I avoid abridged recordings, but this book would've been much better in an abridged form, in fact, you could omit the 2nd download without missing anything. The "love" plot was shallow and unbelievable, but the author inexplicably spent much more time discussing action between the main 2 characters instead of the mystery or other plot lines left incomplete. It was altogether a strange juxtaposition of moving, tender but long-winded semi-autobiographical reminiscenses of a soldier in the Vietnam war, with short interludes of sex and shooting. It would've made a great 6 hour book.
I found this book to be both well written and well read by the narrator. The story is compelling, but it wanders with the main character through his journey. Fortunatly that journey is interesting enough to keep the whole thing going, and I can honestly say that I was never bored, and often fascinated by it. It has an ending that, while I will nto give it away, may leave some unsatsified due to it's "non hollywood" style, but which I (as a fan of anime) found very familiar and evocative. In short, I recommend this book to anyone.
The combination of Nelson DeMille and Scott Brick is excellent. This story will make you see Vietnam in a new and unforgetable light. Do not be put off by the length of the book. I wanted to to go on even longer.
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.