Review by Nqobile771 -- The Vanished by Pejay Bradley

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Review by Nqobile771 -- The Vanished by Pejay Bradley

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[Following is a volunteer review of "The Vanished" by Pejay Bradley.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Vanished by Pejay Bradley is set in Korea during the twentieth century. During this time, the Japanese had taken over Korea and oppressed its people. The Koreans were enslaved and stripped of their identity and dignity. Faced with the decision to adapt to the new reality or take up arms and fight, the Koreans chose the latter.

The novel begins by introducing us to Lady Sougyon, a daughter of Prince Ansoon. Lady Sougyon was married to Hob, who became an estranged husband soon after their wedding day. Out of her marriage with Hob, Embon was born. Embon was a smart student who always achieved excellent grades. Because of his outstanding performance at school, he was promoted several times and moved to the next level. His high marks saw him secure a spot at a prestigious Japanese university where he met two friends who ignited his patriotism spirit. Although Embon lived a comfortable life and went to the best schools, he was not oblivious to the injustices suffered by his people at the hands of the Japanese.

Embon, together with his fellow countrymen found himself in China as part of an underground movement that was working to overthrow the Japanese government. In their endeavor to regain independence from Japan, blood was spilled, and lives were lost. Were lives lost in vain, or did Korea finally gain its independence? I will leave this detail for the reader to find out.

The characters were well developed and contributed meaningfully towards the storyline, no matter how small their roles were. The Korean's fighting spirit and their loyalty to their country, culture, and customs shined through the pages. They were willing to sacrifice themselves and fought with all their might to free themselves from the clutches of a devious slave master who had stripped them of their culture and dignity.

The language used in the book was pleasant, as I did not come across any profane words. The book does not contain sexual content, making it suitable for young and old readers. I recommend it to readers who enjoy historical fiction and those who would like to learn more about the history of Koreans.

The book contains elements of violence, but it is not gruesome or overly detailed. The book cover is aesthetically pleasing, and I found the color coordination to be exquisite. The events were arranged chronologically, making the book a smooth read as it flowed seamlessly from one chapter to the next. I also liked the author's skillful display of the lives of Koreans under Japanese rule.

There was nothing I disliked about the book. I only came across a handful of errors throughout the book, giving me the impression that the book was professionally edited. The storyline was not only educational, but it was also captivating and skillfully crafted. The book exposed me to Korean cuisines, traditions, and customs. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and am delighted to award it a rating of 4 out of 4 stars.

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I agree with you. The historical events added beauty to the entire novel. Enjoyed reading your insightful review.
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My curiosity about Embon is spiked at this moment. Did they finally overthrow the chinese government and how?. I guess I’ll have to read the book to find out. Nice review
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A historical fiction regarding Korean struggle against Japan. Sounds interesting. Nice review. Thanks
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You did a great job of summarizing the book. Seems like a meaningful piece written eloquently. Thanks for a wonderful review!
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I love it when I see some citizen that a great patriots. This is a great book that will educate the reader on history. Great review.
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Wow! Who would have thought that this book had such an outstanding content. The author needs to find a much more expressive cover for this book. Great review, Nqobile!
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It it a great book that can be very educational about history. I agree with your perspective on the events, and I congratulate you for this great review!
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For me, Reading The Vanished was everything entertaining. Great review.
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Bookishkrish24 wrote: 14 Jan 2021, 01:50 I agree with you. The historical events added beauty to the entire novel. Enjoyed reading your insightful review.
Thanks for sharing taking the time to read the review! :tiphat:
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MayorE wrote: 14 Jan 2021, 08:42 My curiosity about Embon is spiked at this moment. Did they finally overthrow the chinese government and how?. I guess I’ll have to read the book to find out. Nice review
If you do get to read the book, I hope you will enjoy it. I will not divulge much and spoil it for you :techie-studyinggray:
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OBC Reviewer wrote: 14 Jan 2021, 09:00 A historical fiction regarding Korean struggle against Japan. Sounds interesting. Nice review. Thanks
It was an interesting read. Thanks for taking the time to read the review and leave a comment!
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SamaylaM wrote: 14 Jan 2021, 09:09 You did a great job of summarizing the book. Seems like a meaningful piece written eloquently. Thanks for a wonderful review!
Thanks for taking the time to read the review Samayla! I appreciate your participation
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Chigo Nwagboso wrote: 14 Jan 2021, 10:16 I love it when I see some citizen that a great patriots. This is a great book that will educate the reader on history. Great review.
Definitely rich in Korean history. Thanks for taking the time to read the review Chigo!
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Ayindelaw wrote: 16 Jan 2021, 07:39 Wow! Who would have thought that this book had such an outstanding content. The author needs to find a much more expressive cover for this book. Great review, Nqobile!
I loved the cover image, especially the coordination of colors. However, I feel the title doesn't do the book justice. You're quite analytical, I like that!
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