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Slave Song

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Loved it! 😍

An absolute page-turner that demonstrates a powerful resolution to survive - and truly live - against all odds!

Slave Song is an extraordinary story about an extraordinary man. It oversees SongBae’s journey from a helpless slave desperately in need of being saved to a powerful man who saves – as well as ends - the lives of others.


Our main character returns to his home country to be prosecuted twenty years after supposedly murdering his parents under the horrific circumstances of committing several murders, only for people from his past to try to murder him before his trial.


The synopsis and the beginning of the story promise an action-packed, thrilling, ‘strong base for a series’ book, and Mr. Jay Koh most certainly delivers.


The story goes back and forth between the present and various points in the past. Rather than being confusing, this method works very well with the plot and keeps the readers thinking and excited to find out what life-altering revelation we’re being permitted to see. The plot is very well-paced; there are no filler chapters to bore the readers or fill up the pages, every page counts to the development of the plot and characters that readers are bound to speedily turn through the pages until the story is finished.


There are no side characters that are simply there to fill space, every character shines without stealing the spotlight from the others and each character plays a central role in making this book into what it is. The chemistry between the characters feels like that between a well-casted movie; all the characters know their part and seem in agreement to work harmoniously together to make the story as intriguing as possible. The character development we see is quite great for a fast-moving plotline. Several characters could’ve been the main and I believe the story would’ve been just as interesting from their points of view. It is very difficult to have a cast of so many interesting characters work so well together without crowding the story, but the author does it exceptionally well.


The story does an amazing job portraying injustice, shining the light on corruption, demonstrating family-like friendships, as well as exploring morals, love, dedication, and the power of a promise between a loving son and his mother.


I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes action/thriller books, or anyone who wants to be entertained through SongBae and his story of hope.


Excited to see what Mr. Koh has in store next!

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About the author

Slave Song is an explosive debut novel by Korean American filmmaker Jay J. Koh. He is the writer and director of the movie MY BROWN EYES and the feature film TRUE. Slave Song is book one of the SONGS OF FORGOTTEN series. view profile

Published on September 11, 2021

50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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