Up Country (Paul Brenner #2)
The Barnes & Noble Review
Nelson DeMille is a consummate storyteller whose wit, unstoppable narrative momentum, and edgy, sardonic authorial voice have won him legions of fans over his extensive career.
One of DeMille's most popular characters -- Paul Brenner, the brilliant, abrasive Army investigator first seen in The General's Daughter -- makes a welcome and long overd...more
What I mean by that is that I developed a deeper understanding of the people, their tenacity, and various things that occurred during the war. I haven't changed my opinion that the Communist North should have been crushed like a bug (we could have done it, we just lacked the will - and the Sou...more
To begin with, hardly anything happened in the first 300 pages, other than Brenner's girlfriend smoking a lot. Why did he have to describe her everytime she lit up? At least he didn't bother us with descriptions of her trips to bathroom.
Secondly, there seemed to be some big gaps in logic. I'm still not sure why they hired the priva...more
If you are interested in gaining some insight into the Vietnam War, then this book will satisfy that desire. Demille, an officer who survived two deployments to Vietnam, offers clear and concise information about what...more
The inspiration for the story was a post war visit made to Vi...more
For those that know what kind of books De Mille usually writes, it would be easy to expect a story with twists and turns in the plot, with lots of action and one or two femme fatales in distress. And sure...more
On the down side, he layers cliche up on cliche, and wrongly assumes that acknowledging the cliches by having the main character occasionally say things like "I felt like James Bond!" negated their predictability.
I was frustrated to once again encounter a strong, independ...more
On top of that, the mai...more
Nobody but a Vietnam War (in country) veteran could have written this book. Indeed, Nelson DeMille was an Army First Louie in 1968, a very troubled time for our country and the world. According to his web site, he returned for a nostalgic tour of Vietnam just a few years ago, and from that trip was hatched this book. Part travelogue, part intimate retrospective, it will probably hit home far harder for those of us over 50 than for thos...more
One is a murder investigation which brings our protagonist to Vietnam. At that stage it also becomes a Vietnamese travelogue with many reminisces by our investigator of his Vietnam War years. This takes up at least one-third of the book with stirring flash-backs of the war.
Our investigator of course has a female accomplice as they both journey the length and breath of Vietnam. The different character...more
While there are the usual Demille plot twists, the action was pretty tame as compared to his earlier works. The author is a Vietnam War Veteran, who has returned to Vietnam hi...more
I usually listen to Nelson DeMille books on audio because Scott Brick is such an amazing reader but this one I read on my Kindle.
The main character, a former Vietnam War, Paul Brenner is a retired intelligence investigator. He must go back to kill ghosts from old wars. Still has boy meets girl and well you know,it is a DeMille book I like it
“The dead, if they could speak, would tell you why they died, but the living have no answers”
“I make jokes when I’m stressed, and when I sense danger..”
After a gap of almost 4 months, I once again read a political thriller. The last one I had read was “Key to Rebecca” by Ken Follett. But, UP COUNTRY was nothing like it. Moreover, just like Key.., this one would also stay as one of my favourite books of all time.
The plot starts where ex-military CID, Paul Brenner is asked to return to...more
This book was a gift. Having been sucked up into this maelstrom and led blindfolded to the brink of the precipice as a young provencial, I somehow with luck and a certain innate determination, avoided jumping over.
I suppose I turned the corner in bayonet training. I had been in better physical shape then 95% of my comrades, taking many firsts in physical events and competitions, including staff pugilism . . . but I had disc...more
Paul had been an infantry s...more
Paul Breener, a former army homicide investigator, is a bit of a renegade who gets talked into a third trip back to Vietnam, this time as an undercover tourist to investigate a suspected U.S. military murder during war time Vietnam. His mission isn't entirely clear and is cloaked in secr...more
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...more