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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Brenner returns to Vietnam to investigate a murder that took place in wartime thirty years ago. He's plunged into a world of corruption double cross, and haunted memories.
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.
I loved this book. It was so exciting and kept me wondering what was going to happen to this guy next.
This book is one that just everyone will enjoy. mr. DeMille never disappoints.
One of my favorite DeMille books.
A thriller. Story of a soldiers return to Vietnam to investigate a murder that took place in wartime Vietnam thirty years before.
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.
Attention getting from beginning to end - 8 CD's
Lots of twists and turns. You will turn the pages to see more.
This book was really fun to read. Not very complicated but a good one for the summer reading list.
This is one of the better books I've read.... It was the first book by Nelson DeMille, and made me immediately read everything I could find by him.
In fact, looking back on it. I think I'm going to read it again. along with 'Charm School' and 'The Lions Game'.
Adventure, humor, sex, & danger! Great book!
Great adventure in this book!
DeMille is a favorite author of mine, and this was not disappointing.
A Viet-Nam vet return on a secret mission. Interesting view of the war from veterans on both sides.
Demille seems not to have a very deep understanding of Vietnam, should have done more research before writing this book.
I enjoyed this book but I think that Nelson over uses his character Paul Brenner.
excellent from beginning to end!!
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!
Paul Brenner is sent to North Vietnam on a mysterious mission. His aide is Susan Weber, who may not be who she seems, and his mission may not be what it appears.
Never having read DeMille before, but having seen the movie "The General's Daughter" I gave this one a try and truly enjoyed it!
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.
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.
Read before when originally published, just as good the second time.
Interesting take on the experience of Vietnam vets returning to vietnam after the war. The book itself is sort of a mystery who-dunnit style piece, and is a good read if that's the genre you're into.
action and suspense this book has it all
Great story, interesting characters, and a strong sense of place
Good listen. A bit too historical for me, but that's just me.
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.
Great book! I LOVE Demille's characters.
I've long been a fan of Nelson DeMille, but found this one tedious and on the brink of boring. It's long on Vietnam war history and short on mystery. And it's just Long!
Absolutely clung to every word. One great story! Loved it!
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...