“Paul H. B. Shin wraps an engaging tale of espionage and intrigue around a failed marriage in his new international thriller, Half Life. With sure-footed prose and vivid characterization, Shin takes readers inside the paranoid claustrophobia of North Korea’s political world, where even high-ranking diplomats live in constant fear. With North Korea's nuclear arms program as a backdrop, the eminently believable and thoughtful plot will have readers wondering if they're looking at tomorrow's news. A well-wrought debut.”
–Jim DeFelice, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of American Sniper (William Morrow)


Half Life is a terrific novel. Right from the start you'll be drawn into many dark worlds—politics, espionage, and North Korea—and it will keep you on the edge of your seat right until the last page. Paul H.B. Shin’s authenticity and style cannot be missed.” 
–Dale Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Starfire (William Morrow)


“The author brings his valuable insights and experience to a chilling story of outsiders living among us. …characters struggle to exist in a world where the slightest mistake, or no mistake at all, can doom everyone they love. …the story is driven by their fear of the most repressive regime on earth, and its reach, even into the USA.”
–Larry Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Lash-Up (Forge Books, 2015)


 “Fast, fresh and fierce, Half Life is as insightful as it is exciting. Few thrillers capture the deep-insider's perspective so convincingly. Very highly recommended!”
–Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling and prize-winning author of Valley of the Shadow (Forge Books, 2015)


Half Life is a remarkable book—a taut, fast-paced thriller centered on believable and fully human characters. Paul H.B. Shin’s vivid, thought-provoking novel shows us what happens when the ordinary world of married life, love, and friendship collides with the brutal fabric of lies woven around North Korea’s tyrannical and corrupt regime. Exciting, grounded in reality, and intricately crafted, Half Life is superb!”
–Patrick J. Larkin, New York Times bestselling co-author of Robert Ludlum’s The Lazarus Vendetta (St. Martin’s Griffin)


“A gripping, taut espionage thriller, Half Life is enriched by the love story at its core and the refusal to give simple answers. I loved it.”
–Robert Ferrigno, bestselling and award-winning author of Heart of the Assassin (Scribner)