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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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    Just me Alabama 04-19-10
    Just me Alabama 04-19-10 Member Since 2015

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    "Great Listen"

    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.

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    Donald Dennison, MN, United States 03-18-10
    Donald Dennison, MN, United States 03-18-10
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    "Very good book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Asher Kentucky 11-03-09
    D. Asher Kentucky 11-03-09 Member Since 2015

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    "Sorry when it was over"

    This book was enjoyable as it was well written and of course, Scott Brick, did his usual great job in narrating it. Nelson DeMille's books that have been based on Vietnam have done a great job sharing what our soldiers went through while placing the war in historical perspective. I give this 4 stars instead of five as there are sections of the book that seem to lose a bit of continuity. Overall, an excellent book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Parham Solebury, PA United States 10-04-09
    James Parham Solebury, PA United States 10-04-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Another DeMille/Brick tour de force"

    This moving novel keeps your total involvement from beginning to PAST the end. It stays with you.
    Lt. Ben Tyson has every quality of bravery, personal principles and human weakness that most of us can only wish we had.
    Scott Brick is the ideal narrator. His narrative is immediately and completely eclipsed by the characters and the story that he gives us.

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    Pat Ireland 10-01-09
    Pat Ireland 10-01-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Word of Honor (Unabridged)"

    This book was nothing short of great. Nearing 28 hours, I couldn't put it down. Although it appears to have been written in the 1980s, it is still an exceptional read. It's especially poignant for those of us who lived through the Vietnam War and its aftermath. Audible should be encouraged to find more of DeMille's works and get them recorded -- most definitely with Scott Brick narrating.

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    Ofir 12-28-09
    Ofir 12-28-09
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    "Great book!"

    Great book! Really enjoyed it.

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    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 10-12-09
    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 10-12-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but not their greatest"

    This is a great combination of author and narrator. I like the story and the angst of dealing with ordinary Americans put in terrible situations and committing horrific acts.

    The book was well researched and gives stuff to think about about today's US Military. It'd be interesting to know how accurate the context De Mill about the military is true.

    If you like other of DeMille's stuff, it's worth listening to. If it's your first DeMille, book, I'd suggest something else first like My Country.

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    Bradley Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-05-09
    Bradley Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-05-09 Member Since 2008
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    "DeMille + Brick, Can't Lose!"

    This is a good one! This book was written in 1985 and is very close to being as good as Up Country. Up Country wins because of the great post war tour of Vietnam but Word of Honor's plot is just as suspenseful and thought provoking.

    As always, 5 Stars to Scott Brick. Brick is hands down the best narrorator ever.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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