Here is a book I wish I hadn't started reading until the weekend because I couldn't put it down. I have recently discovered some of the classic military novels and this is one of the really good ones. This is the story of a retired army homicide investigator (who you want to shake once in awhile!) and how he gets coerced into one last mission: Investigating a murder that happened 30 years earlier-in wartime Vietnam. An excellent look at the Vietnam war and what the war did to a country, its people and Americans. Lots of excitement when investigator Brenner is paired up with expat Susan Weber. Some historical information, a little romance, travel to foreign places, a murder or two: There is something for everyone in this thriller.
The sequel to "General's Daughter". Paul Breener returns to Viet Nam on a mission to find the witness to a murder that happened dring the Viet Nam war. I did not want to put this one down!
Another great DeMille thriller set in post war Viet Nam. DeMille served as an infantry platoon leader in the same regions of the about which he writes. I did too. Vivid recollections of a beautiful country assaulted by the ravages of war.
This book was in my TBR pile for nearly 10 years, so I was happy to finally read it as part of a potluck challenge in my online book club, The Reading Cove.
Though very well-written, I found it to be more of a special interest book for those interested in the Vietnam War or in modern-day Vietnam through the eyes of a veteran. Paul Brenner's assignment to get involved in finding a witness to a 30-year-old murder was just a cover for a travelogue on Vietnam, and likely a cathartic exercise for the author himself.
I was baffled by Paul's relationship with Susan and bored by the day-to-day monotony of their time in Vietnam. The actual murder mystery dragged and dragged until I didn't really care about what had happened.
This was a C+ for me, saved by the writing and some hilarious LOL one-liners from Paul, and sometimes Susan. I would still like to try another of Nelson Demille's books as I have heard good things about them.
More than a blood-and guts thriller. An insightful,moving, and sensitive look at what the war did to a country,its people & its enemies.