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Finding Moon

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  2,277 ratings  ·  101 reviews
This is Tony Hillerman's latest novel -- and hisbest audio by far. He departs from his trademark terrain of Navajo mysteriesto a story he has wanted to tell for decades.

Ricky Mathias, an American pilot, dies in the last days of the Vietnam War,his infant daughter orphaned somewhere in southeast Asia. Her uncle Malcolm'Moon' Mathias must set aside his job as a newspaper edi
Audio, Abridged, 6 pages
Published October 17th 1995 by HarperAudio (first published September 1st 1995)
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Theophilus (Theo)
319 pages of excellent storytelling, without sex or excess violence. The main character is a small-town newspaper worker from Colorado who is suddenly thrust into the final days of the Vietnam war by his dead brother. Moon Mathias is a Vietnam veteran who has his life back in order, or so he thinks, until a telephone call that lets him know his brother, who was running a charter helicopter service in Vietnam, is dead. Things go from bad-to-worse for Moon. He finds out his brother has a child tha ...more
Morris Graham
Hillerman was a master storyteller. Known mostly for his Navajo Leaphorn-Chee detective series, this author brought all his skills to write this novel. A reporter stuck in a drudging job compelled by his sick mother to go to Southeast Asia to try and find the daughter of his dead brother in the last days of the crumbling South Vietnamese governement as the communists takeover. Hillerman is remarkable in his grasp of the politics and history of the time, weaving a remarkable table of "Moon" tryin ...more
This is the first non Jim Chee novel I have read by Hillerman. While it was an easy read, I found it predictable and, at the same time, not believable. The characteristics of each person were repeated rather than developed. Osa was classy, Moon was not. Moon had self doubt, everyone else believed in him. Mr. Lee was mystical and Nugeyn was pro American and fiesty. Hillerman did his homework about VietNam, the war, the country and surrounding areas and for that I give him credit.
Tony Hillerman's "Finding Moon" is NOT a "Leaphorn & Chee" book. It's a stand-alone book set mostly in South East Asia at the tail end of the Vietnam War. It's very well written, with nice characters, theme and plot. I have only a couple of issues with the book. First, the protagonist isn't very pro-active. He sort of coasts along until something pushes him into an action. There are one or two instances where he does make a decision all on his own to do something, but in general, he's fairly ...more
This is a tony Hillerman that's not about Southwest Indians. It's set in Vietnam, Cambodia and SE Asia at the time of the fall of Saigon. Like his other books his male main characters are sort of the opposite of studly heroes. They have personal doubts - particularly about their success with women - they are doing things out of loyalty, and even in a war zone do not solve every confrontation with a gun, knife, or broken chair leg. It reminds me that Hillerman is a good story teller and it's nice ...more
Jim Fitzgerald
Dec 19, 2011 Jim Fitzgerald rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone interested in mysteries, native american culture
Hillerman is a good story teller and does a great job of weaving the Navaho culture into his stories. Tony involves you with his characters and you are able to vicariously be present in the settings of his story.

I finally finished reading Fining Moon Christmas day 2010. I have read it in short segments but it was easy to pick up from where I had put it down.

I have read several of Tony Hillerman's novels. I first found one of his book at a used bookstore somewhere in Michigan when I was working.
Sally Atwell Williams
This is a complete departure from Tony Hillerman's other books. The time frame is the beginning of the US pulling out of Vietnam, and the Viet Cong closing in on Saigon. Moon Mathias has come to search for his brother's daughter. Along with two companions who found him in Manila, he begins his search. Nothing comes easy for the three, but they persevere, all with their own agenda. It is an interesting story but personally I like Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn, and Cowboy Dashee.
Not a typical Hillerman story, but a great read nonetheless! A departure from Hillerman's Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn series, this one is set mostly in the Phillipines and Vietnam/Cambodia during the Vietnam War. The story concerns a man on the search for his dead brother's child, who is in danger of being killed by the Khmer Rouge for not being full-blooded Vietnamese. Moon is tasked with tracking the child down through the wilds of the war. I don't know much about this part of the world, so it was a ...more
Bill Prescott
Hillerman is not at his best when he leaves his milieu of the U.S. Southwest. This predictable book finds his protagonist, a newspaper managing editor, searching for his recently deceased brother's baby daughter by a Cambodian woman. So he and a crew of people who have attached themselves to him have to cross the Mekong River delta into Cambodia just as South Vietnam is falling to the NVA in 1975 and Cambodia succumbs to its Khmer Rouge nightmare. It moves fairly glacially through three-quarters ...more
Moon is a man who sees himself as sort of a "loser". He had a brother who was more likeable, more successful and more admirable. That brother is now dead. He suddenly has the task to find a niece no one knew about who is somewhere in southeast Asia at the time the area was literally collapsing with the Communists winning.
I began reading this book because I needed a mystery/suspense novel set in Vietnam for a UN book challenge.
The suspense aspect was there because while everyone else around them
Hayley Shaver
This book was a definite departure from what Hillerman usually writes. It is about a guy who gets a call saying his older brother, who is dead, has fathered a child. The child is in Vietnam, or so it seems, as the war is ending. And someone needs to find it and bring it home to the United States. So starts Moon's journey. I liked this book. It was getting really good as it ended, but it was just run of the mill throughout.
Bruce Snell
This is probably the best of Tony Hillerman's fiction - much better than most of his Navajo Indian stories. In April 1975, at the time of the fall of Saigon, Moon Mathias learns that his recently deceased brother has a baby girl, still in Vietnam. Moon sets off on a journey to recover the girl, hoping that that the effort will prove impossible, thus reliving him of the need to proceed. Of course, Moon is a man of honor, who will make ever possible effort before quitting, and although things go f ...more
I didn't even realize that Tony Hillerman wrote novels that didn't involve the Navajo Tribal Police. But since I'm planning a trip to New Mexico this summer, I decided to run by the library and get another Tony Hillerman book that would transport me to the sacred lands of the Navajo. To my surprise, this book takes place in Southeast Asia during the last days of American military involvement in that area while American personnel are in the chaos of leaving. Moon Mathias's brother was killed in V ...more
It's the spring of 1975. Our war in Vietnam is coming to a bloody close and Moon gets a call to come see his Mother who has had a heart attack in Los Angeles -- far from her home. Moon finds himself dealing with his very ill mother and trying to carry out what might be her last wish to get his dead brother's child out of Vietnam. In the course of his adventure, Moon must face his personal demons and live up to his brother's expectations.

Tony Hillerman is ever a good story teller, and this is an
Viet Nam era story about an American trying to find his deceased brother's baby during the fall of Saigon. Good story with good character development. I liked how the relationships developed between the main characters.
Apr 28, 2010 Gill rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in the history of Vietnam.
I think this was a book Mark wanted to read, but I picked it up and started reading. The format is to have each chapter headed by a date and news summary which concerns what was happening in Cambodia, South Vietnam and Thailand in 1975.
The action begins in the USA, moves to the Philippines and then to South Vietnam and Cambodia.
I kept wondering how the book could end as there didn't seem to be enough pages left to reach a conclusion, but the author managed it cleverly, and I enjoyed the refere
Margaret1358 Joyce
The classic theme of this buoyant 1995 novel is "wounded hero goes on a physically and spiritually arduous journey." It's a beauty. Character development,subtle structuring, and mythological undertones pull the whole thing into layered psychological territory. A middle-aged American living in Colorado feels like somewhat of a failure. He learns that his brother, who recently died in Southeast Asia, had a daughter. He travels at great risk, in the days leading up to the fall of Saigon, to find th ...more
not leaphorn and chee but i liked this book by one of my favorite authors. it is a good story and well developed characters. for someone who was in vietnam it has a "real" feeling of the times.
Surprised by the South Asian location, instead of the American desert, but still enjoyed Hillerman's storytelling.
Moon Mathias has an assignment that turns to three needles in a giant dangerous haystack. He must find his baby niece, an urn containing bones (or is it drugs?) and the would be martyr brother of the beautiful and sophisticated folk art buyer that wants Moon to continue his late brothers work. He really doesn't want any of these assignments but he feels obligated to live up to the my
Jeanie Mccarthy Pityinger
I got this book at a FREE BOOK EXCHANGE we have in our community - I like his Navajo mysteries and just assumed this was another similar, it wasn't till I actually sat down to read it that I discovered it wasn't - that the author had strayed from his usual fare. I was really disappointed and didn't actually read it, hence I didn't rate it - just returned it back to the exchange for someone else to enjoy.
Tracy Gilson
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was expecting one of Tony Hillerman's stories that take place in the Southwest. It isn't, it takes you to the Philippines and other Asian countries. The characters are interesting and the pace of the story keeps you reading.
Karenrice Rice
This was the only one of my friend and mentor Tony's books I hadn't read. I wish I'd found the time to read it while he was still living. I didn't even know Tony had served in Viet Nam. Finding Moon is loosely based on his experiences there, and Moon is loosely based on Tony. It's an exciting, suspenseful read, and one of those great books you won't want to put down until you've finished it. I highly recommend it.
Karen Mabry Rice
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I had never read any Tony Hillerman novels, I don't typically, or ever really, read mysteries, but I'm interested in the southwest and the Navajo culture in particular. Ironically, I picked up one of Hillerman's only novels set outside the four corners area - this one is set in southeast Asia at the end of the Vietnam war. It's a fairly interesting but terribly predictable plot. Things come together so very perfectly in the last page and a half I had to laugh. I'm planning on reading some more T ...more
Ken Horne
A very enjoyable, if somewhat predictable read. I look toward to reading other Hillerman offerings.
Hillerman is engaging as he always is. When I selected this book, I didn't realize it wasn't a Jim Chee book. It wasn't a mystery, either. But it is a well-written story of a family caught between continents at the end of the Vietnam war.

Hillerman is a little lame when it comes to romance, but I prefer it that way. When other authors include all that overly dramatic stuff it sounds forced. It seems like Hillerman knows it's an editor's requirement, but he doesn't want to do any more than the mi
This is a departure for Hillerman from the 4 corners area and the reservation to the far east. It is a mystery about 2 brothers Ricky and Moon. Ricky died in a helicopter crash and left a baby for Moon's sick mother to retrieve. She is unable to go and Moon has to do it for her. When he gets there, he gets involved in all kinds of unfinished business.

It is an interesting book and a good read for Hillerman fans.
This is the story of Moon Mathias, a Vietnam vet (Native American..this is Tony Hillerman :) who is trying to get his life together when he gets an unsettling call about his brother. He was a helicopter pilot in Nam and was killed. Moon finds out his brother has a child and he is tasked to go get the child and bring it back to the States. It was very suspenseful and fast moving, a typical Tony Hillerman story.
I think this may be the best thing Hillerman has ever written. It isn't a Jim Chee and/or Joe Leaphorn story, and I often don't like authors' attempts to write outside their series - but I found this beautifully crafted. It is somewhat enigmatic, which I often find annoying (just tell me what's supposed to be going on, please!), but in the end I found that I didn't care. This was well worth reading.
Good one! Great pace, good characters, enlightening historic fiction. The part set in the Philippines was particularly well done - no stereotyping.

There were a couple typographical errors, most notably an incorrect date on the chapter header press-release on page 61.

I enjoyed the Jim Chee books, but I enjoyed this more. Good vacation book, which I read on vacation.
Feb 09, 2009 Benny rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Shelves: mystery
Hillerman's mysteries are breezy reads with good plots. What I particularly like about them is the setting of the Four Corners, and his intimate knowledge of the Hopi and Navajo cultures. Reading these will give you a good feeling for the vast landscape of this area, and the characters are very endearing. Well, except for the bad guys, of course.
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Tony Hillerman, who was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, was a decorated combat veteran from World War II, serving as a mortarman in the 103rd Infantry Division and earning the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart. Later, he worked as a journalist from 1948 to 1962. Then he earned a Masters degree and taught journalism from 1966 to 1987 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, wh ...more
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