SOURCE: Author Ian R. Kelley

Author Ian R. Kelley

January 23, 2013 16:33 ET

'UNCIVIL SERVANTS' Imagines the Global Consequences of a Unified Korea

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - Jan 23, 2013) -  A longtime Department of Defense employee shows how competing world powers work against the reunification of North and South Korea in the new book, "UNCIVIL SERVANTS," ( by Ian R. Kelley.

Kelley, who lived and worked in South Korea for many years and retired from the Department of Defense after 35 years,says reunification is not an "if" but a "when." The United States will feel the effects, he says.

"With turmoil in the Middle East and concerns over Iran's developing nuclear weapons, we can't afford to forget the last remnant of the 'Bamboo Curtain'with nuclear strike capabilities -- North Korea!" he says.

For more than half a century, suspicion has characterized the relationship between the communist North and the democratic South. Twelve U.S. presidents and two despots have struggled to gain the upper hand but have failed.

The Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea remains the longest, most heavily guarded border in the world. Hostilities could flare up at any minute, sending the world into yet another all-out shooting war. Powerful allies would be drawn into the fray. With both sides capable of nuclear strikes, there would be no winners.

"UNCIVIL SERVANTS" is a suspenseful work of fiction; however, the book is based on the facts of today's realities in and around the polarized peninsula, Kelley says.

It opens with the disappearance of Air Force Two, the vice president's jet, over the Pacific on the eve of a presidential visit to Seoul to attend reunification talks. Most agree the world would be a better place if the two sides reunite, but others have doubts. Some in the region -- notably, Japan -- fear the industrial might of one Korea and are willing to perpetrate extreme actions to prevent it.

Kelley's narrative features six nations that come together to decide the fate of millions -- possibly the entire world. Three civil servants -- a Korean army officer, a Japanese diplomat and a U.S. Secret Service agent -- will do whatever it takes to influence the outcome.

About Ian R. Kelley

Ian R. Kelley retired from the Department of Defense in 2005. For many years, he lived and worked in South Korea teaching English and communications skills to Korean and U.S. military personnel. He worked as a professor at Keimyung College University in Daegu, South Korea. He currently resides in Tarpon Springs, Fla.

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