... but I was really "hungry" for another Nelson DeMille book. As a Nelson DeMille fan, I was predisposed to like this book and wasn't disappointed. Though DeMille tends to follow a "formula" (first paragraph is a "grabber"; "man's man" protagonist; pretty, young female love (lust?) interest; intense build up of suspense and excitement), it still works for me. In addition to the entertainment value, the book was surprisingly thought provoking. As the protagonist, Paul Bremner, revisited his past, I found myself going back in time and revisiting my own thoughts, emotions, and perceptions of the war in Viet Nam. I selected this book for entertainment but ended up learning from it ... and enjoying the experience. Oh yes, it was entertaining and very hard to put down.
This book is too long and by part two I was so sick of the female character Susan I couldn't stay interested enough to finish the story. In the beginning it started out with such potential but then became bogged down with too much repetition.
If you grew up during the Vietnam War, you will love this. I actually believe the narrator is what made the book so enjoyable. I don't think reading it would be as entertaining. The narrator is wonderful. I found myself laughing out loud many times. He has the character's personality down to a T. In fact, I went in and searched for the narrator just to listen to him again. Any Vietnam Vets out there will get a real kick out of this.
i am down to the last hour and this book has kept my attention the whole time. Started strong and kept going. Lots of action that was also used to develop the characters. I did not expect so much of a romance but liked it. Being from the Vietnam era but not having served it showed a lot of what Nam was about. This blew The Face away. Hope The Company is as good.
I say this is amazingly enthralling because the story is slow, the hero you want to shake and the reader too much into Paul Brenners sarcasm. Its hard to imagine someone in Brenners position allowing himself to be lead the way he was. Apart from that I found myself very much in the story and couldn't wait for the next drive in or out of work to see what was happening next. A very good educational and interesting account of the history of Vietnam, how it was for the soldiers over there and what is happening in the country now.
This story about a return to Viet Nam brought back a lot of memories from my own past. The 68 Tet Offensive holds memories for me not too different from the ones held by Paul Briner. The story moves too slowly at times but when there is action, no one does it better than DeMille. Leaving us to contiue to wonder about the motives of other characters is also a nice touch. I would recommend the book to those who think they might like to learn a little more about viet Nam from a "grunts" point of view. I especially enjoyed the parts that revealed that things weren't so different for the "opposition" foot soldier.
This is a long involved book with painstaking character development and excellent narration. Regrettably, after 28 hours of listening, it seemed to prematurely end and I was left wondering if I missed
I absolutely loved this book. What an account of Vietnam. A real eye opener for those who have never been there, and a valuable history book with a story line to keep you interested. But the reader ruined the book, in my opinion. Although the main character, Paul Brenner, was obviously a negative and sarcastic person by design, the reader failed to change moods in the slightest for the other characters and the in-between narratives. This made the book difficult to listen to. It seemed that only one mood was set for Paul Brenner, when the words indicated otherwise. Also, there was a good deal of dialogue between characters, and these portions were horrible listening as the reader drug very very slowly through the "he said", "she saids" in a way that left me very tired indeed. Put this book behind another reader and it would be another book altogether. I felt very sad that a book of such quality could be so ruined by a poor read.