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Up Country
Up Country
Author: Nelson DeMille
There is a name carved into 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 th...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780446516570
ISBN-10: 0446516570
Publication Date: 1/29/2002
Pages: 576
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 98 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Read before when originally published, just as good the second time.
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This was a surprise to me, a friend gave me this book. I wasn't thrilled at first, but i ended up geting into the story. It was good.

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