Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Book Review

Up CountryUp Country by Nelson DeMille
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nelson DeMille never met a detail he didn't like, which explains why UP COUNTRY is over 800 pages, when the story could have been told in less than 400. However, he's a great writer, and this story of a retired military man returning to Viet Nam to investigate a war time murder is so engrossing, you don't mind that you have to wade through every detail of the trip. Aside from an intricate plot, with a beautiful woman to go along with it, I felt as though I had visited Vietnam myself. DeMille has done his research, including visiting the area in which he writes about. Thus you will experience feelings that will make you wish this war had never been. As Paul Brenner, accompanied by Susan Weber (a helper, or is she?), trek all over South and North Vietnam by whatever means available, they encounter bad luck at every turn. You won't know until the last page if it all turns out and you won't be able to stop reading until then.

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