    Dr. Lee Yo-ku, Seoul National University history professor
    Moon Chwa, official at Pulguksa Buddhist shrine
    Dr. Shin Man-ki, fired nuclear physicist at Reijeo installation
    Yang Jong-ku, hotel owner, chairman of Korean-American Cooperation Association
    Yi In-wha, prominent businessman, son-in-law of President Kwak's half-sister
    Yoo Hak-sil, Seoul private investigator, former cop

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