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The General's Daughter (Paul Brenner #1)

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Long before the John Travolta film of The General's Daughter (which the author extols in the foreword), Nelson DeMille's seventh mystery was the breakout hit of his career. The rapid-fire dialogue and scenes are cinematic, and the storytelling puts most movies to shame.

The book has three heroes: Paul Brenner and Cynthia Sunhill of the army's Criminal Investigation Divisi

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Hardcover, 454 pages
Published January 21st 1993 by HarperCollins (first published November 16th 1992)
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Carol
Nelson DeMille is such a great storyteller!

Set on an Army base in Georgia, convincing characters fill the pages to tell the story of THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER, her shocking secret life, murder and apparent sexual assault as her body is found naked, bound and staked to the ground. (no spoiler here)

Fast-paced and full of sarcastic witty humor, Warrant Officer Paul Brenner and Rape Specialist Cynthia Sunhill's officious investigative techniques to uncover the truth surrounding Captain Ann Campbell's d

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Bob Mayer
Dec 29, 2013 Bob Mayer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this as my introduction to Nelson DeMille years ago. As a veteran, his take on the Army is quite accurate. I like the balance of the mystery and the humor of the protagonist.

As a West Point graduate with the second class to have women, I think he explored a subject that few are willing to get into.

Where does the quest for power cross personal ethics? How much is an officer willing to give up for rank? With classmates commanding the 18th Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg and McChord-Lewis in WA
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Excellent mystery. Kept me up late a few nights. I figured out early on who killed the general's daughter, but DeMille did some skillful misdirecting to make me question my guess for a few hundred pages. Sneaky devil.

Some of the characters here are depraved in a way I wouldn't expect from DeMille, but they serve his purpose. He highlights some problems created by having males and females serving side by side in the military.

I loved the witty banter between investigators Paul Brenner and Cynthi
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Mike French
May 13, 2015 Mike French rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable and entertaining book from beginning to end. I am a big fan of Nelson DeMille and looking forward to reading more of his work.
Matthew
Maybe 3.5 stars . . .

I thought it was good . . . but I also thought it drug on a bit longer than it needed to in various places throughout the book. When I look back on it after finishing, I think it kept rehashing plot points in places that didn't need it - probably added 150 unnecessary pages or so.

But, as I said, not bad in the long run.
Richard
Jan 04, 2015 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
I have seen the movie so many times, that John Travolta as a rough and sarcastic military investigator Paul Brenner is burned into the back of my head. And I really enjoyed the movie, and will watch it again for the 100th time.

The book was great, and way way way better than the movie, even though I had Travolta's face in the back of my mind while reading it. This is one of those books I stayed up reading way too late, lost track of time, and had that addictive quality too it.

If I was to become a
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Denise
Nov 30, 2010 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where have I been that I didn't know that this book existed or that it was made into a movie 10 years ago?!

As others have mentioned, one of the benefits of the book club is the opportunity to read something I would not have sought out on my own. Left to my own devices, I probably would have passed up this great murder/mystery.

After settling into the book, I was captivated by the unfolding of the crime and the subsequent events that led up to the final "who done it." At times, however, I found
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Sarah ~


تبدأ رواية ابنة الجنرال بجريمة قتل ، ونرى منذ البداية أنها ليست مجرد جريمة ضد فرد أو مجتمع بل جريمة ضد المؤسسة العسكرية ..
جريمة ضد النظام والإنضباط، وإهانة لمفاهيم الشرف والولاء والحكمة العسكرية التي تتمثل في :

" كل الأخوة بواسل ، وكل الأخوات فاضلات " ..


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هذه الجملة تلخص هذه الرواية ..

يبحث بول برينير وسينيثيا صنهيل المحققان العسكريان عن المتهم ،
ويكتشفان ان للجريمة أبعاداً أخرى أعمق ..
يختلط فيها الماضي بالحاضر ..
وهناكَ أيضاً خليط آخر
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Eve
May 27, 2013 Eve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The General's Daughter is a good crime fiction novel, but it's a straight-forward whodunit that doesn't have the humour and quirkiness of DeMille's John Corey series.

Much like TV's JAG, The General's Daughter is about an army investigation into the murder of one of its own, in this case the general's daughter.

The story is well written and is engaging, but the characters are not as fleshed out as in the Corey series.
Sandra
Feb 08, 2014 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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Enrico Tassinari
Jan 29, 2016 Enrico Tassinari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Five stars and some! One of the best mystery/procedurals book ever read. It offers a greatly balanced and tasty mix of cop story, psycological analysys, fun, grieve a.s.o. contained in 400 pages. I loved the "first person POV" by Paul Brenner (that resebmles too much to John Corey, or vice-versa because of the timing of Demille publishing) and I loved how a good writer can set up a crime story without involving too much action, guns, blood and exaggerations. Notwithstanding 23 years have passed ...more
Mike Nemeth
Aug 29, 2014 Mike Nemeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nelson DeMille's writing is top-notch. It's so tight that I got hooked on the first three pages of "The General's Daughter." He weaves a tale so intricate, that the reader hasn't a clue where it's going or how it will evolve. The protagonist is Paul Brenner, an officer in the Army's Criminal Investigation Division. While undercover thwarting an illegal sale of weapons to Colombian drug cartel types, he is called in to determine how Ann Campbell, the general's talented daughter and an Army captai ...more
Dennis D.
This was the very first Nelson DeMille novel that I ever read. It’s also the only of one of his books (to this point) to have been made into a feature film.

Paul Brenner is a JAG-type military investigator dispatched to an army base (the fictional Fort Hadley) to investigate a murder. The victim is Ann Campbell, who is found naked, bound and gagged on the base’s firing range. Campbell was an up-and-coming soldier, the poster-child for the ‘new army,’ and daughter of Fort Hadley’s general. Brenne
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Charlene
Jul 21, 2009 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to lie. I read this book because of the movie and wanted to compare the two. The movie centered a lot on Paul Brenner and it actually showed Brenner and the General's daughter actually meeting when that didn't happen in the book. The only thing that's similar is the actual case but a lot of the things that happened in the movie didn't really happen in the book.

The book was a really fast read. The General's daughter was found murdered early in the morning and it's up to Paul Brenner
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Martin Hill
Jul 27, 2013 Martin Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've watched the movie based on Nelson DeMille’s The General's Daughter many times, but until recently I never had the chance to read it. I was eager to do so, since I am the author of a mystery novel also involving with a military criminal investigator and some of the same themes DeMille covers in this mystery novel.

In The General’s Daughter, Paul Brenner, an investigator with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, is working undercover at a fictitious Army base in Georgia when he is dr
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Kathy
Dec 03, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
This much touted book is certainly engaging. The author's introduction makes it clear that it is intended to explore the role of women in the modern military, particularly as relates to how sexual misconduct is handled. While it does that on the face of it, it's a clumsy treatment of these issues. Some of the characters were interesting, but most were two dimensional, cartoonish. The plot has some twists that work, but others that are quite predictable. I am not motivated to see the movie, but m ...more
Luís
Aug 19, 2012 Luís rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I have read about 7 of Nelson Demille's books and this ranks at the top of them. It's a fast paced murder mystery. Compared to his other book to some of his other series (the John Corey and Stanhope-Sutter), you can understand why they made this book into a movie. Nelson uses extensive research when before he writes a novel and you can tell that he does because of all the intricate details (usually too much) in his novels. However, there aren't too many times in this book, if any, that make you
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Mike
Oct 04, 2009 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would note this as a 2 star (just ok) but that would more reflect the fact that I had an old library copy of the audio book CD's, and there were a lot of scratches and heat damage to the last few tracks on each disc.

As far as the book goes, I was intrigued and interested in finding out who the killer was, but I was far from sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the next thing to happen. I know very little about military protocols and treatment of different kinds of officers, so that was i
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Andrew Smith
Aug 28, 2011 Andrew Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A military detective story featuring a resourceful, smart mouthed, tough guy of an investigator setting out to find a killer on an American army base. The base commander's daughter has been murdered and what follows is a multi layered, well paced tale. The crime is clearly sex related and as facts are uncovered the reader learns not only about the unique culture present on a military base but also how the 'rules' of investigation differ (sometimes significantly) from a civilian scenario. The cha ...more
Slayermel
Jan 03, 2010 Slayermel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys thrillers and Mystery novels
I am so glad that I read this book before I saw the movie, as it was so much better. The story is about the body of a girl who is found bound and naked on the firing range of an army base. To make matters worse she is the daughter of The General. The case is passed on to Paul Brenner and Cynthia Sunhill who have to try and solve it without going outside of the armies rules and regulations. This becomes quite difficult when they stumble across corruption and the daughters secret life. The book mo ...more
Judy
Nov 05, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy DeMille's writing. He tells a good story. Many will be familiar with this story because of the movie made with John Travolta. I haven't seen it, but will try to now that I've read the book. One thing I like about DeMille's writing is some of the irreverent characters he presents. Often the dialog (spoken & thoughts) is witty & gives the reader a chuckle in the midst of an otherwise gross situation. Though this story has some rather graphic sexual scenes described, it isn't ...more
Anuradha
Aug 19, 2015 Anuradha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I read Mr.DeMille & I wasn't disappointed at all. I saw the movie before I read the book and like in most cases, the book is infinitely better. (Although John Travolta makes for a natural Paul Brenner)

The plot is crisp, the language simple and written in the first person & the humor subtle. The characters are introduced well & the setting of a military post is very vividly described. Its gripping, its interesting & the pace is even - a real page turner. I t
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Kirsten
Feb 28, 2008 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: A CSI junky
Book Rating: R This book was impossible for me to put down, but it describes a very graphic crime that turned my stomach and is etched in my memory. It still haunts me. A book I began, and when the plot was too much, I continued to read because I was so engrossed in it. But I will not read it again.

I was not surprised when it was made into a movie and rated R because it was so graphic. It was a very interesting story and I would recommend it to someone who is not turned off by this kind of CSI
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Asghar Abbas
Apr 17, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A tour de force .
Anders Kermod
This is a “review” aimed at people who have already read The General’s Daughter, and it discusses the way the plot is resolved, so I’m going to hide the rest of it.

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Dr.J.G.
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No matter how much she achieves, she could never achieve one thing she desperately needed as a child, her father's approval and love. He is a high profile general and a selfish man in that his career, his standards, his name is everything. Perhaps a male heir would beat him at his own game, perhaps not, who knows! But a daughter has no chance whatsoever no matter how high an achiever in his own field, because she has other needs too, of love and admiration, and if she does not get them from him ...more
Suzanne Crane
Well, it only took me about 9 months to finish this book. I do enjoy Nelson DeMille, but this one dragged on for me. I suppose there were just too many other books getting in the way. If you like a good mystery with adult themes and a military backdrop, this book is for you. The author draws very vivid images and I could see the whole story play out in my mind's eye like a movie; in fact it was made into a movie with John Travolta starring as the General. I think you can get it for free on Netfl ...more
Brian
May 10, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The hook is hard to resist. The body of Captain Ann Campbell, daughter of General Joe Campbell, is found -- naked, spreadeagled, and staked to the ground -- on a Fort Hadley rifle range. The rope around her neck indicates that she was strangled and her condition suggests rape. Paul Brenner, of the Army's Criminal Investigation Division, knows the bizarre scene must have an equally strange explanation. His job is to find it, and the murderer.

Nelson DeMille makes this stuff look easy, but that's a
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Sridhar Babu
Mar 30, 2016 Sridhar Babu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MY BLOG, ABOUT THIS NOVEL...!!!
AUTHOR...
NELSON DEMILLE..
CHARACTERS...
Paul Brenner, Cynthia Sunhill, Ann Campbell, William Kent, General Joseph Campbell, Colonel Fowler, Wes Yardly, Burt Yardly, Karl Hellmann and others...
LOCATION...
FORT HADLEY, MIDLAND, JORDAN FIELDS ...(GEORGIA USA)..
GENRE..
SUSPENSE

ABOUT THE BOOK...
" For any person, either male or female who holds an important and sensitive post like the Captain of the Army, it is better to deal the bad and painful happenings of the past
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Shannon
Jul 15, 2013 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has less to do with Plum Island than Silence of the Lambs. It's... somewhat entertaining but reeeeeeeeeeaaally improbable. It's written VERY colloquial which I did not enjoy... there are a bunch of "and all of that" types of writing, but I did enjoy the jokes he cracks with the reader. I'm not a huge fan of books written in the 1st person, and really only Russo's The Straight Man pulls it off.
So, in short, I didn't hate it but I definitely wouldn't recommend it.
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Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille. He moved as a child with his family to Long Island. In high school, he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army and attended Officer Candidate School. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army (1966-69) and saw action as an
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