Now the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson. His family, his career, and his personal sense of honor hang in the balance. And only one woman can reveal the truth of his past -- and set him free.
©2009 Nelson DeMille; (P)2009 Hachette
"The flashbacks to Hue, the pre-trial investigation (involving an attractive female major), the court-martial proceedings, the emotions of the principal characters and the soul-sickness wrought by war (which is the story's effective subtext) all are depicted with marvelous vividness." (Publishers Weekly)
What can I say. This is a very very very good book. The length of the book is irrelevant as the story takes you in with the characters. I was truly mesmerized with the story and with the fact that there is no way to know how the ending will play out until you finish it. I highly recommend this as a listen.
As usual, DeMille grabs your interest in the first paragraph and holds it till the last line. Always a different plot too. If I have any complaint it is that voiced by Robert Lewis Stephenson after reading Crime and Punishment; upon completion, I felt like I finally recovered from a near fatal illness. But, I couldn't put it down.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Nelson DeMille always tells a great story, and this book is among his best. I slightly down rate all of Demille's books because they move too slowly and are far too wordy. The abridged versions resolve this issue. Scott Brick always does an outstanding job, bur I prefer the use of a female for female voices (for example, David Baldacci's recent books use a combination of Ron McCardy and Orleagh Cassidy). I wish Brick would find someone like Cassidy for the female dialog. Scott Brick is still my favorite narrator.
I've listened to a number of DeMille's highest rated books and this was the best! could NOT stop listenung. It did not seem as long as it should have and I wanted to know how it would end, but did nit want the book to end. Wow! I'd say more but I hate spoliers.
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It took me a while to get into this book. For me, it started off slow, but by the end I was completely mesmerized.. It was longer than many, which I really like. Definitely worth a listen. One of my favorite Nelson DeMille books yet.
I really loved this book. Great characters. Fascinating plot. True insight into Vietnam war. Excellent Narrator. What more could you ask for?!
Nelson Demille's books are reliably excellent, but Word of Honor has extra gifts for we who remember the Vietnam Era so well. The story shows how the poison that was the Vietnamese War continues to sicken and destroy, even decades later. Those of us who remember the time will be taken back to those terrible days, when there were no heroes anywhere. Veterans of combat beware -- memories will be triggered and, as Nelson Demille shows us, nobody got out of Vietnam with his soul unscathed.
To people who were born later, this book will give some idea of the terrible questions of that time, and some of the reasons why Vietnam was a war that we lost over and over and over again. Word of Honor explores the limits of the human spirit, both dark and bright.
I read other people's reviews on this book, and to the person who said that the protagonist was unlikeable and never apologized for what he did... Well, that reader obviously didn't finish the book. Nelson Demille has a way of writing that absolutely hooks me into the mind of his characters. This one did not disappoint at all. I didn't want this book to end. To the critic of Scott Brick's narration. He did so well in this book that I forgot I was being read to. This is truely a five star book!
I read some of the reviews prior to ordering this book. I have read many of the other books written by DeMille, and agreed with most of the five star ratings of those books. But, I must say this did not start slow. It grabs you right from the beginning and holds your attention all the way. Another great pairing of De Mille and Brick.
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