This is a must for those who know very little about our involvement in North/South Korea. Very good mystery that occasionally drug out a little more than I would have liked. For the most part, I found it hard to turn off and spent several extra hours in my auto waiting for a good pausing spot. Similiarities with his other books but still unique in the story line.
I have read all of DeMille's books and they are all great. If you have not read any of his books, I suggest you start with "Night Fall"
I may not even finish this book. I'm very disappointed because I love DeMille... usually a sure bet. But this book is taking forever to develop, with very little suspense or investment of my concern for the protagonists. I feel like this book should be subtitled "Paid by the Word". I have only reluctantly given it more than one star because he puts together an occasional scene that resonates.... but really it is only a one and a half at best. Long long .... I'll come back if it turns around, but I think you could start halfway through and not miss a thing.
I have relistened to this book several times and think of it as the best book I have bought in several years. Great story and I especially enjoy Brick as the reader. The writer painted the scenes in my mind so clearly that I will never enjoy it as a movie. I felt as if I were there.
I really enjoyed this one. Couldn't turn it off. I learned and enjoyed the historical parts. I am not a history fan and am too young to remember the Vietnam war. I didn't find it boring at all and thought the plot was very good. I enjoyed seeing strong female characters.
Up Country (unabridged) is one of the Best Reads/Listens that I have experienced. Scott Brig does a wonderful job of naration.
Having been too young to be a part of the Viet Nam war, Demille in his writing puts me there as if I was a combatant in the Tet offensive..
While the story does have a few slow sections I find myself looking for excuses to stay in the car for the entire 28 hours...
An audiobook that you will find hard to stop listening to. Realistic fictional commentary on post-war Vietnam as well as the war from the perspective of Vietnam veteran.
A great read. Even better than "Lion's Den". Paul Brenner is a great character and a wisecracking smart-ass to boot. Buy it and enjoy. Another wonderful narration form Scot Brick. He is always excellent.
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.