Every chapter begins with "Ben Tyson" did something. After some number of hours, I started to dread the start of a new chapter. It's grating. The book is OK; the last 1/3 redeems it. The first 2/3 were not eye-opening to me who lived through that era (at least part of it), but the last 1/3 addresses more complex questions of guilt, loyalty, and respect.
What can I say. This is a very very very good book. The length of the book is irrelevant as the story takes you in with the characters. I was truly mesmerized with the story and with the fact that there is no way to know how the ending will play out until you finish it. I highly recommend this as a listen.
As usual, DeMille grabs your interest in the first paragraph and holds it till the last line. Always a different plot too. If I have any complaint it is that voiced by Robert Lewis Stephenson after reading Crime and Punishment; upon completion, I felt like I finally recovered from a near fatal illness. But, I couldn't put it down.
Long time Audible member (8 years, 500+ books). Avid flyfisherman, hunter, bicycler.
I was really looking forward to listening to this book. I've listened to all of Nelson Demille's other books but this one surprised and somewhat disappointed me. While I've come to enjoy the generally sarcastic nature of Demille's protagonists, in the end they are usually lovable, honorable guys. In this book, I found Ben Tyson to be sarcastic, just like most of Demille's lead characters, but in the end he never came through as a good guy. He seemed confused and conflicted about his role in the massacre, but he never tries to defend or explain himself. We never find out why he did what he did, other than vague "horrors of war", which is probably the most realistic reason, but not one that lends to an interesting story.
Tyson's family sticks with him throughout the trial, but he never acknowledges or appreciates their support and devotion. Even at the end, he's entertaining adulterous thoughts about another woman, despite his wife remained devoted and faithful to him during the ordeal. The story was, and remains for me, incongruous and unexplainable.
Also - I really can't stand Scott Brick as a narrator anymore. He makes everyone sound like they are irritable snobs.
Slow and steady wins the race, but doesn't make for a great book.
This is a very good story with an exceptionally good premise, held back by a serious lack of editing.
Essentially, it's an okay, if dull and plodding, listen, narrated in a rather monotonous fashion.
Say something about yourself!
It took me a while to get into this book. For me, it started off slow, but by the end I was completely mesmerized.. It was longer than many, which I really like. Definitely worth a listen. One of my favorite Nelson DeMille books yet.
Story was a bit slow for me, however, it picked up towards the end. If you like Vietnam war stories, you won't be disappointed. Scott Brick is a little weak on the female voice.
I really loved this book. Great characters. Fascinating plot. True insight into Vietnam war. Excellent Narrator. What more could you ask for?!
I love DeMille, and Scott Brick is my favorite narrator, but this audio book is painfully slow. I am in part three of four (it has taken me several months to slog through this many hours) and there's no indication that the plot is going to pick up any time soon. I feel like I've listened to the same two hours of audio 15 times.
My recommendation is that you skip this one and go listen to the John Corey series.
Nelson Demille's books are reliably excellent, but Word of Honor has extra gifts for we who remember the Vietnam Era so well. The story shows how the poison that was the Vietnamese War continues to sicken and destroy, even decades later. Those of us who remember the time will be taken back to those terrible days, when there were no heroes anywhere. Veterans of combat beware -- memories will be triggered and, as Nelson Demille shows us, nobody got out of Vietnam with his soul unscathed.
To people who were born later, this book will give some idea of the terrible questions of that time, and some of the reasons why Vietnam was a war that we lost over and over and over again. Word of Honor explores the limits of the human spirit, both dark and bright.