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)
I have never met a Nelson DeMille book that I haven't liked and the record continues. This book is outstanding. Maybe because of my age (late 50's), a story about Vietnam really grabbed me. This book is long, but very intense, one of those books that you can't stop listening to once you get into it. I suppose maybe a shortened version would be good for people who don't want to listen to 30 hours of a story, but for me it was really excellent.
This was THE audiobook that I just did not want to end! I have listened to literally hundreds of books over the years, and this is up there with the all time best maybe THE best. I will admit that I have enjoyed just about everything DeMille has written (except some airline pilot story), and I think Scott Brick is the audiobook version of Sinatra. But this was a magnificent listen, I found myself avoiding my weeken golf game to listen, taking extra time riding to work and even taking long lunches just get get a few more minutes of it. I rate this up there with Demille's best!
DeMille is one of my favorite authors. He demonstrates the breadth of his skills in this book. It's an engaging story with several characters very well developed. That requires an interest in people and the Viet Name era. There are many lives that were affected by this "war". This story tells about some of them.
I've listened to most of the Nelson DeMille books and loved all of them...until now. I'm 16 hours into this one and I keep thinking it's going to pick up, but it never does. I'm pretty sure there is an interesting climax that will occur at the end, but I don't think I'll make it that far. I also normally love Scott Brick's narration and he does a good job with the voices in this. However, it seems like he is talking at half-speed...maybe it's the material.
I would recommend any Nelson DeMille except this one.
As a fan of Lion's Game, this book was a huge disappointment for me. I survived part one and wondered what the author accomplished for eight hours besides wasting my time. I didn't make it to part two.
I am generally not interested in anything about the Viet Nam war but I love Nelson DeMille and the book was on sale at the time. Much to my surprise I loved every second of it even the slightly predictable ending.
Nelson DeMille has become one of my favorite authors. This story had a few slow spots, but they did not last long. It is a very good read and well worth the time.
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