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Word of Honor | [Nelson DeMille]

Word of Honor

He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. But a lifetime ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam.There the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity -- and together swore never to tell the world what they had done. Now the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson.
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Publisher's Summary

He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. But a lifetime ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam.There the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity -- and together swore never to tell the world what they had done.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 05-29-13
    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 05-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Simply Awesome!!!!!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jamo002 04-01-10
    jamo002 04-01-10 Member Since 2002
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    "A Must Read for anyone interested in Viet Nam"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-07-09
    Andrew Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-07-09 Member Since 2004

    Long time Audible member (8 years, 500+ books). Avid flyfisherman, hunter, bicycler.

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    "Befuddled"

    I was really looking forward to listening to this book. I've listened to all of Nelson Demille's other books but this one surprised and somewhat disappointed me. While I've come to enjoy the generally sarcastic nature of Demille's protagonists, in the end they are usually lovable, honorable guys. In this book, I found Ben Tyson to be sarcastic, just like most of Demille's lead characters, but in the end he never came through as a good guy. He seemed confused and conflicted about his role in the massacre, but he never tries to defend or explain himself. We never find out why he did what he did, other than vague "horrors of war", which is probably the most realistic reason, but not one that lends to an interesting story.

    Tyson's family sticks with him throughout the trial, but he never acknowledges or appreciates their support and devotion. Even at the end, he's entertaining adulterous thoughts about another woman, despite his wife remained devoted and faithful to him during the ordeal. The story was, and remains for me, incongruous and unexplainable.

    Also - I really can't stand Scott Brick as a narrator anymore. He makes everyone sound like they are irritable snobs.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mobilis saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 10-06-09
    Mobilis saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 10-06-09
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    "Meh"

    Slow and steady wins the race, but doesn't make for a great book.

    This is a very good story with an exceptionally good premise, held back by a serious lack of editing.

    Essentially, it's an okay, if dull and plodding, listen, narrated in a rather monotonous fashion.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Claire Indio, CA, United States 09-25-12
    Claire Indio, CA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Listen"

    Story was a bit slow for me, however, it picked up towards the end. If you like Vietnam war stories, you won't be disappointed. Scott Brick is a little weak on the female voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 12-01-10
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "5 Star Characters and Narration"

    I thought I'd read all of DeMille's works, but I missed this one. I loved the story, the intrigue, the narration and characters. I rated it 4 stars only because it seemed to take too long to get to the action. Nevertheless, it is well worth its price.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    e.good 07-13-10
    e.good 07-13-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Draaaaaaags."

    I love DeMille, and Scott Brick is my favorite narrator, but this audio book is painfully slow. I am in part three of four (it has taken me several months to slog through this many hours) and there's no indication that the plot is going to pick up any time soon. I feel like I've listened to the same two hours of audio 15 times.

    My recommendation is that you skip this one and go listen to the John Corey series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarz Maxwell MD Chicago IL 02-15-10
    Sarz Maxwell MD Chicago IL 02-15-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "Vietnam can still wound"

    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.
    Outstanding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 01-02-10
    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 01-02-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Great if you like military law"

    28+ hours of what is essentially legal maneuvering associated with a court martial is what you get with this book. If you like that sort of thing, go for it, if not, you will be bored to tears. There isn't much "legal thrill" in this book. Scott Brick's reading is a bit over the top -- overly dramatic so that it is a less believable story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Rio Rancho, NM, United States 10-31-09
    Victoria Rio Rancho, NM, United States 10-31-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved it, Loved it, Loved it!!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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