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.
Dont waste your time on this one. I was expecting alot I admit but can we say snooze fest! Never mind the machinations that the characters go through to acomplish their mission.
I have a very big problem when the very things you like most about a character are complete thrown away for the sake of filling the pages.
This is not DeMille at his best.
This book is a complete waste of time, the author is obviously a racist and has no style. In the end I was I simply could not believe that the "heroes" of the story after having killed multiple Viet police for no good reason are glorified for outing a presidential candidate who killed people himself in the war. This book is simply stupid.
No. The book is wordy with a lot of unnecessary filler. The main character, Paul Brenner, comes across as a obnoxious, gullible, weak person with one sided opinions.
No, the problem with the audible book may have been the narrators' interpretation and presentation of the main characters.
On a scale of 1 to10, 10 being the best, I would rate this book as a 7.
It could have been written with 25% less pages.
The plot is plausible, but the end leaves you without a definite
solution – not a good ending. I would not recommend the book.