Andrew Lowe is a local author living in Havering, who has just published his second book ‘The Medusa Files’, a fiction novel based in North and South Korea.
The book was launched at Foyles bookstore Charring Cross Road on Sunday 5th June. The event was a fabulous success with the amazing soprano Emma Walsh singing O mio babbino caro from Puccini’s opera and Un Bel Di from Madame Butterfly as part of a poignant and moving speech from the author Andrew Lowe.
This is Andrew’s second book to be published. The Medusa Books begin with ‘The Medusa Conspiracy’ and continue with ‘The Medusa Files’
The story intriguingly intertwines fact and fiction of life in the hermit kingdom, North Korea. Its skewed perspective comes from the viewpoint of a group of highly trained women totally devoted to the State, who gradually become disillusioned, as the realisation of the paucity of its values leads them to question the very purpose of its existence.
The Medusa Files
Ti-woo has been taken under duress from her new life in Seoul, and returned to Pyongyang. Two others have discovered a disturbing secret concerning their past, with danger-fraught consequences forcing them to return to, and betray, their home country. A troubled police detective joins them, whose complicated private life and obsession with Ti-woo results in him entering the land of whispers for himself, where he encounters a dystopian society quite unlike any other.
Spanning events from 1968 to 2004, The Medusa Files intertwines fact and fiction to tell the story of three highly trained and ruthless women turning their backs on a lifetime of indoctrination to challenge a regime whose fight to retain absolute control seemingly knows no limits. From kidnap to international counterfeiting on an industrial scale, the chilling methods the North Korean dictatorship employ to preserve an iron grip on the nation are explored through their eyes; before their mission has ended, everything they once thought true about their homeland and identity will lie shattered around them.
The gripping sequel to The Medusa Conspiracy is packed with action, intrigue, and pathos, inspired by real events. As with the protagonists, readers of The Medusa Files will find themselves questioning the very nature of loyalty, trust, society, and self-interest.
To find out more about the book or to purchase on amazon please visit: http://www.andrewlowe.co.uk/