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Appu Kantorī: Ge /Heishi No Kikan (Paul Brenner #2)

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The last thing Paul Brenner wanted to do was to return to work for the Army's Criminal Investigative Division, an organization that thanked him for his many years of dedicated service by forcing him into early retirement. But when his former boss calls in a career-s worth of favors, Paul finds himself investigating a murder that took place in Vietnam thirty years before. N ...more
871 pages
Published 2003 by Kōdansha (first published January 29th 2002)
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Gary Douglas Hi Marsha - I think I might be able to answer your question. If you recall, Paul was brought into this little escapade very late in the events leading…moreHi Marsha - I think I might be able to answer your question. If you recall, Paul was brought into this little escapade very late in the events leading up to his departure for Viet Nam. Although he had a valid passport, he was forced to acquire a visa allowing him into Viet Nam at the last minute. An unusual circumstance for a casual visitor to the country who was supposedly traveling as a tourist. Typically tourists plan their trips for months in advance and get their visas well in advance of their departure date. Getting a last minute visa for a tourist is a red flag and marked him as potentially something other than what he was.

I hope this helped and I hope that you enjoyed the book. He's a wonderful author and I am slowly making my way through his library. Cheers!

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Cyn
Aug 08, 2010 Cyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was probably one of the most compelling representations of Vietnam I've ever been exposed to: the war, reflections on the war, and present-day - at least, when the main story takes place, in '97.

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
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Andrew Smith
Sep 02, 2011 Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a non-American, my knowledge if the Vietnam war was virtually nil. This book changed that significantly: it's not a chronological account of the battles but, as the story unfolds, it fulfils that role. It's set long after the war ended and features a veteran re-treading his steps as he carries out a mission on behalf of the military police. Anyone who has read The General's Daughter will recognise the lead character, Paul, Brenner.

The inspiration for the story was a post war visit made to Vi
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Freda Malone
Feb 04, 2015 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nelson DeMille is a brilliant storyteller. Though this brick of a book was over 700 pages, I couldn't put it down, for the sheer suspense of it all. I've met Vietnam Veterans and heard some stories when I was a teen. It was a horrible war, senseless to a lot of Americans and with age comes knowledge and wisdom. The shocking knowledge that anyone is capable of 'madness' follows the wisdom to understand the emotional stress of that type of war. DeMille has described his views and personal experien ...more
Tom Kjos
Apr 25, 2013 Tom Kjos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a story about novelist and Vietnam veteran Nelson DeMille in a recent issue of American Legion magazine. I was struck by the similarity between his Vietnam tour and my first one: to the 1st Cavalry Division in November 1967, battles in Bong Son, then north to Quang Tri for Tet, the relief of Khe Sanh, the A Shau Valley, finally back to “the world” a year later. A fraternity brother gave me the paperback just a week ago. Nelson DeMille seemed familiar, even though I’d not read any of hi ...more
Richard Small
Nov 24, 2012 Richard Small rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Just finished reading Up Country by Nelson Demille for at least the third time. Enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read it. If I can read a book three times and still feel it is as fresh and interesting as the first time I read it, then I believe the book deserves 5 stars.

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
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Dryfly
Apr 25, 2010 Dryfly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not quite a terrible book but certainly not very good. I'm not even sure why I bothered to finish it, other than the fact that I read it while on vacation in Vietnam.

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
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Eric_W
Jan 27, 2009 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite characters, Paul Brenner, is back from one of my favorite authors. Having pissed off the brass in his last case, see The General's Daughter, Paul has been forcibly retired having pissed off a lot of brass His former boss, Colonel Helden, calls him up for a meeting at the Wall where he presents a most interesting proposal. They have a letter from a witness who says he say an army captain shot an army lieutenant in cold blood during the Tet offensive in Vietnam. The army wants t ...more
Marcus
Aug 28, 2011 Marcus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initially, this book can give the impression of being standard De Mille fare. Jack Brenner, by now retired military police investigator introduced to us in "General's Daughter", is being sent to Vietnam to investigate vague news about a murder committed in the middle of the Tet offensive 1968.

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
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Mohamed
في السابع من فبراير سنة 1968 في مدينة كونج تراي اثناء معركة تيت اوفنسف قام نقيب من الجيش الامريكي بسلاح المدرعات بقتل ملازم أمريكي من نفس السلاح بدم بارد بطلقة في جبهته و قد شاهد ذلك أحد الجنود من جيش فيتنام الشمالي و يدعى تران فان فنه و هو مختبئ بين الأنقاض و أرسل خطاب لاخيه و يدعى تران كوان لي ذاكراً هذه القصة.

في منتصف نفس السنة يجد جندي أمريكي يدعى فيكتور أورت هذا الخطاب مع جثة تران كوان لي في وادي أشو فيقرر أن يحتفظ بالخطاب.
و بعد ثلاثة عقود يقرر فيكتور أرسال هذا الخطاب إلى جمعية رفاق فيتنام
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Jill
May 08, 2010 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Paul Brenner, but I prefer John Corey by far (from Plum Island, & The Lion's Game & Night Fall) due to the fact Paul Brenner can't seem to get past 3 paragraphs without having a 2 full-page Vietnam war flashback! Not to trivialize the war or whatever, but particularly the trip up to Quang Tri flashback section goes on way long to hold your interest. And yes, there's no less than 854 mentions of "Susan lighting up another cigarette again" references. We get it already! She's a smok ...more
Alice
Feb 02, 2011 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good and bad, really. It was a great vehicle for a tour of Vietnam, past and present, and DeMille manages for the most part to keep up the pace over 650 pages - though an editor could have cut out a good quarter, in my opinion.

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
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Sheila
Jul 23, 2017 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am fan of DeMille. Only a Vietnam veteran can write a good story. It is still a dark coud on American history lost so many good men to senseless war. Could not give 5 stars due to length of the novel. DeMille definately could have done a better and shorter narrative.
Rick Silva
At one point in the story, retired US army detective Paul Brenner's contact in Vietnam says to him, "To your generation, Vietnam is a war. To mine it's a country."

That summed up a lot of how I felt reading Up Country as a US expat living and working in Vietnam.

The story involves an extreme cold-case: The murder of an American soldier during the Vietnam War by one of his fellow officers. The only witness is a former North Vietnamese soldier, who may not even still be alive.

Paul Brenner served tw
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Jerry
Jul 24, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A "5" for us boomers: truth, suspense, and sexual tension...

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
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Fred Forbes
Thank goodness, thinks I, for a high draft number. I had a marriage/family exemption then lost it when I divorced. Received a student deferment but lost it upon graduation, despite the fact that I was married again and had two kids instead of one. Fortunately, the lottery number I got was high in 1970 and they were winding the Vietnam war down and I never served. Many of my friends did, however, some came back whole, some did not. Some did not return alive. My gratitude to all of them, friends o ...more
Julie Whelan
Jan 19, 2014 Julie Whelan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Joanne Doucette
This is a page turner in the "James Bond" style starring a Vietnam veteran, Tom Brenner, now a retired investigator for the Army's Criminal Investigation Unit. Brenner is persuaded to return to Vietnam to help solve a murder that occurred decades earlier during the Tet Offensive. He meets and partners with a young American woman, Susan Weber, who appears to be a business executive for an American company with investments in Vietnam. Pursing them from Brenner's arrival in Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon ...more
Mike
Jun 27, 2012 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The descriptions of the war, the land, and the people, as well as ties to actual history that I'd never learned about before (thanks to public school teachers who repeatedly spent too much time on the first two wars in American history and never got past 1945) saved this from being a boring book. The overall idea is interesting, but lacking for a thriller. Sure they get chased around and all that, but there could have been so many easier ways of accomplishing the end goal.

On top of that, the mai
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Leemarie731
Ok - WTF??? So this nam vet government agent has to go back to nam to find a witness to a murder between 2 US Army men. I'm torn between 2 & 3 stars why -- the walk through this person's tour and his account of his time at nam is interesting. What screws it up is this whining bitch that he hooked up which. She was supposed to just deliver a message from the CIA and leave, but she decides she needs fun. They meet a South Nam CIA agent who likes to screw with him and the banter is amusing. But ...more
Nina
Dec 17, 2016 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The protagonist is a two tour Vietnam war vet (just like the author) who returns to Vietnam in the late '90's (as did the author). Brenner retired as a chief warrant officer with the army, but is lured out of retirement to investigate a murder that happened 30 years before when an American captain killed an American lieutenant. It was witnessed by an injured Vietnam Cong hiding in the attic above. The descriptions of the country, the war, and the emotions of the deployed teenagers (as most of th ...more
Mikey B.
Nov 24, 2012 Mikey B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is vintage DeMille. There is abundant humour and plot resolution. It is really two stories.

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
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Nick
Sep 06, 2011 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad but could have been a lot better. Usual DeMille quality in atmosphere and dialogue. But--it takes a long time for anything to happen. Basically the first third of the book could have been cut drastically. Another problem I had was with the obnoxiousness of the main character. I realize that Brenner showed up in a previous book, which I have not read, but he is also very similar to the main character in the Gold Coast and Plum Island. That is, the typical DeMille main character is a tough ...more
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رواية مذهلة..إن أعالي البحار هي إحدى أفضل روايات دي ميل، ففيها يصارع برينر المشاعر الحقيقية لرفيقته سوزان وير وشعوره بالخيانة والخداع والندم انها أكثر من مجرد رواية مثيرة، انها رواية تعالج ببصيرة نافذة وأسلوب مؤثر ومرهف الحس ما فعلته الحرب ببلد وشعبه وأعدائه ... اوافق ما قيل عنها ولذلك أحببت ان يطابق شعوري الاقاويل
Mustang
Jul 25, 2013 Mustang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a kid growing up during the Vietnam years, I remember seeing "body counts" on the nightly news. This book has a good story line, but the descriptions of Vietnam and the major battles during that time frame brought home what really went on over there.

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.
Richard White
Terrific read! This book should be a mandatory read for all USA highschool students. Furthermore, anyone who has served in Vietnam or has friends or family who served in this regrettable conflict needs to read this book. On a lighter note, Demille's prose and wit will keep you entertained. A well deserved five stars.
Lee Ann
Paul Brenner called back into service and returns to Vietnam 30 years after two tours during the 60's and 70's. The story is strong and kept me reading, but the resolution left something to be desired, but understandable. I enjoyed this one, but often think DeMille uses many more words than necessary to tell the story.
Donald Gallinger
Up Country is Nelson Demille's suspense thriller set in post-Vietnam. Full of exciting escapes and tense drama, Demille takes the reader on a dangerous adventure through a country teaming with ghosts from previous wars. Superbly researched. Brilliantly paced. A must read for DeMille fans.
Carole Anderson
This book dragged a little. I kept waiting for more action. Having graduated from high school in 1968, I did find the Vietnam information interesting. And I was as much in the dark as Paul was during his investigation, so that was good. I kept reading, so guess that meant it was good.
Mitch Johnston
Sep 02, 2013 Mitch Johnston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very strong follow-up to The General's Daughter. In addition to a highly entertaining work of fiction, DeMille provides readers with a history lesson on Vietnam. A must read for fans of DeMille's John Corey series and The General's Daughter (Paul Brenner).
Scott
Jan 03, 2010 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 2nd DeMille novel. And it was very action pack, the way I like them.
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
Miloud Abdelali
Dec 01, 2016 Miloud Abdelali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لا اعرف الحقيقة مشاعر النهاية ولكن اكثر شخصيه اعجبتني هي شخصية مانج الفيتنامي بالرغم من تصوير الكاتب له بالدونية كل شئ قبيح لكن روايه بحق تستحق القراءة
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Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille, then moved with his parents to Long Island. He graduated from Elmont Memorial High School, where he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army where he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United S
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“Most guys arrived here normal, and they were shocked and sickened by the behavior of the guys who'd been here a while. Then within a few weeks, they'd stop being shocked, and within a few months a lot of them joined the club of the crazies. And most of them, I think, went home and became normal again, though some didn't. But I never once saw anyone here who had gone around the bend ever return to normal while they were still here. It only got worse because in this environment they'd lost any sense of. . . humanity. Or you could be nice and say they'd become desensitized. It was actually more frightening than sickening. A guy who'd sliced off the ear of a VC he'd killed that morning would be joking with the village kids and the old Mama-sans that afternoon and handing out candy. I mean, they weren't evil or psychotic, we were normal, which is was really scared the hell out of me.” 10 likes
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