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Book Review (ARC): The Han Agent by Amy Rogers



Title: The Han Agent

Author: Amy Rogers

Genre: Thriller

Date Published: September 5th 2017

Publisher: ScienceThrillers Media

Goodreads Rating: 3.93

Synopsis (Goodreads):


In the 1930s, Japanese scientists committed heinous crimes in their quest for the ultimate biological weapon.

The war ended. Their mission did not.

Eighty years later, Japanese-American scientist Amika Nakamura won’t let rules stand between her and scientific glory. When the ambitious young virologist defies a ban on the genetic manipulation of influenza, she’s expelled from the university. Desperate to save her career, she accepts a position with a pharmaceutical company in Tokyo. Soon after, a visit to a disputed island entangles her in a high-profile geopolitical struggle between Japan and China. Applying her singular expertise with bird flu in a risky experiment may be the only way out. Little does she know that Japanese ultranationalists and a legacy of unpunished war crimes lurk in the shadows, manipulating people, politics, and science.

But DNA doesn’t lie. Amika uncovers a shocking truth: a deadly virus is about to put the “gene” in genocide.


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Hiya bessies!

How are you all?


First off, I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.


Let’s start!


This book is about a scientist who specializes in viruses, Amika Nakamura. She got fired from the university she’s working with when they found out that she’s working on a prohibited project. She went to her brother, Shuu, to ask for help about her career and that’s where she met Hiroshi, the son of the owner of one of the leading pharmaceutical company in Tokyo. Hiroshi and Amika sailed on an island to meet with Shuu and work on a project about goats when their camp got attacked by Chinese jackals (that’s what they call it in the book). The attack wasn’t that serious because the attackers weren’t bringing weapons aside from skunk spray and wrenches. During the attack, Shuu accidentally killed some of their attackers. And because of it, Shuu is in danger from the government. In order to save her brother from being prosecuted, Amika must play the victim and tell everyone that her brother was just protecting her from the attackers.



Okay. That’s what I gather from reading the synopsis and reading up to 22% of the book before I DNF it. Yes, I DNF this book. Why?


Like I said, the story is about media and dealing with them. I don’t think there’s a big something going on in this book. If there is, well, they did a poor way to show it. While reading this, all I could feel is the problem towards the media. I know this book is medical-thriller and I read some of the reviews of this one on Goodreads I can see a lot of people praising this book.


I admit that those reviews somehow influenced me to continue reading this book because when I reached around the 4th chapter and there’s still nothing interesting going on, I was so close on DNF-ing this. And when I continue my read on this book, I was really hoping that it would catch up eventually. Hoping that an interesting something will happen right around the corner. But no, nada, there’s nothing.


It was slow and I don’t like it. So I stopped reading at 22%.


The book has amazing narration though. It’s the kind of narration that you’ll find yourself hard to stop reading. It’s in third person point of view but still, it was a good kind of narration. I feel like I was actually reading it as fast as I could read a first person point of view book.


It’s such a bummer that I had to DNF this book because I’ve never read a book with this kind of genre before. However, I don’t really want to push myself to finish reading something that I don’t find worth my time. This is my second DNF read this month and I feel so bad about myself. I’m not really the kind of person who DNF a book that easily. I always give a book a lot of chances before I give up on them.


To wrap this up, the only thing I liked about this book is the narration. Lol. But if you bessies are the type of reader who appreciates medical-thriller then go ahead and read this. It just didn’t work for me but I hope that it will work on you. 😀







Amy Rogers, MD, PhD, is a Harvard-educated writer, scientist, educator, and critic. Through her book review website, her publishing company ScienceThrillers Media, and her own writing, Amy advocates for literate entertainment in the form of great stories with real science.

Amy writes thrilling science-themed novels in the style of Michael Crichton (PETROPLAGUE, REVERSION, THE HAN AGENT). She also creates a monthly column “Science in the Neighborhood” for Inside Publications of Sacramento. She is a member of International Thriller Writers. Learn more at

Amy loves dim sum, Ted Drewes, redwood forests, Minnesota lakes, Hawaiian beaches, and cats. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two exceptional children who believe she has an unreasonable tolerance for mysterious things growing in her refrigerator.


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Have you read this book bessies? What do you think? Are you a fan of medical-thrillers? Let’s talk in the comments!


Thanks for reading up to here bessies! Love you all!


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