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Rendezvous | [Nelson DeMille]

Rendezvous

In this tense, riveting mind game, New York Times bestselling novelist Nelson DeMille delivers a suspenseful short story in the tradition of his classic military novels The General's Daughter and Word of Honor. A band of soldiers in its last month of service in Vietnam goes out on a patrol through enemy territory with a female sniper in its path. Recounting the mission in shattering and sometimes gruesome detail, DeMille creates a concise masterpiece of moody suspense.
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Publisher's Summary

In this tense, riveting mind game, New York Times bestselling novelist Nelson DeMille delivers a suspenseful short story in the tradition of his classic military novels The General's Daughter and Word of Honor. A band of soldiers in its last month of service in Vietnam goes out on a patrol through enemy territory with a female sniper in its path. Recounting the mission in shattering and sometimes gruesome detail, DeMille creates a concise masterpiece of moody suspense.

Demille served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and saw combat in Vietnam as an infantry platoon leader, earning a Bronze Star. He states that Rendezvous features a fictionalized version of himself from that experience.

©2012 Nelson DeMille (P)2013 HighBridge Company

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    karen United States 05-05-14
    karen United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Fabulous -- and a puzzler"

    Quite possibly one of the best short stories ever written. An amazing little tale, lots of authentic details, unparalleled suspense, an ending... well, no spoilers here. Scott Brick's narration is perfect.

    I listened to it, was so taken by the story I wanted to send a print copy to an elderly friend who only reads paper books, not audio or electronic. Surprisingly, the book is not available. In fact, it's not available as an audiobook from Audible right now, either.

    Not sure what's going on, but I will continue to look for a paper copy -- if you haven't read/heard this one yet, you've missed something. Hope it will be available again soon.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-25-14
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2005

    I love books!

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    "good short story"

    First time author, an hour long short story, narrated by Scott Brick. A recon patrol is in the jungle of Vietnam and being stalked by a female sniper. This story is intense for being so short. The patrol is trying to make a rendezvous pickup point as the sniper follows them picking them off one by one. For a short story, it was pretty good. I got this from an Audible Daily Deal. It was worth it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carly Dondo 03-17-14
    Carly Dondo 03-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good war story"
    What did you love best about Rendezvous?

    I liked the characters, including a female Viet Cong sniper. There was a good sense of place, danger, fear and valor. The squad had the requisite diverse demographic


    What other book might you compare Rendezvous to and why?

    Rendezvous reminded me of Matterhorn, though much shorter and not as intense. The hook of a female sniper was more intense in Full Metal Jacket, a realistic horror.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction was not extreme as it was in, for example, Dispatches or Matterhorn, but the book served the purpose and kept my attention, though briefly because it's brief. :)


    Any additional comments?

    Not earth-shaking, but diverting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-30-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-30-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Seclusion"

    A good short about one troop in the Vietnam War who are being eliminated one at a time by a female sniper. I don't usually read books about that time because I remember how horrible it was for our Men and our Country, however, Nelson DeMille's writing was excellent and the narration was done perfectly, without exaggeration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Conchita Ames, Spain 03-29-14
    Conchita Ames, Spain 03-29-14 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Fantastic all the way through to the Rendevous!"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Granted it's not very long which is a shame as I could have listened to a whole lot more. DeMille obviously knows what he's talking about! He had me hooked from first minute! A great narration Scott Brick. A perfect duo. Loved it and would definitely recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelsey MERIDIAN, ID, United States 07-16-13
    Kelsey MERIDIAN, ID, United States 07-16-13
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I know it was meant to be short, but it was too short. You have no time to develop feelings for any of the characters. I also didn't have time to get too into it before it was over.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nelson DeMille again?

    Oh yes, but only because this was not the first of his that I have read! I hope that others do not choose to hear this as your first DeMille experience, then they might not go back, which would be a tragedy for them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Only one scene in the whole book to choose from! Haha


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Stick to the full novels, this just isn't worth it unless you specifically only have a couple of hours to hear something.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 04-23-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 04-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Linear, predictable, and mildly entertaining"

    This was true short story that entertained me on my commute. It wasn't an overly complex work and the story was quite predictable. Some inaccuracies, such as supposedly not being able to hear a 7.62 round fired from 100 metes away, detracted from the story.

    The narrator was solid, but not spectacular. If you can get this on special, give it a try, but don't spend too much on it.

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    Aaron United States 03-27-14
    Aaron United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "OK Short."

    This was a short novel, that was atmospheric and well-written, but perhaps lacking in depth.

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    Bonney Dieperink Adelaide, Australia 03-14-14
    Bonney Dieperink Adelaide, Australia 03-14-14 Member Since 2010

    Happy married mother of one, South African living in South Australia.

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    "Intense"
    What made the experience of listening to Rendezvous the most enjoyable?

    The writer got you into the scene very quickly. I felt fully submerged into the environment.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It is through the combination of writing style, pace and excellent narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Makes me want to explore other works by this author.

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    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 03-07-14
    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "GOOD SHORT STORY"

    This book kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen next and who would make it and who wouldn't. I knew the narrator, so to speak would make it, otherwise he wouldn't be talking, but getting there is most the suspense!

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