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.
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.
I enjoy all of his work. I didn't think I'd like this one dealing with the Vietnam War, but it was hard to put down.
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.
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.