I had high hopes for this book, but alas! Some of the historical and religious symbolism was fun, but Dan Brown should sign up for a basic creative writing course. There are a number of ways a writer can impart information to a reader, and letting a character tell everything, not through dialog, and not through action, but by thinking to themselves, is perhaps the most boring way. And the characters are soooo dumb?
What is Up Country, besides a great book and an engrossing and entertaining audio experience? A spy novel? A murder mystery? A political thriller? An adventure novel with a love story thrown in? Or a travel log combined with a war story merged into a story of one man coming to gripes with his past? Actually it is all of these. A search through modern Viet Nam for a witness to a murder that occurred in the midst of a war, flashbacks to the war of such vivid intensity that I almost feel as if I were there, and a protagonist who is funny, exasperating and completely human. Great characters, great dialog, and a compelling plot, combined with an almost perfect ending. (The almost is a personal thing and can not be explained with out ruining the story for you.) This is a must listen!
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