I am a big fan of DeMille, however this was my least favorite book. I was 10 hours into the book and all that had happened was the arrival in Vietnam. It felt like I was listening to a combination of the History Channel and the Travel Channel. The last part of the book did come around, but I had to be bored for 3/4 of the book to get there.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Nelson DeMille is one of my favorite authors. All of his books are in my Audible library and I have listened to many of them twice. Two DeMIlle novels, The General's Daughter and Up Country, feature as protagonist US Army Criminal Investigative Division agent Paul Brenner. While DeMille's John Corey series is generally considered to be his finest work, The General's Daughter is considered by most experts to be his best novel. Up Country is somewhat controversial. The book has Paul Brenner returning to Vietnam where he served a generation earlier as a soldier to investigate the murder of an army lieutenant. Susan Weber joins Brenner for his investigation. Brenner faces painful memories of his earlier tour of duty earlier as he also deals with very real current risks to his life.
This is a long book. The one word description of the book is "suspense". The intensity and constancy of suspense is exceeded only by DeMille's novel Mayday which was cowritten with Thomas Block. Some people find Up Country too long and too wordy.
Scott Brick, who is very simply the best, narrates.
A well read woman is a dangerous creature.
This is a book I keep coming back to periodically. I find something new to enjoy every time. Nelson DeMille is an author who merits the purchase of any of his titles. The combination of the author and Scott Brick's always excellent narration merits 5 stars, easily.
There is plenty of detail as well as action which keeps the story moving along.
Paul Brenner is equal parts profound and clever and funny which adds up to a character you want to spend more time with. After listening to the audio book I immediately went and bought the hard copy because I wanted to catch any part of it I might have missed.
This is a book you will find yourself going back to time and again with the feeling that you are looking in on an old friend.
The smug, obnoxious attitude of the protagonist made me very sorry to have wasted a credit on this book. Ugly American and Proud should've been the title of this mess. Shame, shame, shame.
Everything about this audio book is great. Well written, excellent content and background, great story, incredible narration.
It gave great insight to what the American involvement in Viet Nam did to it's people and land. I've listened to over 200 books and find this to be one of the best I've listened to.
This was a long, can't put it down, audio book. This isn't a war book but a book that gives you a look back at the bloody viscious war and a contrasted look at modern Viet Nam. The book makes you want to go and see the place for yourself.
You'll enjoy this book and I highly recommend it!
A most outstanding work. The history is extraordinary. The story is addictive. The reading by Scott Brick, (who is the best), is memorable. This one will keep you up nights, especially if you lived through the Nam era. This work is my very favorite of all contemporary books to date. This one is worthy of several "listens".
I didn't want to stop listening to this book. I found it very interesting. Yes, the mission was obviously contrived by DeMille as an excuse to both journey back to the Vietnam experience and show Vietnam today. But it was well done all the same. The reader, who did a great job in "The Company", gives another first class performance here. I recommend this book.
One of the best I have had so far. A tour of the country and a tour of very complex situations. Some of the plot is transparent. A person could make some guesses to get close, but if you want a tour of Vietnam past and present, then you will find this very, very interesting.
I listened to this book after spending three weeks in Vietnam on vacation. I felt as if I were back on Vacation. The description of the country was fantastic. For anybody who wants to know what modern Vietnam is like, pick up this audiobook.