Excellent story, excellent narrator. If you're a Viet Vet and want to relieve the geography or were there in 1968 or 1972 then the whole book may be to your liking. If not - it is too long, too detailed. I thank the ability to skip using the advance button. An abridged version would have been magnificent.
I found this book to be enthralling for both the story and the wealth of historical information about the Viet Nam war. I admit I don't know enough about what happened during that time to truly appreciate what occurred, but this book did an excellent job of piqueing my interest. It provides an amazing account of what some soldiers experienced during such a time. Moreover, it has encouraged me to seek out and learn more about what happened during the Viet Nam war. I highly recommend this book to anyone with similar interests, or who would like to listen to a great mystery/story.
... 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.