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Up Country [Kindle Edition]

Nelson DeMille
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Having taken to the lifestyle of a middle-aged civilian, the last thing Paul Brenner wanted to do was return to work for the Army's Criminal Investigation Division, the agency that thanked him for years of life-risking service by forcing him into early retirement. But when an old friend calls in a career's worth of favours, Paul finds himself moonlighting for the Army as he investigates a puzzling murder that took place thirty years before in the midst of the Vietnam war. Forced to return to the country that haunts him and work for the people who cast him aside, Paul must engage in the battle of his life as he attempts to find justice in a world of staggering corruption.

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Army Criminal Investigator Paul Brenner was forced into early retirement but now he has been recalled to investigate a murder that took place 30 years before in Vietnam. And he returns to Vietnam and engage in a dangerous battle as he attempts to find justice in a world of staggering corruption.


Army Criminal Investigator Paul Brenner was forced into early retirement but now he has been recalled to investigate a murder that took place 30 years before in Vietnam. And he returns to Vietnam and engage in a dangerous battle as he attempts to find justice in a world of staggering corruption.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1915 KB
  • Print Length: 884 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TZ3FEC
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,862 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should awaken your interest 20 Aug. 2005
To my mind this is one of the best De Mille novels ever. Page-turner is an over used term but De Mille manages to keep up the tension and the interest throughout the book. In Paul Brenner, De Mille has created a believable, three-dimensional character who you will want to see come back again at some point in the future. Several times I found myself laughing out loud at a clever turn of phrase. At the end I found myself caring about the central characters and wanting to know how their lives would subsequently turn out. Is there any better accolade than that?
I really did wonder about the research that was done to create this book. De Mille's paints a vivid description of modern-day Vietnam and I have to say it has encouraged me to find out more about the country itself. The fact that the action takes place from Saigon to Hanoi allows De Mille to take us on a lengthy but always enjoyable journey through the country. De Mille explains a great deal about the war during Brenner's journey in a sensitive manner which makes it more accessible to a far wider audience and for that I think he has done a great service to combatants on both sides.
The plot, action, prose, characters are all first class and you owe it to yourself to immerse yourself in fiction which may not be highbrow but is likely to remain in your memory for a long time to come.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nelson De Mille's Best book so far 17 Feb. 2002
I have just finished reading this book which I have found very hard to put down. The same investigator as in the General's Daughter goes back to Viet Nam to revisit battlefields that he fought in 30 years ago, all the while trying to carry out an investigation on behalf of his old boss. The local secret service keeps chasing him & he has to keep on the move. The book is full of priceless quips & is great fun to read.
Try it, you will like it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tour de Force 20 Feb. 2003
What a great read! Long but utterly absorbing, De Mille mixes a Machiavellian modern-day intrigue with riveting flashbacks to the Vietnam war with great panache. His protagonists are believeable, his narrative drive is relentless and his evocation of the country, both past and present, is wonderfully evocative.
Why not 5 stars? I badly wanted to know the fate of many of the characters. If there is a sequel on the way all is forgiven!
Very highly recommended.
Stuart Walls
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow as slow can be 20 Sept. 2002
Two hundred and fifty pages later and we're still crawling through caves, touring war museums, laying around in a Vietnamese beach resort with a insipid business woman/love interest, and trying to stay one step ahead of a semi-Gestapo like Vietnamese Army colonel named Mang. I wondered if the story would ever begin.
This is acutally a great story, reading "Up Country" is like floating a boat down a lazy river. If you are either a Vietnam veteran needing to revisit your haunting past, or if you are interested in post war Vietnam then this is the book for you. I'm not a vet but I did want to know more about Vietnam.
Protagonist Paul Brenner from The General's Daughter, Vietnam vet, military detective, wise-ass, now retired, returns to post war Vietnam hoping to solve a 30 year old murder. A North Vietnamese soldier witnesses the murder of an American officer at the hands of another American officer. Why it's imporant to solve this murder is more a mystery to me than the mystery itself.
If you enjoy reading Hemmingway, as I do, then you will probably like "Up Country," as nuch I did. If you are looking for a heart-pounding fasted-paced action thriller with a military twist, then you might instead read "Wings of Fire," by Dale Brown, "Prince Joe," by Suzanne Brockmann, or "Fruit of a Poisonous Tree," by Norm Harris. "Up Country" is a wonderful book, but as a possible movie? Zzzzzz...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another compelling and magnetic storyline 22 Feb. 2002
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This is a great read. I found it a facinating descriptive piece on the Vietnam war which was cleverly interlaced with a modern day storyline. Demille's indepth understanding of history culture and people makes for a potent cocktail. His equally deep understanding of the present day struggle in Vietnam to come to terms with its role in a changing world is what makes the story so credible. His detailed build up of characters and plot add to the richness of this offering. I enjoyed the characters so much that I wanted another three chapters at the end, but this is not to take away from the completeness of the book.It is not as drawn out as some of his earlier efforts like the enjoyable Charm School. His mixture of war history with present day Vietnam is very alluring, particularly for anybody with an interest in the nightmare of battle. The fact that much of the war narrative is based on reality adds to the credibility of the novel. Yet, it is not a war story, but more of a tale about people meeting in unique circumstances with a hind of espionage thrown in. The hero is presented with a compelling challenge and with it an equally difficult dilemma. Demille delivers with aplomb. Like his earlier work, Word Of Honour, it has at its central focus an event in Vietnam during the war. Unlike Word of Honour, it has far more pace and excitement and for me is Demille at his best. This will make a great motion picture. If this review has whetted your appetite, then I don't think you will be at all disappointed with one of the better books I have read in a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up country
Not an easy book to put down... had you hooked from start to finish. Will there be more with Brenner? Hope there is!!
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!
Published 3 months ago by kevin j morley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 months ago by Bridget
2.0 out of 5 stars Well written but self indulgent
This was more of a travel log than a novel. If the reader expects a pacey novel there is disappointment during the first 3/4 of the book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by St Clair
2.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
Having read all of Mr DeMille's other books , I deliberately left this to last. I wondered how he could get his typical wit and sarcasm and keep the plot interesting in 850 pages. Read more
Published 14 months ago by olly
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ
Really enjoyed reading this book, I had visited Cambodia and Vietnam in 2013 and was fascinated to put the novel into perspective with our own experiences and curiosity about... Read more
Published 16 months ago by GV
5.0 out of 5 stars Up Country
I read this novel before reading The General's Daughter so wrong way round really, but I was reading them before The Panther came out as I wanted to get to know Paul Brenner. Read more
Published on 30 Jan. 2013 by Noel Guilford
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read - typical Demille!
Have read a few of Demille books and this one like the others did not disappoint. Like the character and the story and it had a couple of interesting twists along the way - good... Read more
Published on 28 Sept. 2012 by Andy
3.0 out of 5 stars Just read for the second time, much better!
When I read this book the first time, I didn't get the point of the novel at all. It's not about the ending, it's about the journey and I got this the second time I read it. Read more
Published on 2 July 2012 by G. Vintner
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected ... in a bad way
What I expected from this book was another exciting and gripping thriller.

What I got was a boring, self-indulgent trudge through Vietnam with a loose "plot" tagged on... Read more
Published on 20 Oct. 2011 by Random
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