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Word of Honor
Word of Honor
Author: Nelson DeMille
From Publishers Weekly — If fiction can assuage the lingering moral pain of the Vietnam War, it's through the kind of driving honesty coupled with knowledgeability that DeMille (By the Rivers of Babylon) employs here, in a story which, as riveting as The Caine Mutiny but with wider implications, probes the conflicting concepts of honor, duty and ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780446612487
ISBN-10: 0446612480
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 738
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
Set during the war in Viet Nam, the story of a rag-tag group attacking a hospital is especially in tune with today's reports from Iraq. I have read a number of books by DeMille, and this is the best.
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A good, suspenseful DeMille. Combines a man's past in Vietnam with his prospects for the future.
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Helpful Score: 5
Ben Tyson, a successful businessman gets called back into the Army to stand before a court-martial for something that happened in Viet Nam 18 years prior.
I could hardly put this down. I have now read all of DeMille's novels, he is a terrific writer.
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Word of Honor is not only arguably DeMille's finest novel it may well be one of the best novels you'll ever read. It quite simply crawls into your gut, sticks to your ribs and stay with you whole as you digest the significance of its powerful message. And it's one hell of a read!

Ben Tyson is called to disclose the actions of his platoon twenty years after the Battle of Hue in a court of military law. Intermingled with flashbacks and back stories regarding a combat incident his unit handled during an extreme instant, a stressful moment about an 'event' between 'brothers'. The courtroom scenes in this book are quite simply brilliantly crafted.

Tyson is a tight, faceted personality possessing the wry sarcasm and humor and open intelligence that only DeMille can create. Lucky for us he doesn't shower this attention on just his main character since everyone has a compelling, vital story to tell.

How can those of us who weren't there understand such complex feeling? Yet, DeMille, makes us understand, he transports our souls with the written word unlike no other and quietly says....this was our reality.
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You can't miss with one of Nelson DeMille's books and this one is a great read! I love the characters and the depth each has and how the story weaves along them and tangles up. A great read.
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Very good a little slow at first and a couple of slow areas, however once into book it is excellent. Lots of twists and turns. A good read for DeMille fans,
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Another great Demille book