Cold War Correspondent: A Korean War Tale by Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #11

I am a big fan of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series. I have read every single book in the series. Sadly, this book didn’t live up to my expectations. I might’ve been influenced by finishing the excellent book, The Korean War by Max Hastings, just before reading this graphic novel but also the story just isn’t that exciting, as presented by Hale.

Hale tried to bring his style, and humour to this story, but it just didn’t work. The focus of the book was a female war correspondent, Marguerite Higgins. This person is unknown to me as a non-American. As with the whole series as a whole, at times it is very US-centric, but that hasn’t hindered me from enjoying others in the series. The story follows Ms. Higgins as she races around Korea trying to catch the big stories while facing backlash from the military for reporting the truth about the war.

The parts about the war felt flat. They didn’t feel real, and felt boring. It’s a war gosh-darnit, how did you make it boring?

I think this will be the last Hazardous Tale I buy sight unseen. It feels like Hale is losing his touch a bit, or this story just didn’t capture my attention like some of the other books in the series.

I hope the next book in the series has a bit more of that spark that made the previous books so special.

Rating: ★★

Book #2 in my 2022 Reading Challenge

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