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Word of Honor
Ben Boulden's review
Feb 19, 2018
WORD OF HONOR reads like The Caine Mutiny as a Vietnam story. Ben Tyson is accused of murder for a massacre occurring in a hospital during the Tet offensive, February 1968, eighteen years after it happened. As an officer Tyson is the only member of the platoon--Alpha Company of the 7th Cavalry--that can be tried for the crime and the US Army opens a court-martial for murder. DeMille reveals the massacre details slowly, ratcheting the tension tighter and tighter. The outcome is little surprise, but it ends exactly how it should and even more importantly the novel says something about humanity and war, and America's Vietnam War.
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