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.
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.
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.
I'm the odd man out here. I think I would have enjoyed the Readers Digest version of this a lot more than the 854 pages this book contains. I found myself skipping two or three pages at a time trying to get passed, to me, rambling boring dialog and to find where the book gets back on point. Very slow read for me and probably should have gave up on it instead of trudging through to the end.
If you like DeMille, you'll love this visit to Viet Nam by former army homicide investigator Paul Brenner. He visits the country and ends up plunged into a world of corruption and danger, while investigating a thirty year old murder.
Former army homicide investigator Paul Brenner has just gotten used to the early retirement forced on him after the disastrous end of his last case when his old commanding officer asks him to return for one more final mission: investigate a murder that took place in wartime Vietnam thirty years before. Brennar reluctantly accepts out of curiosity and loyalty --- and maybe a touch of boredom. He won't be bored for long.
Paul Brenner returns in this fast paced military Criminal Invesigation novel. If there is one thing that Demille is good at is military humor in an intense criminal drama. This is book centers around a death of a LT. whose name is carved in the Vietnam Wall Memorial. The twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Maybe the best of all his books, recent ones included. Returning VN vet, retired Army investigator, is arm twisted out of retirement to go on a clandestine mission into NVN in the late '90s to investigate a decsdes old murder of one US officer by another during the VN war. Along the way are hazards, mostly by old enemies not honchos in the VN communist government. His partner in adventure, crime and espionage is a classy lady out of the Saigon consulate who just happens to speak the language, know the terrain and can handle a .45 Non stop tension and adventure, like all DeMIlle's excellent books.
Demille is a great thriller writer. The story takes place in Viet Nam and follows CIA agent Paul on a quest to solve a mystery in spite of all the disinformation he is fed. You become involved with the characters he meets along the way. His escape will leave you breathless!
Former army homicide investigator Paul Brenner has just gotten used to the early retirement forced on him after the disastrous end of his last case when his old commanding officer asks him to return for one final mission: investigate a murder that took place in wartime Vietnam thirty years before. Brenner reluctantly accepts.
This book is amazing loved it until the last disc.Educational also on the area region of Vietnam which was nice since my boyfriend sometimes works there.It is ready to go to another home.
There is a name carved in the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., of an American army lieutenant whose death is shrouded in mystery. The authorities have reason to believe that he was not killed by the enemy, or by friendly fire;they suspect he was murdered. At first, Paul Brenner, himself a Vietnam vet, isn't interested in investigating the case. After his forced retirement from the army's Criminal Investigation Division, he has adapted to the life of a civilian with a comfortable pension. Then his old boss, Karl Hellmann, summons him to the Vietnam Memorial to call in a career's worth of favors. Hellmann tells Brenner of the circumstances surrounding the officer's death, and gives him this much to go on: The incident happened over three decades ago in Vietnam;the only evidence is a recently discovered letter written by an enemy soldier describing an act of shocking violence. The name of the North Vietnamese soldier is known, but not his present wherabouts, or even if he is alive or dead. Brenner's assignment:Return to Vietnam and find the witness. The addendum:The mission is very important to the U.S. Army. Brenner's the ideal man for the job. And it's in his best interest that he doesn't know what this case is really about...