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General's Daughter (Paul Brenner #1)

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The book has three heroes: Paul Brenner and Cynthia Sunhill of the army's Criminal Investigation Division and Capt. Ann Campbell, found dead with her underpants around her neck on the firing range at Fort Hadley, Georgia. Brenner and Sunhill are lowly warrant officers, but as investigators they can theoretically arrest their superiors--as long as their case is airtight. Th ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published 1999 by Paramount Pictures (first published November 16th 1992)
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Paula Not that I recall. At least not the story line, if that's what you were asking about, but information about the military is probably accurate.
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Leslie
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't recall the first time I read this book but I know I have read it in hardback, paperback and now Kindle. And it is like being wrapped up in a soft warm blanket, okay a creepy blanket.

This is a brilliant police procedural set on a military base in America in the early 90s. Warrant Officer Paul Bremmer is already at the base investigating a plot to illegally sell military arms to baddies. He is called to a scene of rape / murder which is terrible and made worse when it is revealed the victi
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Bob Mayer
Dec 29, 2013 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
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Richard
Jan 12, 2013 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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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.
Deyth Banger
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
What more than a place around General's and to don't be somebody like a friend... but to be a the "daughter"... from this look to see what's the feeling to be in type of person and you father to be the general.
Wesley
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was okay. I liked some parts, but not all of it. Still, I will read more books by the author.
Denise
Nov 30, 2010 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 24, 2013 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.
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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Sandra
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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Horace Derwent
twisting and suspense packed, but tell you what, I think the movie is better
Amy
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Read this years and years ago and loved it. But I don't think I five-star-loved-it, you know what I mean? But it was good.
Kameel Nasr
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This all takes place in a military context. While I'm not a military person, I though this was a terrific book, very well-written. There's no question that DeMille rewrites and rewrites until he gets it right. Many, many, wonderful one-liners. I wish I was able to add all the dry humor that the narrator uses. The story seems titillating at first: a beautiful woman and her secret sex life. But it's far deeper and more satisfying and Army investigator Paul Brenner and his psychologist companion, w ...more
Martin Hill
Jul 07, 2013 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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Charlene
Jul 15, 2009 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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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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Mike Nemeth
Aug 29, 2014 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
Enrico Tassinari
Jan 08, 2016 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
Jessica
May 01, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Criminology and/or military fans
Paul Brenner basically works for the Army's version of IAB. He is asked to work on a sensitive case. The general's daughter was killed. She was found naked, spread-eagle in the rifle range, staked to tent pegs. In addition to the delicate nature of the crime, Brenner has to partner up with an ex-lover. Together, they work on the case, slowly uncovering the truths hidden by an entire military base, and then some...

The story was good, but I found the writing a little long winded. I almost put the
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Luís
Jul 03, 2012 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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Kathy
Dec 30, 2013 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
Mike
Oct 04, 2009 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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Slayermel
Jan 01, 2008 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
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
Judy
Jan 12, 2012 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
Sep 01, 2014 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 26, 2008 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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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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