A good, suspenseful DeMille. Combines a man's past in Vietnam with his prospects for the future.
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.
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.
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.
GREAT BOOK, AS USUAL, BY THIS AUTHOR. SUCCESSFUL,UPWARDLY MOBILE FAMILY MAN WHO COMES DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO BECOMING A COMPLETE AND TOTAL DISASTER,OVER SOME VIET NAM CIRCUMSTANCES.