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The General's Daughter

The General's Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Nelson DeMille
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‘DeMille is a marvellous contemporary writer with something to say, something as rare as it is rewarding.’
New York Daily News

‘Brilliant writing and dialogue.’
Irish Times

‘Disturbs, provokes, and makes you think long after you’ve put it down.’
Washington Post

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Master storyteller's tale of honour and corruption in the US army

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 649 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446679100
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TZ3F06
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,171 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nelson DeMille was born in New York City in 1943. He grew up on Long Island and graduated from Hofstra University with a degree of Political Science and History. After serving as an infantry officer in Vietnam, where he was decorated three times, DeMille worked as a journalist and short story writer. He wrote his first novel, By the Rivers of Babylon, in 1978 and has gone on to write many other international bestsellers, with sales of over 55 million copies in 24 languages. He lives on Long Island.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a "Demille Classic" 17 Aug 2005
I have read a number of Nelson Demille books over the years, but for some unknown reason I hadn't gotten round to reading The General's Daughter. Once I had finished it though, I dearly wished I read it before I read a number of the others as then I would see the gradual improvement in Nelson Demille's writing over the years.
By any other standards The General's Daughter is a good book, if not a really good book. The problem is I don't compare it to "other" books, I compare it to other Demille's and against them it does look a little patchy.
The novel is set against the backdrop of Fort Hadley in Georgia. A small to medium size US army base that is the home of General 'Fighting Joe' Campbell and his daughter, Captain Ann Campbell. Both are US Army treasures with big and bright futures ahead of them, but this situation is torn apart when Ann Campbell is found brutally raped and murdered.
Warrant Office Paul Brenner happens to be on site investigation arms fraud, and Warrant Office Cynthia Sunhill also happens to be in the right place at the right time. These are the stories two central characters and are charged with investigating the crime committed against Ann Campbell.
This is where I feel the story doesn't hold up so well under the microscope. Demille is skilled in not writing "stories by numbers" much in the style of Dan Brown, but his characters really are starting to drop out of an identikit which doesn't have many variables. Now The General's Daughter is one of the earlier books from Demille so you must understand that I have read it in the context of seeing similar characters (John Corey) in later books, but to me the similarities really are too clear and do detract from my enjoyment of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Feast of Characterization. 11 July 1999
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When I read this book, I was not aware that it was in the process - or rather, near completion - of been turned into a film with John Travolta in the lead role. My partner is halfway through this book and in the knowledge that Mr Travolta stars in the film. It has only added to her enjoyment of the book to date. I on the other hand read the story with no such knowledge and have to admit, that, even without John's influence on my mental pictures of the plot, I was left psychologically "breathless". I first discovered Nelson DeMille quite by accident. I had for many years enjoyed the books of Thomas Block, and so bought a book called "Mayday", which turned out to be a collaboration of one Nelson DeMille and Mr Block. The book, incidentally, is excellent. At the end of the book was the first chapter of "Plum Island".....I was hooked. I then read "Spencerville" (excellent), "The Generals Daughter" and have nearly finished "Gold Coast". I have never read books that have such depth to their characters. The Generals Daughter is about many things but I think that on one level it was about addressing sex discrimination - certainly in the U.S Forces - in general. A female Officer (The Generals Daughter...who else?), is found murdered and it is the job of a military criminal investigator (John Travolta as it turns out) to uncover the villain, but more importantly, discover why. But there again was it murder? Mr DeMille is able to write on so many levels that you wonder where he gains his life experiences, and his skill at developing his female characters makes you realise that this man "Has" to be in touch with his "Feminine" side and this only adds to the depths of insight already evident. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS... 28 Jun 2009
As usual, the author provides the reader with a good yarn and snappy dialogue. This is a suspenseful mystery by a master storyteller. It is no surprise that is was made into a blockbuster film starring John Travolta in the role of Criminal Investigation Division Warrant Officer Paul Brenner, a member of the Army's elite investigative unit. Having seen the movies first, the book is as good as the movie, which was a pretty good film.

Brenner is assigned to investigate a politically sensitive case, the bizarre rape-murder of Captain Ann Campbell, a graduate of West Point, the army's poster girl, and the daughter of a legendary and highly regarded general. Brenner's assigned partner on this case turns out to be none other than his former lover, rape specialist Cynthia Sunhill. As they begin their investigation, information that does not jive with the image of the deceased keeps popping up. Moreover, they run into some stonewalling that does not sit well with Brenner. Clearly, something is wrong with the facts as originally presented. Intrigue and deception seem to be everywhere.

Brenner, however, is determined to solve the case before it is taken away from him by the FBI. He smells something fishy and he doesn't much like it. Moreover, he senses that there is something corrupt that permeates the surrounding facade of honor on that Army base, based upon what has come to light about the apparent double life Ann Campbell led. Brenner is convinced that this corruption is at the heart of Ann Campbell's murder.

Though not one of my favorite Demille books, it is still an enjoyable read. The main protagonist, Paul Brenner, is a well-fleshed character and likable. The mystery, however, seems a little forced, and the tawdriness of the life led by the deceased is depressing. Notwithstanding this, it is still a pretty good read from a master storyteller.
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Published 4 months ago by LC
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Demille
The story takes you through dark and devious routes, drags through the underbelly of a military establishment to places you hate to discover. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Diana P. Kingham
4.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable read
I really enjoyed this book, despite having read its sequel, ‘Up County’, first. ‘Up County’ is one of my favorite DeMille books, so I was a little reticent to try this, in case it... Read more
Published 9 months ago by RowanHillJim
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
I started reading this author with the John Cory books. Whilst these were well plotted and deftly written I became irritated by Cory's constant interjections which served only to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. F. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller, murder and sex
This book will not be everyones cup of tea as at times it is sexualy explicit but correct in the context of the story set in a USA army camp. Read more
Published 17 months ago by R. A. STANLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars The Generals Daughter
Brilliant book as all ND's books are. I have read all his books now and find it very difficult to find an author to compare with him.
Suggestions please
Published 18 months ago by Lenlev
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
nice book. seen the movie as well. I started reading it after I found an old copy in my mother's house, found out later it only reached page 275 or something, had to order it to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Maxbunker
5.0 out of 5 stars The General's Daughter
This is actually the first Nelson DeMille book I have read. I am addicted to crime stories and this is one of the best I have read. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2012 by Stu
5.0 out of 5 stars Great author.
You wont be disappointed with this book, try also by same author:-Wild Fire/Plumb Island/The Lions Game/The Lion/Gate House/Night Fall/Word of Honor/Up Country and Gold Coast.
Published on 1 April 2011 by J. Taylor
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The General's Daughter
One of a series of novels by this excellent author - I've read all but one of his books, which is 'The Lion' - however, thanks to Amazon, I now have it,... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2010 by Mr. G. Johns
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